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Mary Clayton Senior Profile
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/22/2013
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DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke women's tennis team closed out its season with a 16-10 overall record and a NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.  Recently, sat down with senior Mary Clayton to learn more about the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., native. What has been your proudest moment at Duke?
Mary Clayton: Advancing to sweet 16 with five (insanely strong) players after a season of traumatizing adversity.  What is the most misunderstood thing about your sport?
MC: That it’s easy. Until you compete at a high level it’s difficult to understand the extent of the mental and physical capacity you need to be good.   What is your favorite part of being a Duke student-athlete?
MC: Being a part of a team and having the ability to represent Duke on a large scale. Are there any words of wisdom you’d like to pass along to freshman and future Blue Devils?
MC: Stay in the moment but always remind yourself how lucky you are to be at this incredible university and a part of this team. You only live once and life really is too short so make the best of it.      What was your favorite food when you were a child?
MC: The combination of cream of wheat and wheat toast with a ton of butter and strawberry jelly. Vanilla cake is an all-time favorite though.  As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?  What do you want to be now?
MC: I rode horses from a young age and always thought I was going to be a jockey-- my height may have played into that idea too. Now, although I’m not quite sure I’m grown up yet, I’m pursuing my interest in the finance world.   Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?
MC: My mother. She has taught me that kindness goes the furthest, to stay tough, to give more than you take, and that honesty is a saving mechanism.  If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
MC: Ration it off to every person and organization (PETA and the Humane Society would be high on the list) that deserves it, and then buy a vacation house.  If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
MC: I would have to say mind reading and invisibility.  What's your favorite midnight snack?
Cereal at midnight but I prefer quesadillas two hours later.