The Ohio State men’s tennis squad is off to a hot start this season sitting in the Big Ten Conference without a single loss through five matches and only two losses coming from non-conference foes through 18 matches. After handing a nice 6-1 L to Wisconsin over Easter weekend, the Buckeyes are looking to keep their momentum rolling as they take on Iowa and Nebraska at home this weekend.
For two athletes on the team, redshirt senior Matt Mendez and junior Hunter Tubert, the season has been full of success both on the team’s level and on a personal level. The duo has secured 10 victories on the season at the third spot and they will be hoping to stay rolling on the courts this weekend at home. But before the duo can go back to striking aces and stuffing opponents at the net, we had the chance to get to know Matt and Hunter to see how much this pair is alike and where they differ.
What music are you jamming to before a match? Can you give us three songs off your playlist?
MM: The music I prefer to listen to before a match would be EDM songs with huge drops and sick beats. My top three songs would be Teenage Craze – KLOE (Sachi Remix); Tennis Court – Lorde (Flume Remix); and Compass – Zella Day (Louis the Child Remix).
HT: I typically don’t listen to much music before a match but if I find myself doing that, I would have to say Guns N’ Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” would be on there; “The Pretender” [by] Foo Fighters; and “Paradise City” Guns N’ Roses. Rock really gets me pumped up.
If your parents are coming to campus to take you out for dinner, where do you go?
MM: My dad and I always go to Outback Steakhouse when he’s in town.
HT: A place my parents and I would go to would be probably the Cheesecake Factory. Can’t go wrong with their cheesecake as dessert!
What’s your go-to meal when you have to whip something up at home?
MM: I like to cook Chicken Adobo which is a Filipino dish. I use minced garlic, soy sauce, and brown sugar to marinate the chicken. Pair it with some rice and you’re good to go.
HT: I have found myself to be making BBQ chicken a lot recently with a side of rice! It’s a classic healthy meal and pretty easy to make!
Who has the better fashion sense (Matt or Hunter)?
MM: We both have a great fashion sense as we always dress for success.
HT: I would like to say I have pretty good style but Mendez is more of a social butterfly so he dresses up more than me so probably him.
What’s one thing people might not know about your duo partner?
MM: One thing that people might not know about Hunter is that he has the biggest sweet tooth for ice cream. It doesn’t matter if its morning, noon, or night the guy is always ready for a scoop or two of ice cream.
HT: Something most people don’t know about Mendez could be his knack for putting rubber bands around his pairs of socks to keep them from getting separated in the laundry.