ALL ABOUT TENNIS JUNIOR PROFILE
NAOMI KATZ (El Paso, Texas)
August 31, 2017
Thirteen year old Naomi Katz is our latest junior to receive the All About Tennis junior feature treatment. This young girl from El Paso has been a steady player in Southwest events, getting the tennis bug from older brother, Ethan Katz, also a Southwest junior player.
We caught up with this young El Pasoan to learn a bit more about her.
USTASW: How did you get started in tennis?
NK: I started playing tennis because my older brother played Ethan played...and because it was a lot of fun.
USTASW: What has been your best tournament experience since you started competing?
NK: My favorite tournament by far is Zonals because it is so much fun to play on a team and play with my close friends.
USTASW: What was your very first USTA tournament? How old were you? How did you feel approaching the match?
NK: My very first tournament was when I was 8. ADVERTISEMENT I can’t remember how I felt but I do remember having someone to help with score.
USTASW: What is your ultimate goal with tennis?
NK: My ultimate goal with tennis is to play Division I tennis at Michigan.
USTASW: What do you most like to do when you're not playing tennis?
NK: When I am not playing tennis I like to hang out with my friends, shop, and I love to read.
USTASW: Who is your favorite tennis professional? What would you do if you were to meet them?
NK: My favorite tennis professional is Venus Williams because she has overcome so much adversity and is so humble. If I met her I would probably faint!
USTASW: How often do you play tennis each week and what do you do to try to keep your practices fun?
NK: I play tennis 5 to 6 days per week. To make practice fun I play matches because I love to compete and I hate losing!
USTASW: Who or what has been your biggest role model or help in learning tennis?
NK: My family has been my biggest support system because no matter win or lose, they are always there for me.
USTASW: What's been your best or favorite tennis moment so far in your young career?
NK: One of my favorite moments was going to Easter Bowl and playing at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
USTASW: 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?
NK: When I am playing and if I miss a first serve, I never serve the second serve with the same ball because I have always thought it was bad luck.
Naomi Katz File
- No. 6 ranked junior in Girls' 14s in Southwest rankings
- Winner - El Paso Junior Open Girls 18s singles, 2016
- Has played almost 400 matches in junior career so far
- USTA Southwest team member, Border Battle (10s), and Zonals (12s and 14s)
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