One of Christina Rosca’s biggest tennis breakthroughs on the tennis court last year wasn’t exactly what you’d think.
It came at the Level 3 Section Championships in June – a tournament that she lost.
“I felt great all year,” Rosca said. “But after coming in second at that tournament in June, I played the best tennis of my life for the rest of the season.”
One of New Jersey’s top tennis players for the last several years, Christina Rosca finished 2014 as the No. 1-ranked player in the Middle States Section Girls’ 18 category.
Rosca, a junior at Princeton High School in New Jersey, can credit much of her success to her maturity and attitude off the court. A high school student’s junior year is typically considered the most critical to students in terms of their college aspirations, and Rosca had the added pressure and stress of juggling academics with her thriving tennis career.
“It’s really important to plan and prioritize,” Rosca said. “Planning is especially important during the winter months when court time is hard to come by.”
The prioritizing is more challenging, but also more important, according to Rosca.
“It’s not necessarily about finding time to do everything you possibly can,” Rosca said. “It’s more about finding a good balance of school and tennis and recognizing what’s important. There’s a big Level 3 tournament this weekend that would be good for me to play. But I have midterms coming up and need the free weekend to study, so I’m going to skip it.”
This prioritizing and discipline seems to be working, and not just for her. Rosca said a number of junior players she meets follow that same track.
“I find that the people who are doing well in school are doing better on the court,” Rosca said. “It’s really important for players to have the mentality that they can miss a tournament and still be successful players.”
Rosca has gone on visits and spoken to college coaches, but has not yet committed to where she will play collegiate tennis.
For her year-end No. 1-ranking in the Middle States Section, she’ll be honored at the New Jersey District Awards Ceremony, scheduled for April 19 at Laurel Creek Country Club.