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Athlete of the Week: Reegan Greenwood

JACQUELINE ARIAS/ THE RIDER

Name: Reegan Greenwood
Classification: Senior
Major: Criminal justice
Sport: Tennis
Age: 21
Hometown: Ryde, Isle of Wight, England

Who is your favorite athlete?
“Maria Sharapova.” Sharapova is Russian professional tennis player.

Who is your role model?
“My grandfather. He was always very sick. He was really brave and never really showed anything.”

What is the best advice you’ve been given and by whom?
“Probably my parents. They’re always telling me, on [a] daily basis, just try my hardest. I mean I just got a text from my dad right now just to keep trying.”

Where’s your favorite hangout spot on campus? Why?
“Probably the [Student] Union Starbucks, probably. Go to the shop, buy some candies.”

When did you begin playing tennis and why did you start?
“I started when I was 5, but then I stopped because my sister didn’t want to play with me and I didn’t want to play by myself. And then for my seventh birthday, my aunt bought me some tennis lessons so I did them with my cousin.”

Did you compete in high school and did you get any awards?
“Back home in Europe, generally, actually, we don’t have high school sports. It’s usually not as big as here. So it was more of club leagues and stuff. Yeah, where I live, like the island I live on, the council, they have a gifted and talented program, so I was on that.”

What are your academic goals?
“Well, I graduate in May, so pass these classes with good grades.”

What is your favorite movie?
“I think I’m like a classic girl. I like ‘The Notebook’ and stuff like that. But then I like comedy films.”

Where’s your dream vacation?
“I went to the Caribbean before and it was amazing, so I want to go back there someday.”

How do you feel about being part of the first UTRGV Women’s Tennis Team?
“It’s good. It’s exciting. I think we’re going to have a good season, so we’re setting the standard pretty high.”

–Compiled by Jacqueline Arias

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