Freshman tennis player Midori Fujitani is quite a busy young man. When asked to describe a typical day, Fujitani answered, “I usually wake up an hour before my first class and eat breakfast, which I think is the most important meal of all,” he said. “After finishing all my classes of the day, I have a practice for two to two and a half hours. I usually eat dinner with my team and spend most of my night at the Ath to do my homework.”
Anyone can tell that he donates quite a bit of time to his sport, and that is made clear by his success. Currently, he has won six of his last eight matches and four straight singles matches at the No. 3 spot. Fujitani feels that singles are his strong suit, as he has more experience with them.
“In high school, I only played singles. So, when I came to Goucher, I was much better and felt more comfortable playing singles. Now I play doubles in which I need to be able to use different strategies from that of singles and communicate with my partner.”
Tennis has always been something Fujitani loves. “Regardless of which school I would attend,” he said, “I knew that I would play tennis in college.”
One of the main reasons Fujitani chose Goucher was for Coach Brendan Kincaid, who is currently in his second year of coaching the Gophers. “The coaches are fantastic,” Fujitani said. “[Coach Kincaid] also would stay and hit with us individually if we wanted to work [on] things that we did not do in practice.” But Fujitani likes many other things about Goucher outside of the tennis team. One of these things is the small class size, as most people who come here do. Another reason, though, reflects Fujitani’s friendly and caring nature.
“What I liked the most about Goucher was that people here were so welcoming and did care about other people.” And now Fujitani is a part of that group as well.
Fujitani, as an experienced player, seems to have a good idea of his own goals and objectives for the remainder of the season, but not all of those goals are about winning. “Since I am the smallest guy on the team, my goal, in terms of physical, is to gain more weight,” Fujitani said. “To achieve this goal, I probably need to eat more food that is nutritionally balanced.”
Fujitani is also an excellent example of what it means to be a student-athlete, as he said, “While being an athlete, I am also a college student and primarily here to study so I need to be able to balance sports and study. To achieve this goal, I need to be better at time management, which I think is one of my weaknesses.” As for tennis, Fujitani wants to work more on his doubles. “Playing doubles is not easy, and I still need to practice more, but I appreciate Goucher for giving me opportunity to play doubles.”
Come support Fujitani and the rest of the Gophers take on Landmark Conference rival Juniata on Thursday, April 17, at 3:00 p.m.