Rising American star Brandon Nakashima says he is a shy person and admits he has always been introverted. Nakashima, 18, doesn't speak that much as he lets his racket and effort do all the talking. "I struggle with being shy.
I have always been introverted. As a junior player, I let my racquet do the talking. I didn’t talk to many people because I didn’t want to say the wrong thing. I am most comfortable speaking when I’m confident expressing what I feel.
Between interviews and the college recruiting process, I started to speak up," Nakashima said in his contribution post for Behind the Racquet.
Brandon Nakashima loved college but he had to do what was best for his future
After only semester, Nakashima left the University of Virginia and decided to turn professional on the ATP Tour this year.
"I recently made big decisions for my future. I decided to go to college then I decided to turn professional. These choices were very tough moments for me. There were a lot of people voicing their opinions and I wanted to keep an open mind.
In the end, I made choices that were best for my future. I am grateful for the support I received during this time.For me, college was the first step before turning professional. I had to decide which school and how long I would stay there.
College helped my game as it allowed me to mature physically and mentally and prepare for life on tour," Nakashima said. Nakashima, ranked at No. 220 in the world, hasn't had a bad start to his professional career as he has already made some solid results.
The American won an ITF event in January, before he made the semifinal at the Indian Wells Challenger in March. "I have not experienced much pressure during the first few months playing professionally. I am one of the youngest players so there is not much pressure on me.
I will have to deal with more pressure in the future. The traveling can be draining but I am enjoying the process," Nakashima added. Brandon Nakashima, who achieved a career-high ranking of No. 218 in the world in March, was making a big push toward the top-200 before the Tour got suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.