Eleen Garemanian Refuses to Lose on the Tennis Court


Lauren Claire Avelino, Staff Writer

Eleen Garemanian is an 18-year-old senior at Clark Magnet High School and she is from Glendale, California. Currently, she is serving as the team captain for the girls varsity tennis team at Glendale High School. Besides playing tennis, Eleen’s hobbies include playing the piano and dancing. She says that those hobbies “allow me to express my emotions freely.”

Eleen has been playing tennis since she was six years old, and she expresses that the sport “allows me to dive deep into my competitive nature”, which helps her to strive and work harder every time.

At the beginning of high school, Eleen says that she started playing tennis as a singles player, and she “loved the fact that it was all about being independent.” Once she had gained the confidence that she needed to play with another doubles partner, she “had to learn to trust my partner in order to win together.” 

Eleen also says that playing tennis and being a part of the tennis team at GHS “has taught me so much about the importance of teamwork and good attitude.” She decided to become captain of the varsity team, because she wanted to share her experiences in tennis with her teammates. She considers it a privilege “to experience the same pressure, goals, and success” with the whole team. 

Eleen shares that the 2019-2020 tennis season was a memorable one for her. Before COVID-19 occurred, she enjoyed when her team had practices and drills on campus. Her favorite memory was when her team was playing against the Bulldogs of Burbank High School. She recalls that the score was tied at 4-4, “but then we won by 2 games and the set finished at 6-4.” Eleen also “loved the bus rides back to GHS after the team shared another victory.”

Something that Eleen is looking forward to in this year’s tennis season is going to practice with her teammates and redeeming “our title as CIF Champions.” A piece of advice that Eleen would like to give to any underclassman who would like to join the girls’ tennis team would be to remember that “Pressure is Privilege.” Even though being a part of any sport’s team can be really pressuring at times, it can still help you to improve your techniques every day. 

Looking towards her future, Eleen says that she has always had a passion for getting into the medical field and helping other people. Although she believes that she still has a long way to go, Eleen’s goal is to become a pediatrician. But for now, “my main focus is primarily on getting into a 4-year college.” 

We can’t wait to hear all about this year’s tennis season and we wish Eleen and her teammates the best of luck! If you are interested in joining one of our school’s tennis teams, you can contact Coach Jim Jenks at [email protected].