She enjoys having to figure things out on the court

Lauren Tracy is off to a 7-1 start in singles for Cherokee after taking a year off.
Lauren Tracy is off to a 7-1 start in singles for Cherokee after taking a year off.
Posted: September 17, 2012

In taking a season off from scholastic tennis, Lauren Tracy found that what she missed most wasn't the victories as much as the path to those victories.

It's a subtle distinction but a significant one. Tracy, a senior at Cherokee, said it's the individual challenge of her sport that most appeals to her competitive instincts.

"I like how you are on your own and you have to figure it out," Tracy said. "You have to figure out how to overcome the doubt and the frustration and the anger. You have to overcome obstacles and figure out how to win points and win matches.

"I like having to figure it out."

Tracy, a 5-foot-7 lefthander, was the Burlington County Open singles champion as a sophomore in 2010. She said she sat out the 2011 high school season to "take a break and refocus a little."

Tracy is back strong as a senior. She's 7-1 through the early part of the season at No. 1 singles for a Cherokee squad that should contend for the Olympic American and South Jersey Group 4 titles.

Question: When did you get serious about tennis?

Answer: Probably when I was around 13 or 14. Before that, I played, but I wasn't serious. I used to play a lot of soccer, and I loved it, but I gave that up when I got serious about tennis.

Q: How would you describe your playing style?

A: I love to come to the net. I'm lefthanded, and I like to try to hit a slice out wide and follow that up by coming to the net.

Q: Have you made a college decision?

A: Not yet. I haven't even narrowed it down too much. I would love to continue playing tennis in college.

Q: Do you know what you'd like to study?

A: Right now I'm thinking either biology as part of the pre-med route or maybe business.

Q: Is biology your favorite subject in school?

A: Math in general. I like all kinds of math.

Q: Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of tennis?

A: I like to run long distances. I'm always running over at Lenape, believe it or not.

Q: What do you listen to while you're running?

A: I like a lot of techno. I'm a big fan of Cruella. I also like Taylor Swift.

Q: What are you reading?

A: Right now I'm reading Andre Agassi's autobiography, Open.

Q: What's the best movie you've seen lately?

A: My all-time favorite is Inception.

Q: What's the outlook for the Cherokee girls' tennis team this season?

A: It's exciting. We've got a really close team this year, a great group of girls. I missed that when I wasn't playing, the support you get from your teammates. It makes it so much more enjoyable.

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