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High school boys’ tennis Player of the Season

GREG CISTULLI

Boys’ tennis

School: Concord High

Class: Senior

Honors: No. 1 player for the Tide; reached semifinals of state singles and doubles tournament (with partner Justin Toler)

3 favorites: Food, my friends, my family

What was the best win of the season for the Concord High team? I would say that the best win of the season was against Londonderry. They were last year’s champions for 2012 and Harrison Max was a finalist in last year’s state singles. The fact that we were able to pull our team together and beat the defending champions was a huge confidence booster for our team and an overall great win for us.

What was the best win of the season for you individually? I would again have to say when we were playing Londonderry and I won over Harrison. I’ve always had tough matches with Harrison because he just gets every ball back to make you hit it one more time. For some reason that’s my weakness, staying in the point, and the fact that I was able to overcome his defensive skills was great for me and great for our team. He’s a tough player and contender and as I said before, he was last year’s finalist after defeating McKinley Grimes in the semis.

Who was the unsung hero of your team? Adi Gandhi. He helped win a key doubles match for us when playing against Keene at #3 doubles. He stepped in and dominated with his serve. It was an exciting thing to watch and experience.

Who was the toughest opponent you faced? I’d have to say that the toughest opponent was the Hanover number one Kotaro Horiuchi during the state singles tournament. It was a really tough match against a high level player, and even though I lost, it was still fun and enjoyable.

Do you have any tennis superstitions? I would have to say that I get ready on the court. I usually always have to take my time when I get on the court. I put my shoes on out on the court. I put my headband on out on the court. I also must have water and Gatorade, because when I take my water break, I drink some water first to clear myself, and then I drink my Gatorade to refresh myself.

How many days per month do you NOT play tennis? I’m not totally sure how many days in a month I don’t play. But, it is a very small amount, maybe 2-3 days I would say.

Other than the racket, what’s the most important piece of gear you bring on the court? I would have to say my headband. You would normally never see me without my headband on when I play tennis. It makes me feel secure when playing and it has become a part of my tennis game. Besides its normal uses, like keeping sweat and hair away from the face, I use it to help with time in between points if needed and other things as well.

What other sports do you play? I recently took up soccer again over the summer. I figured that it was a worthwhile sport to play not only because I enjoy it, but also because it is a great cross-training sport. I play frisbee on and off as well. I’d call that more of a hobby than a sport, though.

What other sport would you like to be good at? I would have to say that I wish I could play lacrosse. I used to play a little with my neighbor back in the day, but it was never anything serious. I enjoy watching it and I enjoy tossing the ball around once in awhile.

If someone was going to make a movie of the Concord High tennis season, who would you want to play you? I don’t really know who I would want to play me. No one in the world is exactly like me, and I am my own person, so I feel that the only person who is qualified to play me would be me.

Who would play Coach Page? I would probably have my older brother (Carson) play Coach Page. He resembles him physically, but also literally as well. They are both very smart and have wonderful things to say at the right moments.

If you could change or add anything to Concord, what would it be? I love Concord. There isn’t much that could be changed in Concord that wouldn’t just make it like any other city. Concord is a city of its own and I believe it should stay that way. Changing it would be like trying to fit in with what is “in style”.

What’s your most visited website? My most visited website is Google. I use it for everything. If you mean website other than Google? Then I would probably have to say Facebook. I use Facebook a lot, just like a normal teenager would say they use Facebook. I use it more now for keeping up on friends and also to keep up on groups that I joined for college and for tennis.

Preferred social media: Facebook, Twitter, other (what is it) or nothing? I’d have to say Facebook. Twitter is a close second, but I use Facebook more to converse with friends and to share things with friends and family. Twitter I use for quick things that I find during the day that I think could be funny or interesting. I also use Instagram to help catch the mood and picture for friends when I see interesting things during the day or something I think is cool or is naturally beautiful.

If you could go on vacation anywhere, where would you go? I would have to say that I would want to go to Italy. My dad went there and I saw some of the photos he took while there and it looks amazing. I’ve always wanted to learn how to speak Italian, so it’s just an added part to want to go to Italy.

If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would it be and what you do? I would probably want to trade places with one of the homeless people that live in our town. I want to know how they live their daily lives just to know how they make it through their day and how their lives are in general.

If you won $25 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money? I would probably keep most of it and start an account in a bank so to be prepared for the future. Then get myself a nice home, nothing too fancy, and a car, and then give some to a charity of some sort.

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