Name: Alberto Fuentes
Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
Major: Finance and economics
Year in School: Senior
How long involved in tennis: 13 yearsDo you prefer singles or doubles?
I prefer singles — it’s just me out there battling someone else.
Why did you start playing tennis?
My parents used to play in a club and one day I decided to play for fun — and I was hooked.
What is your favorite thing about tennis and why?
The competition itself and the fact that I am competing against someone else. I control my emotions and the outcome of the match.
Why did you come to MSU?
When I was playing for my high school, I met Frederico Ueltschi, who went to school here at MSU. I wanted to play college tennis and he recommended MSU.
What is your motivation before a competition?
I visualize the match and how to play well. I also try to stay relaxed.
Do you plan to continue competing in tennis after graduation?
Yes, I could be. I have an offer to get a masters degree in Mexico and play for a school there.
What do you think is the key to your success as a student-athlete?
Commitment and accountability.
Do you have any awards or achievements you have received while involved in tennis?
Back home in Mexico I earned MVP, won national tournaments and received a full ride to play at MSU.
Do you have any other hobbies/activities/interests?
I like to travel.
What is your favorite class at MSU and why?
Macroeconomics, because it uses real life examples and is applicable to life.
Is there anything else you would like to tell students/readers about MSU tennis?
The team is a great community. There are lots of teams around the country that aren’t as close to each other as we are, or as successful. We are like a family.