Senior Tyler Fischer is Atlantic's No. 1 singles player in tennis. He's 2-0 in singles and doubles competition this season, a year after qualifying for the state meet in doubles.
When did you first start playing tennis?
I first picked up a racquet freshman year. It was the first time I had ever touched one.
What prompted the interest?
I'm not real sure. It wasn't going to be track, so I figured I'd give tennis a shot.
Did you envision this much success almost four years later?
I would have never guessed any of this would ever happen. State last year. This year, I never thought I'd be No. 1. It's just crazy how this has all worked out.
Is your primary focus on singles or doubles play this season?
For tournament play, we haven't decided what I'll do yet between singles and doubles. It depends on what other teams are doing. There's more of a focus on singles this year, but doubles is up there.
Will you play tennis in college?
I'm actually not going to play in college. I'm going to Iowa State next year and will major in animal ecology.
Do you have a favorite tennis player?
I'm a pretty big fan of Mardy Fish, but he's getting old.
How frustrating has this weather been?
We had about two weeks where we got outside and had a rhythm and routine. Then we got to the first week of meets, and that went well, but now we're back indoors. We've had a meet Tuesday postponed and they already postponed our meet scheduled for Thursday. I'm hoping we can pick up where we left off next week.
What were your goals for this season?
For singles, I just wanted to be No. 1. I just want to give it everything I've got and go out with a bang.
Any summer plans?
I'll be teaching a summer tennis camp.
Are you ready to graduate?
Yeah, I'm definitely getting sick of school. I need to get out.
— Pat Donohue