During each day of the men's tennis team's trip to Hawai'i, a member of the Blue Devil squad will offer his thoughts on the experiences. Day four features junior Andrew DeJoy recapping Monday.
Getting Down to Business: Duke vs. University of Hawai’i
Match Day. For some, today kicked off a final season of Duke Men’s Tennis. For others, the journey just started. For all of us, today marked the beginning of an exciting road ahead — it was finally time to capitalize on the hard work that we’ve all put in throughout the fall. What’s even better is that we got to start this journey together as an entire program in Honolulu.
The day began with our usual pre-match routine — a hearty meal. After a few tough practices and lots of time in the sun, we all knew how important it was to fuel up for the big day ahead.
Next, we deviated a bit from our usual routine with a morning off from tennis. We had some free time to rest and relax before the beginning of a great season. Some of the guys strolled down the beach, some explored hole-in-the wall spots in Waikiki and some took the time to fully rest and get their bodies ready for the long afternoon of matches.
Finally, the time came to pack the vans and leave for the University of Hawai’i Tennis Complex for our 3 p.m. local start. Inherently, each guy approached our start together with different emotions — some a bit nervous, others super excited and everything in-between. Though as we settled in for started our prematch agilities, we all came to realize today was the first opportunity to compete together as a team, offering renewed motivation to focus, fight for and support each other. Today, instead of dangling from ropes 50 feet in the air, we got to apply those principles on the court.
Naturally, such powerful team support — championed by our senior TJ Pura — led to an incredibly positive atmosphere. Nerves turned to excitement, and, when coupled with great tennis, led to an amazing start to our season. We played two rounds of doubles followed by a round of singles, tallying a 6-2 doubles mark and a 7-1 singles record. We were most proud of our freshmen — Spencer [Furman], Nick [Stachowiak] and Robert [Levine] — who all put on impressive performances in their first matches that had a dual match atmosphere.
Today was a great way to kick off our season, although we know that it was only the beginning and are looking forward to competing again against Ole Miss Tuesday at 9 a.m. HT.