Alkhafaji as good as ever
Name: Amir Alkhafaji
Athlete of the week achievement: Won the District 6 Class AAA singles championship over Altoona’s Chad Allender, 6-2, 6-3.
Season update: Alkhafaji suffered his first loss on Monday against Latrobe.
Coach Brian Denis quote: “I couldn’t be happier for Amir. He’s most-deserving to win districts and close out his senior year in style. It’s a phenomenal way for him to finish his high school career.”
Favorite teacher: Mr. Tinker, a 9th grade teacher.
Favorite subject: Biology
Favorite movie: “Dodgeball”
Favorite food: Don’t have one
Favorite song: No idea
Outside interests: Soccer, piano (contemporary)
Favorite professional team: Real Madrid soccer
Favorite college team: None
Pro athlete most admired: Roger Federer
Best athlete I ever played with: Cameron Humphrey
Best athlete I ever competed against: Mount Lebanon’s A.J. Catanzariti
Most influential persons on my athletic career: Definitely my family, my parents and younger brother Rami
Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the district championship
How I got my start in tennis: “Former Pro Care tennis pro Jamie Taylor started me early and has helped elevate my game over the years.”
Future goal: Attend George Mason University and go on to medical school.