Colin Sinclair acknowledges his supporters

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TOWARD the end of episode one of the NMI Tennis Podcast, Saipan-born professional tennis player Colin Sinclair acknowledged the support he receives from family and friends.

Sinclair said he would not have been successful without the full support of his father, Peter and Saipan coach Jeff Race. Coach Jeff  “and my dad [got] me into it and got me on the right path,” he said. “Then my coach from my old high school, and my past coach from Cornell University. They have been the four big coaches I have had.”

Sinclair recalled reaching the semi-finals in a tournament as a young player. He won 7-6 in the third set. “I think that one was when everything came together. I kept it steady and close in the second set to work back into the match. That’s definitely my proudest match,” he added.

 

Colin Sinclair hits a forehand shot at Cornell University. Cornell University photo

His doubles finals with teammate Robbie Schorr at the 2018 Pacific Games in Samoa was another memorable match. Colins won the singles gold, the team gold with Schorr and Ken Song, and the mixed gold with Carol Young Suh Lee.

In the doubles finals, Colins and Schorr faced the Tongan brothers Semisi and Matavano Fanguna. The Tongans won, 6-4, 6-4, and the CNMI had to settle for the silver medal.

 “That one hurt,” Sinclair said. “At the time I didn’t think about it too much, so it didn’t feel that bad. But looking back, it would’ve been good to have all four gold medals in tennis.”

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