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Ronnie Schneider, 16-year-old tennis phenomenon

He may be small, but Bloomington tennis star Ronnie Schneider swings big.

At 5'6'', Ronnie Schneider is shorter than your average tennis player. Yet the state tennis champ refuses to let this be a disadvantage, believing that if you work hard enough you can achieve anything you want. That could explain why the 16-year-old from Bloomington High School South can be found doing his stretching routine at 6:30 a.m. Ranked in the top 10 in the nation for his age, Schneider tells 812 Magazine what he's learned juggling a tough schedule of travel, training and teenage life.

State tennis champions have a high status at school

When you win state other kids think that's the greatest thing. I jokingly said to a couple of girls if they ever broke up with their boyfriends I could take them to prom.

Sometimes winning means missing out on parties, basketball and summer fun

I have a good time at tournaments, especially if I'm winning, but I know I miss a lot of fun at home when I'm travelling. Last summer I counted from mid-June to right before school started, I slept in my bed for less than a week's amount of time - it was about six days.

Peer pressure is the hardest thing about being a teenager

At a public high school there are lots of temptations to do things that if you were thinking straight you wouldn't do. You just have to make sure you stay on the right track.

The best TV shows make you feel smarter after you've watched them

My mom and I like shows like "CSI" and "Criminal Minds." That's when we get to watch TV together. I like the way they think through stuff and piece things together.

Southern Indiana's Scott Rolen is a role model

Cincinnati Reds baseball player Scott Rolen is from Jasper. My dad grew up in Jasper and we go down there sometimes and drive past where Scott Rolen played, so I think that's pretty cool. I root for Scott Rolen wherever he goes.

It's never too early to start thinking about retirement

It's amazing out there; I like golf and the golf courses are amazing. I always tell my mom I'd like to retire there, but it's a little far away.

Bloomington is a great city

I've been to so many cities I can't even count, and I can't find anything better than Bloomington. It's a perfect mix of size, it's not too big but it's not too small. It's got everything you could want. I think the campus with all the students is amazing, especially with the variety of people like all the international people you get coming in. Then you've got all the sporting events and restaurants and stuff. It's just a perfect mix.