Chris Sioufi's life took a turn for the better when he decided to pick up a tennis racquet.
As a young adult, Sioufi is making strides in the tennis community. Originally from Canada, Sioufi now calls Chicago home and has become immersed in the game. Sioufi calls tennis one of the best ways to create a community and receive a regular form of exercise. Through his role as a Tennis Ambassador, Sioufi hopes to create a new excitment around the sport in Chicago.
Q: How did you first get invovled in the sport of tennis?
A: I started playing when I was about seven or eight briefly, but played consistently when I made the high school varsity team. I played all four years and captained the team my senior year.
Q: What is something you love about the sport?
A: I love the layers of strategy required to compete, and the fact that I can play all year.
Q: How did you hear about the tennis ambassador program, and what made you want to become a part of it?
A: I was recommended for the position due to my dedication to the league and my teams, and I jumped at the opportunity to grow the sport in the region.
Q: Why do you believe it is important to bring awareness to tennis?
A: There are so many reasons. It’s one of the most mentally-oriented sports, a great form of exercise, and engages the mind and body. It is also one of the few life-long sports that you can play from a very young age to an old age. It has international appeal and can be played all year round.
Q: How do you hope to keep influencing future generations of players?
A: I would love to keep sharing my passion for the sport and dedication to its growth and instilling a drive to compete and improve in all the players I meet.
Q: What is one of your favorite tennis moments of all time?
A: Watching one of the greatest matches of my life, Wimbledon 2008 final between Federer and Nadal, during a summer academic program with a large group of people who also attended the program. Sharing that moment that summer was one of the most memorable experiences with tennis, especially given the history of the match itself.
Q: How would you say that tennis has improved your life?
A: Tennis provides a fun way to ensure a regular level of fitness in my life. Tennis has taught me discipline. And finally, tennis has given me a community of people with a common love of the sport.