Five Minutes with Ryan Smith

April 8, 2010

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Nickname: Rhyno
Favorite campus you have been to other than Georgia Tech: Duke
Tennis facility I want to play in but never have: U.S. Open
Funniest player on the team is: Miguel Muguruza
Most serious player on the team is: Dusan Miljevic
One word to describe Coach Thorne: passionate
Favorite thing Coach Thorne says: “I like to consider Labor Day as a day of labor”
My goal for this season is: to advance our way through the NCAA Tournament
Favorite moment of my tennis career: winning the state tournament in High School
Person who has the most influence on my game: Stephen Diaz
If I could change on thing about the game of tennis, it would be: nobody would be allowed to cheat
Best player I’ve played with: Robby Ginepri
Favorite athlete in another sport: LeBron James
Favorite non-sports person: Dane Cook
Favorite sports team: Atlanta Falcons
Favorite sport besides tennis: football
Favorite tennis player: Rafael Nadal
Favorite sports broadcaster: (the late) Skip Caray
Favorite thing to eat before a match: Jimmy John’s sub
Favorite cereal: Oh’s
Favorite late-night snack: PBJ
Favorite place to eat in Atlanta: Fogo de Chao
Favorite video game: Fifa Soccer
Favorite movie: The Gladiator
Favorite sports movie: Remember the Titans
Favorite TV program: 24
Favorite musical artist: Dave Matthews Band
Favorite toy as a child: Sock `em Boppers
Favorite song to sing in the shower: You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift
Favorite place in the U.S. (or the world) you have been: Grand Canyon
Dream vacation: skiing in Denver, Colorado
First job I ever had: stringing rackets
The thing I like best about Georgia Tech is: My teammates and the other relationships I’ve built along the way
My “welcome to college” moment: preseason conditioning at 6:00 am
First thing I would do with a million dollars: take a vacation and go skiing
My worst phobia: spiders
One thing I couldn’t live without: Firehouse or Willy’s
One thing people don’t know about me: I am a phenomenal singer
One thing I wish I was better at: speaking Spanish


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