Cherokee Trail’s Omer Sarwana is confident in his debate skills and is developing a game to match on the tennis court.
In his second season on the varsity boys tennis team, the senior has risen to No. 2 singles slot for the Cougars and is intent on concentrating on his game as much as his studies.
Sarwana carries a 4.17 GPA in Cherokee Trail’s International Baccalaureate program and plans to attend the University of Denver, though he doesn’t have a tennis scholarship offer at present.
What is your favorite high school memory, athletically or otherwise?
My favorite memory in high school is spending time with my team and just having a good time both on the courts and off.
What is the biggest sacrifice you have to make to play your sport?
The biggest sacrifice I have ever had to make for my sport has been balance. I am a student in advanced placement and IB classes as well as a tennis player for Cherokee Trail. When I get home from practice I start my homework, which means I have little time for my social life.
What’s the best piece of advice ever given to you in sports or in life?
Always try your very hardest and stay focused on the game. This may sound cliché but I have noticed, in every single match I have ever played, that I will always be satisfied with my performance if I can focus and when I try my best I end up winning, almost always.
Are you a leader? If so, what do you think makes a good leader in yourself or others?
I think I am a leader. A good leader is someone who is able to understand his fellow athletes and be able to work with them. A good leader is someone who sets an example and puts the bar high enough to encourage positive behavior and great playing and athleticism from everyone on the team. I think I am one of the leaders on my team and in other places of my life.
Do you have any quirks or superstitions when it comes to your sport or in life in general?
I can never wear any hats, caps, sunglasses, sunscreen, wristbands, headbands, or anything else. I always feel like if I start wearing something or putting something on, then I will not be able to play at my usual level if I don’t wear it one day because I am used to it by then. So when I play tennis, it has to be just me and the tennis racket.
If you listen to music before a game, what gets you most ready for competition? If not, how do you get focused?
I try to forget about everything that’s going on and only think about tennis. Tennis is a mental game and if you are not completely focused, you cannot win. The first time you think about something other than the ball and how it is going to connect with your racket, you will lose the point.
What’s a sport you’ve always wanted to try, but haven’t and why haven’t you?
I have pretty much played every common sport. However, one sport I would like to play is field hockey. It is kind of hard to find a field to play field hockey in, and it’s not a common sport in America.
If you could pick a person living or dead to spend a day with, who would it be and why?
Muhammad Ali is extremely inspirational to me because of his focus and determination in the ring and I think he could teach me a lot about the drive and dedication that makes the difference between a good athlete and an exceptional athlete.
Other than sports, do you have another true passion in life and if so, what is it and why?
I really like public speaking and debate. Getting up and speaking in front of a crowd has always been something I excel at and it’s a great feeling to be talking to people about a subject I am passionate about. I like communicating my ideas, then listening to others’ ideas and proving or debating the argument’s strong points. I’m always right.
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?
In 10 years, I see myself with a family, a house, and working as either a lawyer or somewhere in the business field. Also, tennis will always be a part of my life.
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