CHARLESTON, S.C. - The College of Charleston continued catching up with senior athletes, and this week we caught up with the men's tennis French tennis sensation, Mickael Trintignac. Mickael is best known to his friends and teammates as "Guga". This nickname stemmed from his comparable looks and tennis ability to the famous former world number one Brazilian tennis player, Gustavo Kuerten who is also known as "Guga."
Mickael is a native of Le Cannet, France, with his first language being French. It is impressive that he has not only played tennis in a foreign country, but that he has almost completed his business degree in a foreign language. Guga has brought passion to the team over the past four years and is one of the best competitors on the team. He has a stand-out professional fighting spirit, continuously remains focused on the team and leads by example every time he steps onto court.
Q: When did you start playing tennis?
A: I started when I was five or six years old. I just started with little mini tennis, though. I wasn't really hitting the balls properly yet. I really started playing real tennis when I was seven or eight years old.
Q: When did you decide that you wanted to play college tennis in America and not stay in France for College?
A: I actually stayed one extra year in France after high school as I wasn't really sure if I wanted to come to the States just yet. I had a few friends who came to America for college to play tennis or other sports. I heard it was great but I didn't think I was ready to leave my family and country yet. Then after that year in France, I decided I needed to try something new. I was a little more mature and wanted to try out this great opportunity in the States.
Q: How did you decide to come to the College of Charleston, as there are thousands of Colleges out there to choose from?
A: It was the first very interesting school that I had a call from. I was in touch with Coach Jay Bruner, and he actually called in October before the spring semester when I still wasn't sure what I was doing yet. He called and we spoke for a good 30 minutes. He was such a nice guy and I trusted him that the College may be the right fit for me. It was pretty much right after that conversation that I decided to give it a go. I guess he was right; I didn't end up too badly at all. I got very lucky and ended up at a great college in a great city. The weather is great, the people are great and we are right by the sea.
Q: What has been your most memorable experience at the College of Charleston and what will you miss most?
A: Probably the fact that we are so well surrounded at the College by the coaches, advisors, teachers and teammates. I will miss going out with my team to practice everyday. Probably the biggest thing that I am going to miss will be the competitiveness and how it is such a big team effort. I will really miss the guys on the team and the team atmosphere.
Q: How do you think that playing tennis at the College of Charleston might have better equipped you for life beyond College?
A: I am pretty sure it is going to help simply by that you are always working with others. You are no longer playing for yourself; you are playing and working together as a team. In any job, you are going to have to work with others so being on the team has really helped me out and prepared me for what I may encounter in the working world.
Q: Tell me an interesting fun fact about your self?
A: I played tennis with world famous French DJ Bob Sinclair.