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NMI Tennis Association debuts podcast series

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THE NMI Tennis Association’s first podcast episode featured the 2019 NMSA Male Athlete of the Year and Pacific Games gold medalist, Colin Sinclair.

A professional tennis player, Sinclair said he picked up the racket when he was 5 years old, adding that he was trained by his father’s best friend, Saipan coach Jeffrey Race, who also lived next door.

Jeff Race

Sinclair’s father himself played for the North Carolina University. Sinclair later moved to Australia where he blossomed as a high school tennis player. He later committed to playing tennis for Cornell University. “I got really lucky,” he said referring to Cornell University. “I got connected with an agent who was helping other players get in touch with college coaches.” At the time, Sinclair was already in touch with Dartmouth University and Fresno State. He was looking forward to playing for Dartmouth, but his spot was taken by another player who was supposed to commit to Cornell.

He said Cornell’s head coach “didn’t really know anything about me,” but he was given a chance to play for a spot against Cornell’s junior player. Sinclair then showcased a variety of his skills on the court. “It was good to have that match to show them what I could do,” he added.

After playing at the collegiate level, Sinclair decided to join the pro tours — the ATP and the ITF. “It’s such a good experience,” he said. “For years you get an education, training. Best couple of years of my life there.”

Colin Sinclair

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