Home Boys' Lists Girls' Lists Men's Teams Women's Teams News Photos Contributors Links Help Sign-UpOnline Store
Latest News | Categories | Authors | News Archives
 
 

News & Features

Where Are They Now?
Conversation with Trinity Star Scott Levy
Share:    

Scott Levy played tennis for Trinity College in Connecticut back in the early 2000s, and he was part of something special for the Bantams. During his senior season in 2004, Levy posted a 14-2 record in singles and - with partner Jimmy Ames - a 10-3 mark in doubles. Those results were instrumental in Trinity knocking off Williams to win the team's first-ever NESCAC Championship.

Harry Cicma of NBC Sports chatted with Levy about his experiences with junior and college tennis...

 

Questions and Answers

Former Trinity College standout Scott Levy
courtesy, Trinity Athletics
Harry Cicma (HC): What did you enjoy the most about played college tennis for Trinity?

Scott Levy (SL): The camaraderie of the team. The teams I was on all four years were made up of guys with very little in common in terms of personality types and interests outside of tennis, which was very different than what I had on my high school team, and all of us who came up playing together. That element of very different types of guys - in terms of maturity level, interests, and even how much the sport of tennis meant to them - working together because of the shared care and respect we had for each other was really cool. It was a totally different type of teamwork than what I was expecting I would find in college.

 

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

SL: Figure out what is important to you before you figure out where you want to apply. If playing Top 6 - or however many singles matches count towards the score today - is your absolute top priority, go for a place you are confident you'll be Top 6. If playing on a big name team matters, go for that. I think what causes a lot of stress - and what can detract from the experience - is when priorities are unclear.

There is so much that changes when you go from the high school to college experience that you are virtually guaranteed excitement and challenge of one type or another (whether through tennis or elsewhere). At the risk of stating the total obvious, if you can mitigate the stresses, it really frees you up to enjoy all that college offers - whatever school you go to.

 

HC: What were the biggest challenges of moving from the USTA Juniors to NCAA Tennis? What was your best memory on the court?

SL: Beating Steve Prisco in Newport still stands out to me. Although the tournament was just a summer tournament with no real implication for any of our teams, at least in my mind, he and I were from two completely different universes of tennis ability. To put it in perspective, I can remember him going entire seasons in our high school league where he would lose maybe 2-3 matches at No. 1 singles when I was not even in the Top 6 just on my own team. My mom called my dad before the match to tell him I was playing Prisco. The message was something to the effect of 'Come watch your son on the same court with this incredible player, but hurry up because it will be a quick one.'

I was really just looking to get through the match without being totally embarrassed, but gradually that shifted to where I felt like "I can hang in rallies with him a bit" to "We're at 5-5, [expletive], I might take a set off Prisco!" to "This match is mine!" Having my parents, who I normally preferred not to watch, there watching and sharing it was awesome and really contributed to what a rush we all got from it. Before that match I really never had any particularly noticeable upset. It was a totally awesome, unfamiliar, surreal feeling walking around Newport in the couple hours after replaying moments of the match in my mind.

 
 

About YONEX

We are honored to have YONEX as the presenting sponsor of our Where Are They Now? article series at TennisRecruiting.net.

YONEX

YONEX is a successful global company with its corporate headquarters located in Tokyo, Japan. Subsidiary companies operate around the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Taiwan and China (Golf). YONEX continues to be driven to produce the most technologically advanced sports equipment to enable players, both amateur and professional, to play their sport at a higher level.

Connect with YONEX on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest, - or on their website.

 

Leave a Comment

 

More "Where Are They Now?" Features

11-Oct-2019
Gator Grad Cercone Transitions from Player to USTA Administrator
Tennis has been the focus of former University of Florida Gator Alex Cercone throughout most of her life. In her position at the USTA’s National Campus, Cercone looks at tennis from a different perspective: as an administrator of the organization’s national junior tournaments.

6-Sep-2019
Rake Transitions From Tennis to Lucrative Career in Finance
Former junior star Rodolfo Rake has transitioned from tennis to a lucrative career in the finance industry. The two-time Kalamazoo champion is a managing director at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. How he got there featured some interesting twists and turns.

30-Jul-2019
Allen Grateful She Accepted the Challenge at Navy
Stefanie Allen spent four years playing at Navy, and has continued to serve the country as a Marine Corps officer. She was a platoon commander in Okinawa, Japan and currently works as a defense systems analyst. Find out more in "Where Are They Now?"

 
 "Where Are They Now?" Index |   Subscribe

 

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.

 
 YONEX USA
 
2018 EZONE Blue Launch Party at the Australian Open
 
Stan Wawrinka (SUI), Nick Kyrgios (AUS), Caroline Garcia (FRA), and Daria Gavrilova (AUS) joined other top-ranked Yonex players for an evening down under to celebrate ...
 
See More
 
RECENT COMMITMENTS
11/16 Kiana Graham chooses SMU
11/16 David Hopper chooses St. Louis
11/16 Justin Cadeau chooses Howard
11/16 Kate Zhang chooses Colgate
11/16 Jurriaan Bol chooses UNC Wilmington
11/15 Sean Pesin chooses Colgate
11/15 Erin Yaroshuk chooses Rollins
11/15 Luke Johnson chooses Concordia (NE)
11/15 Kianna Oda chooses Gonzaga
11/15 Corina Spasojevic chooses South Carolina

Full Listings: Boys' Commits & Girls' Commits

 
 
RECENT HEADLINES
ITA NEWS
THE LATEST FROM ZOOTENNIS
11/17 Wolf and Korda Meet in Champaign Challenger Final; Vandeweghe and Giron Reach Houston Finals; Sebastian Gorzny Returns to Tennis after Mysterious…
11/16 Brown Advances to Champaign Challenger Semifinals; Giron, Krueger to Meet for Spot in Houston Challenger Final; Mateas Reaches Final Four at Orlando…
11/15 Division I Signing Announcements Rolling In; UCLA's Smith, Illinois's Brown Among Six Americans in Champaign Challenger Quarterfinals
11/14 Scott Turns Pro; Pepperdine's Lahey and USC's Cukierman Top ITA Fall Rankings; Bryan Brothers Announce 2020 Retirement
11/13 Qualifying Complete, Main Draw Matches Underway at Orlando Men's and Women's $25Ks; Bellis Wins Again, Di Lorenzo Retires at Houston's WTA…
Colette Lewis has covered topflight junior events as a freelance journalist for over a decade. Read her weekly column, follow her on Twitter, and and find more of her daily commentary at ZooTennis.
 
TALK TENNIS

Page updated on Monday, November 04, 2019
Contact our web team with any corrections