Sept. 5, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. - SoonerSports.com recently caught up with senior Ryan Thomas of the men's tennis team to see how school is going and to find out what he is doing to get ready for the fall portion of the tennis schedule.
Thomas is a native of Melbourne, Australia, and is one of two seniors on this year's squad.
SoonerSports.com will post a Q&A of each returning member of the men's tennis team leading up to the first tournament of the fall season next week. The Sooners travel to Annapolis, Md., Sept. 14-16 for the Navy Invitational.
Thomas talks about the music rotation on his iPod, his favorite thing about Norman and what other sports he enjoys besides tennis:
SS: What did you do this summer to sharpen your game?
RT: I played club tennis and participated in some tournaments.
SS: What are you doing with your free time now that you are back in school?
RT: I watch TV when I have time but that doesn't happen very often.
SS: You have been in Oklahoma for about three years now. What is your favorite thing about Norman and the University of Oklahoma?
RT: I love the OU campus and it has a lot of unique features that make it special. Norman is a friendly, simple town which I like because it is a small city but it has all of the features of a big city.
SS: What personal goals do you have between now and the first official practice of the season?
RT: To become a grinder who does not miss. This is something I have lost over the years at college on fast courts.
SS: What kind of workouts do you do to keep yourself in tennis shape?
RT: Mainly team workouts consisting of weights and conditioning.
SS: How have the first three weeks of class been going?
RT: Class is going very well and I am just excited to be able to get back in the classroom.
SS: What kind of music do you listen to?
RT: I like house music when I am out, but I really like anything but rap and country.
SS: What artists are in heavy rotation on your iPod?
RT: David Auetts, Axwell and Jack Johnson.
SS: Who is the biggest tennis celebrity you have met?
RT: My teammate Sergey Avdeyev.
SS: If you weren't playing tennis, what would you play?
RT: I love golf, so that is the sport I would say I would have the best chance of competing at.
SS: Do you watch any other sports?
RT: I watch just about every sport.
SS: What TV shows do you watch regularly?
RT: I love MTV so anything that is on that station I watch it.
SS: Why did you choose OU?
RT: I had heard from other Australians that this was a great place to be with an excellent chance for a really good college degree.
SS: What is your favorite thing about Norman? Oklahoma?
RT: I love Norman becasue it is a small city but it has all of the features of a big city.