Connor Cramton says it’s “lonely” being the only senior on the Ithaca High School tennis team, but that hasn’t seemed to faze him.
Half of the Little Red’s No. 1 doubles team, Cramton has a little less than half of his final tennis season remaining. The fourth-year varsity player is leading a young team and has performed well enough to earn praise from his coach, Arthur Falkson.
“He has always been very encouraging and positive,” Falkson said. “(He is) an excellent role model for the younger players on the team.”
Cramton spent time honing his tennis skills throughout high school, when he first started playing, and will look to continue playing it in the future. He is heading off to Tompkins Cortland Community College in the fall to study business, but hopes to transfer to Cornell.
In this week’s installment of “Five Questions,” we ask Cramton about his tennis background, what it’s like to be the only senior on a team, and his improvement over the years.
How would you describe yourself as a player?
I’m a competitor and a good teammate. I have played quite a lot of sports in my time so I definitely know how to perform my best.
How does it feel to be the only senior on the team this year?
It is different. In years’ past, I had people to look up to and now I don’t have that. It’s kind of lonely. But I’m just happy to play and show up every day. We have a good group.
What made you want to play tennis?
Ninth grade was my first year playing. My cousins played tennis so I kind of look up to them. They’re my role models.
Your coach says you’ve improved steadily over the years. In what ways have you seen yourself improve?
I stepped up my ability and coach has shown me a lot of technique. All of the practice has definitely helped.
What is your favorite sport?
Does skiing count as a sport? I like to ski, but tennis is probably up there too. I used to play hockey, but not anymore. I play golf now as well.