Lyn Yee Choo is a senior tennis player at ETSU. She is from Kuching, Malaysia, and is majoring in computer science.
Choo has been playing tennis for 16 years. Even before she began her tennis career at ETSU, Choo experienced success in the tennis world.
She was named the Malaysian champion of the Asia/Oceania pre-qualifier for the Junior Fed Cup in 2009. She also won five tournaments back home, including both the singles and doubles at the Milo National Junior Tennis Championships.
Choo has also earned many accolades during her time at ETSU. She was named
Freshman of the Year in 2013, Atlantic Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year and 2013 Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team member in her first season alone.
Though Choo chose to pursue tennis, she had the potential at a young age to pursue another sport.
“Golf was a option, but my mom thought tennis would be good for me,” Choo said.
Choo’s parents met through tennis, which is one reason she started playing it. Choo also has two siblings who play tennis, one of whom plays for West Virginia.
Out of all of her accomplishments to date, one in particular stands out in Choo’s mind.
“[My favorite is] winning the conference as sophomore and being ranked in doubles,” said Choo.
The women’s tennis team went 15-6 a season ago, which placed them third in the conference. With two more wins, the Bucs would have claimed their second conference title in the past three years.
Choo did well individually as a junior. She went 17-4 in singles and 2-0 in doubles.
Throughout her career at ETSU, Choo has never had more than eight losses in one season. She posted her most losses as a freshman, when she earned a 31-8 record.
Choo has a good understanding of what she wants for the team, which is more team success than individual.
“Team goals change every year since each year the team is different,” said Choo. “As a team, I think the goal is for the team to come together and ultimately win the conference.”
To win the conference, the team will have to improve in the offseason, which Choo believes it can do.
“For me, the offseason has consisted of practicing and staying in touch with teammates and coaches,” Choo said.
Choo has experienced a few changes since coming to ETSU to play tennis.
“Since I’ve gotten here, I gained more weight, which has helped with healthy eating,” said Choo.
If given the opportunity to play a professional athlete, Choo said she would play Roger Federer, who she calls her idol.
Choo, who has a 3.99 college GPA, does not plan to pursue a professional tennis career after college.
“I want to focus on my career,” Choo said. “[I’m] not looking to play tennis unless for fun.”
Choo’s leadership will be valuable for the Lady Bucs this season. She is one of four seniors on the team.