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Courtesy: Whitney Hills
Torsten Wietoska Senior Profile
Tuesday 04/10/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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 DURHAM, N.C.- The Duke men's tennis team is gearing up for its midweek match-up against conference rival North Carolina on Wednesday, April 11th at 3 p.m.  Recently, GoDuke.com sat down with senior Torsten Wietoska to learn more about the Leer, Germany native.  

GoDuke.com: What do you have DVR'd?
Torsten Wietoska: "I don't even know to do that. We have tennis tournaments; Luke is good at recording that. Mostly, South Park and Jersey Shore."

GoDuke.com: What embarrassing music do you have on your iPod?
TW:
"I actually have a few songs from Backstreet Boys, that's my sisters' influence from back in the day. That's probably the worst of it, but people would probably laugh at my German hip hop."

GoDuke.com: What is your favorite movie?
TW:
"I like 'Inception' a lot.  It's probably the most recent one, Matrix fan, the first one, and Gladiator."

GoDuke.com: Do you have any superstitions/pre-game rituals? If so, what are they?
TW: "Not really, I always have to play with the same racquet as before, so I don't switch that. Overgrip has to be white, it can't be dirty, if it's dirty, even if it's not slippery, can't be dirty, but no real rituals, nothing crazy.

GoDuke.com: What's on your bucket list?
TW: "I definitely want to jump out of an airplane, travel around the world, all the continents, not counting Antarctica. I want to spend half a year in India."

GoDuke.com: What's the biggest obstacle you've had to overcome?
TW: "I guess my sophomore year when I had a groin injury, which bothered me for almost a year, I sat out the fall. That gave me a lot of struggle, it was a hard to come back and find motivation and stay positive especially since I didn't know if I needed to get surgery, the doctors didn't know what to do, so that was probably the biggest one."

GoDuke.com: What is your favorite home cooked meal?
TW: "Wienerschnitzel. We actually have our own pizza oven at home, and if that counts as a home cooked meal that pizza is pretty amazing, I like that a lot, I actually miss that a lot."

GoDuke.com: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
TW:
'I hope to be a little closer to becoming a doctor, that's my long term plan." 

GoDuke.com: Who has had the most impact on your life and why?
TW: "I feel like there is not a single person with a lot of impact, if I had to call one person, it was my coach, he become more like a friend.  He's been my coach since the age of nine and once I turned 15 or 16, we were more on like a friendship basis and we were still in touch and he helped me a lot. He always had a good influence on balancing tennis with academics, friends, girlfriends, and helped me out a lot, always very supportive."

GoDuke.com: Describe Ramsey (Coach Ramsey Smith) in one word.
TW: "Energized."

GoDuke.com: Can you cook? If so what are you good at?
TW: "I am actually pretty bad at cooking.  I tried to cook a couple of dishes this semester, like old recipes from my dad. I was pretty good with German pancakes, they were actually pretty good. I tried French toast, which wasn't bad. Lasagna, I can brag a little bit with that, but that pretty much it."

GoDuke.com: Who would you trade places with for a day?
TW:
"My mom."

GoDuke.com: Fill in the blank -- I wish I knew how to _________
TW:
"Speak English."

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