Cardinal Capsule: David Martin

May 10, 2002


David Martin

Sport: Men's Tennis
Year: Junior
Height: 6-0
Hometown: Tulsa, Okla.
High School:Boca Raton Prep
Major: American Studies.
Stanford Athletics Highlights: A co-team captain with K.J. Hippensteel ... In singles, advanced to the second round at the ITA All-American Championships this fall ... In his first event of 2002, reached the singles final at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Las Vegas ... This spring he qualified for the NCAA Singles Championships for the second consecutive year ... With Scott Lipsky, has also qualified for NCAA Doubles action for the second straight season ... He and Lipsky earned All-America honors with an appearance in the 2001 NCAA semifinals.


The best part about being a Stanford athlete is:
Being around all of the amazing people-everyone is so unique in their own way and competing with some of the best athletes in the country.


The Stanford tennis team will be fun to watch this year because:
There are a lot of different personalities on the team-some very expressive and some very calm and focused.


For me to improve as a player I need to:
Keep improving the power and consistency of my serve and continue working on my transition game (coming to the net).


The thing I like about sports is:
The discipline and the training that you have to put-it's very fulfilling. I also like playing with the other guys-you can learn a lot about life through sports.


The most difficult opposing court to play on is:
UCLA-they get a lot of very vocal fans.


A friend from another college tennis team:
My brother plays for Illinois and my friend Julian Rojer plays for UCLA, we used to play doubles together before college.


Favorite professor:
Joyce Moser, my freshamn writing teacher.


Favorite midnight snack:
Chips and salsa.


What makes playing in the Taube Tennis Center so special:
The great tennis tradition that has been carried on there and it's also a beautiful place to play.


If I had to cook all of my meals, I'd probably survive on:
Omelets.


Favorite T.V. show:
Seinfeld.


My parents were right when they told me:
'These years (college) will be some of the most exciting years of your life.'


Favorite website:
ESPN.com.


I'd like to switch places for a day with:
The President (maybe not during these times though).


Most influential people in your life:
My two uncles Tim and Greg-they are very wise and give good advice.


Favorite non-tennis activity:
Playing basketball and also camping and hiking.


Earliest tennis memory:
Playing in a three and a half hour tennis match in a club tournament when I was six years old.


My most prized possession is:
Our National Championship ring my freshman year (2000).


If you were going on a road trip and could only take one cd, which one would you take:
Jack Johnson.


The best advice I ever received was:
Whatever you do, give 100%-life's too short not to.


The current or former Stanford athletes I most enjoy watching perform:
Luke Powell (football) and Nicole Powell (basketball).


If I could go up against any other Stanford athlete (non men's/women's tennis) it would be:
Teyo Johnson (in anything non-contact).


Favorite actor:
Mel Gibson (my favorite movie is Braveheart).


Favorite actress:
Meg Ryan.


If I could go up against any other Stanford athlete (non men's/women's tennis) it would be:
Teyo Johnson (in anything non-contact).


Someplace that you have not been, but wish to visit:
New Zealand.


If I could bring anything from my hometown to Stanford it would be:
A little bit of country-a little less materialism.


Since coming to Stanford I have learned:
There are a lot of amazing and talented people in the world.


If you could play another sport at Stanford, what would it be:
Basketball.


One moment in history I wish I could have seen:
The coming down of the Berlin Wall.


After my Stanford career is over, I'd like to be remembered as:
A person who didn't talk that much, but led by example.


Ten years from now I hope to be:
Teaching high school English or History and coaching basketball or tennis OR on a tropical island.


Favorite Food:
Krispy Kreme doughnuts.


Least Favorite Food:
Coconut and cucumbers.


Favorite sport other than tennis:
Basketball.


If I won $1 million dollars, I would:
Want to develop a job-training program for the underprivileged to help them find jobs.


Something that most people do not know about me:
I was homecoming king in high school.


Advice that I would give to youngsters who want to play collegiate tennis:
Keep having fun with tennis and things will work out.


How did you spend last summer:
One month as a counselor for twelve kids at a sports camp in Missouri-kayaking,canoeing and going on river trips and playing in tennis tournaments the rest ofthe summer.

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