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Conversation with Former Arkansas Standout Aleksey Bubis

Aleksey Bubis was a top junior tennis player from Palm Harbor, Florida, in the late 1990s - making the rounds on the USTA Junior National Circuit. Bubis went on to play college tennis at the University of Arkansas, where he starred from 1999 to 2003 - still appearing the the Razorback Record Book for his 28-10 mark during the 2000-01 season.

Harry Cicma of NBC Sports recently got the chance to catch up with Bubis at a tennis event.


Questions and Answers

Former Arkansas player Aleksey Bubis
Harry Cicma (HC): What did you enjoy the most about playing tennis at Arkansas?

Aleksey Bubis (AB): I am grateful for the friendship of my team. It was also a great honor to represent the University of Arkansas - and I learned to be a team player.


HC: What are you involved with now since graduating?

AB: I am coaching tennis under my own business - Serious Tennis Behavior. I really enjoy improving everyone's ability to play better tennis and compete at any level the aspire to - and helping them reach their full potential.


HC: Coming from Florida, you excelled nationally in the Juniors and in College... how did the Florida environment help you on and off the courts?

AB: Having the ability to play tournaments every weekend against good players was very beneficial. Also, the weather allows you to practice all year round with the opportunity to play through really hot and humid weather most of the year - in turn making you a fitter and more mentally strong competitor.


HC: What advice would you give to a young player looking to play pro or college tennis?

AB: Focus on your strokes and footwork! Technical aspects of the game are extremely important in order to get to the next level. Without really good strokes and footwork, you can only get so far in the game. Make sure you are learning the same technical elements of the game the best players in the world are - and using the variety of footwork they rely on.


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About Harry Cicma

When it comes to college tennis, Harry Cicma is your man. Cicma covers tennis and other athletic stories for NBC Sports, writing articles and producing video segments.

He is co-founder and host of World Tennis a weekly tennis show on NESN, and host of of Tennis Live Radio's College Corner.

Cicma competed as a junior in USTA/New England and went on to play college tennis at Rutgers University. As a professional, Cicma competed at the ATP Newport tournament and the San Jose Siebel Open. He reached a career-high #75 in the ATP doubles team rankings and #1262 in the ATP Entry System.

In media, Cicma has run the gamut. He has worked for NBC, CBS, ABC, ESPN, FOX Sports Net, the Tennis Channel, and World Team Tennis. Cicma has announced NCAA sports as well as the US Open Tennis Championships on both TV and radio.

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