Spartan spotlight: Cheyenne Chambers
Issue date: 4/9/10 Section: Sports
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Greg Meyer: What inspired you to play tennis?
Cheyenne Chambers: Well, I always wanted to play football, but my high school team didn't allow girls to play. So, I chose the second most violent sport available to me: tennis.
GM: Yes, the killer instinct in tennis is well documented among sports writers. What are some of your hobbies?
CC: Phi Alpha Delta, pre-law fraternity (president-elect), Mortar Board. When I'm not in class, on the tennis court, or tutoring pre-law students, I like to fiddle on my violin.
GM: Can you play it like Charlie Daniels? Who is your favorite athlete?
CC: Without a doubt, my favorite athlete is Hines Ward. He's one of the most hard-working and mentally focused professional athletes. I admire his determination.
GM: And he has successfully mastered the art of the "cheap shot." What are your best and worst tennis memories?
CC: For me, every win is great. Then again, any loss is definitely the worst.
GM: Keeping it simple, I can dig it. What is your favorite quote?
CC: During one of my high school matches, I played a girl who kept cheating on line calls. Out of frustration, I serve an ace and then said (yelled) the following: "Was that ball moving too fast for you? Because it was all over that line." The team liked it so much that we made t-shirts with the quote. For anyone interested, I have the shirt to prove it.
GM: You weren't joking about that violence stuff earlier. What makes tennis stand out from other sports?
CC: You have two competitors in tennis, your opponent, and yourself. The most important challenge is to keep your mental game in check. If you can't control your own emotions, and stay focused during a match, it becomes almost impossible to beat the person across the net.
GM: If you could invite any three people to dinner, living or dead, who would it be and why?
CC: Hmm...being the Supreme Court fanatic that I am, I would invite former Chief Justices Earl Warren, John Marshall, and Roger B. Taney to dinner. For Warren, I want to know what it felt like to deliver the unanimous opinion in Brown v. Board of Education (1954). For Marshall, I want to know why he chose not to recuse himself in Marbury v. Madison (1803). For Taney, I would question his decision in Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857).
GM: That sounds like quite the lively dinner. If they made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
CC: Jurnee Smollett. I think she's a great actress, and would make a great attorney in a movie.
GM: Going off the beaten path on that one. Very nice. What would we find in your locker right now that might surprise us?
CC: Not that it would be too surprising, but I do have a copy of the U.S. Constitution in my locker. Yes, the whole thing…all seven articles, and 27 amendments. Before and after practices, I like to refresh my memory on the historical and political importance of due process, privileges or immunities, and the commerce clause (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3).
GM: Just so you can hand down judgment to girls cheating on line calls? What's your least favorite thing about tennis?
CC: I love the fact that tennis does not have a time clock. Just when you think the match is over… think again.
GM: You love your least favorite thing? That just doesn't make sense. Lawyer-speak, I suppose. What's the high point in the tennis season?
CC: The high point of the season is definitely the UAA Championships. This is the opportunity where all of our hard work as a team is put to the test for the final time. It's all or nothing.
GM: Cheyenne Chambers, everyone.