Senior tennis player Christopher Price is co-captain of TCU’s varsity men’s tennis team this season.
The Houston native, who transferred to TCU from Duke after his freshman year, finished with a 16-11 overall record in singles last year and was ranked as high as No. 37 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national doubles rankings, finishing at No. 46.
What are you hoping to achieve this semester?
“We made goals as a team. Our first goal is to win Mountain West Conference again, regular season; we didn’t win it last year. Win conference, be top 25 in the country, and make the sweet 16 [at the NCAA tournament]. Those are our biggest goals as a team.”
How did you get involved with tennis?
“My Dad played college tennis. He played his whole life, and my mom plays too, recreationally. I just picked it up from them, and I’ve been playing my whole life.”
Was tennis a big sport at your high school?
“Yeah, but I actually only went to high school for one year. I played when I was there, and it was pretty big, but then I was traveling a lot around the country playing tournaments, so I did school online for three years.”
What’s the most important aspect of your game?
“For me, if I serve well, then everything else goes well, but if my serve is off, it’s a lot harder for me, so definitely the serve.”
Who’s your favorite tennis player?
“I’d have to say [Roger] Federer. I think he’s the best ever. Such a classy guy.”
Are you playing tennis in college to go pro?
“Yeah, that’s my goal. I definitely want to play after I graduate. I have one more semester after this, and then I’m going to go try and play for a little while and see how it goes.”
Where do you see yourself in five years?
“My dream would be to be playing at Wimbledon, but I know it’s really, really hard. Hopefully that, but if not, probably here getting an MBA or something.”
Do you have any superstitions before matches?
“I have like a million. It’s ridiculous. They’ll make fun of me I’m sure, but I stick my foot over the line when I serve, drink my water a certain way, I touch the net, I do a lot of stuff. It’s pretty entertaining and weird, but it’s funny.”
Do you have specific workout and practice routines?
“We always warm up for 20 minutes. We do rhythm, hit some cross-courts and then we’ll end playing points. It’s about a two-and-a-half-hour practice.”
How do you feel about your new role as co-captain?
“It’s great. [Emanuel] Brighiu and I 8212; he’s my doubles partner 8212; we’re both co-captains. We just to try to lead; we have a lot of leaders on the team. We have two more seniors, Zach [Nichols] and Cameron [Nash], who help lead a lot. We really do a good job as team. We all hang out, we’re really good friends, so I don’t feel like we’re the only leaders. I think everyone participates.”
Do you play tennis because you’re good at it? Is it a stress reliever for you?
“When I was growing up, I used to get really nervous playing, but now I just enjoy it. It’s like my passion.”
Has tennis affected your personal life at all?
“Yes, definitely. Growing up I missed out on a lot of stuff. Like, online school, I wasn’t really around people, so I lost touch from a lot of people from Houston. I pretty much just met friends at tennis tournaments, like the same people I would see all the time at tournaments. I didn’t have prom or anything like that.