Student-athletes dream to reach the top and bring honor, not only to their name but also to their school, and country. It is also their goal to be recognized for their effort and to be loved by their fans. That’s how things went for Green Tennisters Captain Betto Orendain or simply Betto, as his friends and fans call him.
Being inspired and motivated by the legends of tennis like multiple Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer, he showed the Lasallian community what he is capable of. Up to now, he continues to make his point.
Orendain did not start as a tennis lover. The sport did not run in his family, except for his sister. “I used to be a spectator only, watching my sister play in a tennis camp for beginners,” Orendain in his career beginnings. “It was not until a coach approached me from the camp and invited me to try it out. After that, the rest was history.”
Entering college, life as a student-athlete is not easy, and Orendain shared two main keys in balancing sports and academics. “Prioritizing and time management are the two most valuable lessons I have learned to apply in my life. Without them, I definitely wouldn’t be able to balance my academics and tennis.”
Betto Orendain is a hardworking athlete who tries to prove himself everyday in front of the coaches, teammates, and the Lasallian community. He shows this by being there always in their tough training schedule and workouts.
Working out is one of the main things that an athlete must do to keep himself fit and strong. But it is mostly a drag to workout especially if it is challenging them to be strong. Orendain shared that his workouts are not boring and can be enjoyable. “Keep your workouts fun! It doesn’t need to be whatever everyone does as long as what you’re doing is enjoyable.”
Being tall, handsome, and athletic as he is, it’s not unusual for some people to have a crush on the Lawn Tennis star. Some athletes even have crushes on their fellow athletes in the UAAP. But when asked who his UAAP crush is, Orendain simply closed, “Thats easy… It’s a secret.”
It was a wild journey for the Green Tennisters captain. He showed dominance and grace as he climbed up the ranks to become team captain, wearing the Green and White as he tries to lead the team to victory. For Orendain, achieving something feels so much better when you work hard for it and that every work he puts is not only for him but for God and country.