Athlete of the Week: Chiawana's Mendoza is all aces

Tri-City HeraldMay 2, 2013 

When he was younger, Manuel Mendoza liked watching his older brother Jose and sister Guadalupe play tennis. As he and his identical twin brother Luis got older, they put their soccer ball away and picked up tennis racquets.

“It was fun to watch them play,” said Mendoza, the Riverhawks No. 2 singles player. “When we would see them play, we wanted to play against them. It was fun playing with them. We just kept with the sport.”

Mendoza beat Hanford’s Cyrus Stephens 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 last week to run his record to 11-2.

“I think this is great,” the right-hander said. “I didn’t think I would get this many wins. I think I have some pretty good serves and power on my forehand.”

Mendoza has challenged Chiawana’s No. 1 singles player Javan Olin several times, but can’t quite beat his junior teammate.

“I think he is a little better than me,” Mendoza said.

Q‘n’A

w Favorite food: Pepperoni pizza

w Favorite food: Anything with meat

w Favorite nonsport activity: Video games

w Favorite video game: Call of Duty Black Ops II

w Favorite class: Weight training

w Pregame/race ritual: None. I just get on the court and start playing

w Must-have on the road: iPod

w Favorite movie: The Avengers

w Favorite TV show: Family Guy and the Simpsons

w Favorite holiday: Christmas

w Last book read (not for school): I haven’t read in awhile

w Career plans: SWAT

w Favorite court: Tri-City Court Club

w With $100 in a mall, where do you go?: Tilly’s

w Favorite restaurant: Old Country Buffet

w Dream vacation: Hawaii

w Favorite place: Mexico

w Million dollars: Buy a car and go on vacation

w Main differences between you and twin brother Luis: I have a mole between my eyebrows and he is more chunky.

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