David Sofaer – A Tennis Pro in the making

September 16, 2010 by Odile Faludi - Maccabi NSW
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David Sofaer – Joint winner of the Leo Kellerman, Junior Sportsman of the Year Award – Maccabi NSW Awards event.

David Sofaer in action

David Sofaer may not be Andre Agassi but he is on his way to greatness. David was keen to tell Maccabi News, “I read Andre Agassi’s biography years ago and I was so inspired. I connected with the words and his feelings and it really spurred me on.” David is aged 19, and plays dangerously well for his age. He is currently on a scholarship studying advertising and marketing attending Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. The beauty of this is he also gets to train 4-5 hours a day with his goal to become a Tennis Pro on the ATP World Tour.
David’s achievements to date are impressive. He won gold in the junior singles and silver in the junior doubles at the 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel in 2009. This result was a first for an Australian junior and it was an outstanding result. David in 2009 had a ranking of 63 in the World. This astounding result is issued by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and is highly prestigious. David is obviously naturally talented commencing the sport at four years of age. David added, “At the moment I am concentrating on a vigorous fitness regime with a daily routine of weight lifting. In 2011, I see myself competing for Pepperdine College and hopefully within four years I will be on the Pro Tour. I have been really evaluating my matches and I learn a lot from my losses. Of course, it is wonderful to win but it does hide the mistakes and at the moment I am really hungry to learn and get better.” David concluded that luck in his opinion is a small factor he must continue to give 100% effort and focus on the task ahead.

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