DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke men's tennis team returns to action against Virginia Commonwealth University on March 5. Recently, GoDuke.com sat down with senior Henrique Cunha to learn more about the Jau, Brazil native.
GoDuke.com: What has been your proudest moment at Duke? Henrique Cunha: My freshman year when I beat the No. 1 player in the nation to clinch the match against USC, I think was one of my favorite moments of my career here. I hope to have a similar or better moment this year.
GoDuke.com: What is your favorite part about being a Duke student-athlete? HC: Well, I like to be pushed, so I really enjoy being here working hard on the tennis court, running track and lifting. Also, going to classes the professors are going to ask challenging questions. I like the challenge because it is not easy. You are pushed on the courts and you are pushed in the classroom.
GoDuke.com: What has been your favorite class at Duke? HC: Well, I am doing Markets and Management Studies, so I really like business. I took a finance class that I really liked. I think this semester I am taking an entrepreneurship class that will probably rank in my top three classes.
GoDuke.com: Tell us about the time when you first started playing your sport. HC: I started when I was about five years old, in my hometown. My dad played tennis and my mom took me to the club, I started hitting some balls and I started taking lessons twice a week.
GoDuke.com: What was your favorite food when you were a child? HC: Well, I really like Brazilian type of food. We eat rice, beans, steak and salad. We don't eat much Spanish food, like in the U.S. So I would probably say steak, rice and salad are my favorite food.
GoDuke.com: Who has been the biggest influence on your life? HC: My family is a big influence for me in what I do, in my decisions, what I want to do and what I want to achieve. I always think about them. In the sport, probably Gustavo Kuerten, the greatest Brazilian tennis player ever. He won the French Open when I was seven, so that was a big motivation to keep playing and maybe achieve something similar to him.
GoDuke.com: Do you have any hidden talents? HC: I am fluent in Spanish, Portugese and English.
GoDuke.com: Do you have any TV shows DVRed? HC: Shark Tank.
GoDuke.com: What is one possession you can't live without? HC: I would say music. Whenever I travel, I have to take my iPod or computer just to listen to music. I think music serves as motivation before a tennis match or the mindset that I like to be.
GoDuke.com: What kind of music do you have on your iPod? HC: All kinds of music. I like Pop, Rock and Brazilian music.
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