LastWordonSports has been following 2015 NCAA Champion Ryan Shane’s senior season and transition to a full time touring pro. Just off having won a 3rd NCAA team time with UVA, Ryan Shane reflects over his senior season and blogs about his thoughts on his upcoming hard court season.
When I look back over this season, I feel that my senior year at UVA was my most important one yet, and I have no regrets about returning to school for my last year. After my third year I had a lot left to learn. Most of my career I didn’t have to deal with the pressure of defending a major title, or having everyone gunning to beat me. By returning to UVA for my last year I feel that I learned lessons that will be extremely valuable to me moving into my pro career. One of the biggest things I learned is how to deal with pressure. Obviously there was more pressure on me than my previous years so it was something that I had to learn how to deal with. I feel that I did a fairly good job managing my expectations as the year went on.
There were a lot of other factors that made the year tough, such as no-ad scoring, but I feel it only made me tougher. I also suffered more losses than I ever had in previous years, although I was playing only in the #1 singles spot this year, but I felt that I was able to bounce back and keep moving forward and working on things that needed work. This is crucial to prepare for my pro career because I will be losing almost every week and I will need to know how to deal with that. All in all I feel that my over all college career has prepared me for professional tennis extremely well and I am excited to see what I am capable of.