ALL ABOUT TENNIS JUNIOR PROFILE
Dylan Parsley (El Paso, Texas)
USTA Southwest | March 27, 2018
Seventeen-year-old Dylan Parsley of El Paso, Texas is the latest to receive the spotlight treatment of our All About Tennis Junior Profile series. Parsley is a junior at El Paso Franklin High School and the No. 17-ranked junior in the USTA Southwest Boys’ 18s rankings.
Parsley recently had his biggest win to date, winning the El Paso Sun Bowl Junior Challenger L5 in both singles and doubles last December. Parsley spent last summer playing Junior Team Tennis and other events across the Southwest and has embarked upon bigger things this year.
We recently caught up with Parsley to get his thoughts on his ever-growing game.
USTASW: How did you get started in tennis?
DP: When I was 4 years old I went to my first summer tennis camp at El Paso High School.
USTASW: What has been your best tournament experience since you started competing?
DP: My best tournament experience was when I won my first USTA tournament. ADVERTISEMENT
USTASW: What was your very first USTA tournament? How old were you? How did you feel approaching the match???
DP: My very first tournament was when I was 9 years old and I got to play at Tennis West.
USTASW: What's the ultimate goal with tennis for you?
DP: My ultimate goal is to play college tennis and just continuing to play tennis throughout my life.
USTASW: What do you most like to do when you're not playing tennis?
DP: I like to hang out with my friends.
Who is your favorite tennis professional? What would you do if you were to meet them?
DP: Rafa Nadal is my favorite professional tennis player. If I saw him I would first ask him for his autograph. Then I would ask him how was he able to have such a successful career.
How often do you play tennis each week and what do you do to try to keep your practices fun?
DP: I play about four hours a day and I try to switch it up with match play, drills, conditioning.
Who or what has been your biggest role model or help in learning tennis?
DP: My biggest role model would be my coach Victor Valdez, he has helped me to become a better player and strive to work hard.
What's been your best or favorite tennis moment so far in your young career?
DP: My favorite tennis moment was when I hit my first tweener.
Do you have any odd quirks or rituals on the court, like bouncing a ball five times before a serve or not walking on the lines?
DP: I will serve with the same ball if I won the previous point.
USTASW: Do you feel that being left-handed is an advantage? What about the lefty serve?
DP: Yes, because there are so many right-handed tennis players. I feel that a right-handed tennis player would find it difficult to adjust to a lefty’s serve.
USTASW: What is the one piece of advice you'd give to yourself as a junior tennis player if you could go back a few years and talk to yourself?
DP: I would have not played basketball, so I could have focused on my tennis.
USTASW: What has been your favorite part about playing high school tennis?
DP: Even though you are playing an individual sport, having your team supporting you helps your game.
USTASW: What is your pump-up song before your matches?
DP: Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes or God’s Plan by Drake
DYLAN PARSLEY FILE
* Captured El Paso Sun Bowl in December 2017
* Junior at El Paso Franklin, where he is a member of the HS team
* Junior Team Tennis Competitor
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