Nov. 9, 2011
Alex Kostanov is a native of Kursk, Russia, and a junior transfer from the University of South Carolina. Last season with the Gamecocks, he posted a 15-19 singles record while playing in the top half of the singles lineup, and a team-best 11 doubles wins.
Kostanov brings two years of college tennis competition to Wisconsin providing valuable experience to a Badger team that includes eight underclassmen. This fall, Kostanov posted a 6-3 singles record and a 7-3 doubles record with fellow junior Billy Bertha. The two juniors have played great doubles together and have been able to quickly develop chemistry proven by their 3-0 start at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic, where they were named tournament champions. In his first year at Wisconsin, Kostanov will be looked to as a leader for the young talented Badger team due to his experience and talent.
TV: I don’t watch TV, especially when I’m in the U.S.
Movies: The Green Mile
Food: Anything that my mom or girlfriend cooks for me back home.
Athlete: Roger Federer. The way he plays, his behavior, and his results are incredible.
When did you start playing tennis?
Seven years old
What is your hometown (Kursk, Russia) famous for?
It was famous during World War ll. It was the location of the biggest tank battle in history.
What is the strength of your tennis game?
I have a good first serve, solid ground strokes and I am very competitive.
Is there an area of your game you are working on?
My volleys and second serve need some improvements.
What are your tennis superstitions?
Honestly I don’t have any superstitions, but sometimes I think about which ball to use before serving.
What has been the key to you and Billy having so much success in doubles together?
We’re both juniors and have experience playing college tennis. We both have good serves and volleys as well. I am sure our doubles will be in an optimal shape by January.
What are you majoring in?
I’m going to apply to the business school after the fall semester so hopefully I will be majoring in finance.
What is your hardest class this semester?
Calculus, because I don’t like math.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
I don’t have one yet, but I am sure in the future it’s going to be one of the dining halls.
What are your individual goals for the season?
To earn a national ranking and advance to the NCAA singles and doubles championships.
Team goals for the season?
To get back to being a top-25 team in the nation, a top-3 team in the Big Ten and advance to the NCAA Championship