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5 Questions with Nia Cardoze of the Marcy Tennis Club

Fabulous footwork. Raw athleticism. Fierce competitiveness.
These are just a few of the ways to describe 10-year-old tennis player Nia Cardoze of Brooklyn, who participated in the Kings County Tennis League Play Day on September 28.
At the event, Nia lost a close, gut-wrenching match to an equally gifted 14-year-old boy who also stars on his basketball team. But the extraordinary poise and grace she exhibited against a tough opponent and amid the pressure of a sizeable crowd of raucous spectators, showed that Nia was not only talented; she was special. Inspired by her performance, I asked her father if I could spend a few minutes interviewing his precious prodigy. He happily obliged.
Q:         How long have you been playing tennis?
A:         3 1/2 years
Q:         What do you like most about tennis?
A:         It’s fun, I get to play with my friends in the neighborhood and it can help me go to college.
Q:         What's the best part about being in the Marcy tennis club?
A:         It represent where I'm from and it helps Marcy [Houses] come together.
Q:         Who are your favorite tennis player’s?
A:         The Williams Sisters
Q:         What do you want to be when you grow up?
A:         Tennis player
Nia is 5th grader at Beginning With Children Charter School.  Her parents are Omar Cardoze and Kerean Farrow.  She is also a United States Tennis Association member who won her first 10 and Under tournament earlier this summer.