Athlete Profile: Markus Schleuter

Name:  Markus Schleuter
Sport:  Tennis
Hometown:  Frankfurt, Germany
Major:  Mechanical engineer
Year in School: Sophomore
How long involved in tennis: I’ve been playing with my parents since I was five, and competing since age 10.

Which do you prefer: singles or doubles, and why?
Singles; I like to be alone on the court. Tennis is mostly a single sport.

Why did you start playing?
It is an interesting sport and my parents played. I can play with my whole family.

Why did you come to MSU?
It is a good engineering school and I can play on the tennis team.  The surroundings are good, too. There is good skiing and a great landscape.

What is your favorite thing about tennis and why?
I can play outside and be alone. You have to figure out how to win on your own on the court.

What is your motivation before a match?
I listen to music to relax. I am nervous before a match, but I love tennis so I am always ready to play.

Do you plan to continue competing in tennis after graduation?
Probably, in Germany we have league tennis. I probably won’t play as much, but I will still play.

What do you think is the key to your success as a student-athlete?
Be organized and like what you do.  If you don’t like what you do, it is hard to make yourself practice every day and attend class.

Do you have any awards or achievements you have received while involved in tennis?
As a team we made it to conference last year.

Do you have an inspirational person or quote?
Roger Federer who is a tennis professional.  My coach is a good guy and my teammates are supportive.  Also, myself. I push myself to keep improving.

Do you have any other hobbies/activities/interests?
Outdoors, hiking, climbing and skiing.

What is your favorite class at MSU and why?
Manufacturing procefss laboratory because we actually get to build and make things out of metal.

Is there anything else you would like to tell students/readers about MSU tennis?
We have a lot of outdoor courts so people can play tennis if they want.  People can watch us too; it is appreciated.