James Louie Serves an Ace!

Learn about our boys tennis captain and his journey at GHS


Kacy Puno, Staff Writer

James Louie is a senior at Glendale High School and is a captain on our school’s varsity tennis team. He was born in Glendale and has been attending GHS since his freshman year. Let’s hear about his viewpoint and perspective on tennis. 

When did you first start playing tennis? 

I started playing tennis when I was in fifth grade. I took a break during middle school, but then I continued to play beginning freshman year. 

Who or what inspires/inspired you the most throughout your life? 

God inspires me to live my life in a healthy and fun way. He makes me want to leave a mark on the world through the types of relationships and friendships I make. 

How many years have you been playing tennis? Have you played any other sports? 

I’ve been playing for about eight years. I’ve also played basketball, swimming, football, foosball, air hockey, corn hole, rock climbing, archery, golf, ping pong, snowboarding, surfing, and biking. 

Do you have any other hobbies besides playing tennis?

Yeah, of course. I like art and listening to music. I like watching movies or TV, especially anime, when I have the time. I also love sleeping and [doing] photography. 

How has tennis affected your life? 

Tennis has given me leadership skills and experience. It also allowed me to get more exercise and create new friendships and opportunities. 

How are the practices and games for you and your tennis teammates? 

Tennis is like a fun and open environment. We play, learn, and grow our tennis skills. We practice different skills, by going through drills with teammates around our level. We compete in practice games and sometimes do some conditioning. 

Do you plan to play tennis in college or become a professional tennis player? 

Well, I am going to UC [Riverside], but I don’t plan on playing professional tennis. I think I’ll just continue to play with friends here and there. 

What would you say to others who are unsure about joining the tennis team? 

If you like tennis, you should join, because it gives you a chance to meet people like you and build friendships, while doing the things you like. But, I’m not there anymore, so unfortunately you missed your chance to be my teammate. 

Is there anything you would like to say to your coaches, teammates, or teachers about anything before you graduate? 

Thank you for a fun time. 

James will continue his lifelong journey towards college. Even though he might not go professional, he still plans to keep tennis a part of his life for as long as he can. 

If you would like to join next year’s tennis team, contact Coach Jim Jenks at [email protected].