Oklahoma State University is a special place.
And the Oklahoma state tennis program is unlike any other.
Leighton Allen, a second transfer from the University of Texas says OSU has exceeded his expectations since his transfer.
âThere is a sense of community. The move here from Austin has been amazing, I’ve met so many amazing people. The female head coach Chris Young is amazing and female assistant coach Jaime too. Of course DT and Dane have been amazing, just being with them has been invaluable and it’s something I will cherish forever, âAllen said.
“I just want to thank them for giving me a chance and the opportunity to show what I’m made of.”
Tennis is in Allen’s family. At the age of 10, his mother, Louise, first taught him to play tennis.
âEver since I had a racket in my hand, I knew I wanted to be a really good player and I knew I had a talent for that,â Allen said.
Louise played tennis at Trinity University where she was a four-time All-American from 1981 to 1984 and won the NCAA Doubles Championship in 1983. Additionally, she reached 65th place in the WTA rankings and played in all four Grand Slam tournaments, se qualifying for the third rounds of Wimbledon in singles and the US Open in doubles in 1983.
âMy mom coached me when I was younger, she was amazing. She knows the struggles and hardships tennis players face every day. For her, being by my side and training when I do. being younger was really good for my tennis, Allen said.
Allen’s debut as a Cowboy at the OSU Invitational marked a successful undefeated start throughout all three days of play. The second has high hopes for the season.
âMy goal is to be in the top 15 and not expect much at the start of the season since we are all new and we are all playing with each other for the first time. just want to play my brand of tennis, âAllen said.
For Allen, a tennis coach is more than on the court. The Head Coach Dustin TaylorHis reputation on and off the field had an impact on his decision to come to OSU.
“DT’s reputation in the tennis world has touched me. He probably has one of the best reputations in terms of coaching tennis and being an even better person.” Allen said.
“I have no doubts that he will make me the best person and the best tennis player I can be.”
He also welcomes the stranger of a new slate with open arms.
âA new team of coaches, new players and new relationships to build with. It’s exciting, I’m really looking forward to our future. It’s unknown, but that’s why it’s so exciting. Us can experience new things with each other, âAllen said.