Faces Off the Field: Jamesson Tankersley, senior, Westwood tennis


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



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in High School Sports

Female quarterback trying to make history at high school
Female quarterback trying to make history at high school

The quarterback faked a handoff and ran into a crowd of defenders, some a foot taller and twice her weight. After she gained a few yards, a big lineman in the 300-pound range wrapped her up in a bear hug, prompting the end of the play. Holly Neher, standing 5-foot-2 shrugged off the "tackle" with a smile. But she wanted more. "When...
An NFL-wide question: Are teams practicing hard enough?
An NFL-wide question: Are teams practicing hard enough?

In the week that followed a 23-3 preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens, an outcome that underscored how far the Washington Redskins have to go before their Week 1 opener at FedEx Field on Sept. 10, nothing much changed at practice. There was a bit more urgency in Coach Jay Gruden's commands. "Let's go, now!" the coach bellowed after the...
Top 25 heat check: Who is most likely to flop in 2017?
Top 25 heat check: Who is most likely to flop in 2017?

The preseason Top 25 is out and for all those fans feeling good about their team to start the season, there is plenty of history that can spoil the fun. Over the last 10 years (2007-16), 38 percent of teams that have started the season ranked in the AP poll ended it unranked, which comes out to about 10 teams per season. That includes an average of...
The NFL is talking about shortening preseason. Will it ever happen?
The NFL is talking about shortening preseason. Will it ever happen?

It's not a new thing that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is talking about the possibility of shortening the preseason. But it is interesting that the topic has come up again publicly. And, with a new set of labor negotiations between the league and the NFL Players Association almost at hand and with the saber-rattling about the potential for a work...
Why Webb Simpson isn't worried about the wait for his next golf win
Why Webb Simpson isn't worried about the wait for his next golf win

It has been six years since Webb Simpson walked up the 18th fairway at Sedgefield Country Club for his coronation as a first-time PGA Tour winner. So much has changed since then. He's a U.S. Open champion and is the father of three more kids. And still, a fifth career win now would mean almost as much as the first one did back then.  The Wyndham...
More Stories