Special from Scholarship for Athletes
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Steve Johnson, a USC sophomore from Orange, CA, sits down with Scholarship For Athletes to discuss being a Trojan and his transition from juniors into the top of the collegiate tennis rankings. He is currently ranked #1 in Men's singles and #13 in doubles. He helped USC bring home a national championship title in 2009.
Questions and Answers
Ross Greenstein (RG): What factors contributed to your decision to attend USC?
Steve Johnson (SJ): A few of the main factors for choosing USC were the fact that I got along with the team really well during my visit. I felt like the coaching staff of Peter, Brett and Eric gave me the best chance to be successful in college as well as transitioning afterwards. Lastly it was close enough to home so that my parents and family could watch the next stage of my tennis career.
RG: What was the transition like from the juniors to college on and off the court?
SJ: The transition was very difficult for me coming from the juniors to college in both school and tennis. College academics were much more difficult than what I was used to in high school so I had to spend a lot more time off the court studying. On the court is was a big jump as well because in the juniors I was used to practicing 3 or 4 days a week and now were practicing 5-6 days a week as well as off court training.