Athlete of the Issue: Troy Akin

Jeremy Unger

When Troy Akin ‘10 saw tennis phenom Andy Roddick play at the SAP Open last month in San Jose, it definitely had an affect on him.

“It was exhilarating getting to see a player of his caliber here in the Bay Area,” said Akin.

Just like Roddick, Akin has been quite a dominant force in Bay Area tennis, winning multiple tournaments in and out of high school tennis. As one of this year’s captains, Akin leads a talented team that hopes to secure its first NCS championship since 2002.

“I think we have an exceptional group of young talent and I think we can pull through and take the title,” said Akin.

Since his younger years playing at Moraga Valley Tennis and Swim Club, tennis has been a key part of Akin’s life. Although Akin also played basketball, baseball, and swam, he always remained focused and determined when it came to tennis.

“Tennis is such an upbeat sport; you’re always moving around and I just really connected with the sport,” said Akin.

In high school, Akin began to focus on basketball and tennis, dropping his other sports in the process. Akin has not been able to participate in any matches this season this season because he is currently helping the men’s basketball team as they continue in the NorCal Tournament. Akin is a key player on the basketball team because he can play lockdown defense and knock down threes. But Akin is still training for tennis and is looking forward to getting on the court.

“You have to set your priorities and sometimes that means not getting to do everything you want,” said Akin.

“Once basketball ends I’m going to hit the ground running in terms of my tennis training and play.”

During his junior year, Akin started working with the World Elite Tennis Training (WETT) Program, a program in Saratoga that trains top teenage tennis players and organizes matches fort them.

“I do a lot of training with them (WETT). The program’s really helped me expand my game,” said Akin.
At WETT, Akin met Chris Wettengel, a coach who has worked with Roddick and other professional tennis players.

“Chris really helped me with my serve and other aspects of my play,” said Akin.

Last year Akin won the 16 Singles Open Division Tournament at Northgate and Hunter Galloway Doubles Tournament with Brian Tan ‘11. Akin also participated in the Stead Open, a very competitive tournament with a $ 25,000 first prize.

“The Stead Open had a lot of older, experienced guys playing, even some players who had participated in the U.S. Open,” said Akin. “It was really challenging going up against pros like those guys.”

But Akin’s real goal is helping contribute to an NCS championship. Although an injury sidelined Akin during last year’s NCS, he hopes to have a great performance this year.

“I’m really looking forward to this year, I want to prove myself to everyone,” said Akin.

Akin has received offers to play in college, although he hasn’t decided on anything yet. No matter what Akin

does after high school, he will remember the connection he had with his tennis teammates.

“All of the bus rides, team bonding, and the camaraderie”

Fun Facts About Troy Akin

Height– 5’10”
Weight-140 lbs
Shoe Size– 10.5
Nickname– The Avatar
Movie– Star Wars Episode III
Athlete– Steve Nash, Andy Roddick, Sam Querrey
Actor/Actress– Tom Cruise and Miley Cyrus
TV Show– Avatar The Last Airbender
Sport (besides tennis)- Ping Pong
Racket of Choice– Babolat
Color– White
Hobby– Fantasy Baseball
Random Fact– I’m a sixth-generation Californian
SSB Char-Kirby (Yes, a cheap Kirby)