Name: Sasha Obucina
Year: Going into 4th
Major: Double Major in Computer Science and Economics
Hometown: Toronto, ON
It’s been two years since Sasha Obucina and his University of Toronto teammates have played at the Canadian University Tennis Championships and they are ready to be back. After posting a 2nd place finish in their last appearance in 2016, the team is relishing the opportunity to improve on that result. We had the chance to catch up with Obucina ahead of the Canadian University Tennis Championships.
How did you get your start tennis?
Tennis has always been my sport. I started when I was 6 years old because my older brother played before me. It was that younger brother thing where I wanted to do anything my older brother did and now I’ve been playing for twelve years.
What is your favourite part about playing university tennis?
The team aspect. Usually in tennis you’re playing one-on-one in singles or, at most, with one other person in doubles. When you play university tennis, you feel like you’re a part of a team. It’s nice because you get to know the guys on your team with and that’s always a good experience.
Congratulations on being named an OUA All-star this season. What type of preparation did you put in to achieve these results?
It’s probably the same type of preparation I have been doing throughout my tennis career. It’s just practicing and being consistent with it. When I practise, it’s all about working hard and looking to improve in every session. I try to be consist in everything including my fitness, stretching and taking everything seriously.
Do you have any favorite moments from this season?
Definitely getting past Western in the semi-finals of the OUA Championships. With that win, we knew that we were going back to the nationals and we’d have another opportunity to win it.
Tell us about the experience of playing at the Canadian University Tennis Championships in 2016?
The atmosphere is totally different than our other matches because you are playing during Rogers Cup and it feels a lot more important. It’s a big deal. It was a great experience for me because I was in my first year and that made it really special.
What are your expectations/goals for this year’s Canadian University Tennis Championships?
My own goal is to do my part. I want to win my matches, do the best I can and do our best as a team. Hopefully our best is enough to win.
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