TALKING WITH... ERIN BURDETTE
September, 2001

by Marcia Frost

Erin Burdette

Q: Are you aiming toward a pro career after college?

A: "I'm not sure about that. I'm going to give college tennis all I've got and try to improve as much as I can. Who knows what's going to happen?"

Q: How did you end up at Stanford?
A: "It was a very, very stressful and difficult decision, but I wanted the best academics I could get along with the top athletic program."

Q: What was it like to be in the semifinals (in girls' doubles) of a Grand Slam event?
A: "It felt really great. Megan (Bradley) and I had only played with each other at the beginning of this year and we thought we could go out there and do it. We were very confident. Our last junior tournament before we go to college -- we gave it all we had."

Q: How did the two of you end up playing together?
A: "Just coincidence. Last year she stopped playing with her former partner and my former partner decided not to play the juniors this year, so we hooked up."

Q: How do you feel about the fact that you and Megan will now be playing against each other for rival schools (Megan is attending UCLA)?
A: "Very interesting. Especially if we play against each other in doubles. I'm excited about it. There are a lot of friends I have from the juniors going to different schools. It will be interesting to see each other in a college format"

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For more about Erin Burdette's matches at the US Open, see our 2001


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