JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 25, 2015) - Throughout the season, members of the ETSU men’s and women's tennis teams will be featured in a ‘‘Getting to Know’’ segment on ETSUBucs.com.
The third student-athlete to be profiled is redshirt junior Rogerio Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil). During his first two seasons at ETSU, Ribeiro posted an overall record of 50-21, including a 17-0 mark in Atlantic Sun play, en route to helping lead ETSU to the program's sixth and seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. He earned A-Sun Second Team Doubles honors in 2012 and 2013, while earning Second Team and First Team Singles status in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
Ribeiro's teammates came up with the questions. Below are Ribeiro's responses:
What are your plans after graduation?
If my body lets me, I would like to try to play professional tennis for a little bit and then try to get a job.
Why did you start playing tennis?
My cousin used to be a very good tennis player. We would go to my farm and I would see him practicing and I started liking it, so I decided that I wanted to play.
Who is your favorite athlete?
FC Barcelona forward Neymar Jr.
What is something that not many people know about you?
I hate failing
Who is the best dancer on the team?
What is a bad habit you have?
What is your favorite quote?
"Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much can you take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!" -Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa
What is the most adventurous thing you have done?
Swimming with dolphins when I was seven
If you were not playing tennis what do you think you would be doing?
Probably playing another sport in college--most likely soccer
If you were not afraid of doing something, what would you do?
What is your favorite thing to do off the court?
Listen to music, play FIFA, and hang out with my friends and my girlfriend
Who do you look up to most in life?
What country do you most want to visit?
I don't have a specific country, but I would like to do a safari in Africa.
If you could have dinner with somebody dead or alive who would it be and why?
I would like to have dinner with Michael Jackson, because I would like to ask what he was thinking about throughout his career.
If you could have one thing in the world what would it be?
If you were an animal, what would you be?
I would like to be a hawk.
Which is your favorite non-ETSU tennis memory?
When I got my first ATP point
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