My name is Nathan Pasha, and I’m a senior that plays tennis from UGA. Before I get into the details of my fall season,I wanted to give you background information on myself as a person. I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and lived there until I was 15. When I was 15, I moved to Boca Raton, Florida for 3 years and lived at the United States Training Academy. My ultimate goal is to be a successful tennis player and give back to the community I was raised in, which is the lower income Atlanta area.
My fall season overall was pretty successful. My senior year of college tennis is probably the most important. If I finish the season strong, I will likely receive financial help once I graduate from college, which will be used to fund my travels and get me started as a professional tennis player.
I had a rough start to my fall season. I didn’t make it past the second round of my first two tournaments that I was expected to win. My struggles in the early fall tournaments was emotionally painful to deal with, but my trying to achieve the goal of being a successful tennis player will always present obstacles, ups and downs, and set backs. After accepting this fact, I emotionally picked myself up and began working hard on my game everyday until my play improved. In the next few tournaments, I made the quarterfinals, the finals, the round of 16, and got invited as one of the top Americans to represent my country in College Davis Cup which takes place in France.
I’m currently in France now during Davis Cup competition. We beat Ireland yesterday and Russia today, and we play France in the final tomorrow. There are tons of people that come out to spectate and cheer on France, so the atmosphere when we play France tomorrow will be pretty intense, but I’m looking forward to it.
Lastly, I got invited to train at a college camp in late December/early January with other top americans and then compete in a professional tournament afterwards. My most important semester for tennis seemed to be a disaster at first, however, it was important for me to remember that striving for something very hard presents obstacles constantly. There are 2 things that changed my failures to successes. 1) Understand that it is natural for obstacles to occur, and 2) when they do, rather than become discouraged, understand that obstacles are a part of the process and will be responsible for shaping my skills as a tennis player and my qualities as a person. This mindset allows me to more easily accept failure, get right back up, and work towards my goals.