The No. 1 singles player on the Hobart tennis team, Bruce Grant ’13 is optimistic about what is in store for this year’s team. Under the new leadership of Coach Tim Riskie, Grant is incredibly confident in the direction that this team is headed.
“Our coach is so dedicated to this team, and it only pushes us to do better,” says Grant, who notes the future looks promising thanks to some talented first-year students as well.
The fall season was the team’s most successful start in years, and ended with a record of 4 -2. One recent victory came against Roberts Wesleyan College, where Grant came out with a doubles win with first-year Michael Fields ’15.
Now in his third year on the team, Grant has been able to claim the No. 1 singles and doubles spot each year. His first year at Hobart, he won Co-Rookie of the Year with teammate Alex James ’13. Sophomore year he won the William A. Walley award, presented to a member of the team who exhibits good sportsmanship, works well with the team, and exemplifies strong leadership qualities.
Grant attributes a lot of his success to the years he spent playing tennis in his hometown of Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. While he was a member of his high school varsity team for three years, he has been playing his whole life. When he returns home, he coaches tennis and gives private lessons.
While Grant has been and will likely continue to be successful individually, the idea of being part of a successful team is a huge motivator for him. “As we continue to win, we will only gain momentum for the spring,” he says.
A writing and rhetoric major and an economics minor, Grant volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club in Locust Valley, N.Y. He hopes to pursue a career in sports journalism.
In the photo above, Grant is with Coach Tim Riskie.