Mauricio Ballivian, one of only two seniors on the Drake men’s tennis team, reached the final rounds of the pre-qualifying draw at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men’s All-American Championships this past weekend. Having played as Drake’s No. 1 singles player since last year, The Times-Delphic takes a closer look at who Mauricio really is.
Hometown: Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Major: Entrepreneurial management and marketing
Favorite Drake Memory: Winning the Missouri Valley Conference tournament with the Bulldogs during his freshman year and going to the NCAA tournament, or clinching the match against Iowa at home his freshman year.
Favorite place to eat in Des Moines: P.F. Chang’s
Favorite movie: “Gladiator” or “Braveheart”
Dream job: Owning his own business
Favorite tennis player: Roger Federer now, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras previously
Favorite professor: Professor Simpson and Professor Swartwood
Photo: Courtesy of Drake Athletics