, 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?
Great facilities and coaching staff.
Q: What is your favorite part about being a part of the Utah tennis program so far?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Q: If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
Q: If you could create a holiday, what would it be?
National iPhone Day.
Q: If you could live in any country, what would it be and why?
Spain because of the perfect beach and weather.
Q: If you could use three words to describe yourself, what would they be?
Sarcastic, outgoing, funny.
Q: If you had to delete every app on your phone but one, what app would you keep?
Q: If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
Invest my money and buy a lot of super-cars.