***Gracia trains at ACE Tennis in Burlington along with her 2 younger brothers Kevin and David and her younger sister Victoria. Currently ranked #12 in Ontario U16, Gracia has begun the outdoor season as the Winner of the U16 National Selections #1, Finalist of the U18 National Selections #1 and is in the final of the U18 National Selections #2 still waiting to play her final match as the semi-final has been postponed due to rain.***
ONcourt: What do you attribute to your recent success?
Gracia Mboko: While I was injured, I had some time to reflect on my game and how I was training and competing before I got injured. I thought about what I needed to work on to get back into competition. I decided to really work on my mental discipline and focus, continue to build and apply my strengths, and to improve on my weaknesses. I have gained a certain belief in myself and know that I can really use my strengths. I have been working hard and know that I am fit.
ONcourt: What is your goal for this summer?
Gracia Mboko: I want to try to get in as many matches as possible, keep up with the focus and intensity and hopefully, win Provincials and Nationals.
ONcourt: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Gracia Mboko: I will try to become a professional player, but I also want to go to university, study medicine and be a Doctor. I think it is very important to have a back-up plan.
ONcourt: What kind of a doctor?
Gracia Mboko: I would like to be a Neonatologist.
ONcourt: Being the eldest of your siblings, what kind of impact do you think you have on your brothers and sister?
Gracia Mboko: I have to set the example. My sister (only 5) really looks up to me. I don’t want her to get any of my own bad habits or to make the same mistakes that I did. With my brothers, I feel that if I do well, it will motivate them. If I do well, maybe they will be more motivated to do better. I don’t do it for them, I do it for myself, but I do want to set a good example.
ONcourt: Thank you Gracia. It was nice speaking with you. Good luck this summer.
Gracia Mboko: Hopefully everything carries throughout the summer, and that I can keep learning from every match I play and continue to improve everyday. Practice makes perfect.