“My dad has definitely been my greatest mentor and helped me become the player I am today,” said Elhom.“He was the first person who taught me how to hold a tennis racket and is the person who never fails to be at all my tennis tournaments. He has been with me every step of the way and still is.”
Since her first stepson the tennis court, Elhom’s love for the sport has grown each day. Its this love for tennis that drives her success. Elhom compares each match to a puzzle that when solved becomes another W in the win column. The time she puts into each match is a fundamental part to solving this puzzle.
“I normally like to leave everything ready in advance the night before a match. I practice what
I feel uncomfortable with as well as practicing my strengths to ensure they are sharp for the match. I also write in my notebook a few key things I need to focus on for that certain match.” said Elhom.
Elhom understands the importance of her preparation in the mental sport that is tennis. It allows her to find a way to win despite the numerous thoughts that race through her mind in a match.
“There is so much that goes through my mind during a tennis match and not all of it is good,” said Elhom. “I think about what other opponents did to beat them and the tactics [I can use] like what shot is going to get my opponent on the run, or what might make them miss quickly. But like any other athlete, I also have nervous thoughts: what may happen if I lose this shot or I just have one more game to win this tournament so I better not blow it.”
Elhom’s experience during matches has helped her be a leader and a role model at Bullis. As an undefeated number 1 singles player on the Bullis varsity girls tennis team and a Nationally ranked player, she excels at being a leader. She not only a leads vocally, but she also leads by example, having not lost a singles match since her Freshman year. As Elhom tries to continue her individual success, each match she plays is important.
“Every match that I have played has molded me into what kind of player I am today. All the hours of gruesome practice and high pressure tournaments I have played in have shaped me into [a] relentless and hard working [tennis player],” Elhom expressed.