Tennis player a star on the court and in the classroom

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Former Wildcat tennis star Petra Niedermayerova '14, 2014 Big 12 Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year, is in her second year of Boston University’s doctoral program in economics. (Photo: K-State Athletics)

Former Wildcat tennis star Petra Niedermayerova ‘14 has her hands full at Boston University, but she’s enjoying the challenge. 
The 2014 Big 12 Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year and 2014 ITA Scholar-Athlete, Niedermayerova is in her second year of Boston University’s doctoral program in economics.  
“I definitely spend more time in the library than I have in my whole life,” said Niedermayerova during a recent weekend visit back to Manhattan. “It is pretty demanding. Playing tennis here was hard, but this is hard in a completely different way.” 
A five-year program, earning a doctorate at Boston University is no easy task. 
“There is a lot of material to learn in the first year,” she said. “I’ve been lucky because the policy right now in my program is that they only accept people (for the second year) who they want to keep in the program, so I’m glad they were interested in letting me stay.” 
When it comes to both performance on the court and performance in the classroom, Niedermayerova is among K-State’s finest. A native of Brno, Czech Republic, Niedermayerova is the only Wildcat tennis player in the history of the program to earn 100-plus singles wins. Her singles play record of 105-42 is the best ever by a Wildcat, but it’s not the only history she made. Niedermayerova also is the only tennis player in school history to play in four NCAA Singles Championships. She graduated from K-State with a 3.98 GPA in economics, and also was a 2014 Big 12 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship winner.
“I think playing sports gives you a strong work ethic,” she said. “I learned (at K-State) that it’s okay to be busy. I know it’s okay to be pressed with time, but I definitely carried the work ethic over with me from here and also I think I got to know the U.S. mentality here and that helps a lot.”
Though she’s nearly 1,500 miles away, Niedermayerova said she still stays in touch with former teammates and keeps up with the happenings of K-State tennis. She said she texts and talks to Wildcat head coach Danielle Steinberg often and is proud of the growth she’s seen in the program since Steinberg took over last summer. 
“One year is a very short time to actually see a lot of results, but I think the results are internal right now,” Niedermayerova said. “The results will show up later on, but the review from my teammates has been pretty good. It’s exciting for the program.”
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