Q&A with tennis standout Justin Ghavami

Levi Edwards, Sports Writer

Samford junior Justin Ghavami has stepped into the No. 1 singles position this season for the men’s tennis team. The role carries added responsibility both on and off the court.

Ghavami, a native of Montreal, Canada, has been tasked with helping lead a squad that lost four players from last year’s roster to graduation.

Their departures have taken a toll.

The team owned a 5-16 record as of press time. Ghavami, however, hasn’t lost heart.

He spoke to The Samford Crimson this past week about tennis, teammates and life outside the lines.

SC: So, Justin, what made you decide to come to Samford?
JG: Really just the whole recruiting process and visiting a lot of other schools. I really liked Samford when I came here and I felt that it was the best choice for myself as a student as well as an athlete. The small feel and beautiful campus really played a major part in my decision.

SC: I know that you guys have had a couple of Southern Conference losses so far this year, but how do you feel about the rest of the season?
JG: As a team, we continue to improve on a weekly basis. We are a young team, but based on the progress I have seen so far, I have no doubt that we will continue to make major strides as a team.

SC: Being an upperclassman on the team, how are you able to lead the rest of your teammates and help everyone keep their composure?
JG: Being a veteran on the team, I feel it is my job to take on a leadership role both vocally on the court and off the court in how I carry myself. My fellow upperclassmen teammates and myself really strive to set a good example for the younger members of the team.

SC: What kind of relationship do you have with your teammates?
JG: When there are several different personalities that come from different places across the world, you really bond together as a team when you come together in one place, especially when you’re all looking to achieve the same goal. I can’t say enough about the impact they have had on me personally, and how they motivate me to do well for them on the court as well.

SC: What do you do with your time off the court? Any hobbies? Favorite music to listen to?
JG: I love me some Whitney Houston! Happy music keeps me in a happy mood, because I believe that whatever you take in is also what you put out. I spend a lot of time studying in the science department, as I am an engineering and physics major. And in the remainder of time when I’m not studying or with my teammates, I spend as much time as I can with my lovely girlfriend.

SC: What are the ultimate goals that you have for yourself, as well as for the Samford tennis team?
JG: The ultimate goal is always to win the SoCon Championship, but as long as we max out our performance to our full potential, I can’t ask for much more than that.

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