JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 27, 2015) - Throughout the season, members of the ETSU women’s tennis team will be featured in a ‘‘Getting to Know’’ segment on ETSUBucs.com.
The next student-athlete to be profiled is junior Ana Gerbasi (Caracas, Venezuela).
As a freshman during the 2012-13 campaign, Gerbasi went unbeaten in Atlantic Sun play in both doubles and singles, earning a spot on the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team, in addition to being named to the Atlantic Sun Second Team for singles and doubles. Prior to the 2013-14 season, Gerbasi and doubles partner Lyn Yee Choo achieved the No. 51 ranking in the ITA Women's Preseason Doubles Rankings, the highest doubles ranking in program history. Last season, Gerbasi went 14-5 in spring singles play and helped the Bucs win the Atlantic Sun tournament championship and secure a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Gerbasi's teammates came up with the questions. Below are Gerbasi's responses:
1. What are your plans after graduation?
I would like to try to play on the professional tennis tour. It has been my dream since I started playing. It is really expensive and demanding, but hopefully I would be able to at least give it a try, and after that get my masters in sports management.
2. Why did you start playing tennis?
My dad used to play and then both of my parents used to have tennis lessons Saturday mornings, and since I was really little I would go with them and return the balls that they hit. I used to swim before, but when I was six years old, I injured my shoulder, and I never wanted to swim again. My parents wanted me to do a sport, so after I recovered I started playing tennis.
3. Who is your favorite athlete?
4. What is something that not many people know about you?
Not many people know that I am really afraid of elevators.
5. Who is the best dancer on the team?
I would say Jess [Brumit] is.
6. What is a bad habit you have?
I have to put alarms and reminders for EVERYTHING. For every little single thing I need to remind or do at certain time I would put an alarm and if my phone doesn’t remind me I would probably forget
7. What is your favorite quote?
I have so many, but one of my favorites at the moment is ‘‘A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do’’ by Bob Dylan
8. What is the most adventurous thing you have done?
Swim in a natural Cenote in Mexico. The water was so cold, it was super dark and there were little fish everywhere.
9. If you were not playing tennis what do you think you would be doing?
I would probably be dancing. I used to be in a dance academy since I was three, dancing Ballet and Flamenco, and that was one of the things I had to give up once I decided to play tennis because I could not do both things at the same time.
10. If you were not afraid of doing something, what would you do?
I would probably do skydiving. Hopefully one day I will.
11. What is your favorite thing to do off the court?
I like to paint. I am not awesome at it but it relaxes me a lot.
12. Who do you look up to most in life?
I admire my family in general for different reasons, but I think my grandma is really special to me. She took care of me since I was little when my parents couldn’t. She is a real fighter and I really admire her.
13. What country do you most want to visit?
I think Morocco or Turkey. I had a teammate from Morocco last year and the place looks so beautiful. She also visited Turkey and she told me about it and it really made me want to go there.
14. If you could have dinner with somebody dead or alive who would it be and why?
It is too hard for me to choose just one person. I think I would like to have dinner with my Mom and my Dad, and my four Grandparents. I didn’t have the chance to meet my Grandfather on my Dad’s side, and I never got the change to have dinner with all six together.
15. If you could have one thing in the world what would it be?
Happiness for my loved ones and me
16. If you were an animal, what would you be?
17. Which is your favorite non-ETSU tennis memory?
This is actually a hard question because I think I have two tennis memories that are without doubt better than any other non-ETSU memory. The first one is when I won my first International Tournament in Mexico, and I think it is not because I won, but because I figured how to win without playing my best. And the second one is when I reached quarterfinals in a $10,000 future back home.
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