Soufiane Azargui: Go Bears!

Written by: Soufiane Azargui

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***19 year old Soufiane Arzagui came to Toronto from Morocco at the age of 10 and a half. Over the next 7 years, Soufiane developed as an excellent tennis player winning singles and doubles titles at the national and ITF level as well as maintaining a high academic level at Bateman High School in Burlington. After six years at the ACE tennis Academy he fulfilled his objective of receiving a scholarship to an Ivy League school, Brown University in September of 2010.  Soufiane will be blogging us on a regular basis about his freshman season.***

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It is now 1230am. I write you from my bed as I have just finished showering, can you believe I just finished practice ??? :S It is truly mind-boggling having such late practices as we have to adjust to our ‘in repair’ indoor facility. However, good news for everyone. Fellow freshman Brandon Burke and I started our Brown tennis careers in style as we clinched the doubles point in a 9-8 (7-5) at number one doubles against Buffalo on the way to a 5-2 victory. Later that day, we continued our momentum against Boston U as we pulled away for a 7-0 victory; where I had a helping hand playing #3 singles and dropping just one game in my match. We also received some good news: Brown Bear Tennis Facility officially open February 8th! ‘Til then however, we’ll be grinding out these late night practice sessions 15 minutes away from campus. I am exhausted, Good night y’all!

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