How did you get started playing tennis?
My dad and mom both play tennis and so do both of their parents so I guess it’s a family tradition. When I started playing in earnest, I was 14.
For you, what’s been the hardest skill to master as a tennis player?
Probably the mental part of the game. It’s so different from other sports because when you play tennis, you are alone on the court. You versus the world.
What’s been your greatest memory of high school tennis?
When our team beat Lake Travis for the … championship (of a postseason tournament). They had beat us the year before so it was a big win for us.
Why is the tennis team at Westwood so competitive every year?
The level of players that Westwood is lucky enough to get is incredibly high and coach (Travis) Dalrymple pushes us pretty hard.
If you could have dinner with any four people in the history of the world, whom would you invite?
Jake Stern, Gustav Stresemann, Roger Federer and Fred Rogers.
Why did you choose Gustav Stresemann?
Gustav Stresemann was a German politician during the Weimar Republic. I wrote a paper on him and I became enamored with him.
What are your college plans?
I will be attending UT-Dallas for finance. Playing tennis is a possibility, but I’m not sure yet.
If you had the choice of being valedictorian of your class or all-state in tennis, which would you pick?
Valedictorian, hands down.
What’s your all-time favorite movie?
I gotta say “Pacific Rim.” It is just the perfect blend of pointless violence and robots, just a cinematic masterpiece.
What’s your favorite food?
I must say coffee bubble tea from Kung Fu Tea is probably my favorite thing.
If you could play on any tennis court in the world, which one would it be?
Center court at the All England Club. It is the Mecca of professional tennis, and I have always wanted to play there.
— Rick Cantu