Article Courtesy of Tyler Morning Telegraph
The following is a question and answer with Tyler Junior College sophomore tennis player Matt Campbell. He plays No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles (with Vasili Caripi) for the Apaches. TJC is 8-5 on the season. The Apaches compete in the Region XIV Tournament today and Saturday in Laredo and the NJCAA national tournament May 14-18 in Plano.
Last year, TJC finished second in the nation and in 2010 the Apaches were tri-national champions with Collin County and Laredo. TJC has won 14 men's national championships. Last year, Campbell achieved All-American status by capturing the Flight Two singles national championship. He and partner Mario Jakovljevic made it to the semifinals in doubles. His home city of Adelaide is the capital of South Australia. It is the fifth largest city in Australia. Adelaide is a coastal city situated on the eastern shores of the Gulf St. Vincent. Adelaide, which has a population of about 1.2 million, is about 453 miles northwest of Melbourne and 875 miles west of Sydney.
School: Tyler Junior College
Hometown: Adelaide, South Australia
Parents: Ian and Regina Campbell
Siblings: Sister Pip, 22; brother Tom, 16.
Distance from Adelaide to Tyler: 9,367 miles
Favorite Music: Country, Rap, Rock
Favorite Artists: Coldplay, Michael Bublé
Last Movie Seen: The Hunger Games
Favorite Tennis Player: Lleyton Hewitt
Q: How is the season going?
It is going well. We are a bit young this year. We have played a good schedule. We are gaining confidence. We had a good win over Collin (7-2).
Q: Describe your game?
My game is mental. I try to vary spins and the pace; mixed it up.
Q: When did you start playing tennis?
I started at a young age, around eight or nine. I played Australian Rules Football, golf, cricket and tennis.
Q: How did you wind up at TJC?
I was originally recruited to attend DePaul University in Chicago. But I found out I was ineligible, so I did a little research and I got in touch with coach (John) Peterson (former TJC coach). I saw their success, rich history and reputation; and I wanted to come here.
Q: How does Texas compare to Australia?
The weather is very similar, but it is not quite as humid in Australia. The people are very friendly here.
Q: What are the top sports in Australia?
Cricket and Australian Rules Football are the top two by far. Golf is pretty popular.
Q: Why is Lleyton Hewitt your favorite tennis player?
I grew up watching him. I like him because he is tough and fights for every point. I love his tenacity.
Q: What sports do like in America?
I love the American sports. I have become a fan of the Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers. I like American football. It is a bit different than Australian Rules Football. We have neither pads nor helmets. It is more kicking involved. I became a fan of the Cowboys and I got to go to a game. In a couple of weeks, we are going to a Rangers game.