Baylor Men’s Tennis Junior Matias Soto is into the Quarterfinals of the Oracle Pro Series — Waco on home turf at the Hurd Tennis Center. We spent a few minutes with the Chilean following his win on Thursday.
What is your most memorable win?
I have two. In my freshman year at Baylor, I clinched the tie in the deciding match against TCU, who is our big rival. Everyone stormed my court, which was so exciting. I also beat Yuya Ito from University of Texas last year in the Big 12 Championship Final, which was huge because he was ranked No.7 in college tennis at the time.
What is your next goal in tennis?
I want to finish my degree at Baylor and then turn pro and play around the world. I of course want to play as much as I can, but I also have my classes, which is very important to me.
Who has been the toughest opponent you’ve faced?
Yuya Ito from the University of Texas. I beat him once last year, but I had to play an amazing match. Aside from that win, I’ve lost 2 times against him – he doesn’t miss!
What is a memorable match you’ve watched live or on TV?
I remember watching fellow Chilean player Fernado Gonzales beat Federer in Shanghai at the ATP Masters Cup. It was a huge deal because it was his first and only time beating Roger.
What are 3 things you always have in your tennis bag?
A foam roller for recovery, exercise bands and a towel – our coach Brian Boland always tells us to bring a towel to the courts.
Who has been the most influential person on your tennis life?
My older brother. He became my coach when I was 10 and traveled with me around the world. Although he still lives in Chile, he helps me from afar – he watches all my matches and tells me what I can do to improve.
What is your favorite shot to hit in tennis?
My backhand is pretty solid. Even when I’m playing badly, it’s still there.
Where has been the most interesting or exciting place you’ve traveled?
It was in Paris playing junior Roland Garros. It was so exciting to share the facilities with all the big-name professionals.
What’s one thing you can’t live without?
It would be my phone – not to use social media or watch videos or things like that, but to keep in contact with my family in Chile. It’s really hard to be away from them so I talk to them on the phone a lot.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
When I was 10, Chilean tennis legend Patricio Cornejo told me and my parents that I was talented and should keep playing. It meant a lot and has helped me get to where I am.
What is a weird superstition that you have?
I’m too relaxed to have superstitions!
Tell us three things we don’t know about you:
- My major is Public Relations and I am going to Minor in business.
- I like watching every sport except tennis. I love soccer, basketball, handball, volleyball and more, but because my life is about tennis all day, I like to tune it out when I can.
- I love to play video games – I didn’t bring them here because I don’t want to be distracted from tennis and my studies. But when I am home, I can play all day.
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