Recently, Long Island Tennis Magazine had the chance to sit down with 2009 New York State High School Girls Tennis Champion Blair Seiderman of Jericho N.Y. to discuss her past accomplishments, present and future in the tennis game.
At what age did you start playing tennis and please take us through your tennis development process?
I began playing tennis at the age of five. My older sister played and it inspired me to want to play. Once I was seven-years-old, I was ready for competitive matches and began playing in tournaments. I have had a few different coaches through the years, but through my most important stages of development as a tennis player, I was coached by Maurice Trail and Andre Fukala. They have helped make the process easier. I have found it rewarding that I have developed as a person, in addition to becoming a better tennis player.
How much do you train?
I play five days a week, two of those days are spent with Maurice and Andre, and get into the gym three days a week. I play two to three hours a day, and on gym days, spend an additional 90 min. in the gym. Then, I take two days off.
What did it mean to you in 2009 when you were crowned New York State High School Girls Champion?
That accomplishment meant a lot to me. I played high school tennis in eighth and ninth grade, and then took off my sophomore and junior seasons to play more tournaments and spend time with my coaches. But, I always planned on coming back my senior year to give back to Jericho High School and win the title for the school. Jericho High School has been very supportive and helpful in managing my tennis in my time there.
Where will you be playing college tennis this fall and how do you feel about it?
This fall, I will be playing at Yale. The girls on the collegiate level have more power and the competition is much better, so I will have to employ a more aggressive style. I will be playing both singles and doubles at Yale.
What is your most memorable tennis moment thus far in your career?
Winning the New York State Championship in 2009 was probably my best moment to date. Winning states earned me more respect from my peers. Usually, in winning USTA tournaments those not involved with the sport don't hear about it, but when you win states everyone in my school and town knew about it.
What are your goals for your future in tennis?
I would like to help win an Ivy League Title for Yale. Individually I'd like to win the Freshman of the Year Award in the Ivy League. And, of course, we must beat Harvard!
What advice would you give to young junior girls looking to one day play at the collegiate level?
It's important to set attainable goals and to enjoy the journey. Memories and your childhood are important, so be careful not to lose that in the process.