Tanner Welch, son of Lynne and Rex Welch, is our Jet’s Pizza male Athlete of the Week.
He is a senior at Battle Ground Academy and a member of the varsity tennis team.
Welch said he started playing tennis because of his mother’s influence.
“My mom always played when I was young and I learned from watching her,” he said.
One of his favorite memories in his years of playing tennis was last year at State in Sewanee. He said it was very sentimental because that was where he learned a lot about the sport when he was younger.
When asked what inspires him to continue training and competing, he said he is driven by the will to win and his hatred of losing a match.
His favorite part of tennis is the independence and self-reliance it demands.
“You have nobody to blame while you play,” he said. “It is all on yourself to perform at a high level.”
One of his biggest role models and inspirations in the world of tennis is professional tennis player, Roger Federer. He said he admires him because of his “consistent play and sportsmanship.”
After graduating from BGA this year, Welch plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.