Athlete of the Week: 10 questions with Julia Ross, New Trier tennis
Julia Ross is a senior singles player for the Trevians. A conference champion, Ross also has six IHSA-finals victories.
1. Do you have any prematch rituals or superstitions?
One thing I do when I play is I have to have my hair in a low bun. I can’t play with any other hairstyle. I’ve always like worn it in a low ponytail, but then it bugged my back a few years ago now.
2. What do you hope to do next year?
I hope wherever I go I will play club or varsity tennis. I’m looking to play either one right now. I just hope to continue playing.
3. What do you want to study?
I think I’ll probably end up studying economics, computer science or math. I don’t like a lot of subjects so I’ve narrowed it down to those three, and I seem to be good at them so far.
4. What is your favorite thing to do off the court?
My favorite thing to do that’s not tennis is I love to ride my bike and I love to go skiing. And I also love traveling too.
5. What is your favorite place to travel?
I really like going west into the mountains for winter break to ski. I really like going to Paris. It’s beautiful there.
6. What is one place you’d really like to go?
I’d say South Korea. Its culture is so much different. I really like Korean cuisine and would like to experience all that. I also like their music.
7. If you could play another sport, what would it be?
I think I would do pole vaulting. It seems fun, adventurous. I like heights, like roller coasters sand stuff, and it seems the closest you could get to that feeling with a sport.
8. If you are in Walgreens with a couple bucks what are you buying?
I would buy a Crunch bar. I would go in the candy aisle and that would probably be what I pick out.
9. What is something people don’t know about you?
Some people know this, but most people don’t know I have a giant collection of Squishmallows. I have 24. They are soft, there’s a wide variety you can have and they are perfect to cuddle with and sleep with.
10. What do you and the Trevians want to accomplish in these final few weeks?
Personally, I hope to leave a good legacy behind and have everyone remember my personality well and my energy. And as a team I hope we can come out with a team trophy at state.
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