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Q&A: Chris Grubbs leads Shady Side Academy to tennis titles

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Chris Grubbs.
Chris Grubbs.

Two weeks ago, Chris Grubbs teamed up with Michael Kann to win the WPIAL Class AAA doubles championship.

It was his third consecutive doubles title.

Last week, he helped lead Shady Side Academy to the WPIAL Class AAA team championships.

For his efforts, Grubbs has been selected The Herald Spotlight Athlete.

Grubbs, who has been playing since he was 8 years old, had his sights set on PIAA gold as SSA began play this week. He will be attending Princeton in the fall and is considering trying out for the team as a walk-on.

Here's a closer look at Grubbs:

Q: Who have been your role models in sports and in life?

A: In life, it's been my cousins Keira and Erin. In sports, it would be Roger Federer and my brother, Eric.

Q: What's your favorite TV show?

A: “Dexter.”

Q: Who's the most overrated athlete in sports?

A: Alex Rodriguez.

Q: What's the strongest part of your game?

A: My volley.

Q: Who's your favorite athlete?

A: Andrew McCutchen.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: Hanging out with my friends and skiing.

Q: What is your favorite animal at the zoo?

A: The polar bears.

Q: If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would you choose?

A: Jay-Z.

Q: What's your favorite vacation destination?

A: Paris.

Q: Who would be your dream date?

A: Jennifer Lawrence.

Q: Who makes the best pizza in Pittsburgh?

A: Mineo's.

Q: How would you describe your on-court demeanor?

A: I'm relatively calm, cool and collected.

Q: What movie could you watch over and over?

A: “Good Will Hunting.”

Q: How many days out of the year are you playing tennis?

A: Around 300.

Q: Do you go to many Pirates games?

A: Yeah. I love the Pirates.

Q: What would make up your favorite all-time meal?

A: Steak, baked potato and a brownie sundae.

Q: Is there a food you refuse to eat?

A: Brussels sprouts.

Q: Is there a song that always makes you want to change stations?

A: “Talk Dirty To Me.”

Q: What do you like best about Shady Side Academy?

A: The small classes and the close community.

Q: People would be surprised to know that I ...

A: ... Love math.

Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-782-2123 or

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