Alkhafaji as good as ever

Name: Amir Alkhafaji

School: Hollidaysburg

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Tennis

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.