DURHAM, N.C. – Incoming freshman TJ Pura of the Duke men’s tennis team is the lone incoming freshman this upcoming season, as head coach Ramsey Smith's squad returns nine of 10 letterwinners. GoDuke.com recently caught up with Pura and had the chance to get to know the prospect.
A product of Pacific Palisades, Calif., Pura is a blue chip prospect ranked 28th overall by Tennisrecruiting.net and has been ranked as high as fifth by the recruiting service. At the USA F16 Futures in June, Pura reached the singles Round of 16. Throughout his junior career, Pura has accumulated three USTA Gold Balls, which are awarded to the winners of the largest US national tournaments each year.
Get to Know TJ Pura
Who is your favorite tennis player of all-time? Roger Federer
I chose Duke because, … it was the perfect combination of tennis, academics and social life
What age did you start to play tennis? Six
What are your favorite sports teams? Love my NY Teams: Go Jets, Yankees, and Knicks!
If you could choose to attend one sporting event in the US for free, what would you pick? Game 7 of the NBA Finals
What are some of your hobbies outside of tennis? Kicking it with friends, pool, surfing and Mario Kart exclusively on N64
What is your favorite vacation you have been on? Greek islands
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be? Brazil
If you could choose any three people to go eat dinner with, past or present, who would you pick? Christina Hendricks, Isla Fisher and Jason Tahir
What is your dream job? Actor
What is your favorite type of ice cream? Phish food
Who is your favorite music artist? Lil Wayne
Mountains or Beach? Beach
IPhone or Droid? iPhone
Do you have anything in mind that you would like to major in at Duke? Computer science