USATT Insider poses 11 questions to Morris Jackson of George Mason University, American University and The George Washington University
11 Questions with Morris Jackson
1) Why do you play?
I play for the competition, cardio benefits and the wonderful people I have met over the years.
2) Which is your favorite tournament?
My favorite tournament is the Cary Cup in North Carolina. It is here where I witnessed my son, Marcus Jackson having his best career wins. Also it is so well run and player friendly and understanding of player needs.
3) Who is your primary nemesis?
Right now that would be Edward Watts, a chopper who I have played over the years. I lose often to him in practice but beat him the times we played in tournaments. He claimed I faked an injury and he was soft on me.
4) What is your favorite game tactic to score?
Short under spin serve close to the net to my opponents forehand followed by attacking with my long pips.
5) Thoughts on the Poly Ball.
The poly ball plays fine but breaks so often and is expensive.
6) Toughest Loss?
I was leading Hank McCullough 20-15 in the third game in a match at the US Nationals with the winner going to the semi-finals of a senior event.
7) Greatest Win?
The one time I beat Clark Yeh in Philadelphia. He was 2300+ and I was 1950.
8) How you prepare for a tournament?
Play and run everyday and eat lots of carbs.
9) When you see a new player at the club, what do you do?
If he is my contemporary I will talk with him, assess his playing level and then invite him to play.
10) Player you would most like to play in a tournament?
11) If you had to face Timothy or Crystal Wang what would your game plan be?
If it is Crystal Wang, invite her father to coach her and try to frustrate her with my long pips and for sure attack her forehand. Her backhand is too strong and consistent.