Meet The Utes: Junior Azat Hankuliyev - University of Utah Athletics
Meet The Utes: Junior Azat Hankuliyev

Meet The Utes: Junior Azat Hankuliyev

Azat Hankuliyev, a junior from Salt Lake City, has been a key contributor for the Utes the past two seasons. Hankuliyev, who is originally from Turkmenistan, was Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention last season.

Q: Why did you choose to play tennis at Utah?
A: Great facilities and coaching staff.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a part of the Utah tennis program so far?
A: The friendships made on the team and being able to compete against the best in the Pac-12.

Q: When did you start playing tennis and what drew you to the sport?
A: I started playing when I was six. My mom signed up for group lessons and I have loved it ever since.

Q: Who have been your biggest influences in life on and off the court and why?
A: My father has been my biggest influencer because of how he has come to give his family a great life in U.S.

Q: What do you think is important in the balance between school and athletics?
A: The balance of finding the time to balance both. No matter what you have first in the day, you should always be striving to do your best.

Q: What have been some of the hardships in your career and how did you get past them?
A: Losing my father has definitely been the hardship in my career. It made me realize how lucky I was to be able to play tennis.

Q: What are you looking forward to most this season?
A: I am looking forward to having a great run in the Pac-12 and making the NCAA Championships.

Q: If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A: It would be pizza, because you can choose different toppings.

Q: If someone made a movie about your life, what actor/actress would play you?
A:  Ashton Kutcher.

Q: If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
A: Invisibility.

Q: If you could create a holiday, what would it be?
A: National iPhone Day.

Q: If you could live in any country, what would it be and why?
A:  Spain because of the perfect beach and weather.

Q: If you could use three words to describe yourself, what would they be?
A: Sarcastic, outgoing, funny.

Q: If you had to delete every app on your phone but one, what app would you keep?
A: Twitter.

Q: If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
A: Invest my money and buy a lot of super-cars.
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