Pac-10 Q&A: Amit Inbar, UCLA Tennis

May 29, 2009

Favorite memory on a tennis court...

My favorite tennis memory is winning my first futures final in Greece after being a set down. I came back to win it with a huge comeback against another Israeli guy.

Favorite non-tennis activity...

My favorite non-tennis activities are basketball, soccer, jet-skiing and Guitar Hero.

What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?

In 10 years I see myself working in California for a business firm or working somewhere in connection to sports.

Describe your tennis game in three words...

Power, talent, aggressive.

Other than tennis not many people can beat me at...

Not many people can beat me at backgammon, Mario 2 or darts.

What is the one thing you would change about the sport of tennis?

I would change the scoring format. Instead of 15, 30, 40, etc. I would make it more simple like 1,2,3,4.

The thing you miss most about Israel is...

What I miss the most about Israel is my family and friends, and of course my favorite hummus.

Who has had the biggest impact on your tennis career?

My former coach Gilad Bloom who was top-100 player, and my mental trainer.

Favorite tennis drill...

Serve and volley.

Least favorite tennis drill...

Forehand & Backhand side to side.

Best movie you've seen in the last year...

The best movie I've seen in the last year is Slumdog Millionaire.

Road trips with the team are fun because...

We are all together in the car or the airplane and just having fun together, laughing, joke around, eating at restaurants. Just being together.

Tennis player you admired growing up

Growing up, I admired Pete Sampras.

If you could play another sport at UCLA what would it be?

If I could play another sport at UCLA is would be basketball.

Where is the most interesting place you have traveled?

Phuket, Thailand.

If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?

If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life it would be chocolate.

If you could bring the team on a trip to Israel, where would you take them?

I would take them to Jerusalem to see some holy places and get inspiration, and then to Tel-Aviv to party all day on the beach.

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