Spartan Spotlight: Allen Ye
Issue date: 4/24/09 Section: Sports
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Greg Meyer: How long have you been playing tennis?
Allen Ye: 16 years, four years at Case.
GM: So you were like a child prodigy. What inspired you to play?
AY: I had good hand-eye coordination when I was a kid.
GM: Fair enough. What are some of your extracurricular activities?
AY: Being obscenely bad at all non-racket related sports, eating large quantities of food, and being super extra awkward.
GM: So the hand-eye coordination doesn't really translate. Who is your favorite athlete?
AY: Wojo Woyczynski, Greater Cleveland area pancake speed-eating champion, because I've seen him eat an entire Subway footlong in under 30 seconds.
GM: I don't know whether to be impressed or disturbed. What is your best tennis memory?
AY: Being the clinching match against NYU for my last match as a senior.
GM: Nothing like pulling through in the clutch. What is your worst tennis memory?
AY: Knowing that I still could have been so much better next year if I weren't a senior.
GM: Yeah, that damn eligibility thing. Shucks. What is your favorite quote?
AY: "Tomás you look tired, isn't it past your bedtime?" -Isaac Pearlman, taunting the other team with a real zinger.
GM: It sounds like you guys know where to hit where it hurts. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
AY: Hustling kids out of money on the tennis court because I'll have ballooned out to like 400 pounds by then.
GM: Admirable. What makes tennis stand out from other sports?
AY: It relies totally on the honesty of each player.
GM: I still don't know how you guys do that. I don't trust anyone from the other team. If they made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
AY: Snoop Dogg, because we're basically the same person.
GM: I've always wanted to say this: fo' shizzle. What's your least favorite thing about tennis?
AY: The fact that [we] always check each other (I don't know how to describe this, we just run down the line and like crash our forearms together) after introductions. Sean Carr comes down and has forearms made out of titanium nanoweave or something and it feels like my arm is breaking anytime I do it with him.