Cardinal Capsule

March 14, 2001


Keiko Tokuda
Sport: Women's Tennis
Year: Junior
Height: 5'2'
Position: 5th singles and 3rd doubles
Hometown: Clifton, NJ
High School: Clifton HS
Major: International Relations and Psychology
Stanford Athletics Highlights: freshman year winning the NCAAs in Florida against Florida, continuing the PAC -10 winning streak, winning the ITA Regional Doubles title with Laura Granville my sophomore year, being an ALL-American, being co-captain of the team

NICKNAME:
Baby Kakes, Jersey Devil, Baby B.

FAVORITE FOOD:
all japanese food, chocolate covered pretzels

FAVORITE MUSIC ARTIST(s):
Dexter Freebish, Nine Days, Savage Garden, No Doubt, Save Ferris

FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM:
Yankees

FAVORITE PLACE TO HANG OUT:
Anywhere outside on the grass when its sunny out

BEST BOOK YOU HAVE READ:
The Great Gatsby

FAVORITE CLASS:
Jody Maxmin's Greek and Hellenistic Art History Class

FAVORITE HOBBY:
Looking for sales at the mall, singing along with music

FAVORITE VIDEO GAME:
Super Mario Brothers (the original one - still haven't beaten it)

FAVORITE MOVIE:
Tommy Boy

FAVORITE TV SHOW:
Jeopardy - because I don't know any of the answers and I'm always in awe of the people that do

FAVORITE ATHLETE:
Tiger Woods and Monica Seles

FAVORITE NON-WOMEN'S TENNIS ACTIVITY:
Swimming or trying to hit golf balls at the driving range

ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES YOU:
Talkative

IF YOU WERE GOING ON A ROAD TRIP AND COULD ONLY TAKE ONE CD, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU TAKE?
The new CD I made that we titled, 'the Unfair but Clean team CD 2000-2001'

BEST VACATION OR TRIP YOU HAVE EVER TAKEN:
Italy with the team before my sophomore year - 2 weeks of good food and beautiful sites

OPPONENT YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO BEAT:
Georgia

HOW DO YOU PREPARE BEFORE A MATCH? DO YOU HAVE ANY GAMEDAY SUPERSTITIONS?
Make sure I have a bottle of gatorade and a bottle of water and at least 3 racquets in my bag

IF YOU COULD PLAY ANOTHER SPORT AT STANFORD, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Golf

BEST THING ABOUT BEING A STUDENT-ATHLETE AT STANFORD:
The Sports Caf�: breakfast, lunch, or dinner, oh, and road trips are crazy fun!

BEST PART ABOUT YOUR GAME:
Having a variety of shots and being able to adjust to the opponent's game

WHAT IS THE BEST SPORTING EVENT YOU HAVE EVER ATTENDED AS A SPECTATOR?
Men's soccer 1999 NCAA first round - truly inspiring heart and hard work

SOMEWHERE YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN THAT YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO VISIT:
Australia

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH A FAMOUS PERSON, WHO WOULD IT BE?
Dr. Seuss

WHAT DO YOU SEE YOURSELF DOING IN 10 YEARS?
Somehow rich, married with kids and owning a flower shop

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR ATHLETIC CAREER TO THIS POINT?
Winning NCAAs my freshman year while being the underdogs

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
Read Japanese books and watching hilarious movies

MOST INFLUENTAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE:
My family (all of them equally in different ways)

WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE TO ATTEND STANFORD?
The weather - thinking it never rained here.

WHAT IS SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW?
I was the rookie of the year in swimming my freshman year of high school

WHAT WOULD YOU WANT PEOPLE TO SAY ABOUT YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE STANFORD?
I was a good team player and motivator - I want them to miss my cheering for them on the court - go go stanford!

FAVORITE BREAKFAST CEREAL:
Special K with some honey on top with 2 % milk

COKE OR PEPSI?
Coke. Though I've had more Pepsi in my life.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUNGSTERS WHO WANT TO PLAY COLLEGIATE TENNIS?
Keep working hard while enjoying the game - you'll make it if you still love the sport as much as I do today

EARLIEST TENNIS MEMORY:
Picking up tennis balls that my sisters hit with a small plastic red and orange toy shopping cart

FAVORITE CLASS YOU'VE TAKEN AT STANFORD:
Jody Maxmin's Art History Class

MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH I LIKE:
Watching Stanford men's gymnastics

FAVORITE PRE-MATCH MEAL:
Breakfast - an omelete, lunch - a tuna sandwich

PAPER OR PLASTIC?
Paper - so you can recycle it!!!

HOW DID YOU SPEND LAST SUMMER?
Traveling to boring places in the US and playing professional tennis tournaments - meeting a bunch of cool people

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