Prep sports profile: Brent Westergren
After only three years playing tennis, Brent Westergren hopes to be one of the top three players in the conference for Wheaton North's tennis team.
Head coach Eric Laird said that Westergren is a “hard-working, talented all-court player [who] should do well in our conference this season. He has worked hard every offseason and improved in every aspect of the game.”
Name: Brent Westergren
Age/year in school: Senior
Hometown: Wheaton, Ill.
Position: No. 1 singles
How long have you played tennis?
[Since] my sophomore year of high school. I had always loved the sport, but had never played competitively, so I decided to quit volleyball and pick up a racket. I’ve had to work really hard, but it has been worth it!
What do you love most about tennis?
The mental aspect of the game. It can be really frustrating at times, but I love how it challenges you to stay focused on each and every point. You can’t let your guard down in tennis or you can easily let your opponent back in the match.
What are your goals for this season? How will you achieve them?
I would like to finish in the top three in conference and hopefully use that momentum to help me challenge for an opportunity to go to state at the sectional tournament. I’m just counting on all the hard work I put in the offseason to pay off.
What are you looking forward to most this season?
Seeing where our team finishes at the end of the year. I like our great mix of youth and experience, and I think our depth gives us a real advantage.
Do you have any rituals or superstitions when you play?
I always keep a Wilson tennis ball in my bag. It’s kind of my good luck charm.
Who has inspired you most in your athletic endeavors?
My parents. Without their tremendous support, I don’t think I would have the same level of motivation to improve each and everyday.
If you didn’t play tennis, what would you be doing?
I would probably be playing volleyball or practicing my ukulele.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Andy Roddick. I admired his tremendous passion for tennis and I loved how hard he worked to keep up with some of the more talented players in the professional game.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy outside tennis?
I love going for a run, a hike or a long bike ride. I also love playing pickup basketball and soccer games. Apart from sports, I really enjoy singing. It is really fun to be a part of the Chamber Choir at school and belt out different songs while I’m hanging out around the house.
Favorite quote or words to live by:
This was [a favorite verse of mine and] Graham Stevens, a friend of mine who passed away a few weeks ago. It is just a great reminder of how I should respond to trouble in my own life:
“Not only so, but let us also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” – Romans 5:3-5
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