Leopard Look: Sunessa Madhav

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Grace Nguyen

Sophomore Sunessa Madhav looks forward every day to getting on the tennis court.

Sophomore Sunessa Madhav is a passionate member of the tennis team and is rarely found off the court.

At a Glance:

Least Favorite Vegetable: Brussel sprouts

Best Dessert: Anything chocolate

Dolphins or Whales: Dolphins– they’re cuter

Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas: Christmas all the way (her birthday is the day after Christmas)

Describe yourself in three words: Caring, intelligent, and selfless

Looking Deeper:

The Red Ledger: What tennis class are you enrolled in?

Sunessa Madhav: I’m in eighth period, so varsity. It used to be only top ten, but this year it’s top 16. I’m actually number one JV, but I play sometimes for varsity. We stay an extra 45 minutes after school, so I get home around 5:15-ish. On Monday and Wednesday, I do an extra hour and a half.

TRL: How did you get involved with tennis?

SM: It was the summer of seventh grade. My parents signed me up for a one-week volleyball summer camp here at Lovejoy. And so I went the first day and hated it– volleyball was just not my sport. Then I thought, “Why don’t I try tennis?” and so I started playing, and I loved it.

TRL: What other hobbies do you have besides tennis?

SM: I like watching Netflix, reading, and hanging out with friends. I mostly love tennis [though]. That’s what I mostly do in my free time. I just love it, so I practice a lot.

TRL: How has tennis affected your school schedule?

SM: It’s harder to do my homework. It’s kind of a distraction from my homework, but I don’t mind because I’d so much rather be playing tennis than spending my time doing homework. It’s really not that much to manage.

TRL: How have your family been supportive of you in tennis?

SM: They drive me around anywhere I need to go and pay for my outside of school program. They feed me the good foods I’ll need before a tournament and just make sure I have everything I need.

TRL: How have you enjoyed the tennis program at Lovejoy?

SM: I love tennis. It’s definitely one of my main passions. I look forward to it every day; it’s just a lot of fun. I get to hang out with my friends, too, which is great. You make a lot of memories with them because you’re on your own with them, playing and traveling with them. It’s just a fun time to hang out with them and have that team bonding and camaraderie. It’s just a good experience.

Grace Nguyen
Madhav said she hopes to one day continue her tennis career into college.

TRL: What has been the hardest challenge for you?

SM: I would say that the biggest challenge would be just working to get your ranking up. Everyone’s trying to get a higher ranking. At the higher level, tennis can get very competitive. But overall there’s not a ton of challenges. It’s just a lot of fun, and I enjoy doing it, so I don’t see anything as a bad thing. Tennis is a very positive [sport].

TRL: Will you be pursuing tennis after high school?

SM: I’d like to. I would love to play college tennis– that’s definitely a hope for the future, but I don’t know yet how that’s going to go right now. But I hope to keep improving, and one day I can play college students.

TRL: What college do you want to go to?

SM: That’s the one thing I have no idea [about]. I’m thinking maybe something like UNT cause my cousin goes there, and it sounds pretty good. But I don’t really know yet.