Freshman Makenzie Craft
Sept. 12, 2012
Athens, GA – Freshman Makenzie Craft is just beginning her career as a Bulldog. Georgiadogs.com recently set down with her to learn a little more about one of Georgia’s newest student-athletes.
What’s your greatest strength?
I think the one thing that all of us have here is that Bulldog fight and that’s huge. We also all rely on each other to feed off of each other’s energy. I think that’s what is going to separate us from other teams this season is that we are all so competitive and want each other to do well. There’s a lot of chemistry on this team and that’s going to help us in the long run too.
What’s the best piece of advice that you’ve ever been given?
My mom always tells me to remember to just have fun. She always would tell me that when I would get stressed out about a tournament that it’s just a sport. It helps to remind me that I do this for fun.
Why did you end up deciding to come to UGA?
It really came down to where I felt most at home. There were other schools that were closer to where I lived, but the people, the team and the coaches here really made me feel comfortable. I knew this was somewhere that I could be myself and become a better tennis player.
What have your first few weeks in Athens been like?
It’s been going well. Since I’ve been homeschooled since I was in 7th grade, I’m starting to get accustomed to going to going to class. It’s weird going into these huge lecture halls with hundreds of people, but I’m slowly getting used to it. The girls on the team have been great—they’ve told me which buses to take and which professors like what and those kinds of things.
What’s the best piece of advice that you’ve gotten since you got to Athens?
Take the Orbit bus line—it takes you everywhere.
What are some of your personal goals for this fall?
Jeff [Wallace] and Drake [Bernstein] have really helped in starting to mold me into the best college tennis player I can be. For the fall, I am really just going to soak everything in and do what they tell me to do so that by the time spring comes around I’ll be a whole new player.
You have an older sister whose going to be a freshman on the tennis team at Boston University. What’s it been like being away from her?
It’s rough. We’re extremely close—only 18 months apart in age. It’s been hard but we talk everyday and soon she’ll start to get busy too. I’ve been so busy with class and tennis during the day so I don’t really realize how much I miss her until I call her at night, but as soon as she starts to get busier it will get better for both of us.
What are your impressions of some of the facilities at UGA?
This is the best tennis facility in the country. Who else can say that they have their own trophy room right next to their locker room? Even the campus is awesome. It’s just beautiful here.