Mike started playing tennis at a young age. His love of the game prompted him to play on his high school tennis team, where he was named Most Improved Player by his senior year. His teammates voted him Most Valuable Player.
After high school, he attended college at Fresno State University, where he continued to receive accolades and recognition. He was once again named Most Improved Player by his coach, and he was voted Most Valuable Player for three years in a row by his teammates.