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Gophers Men’s Tennis Team Finds Success From Half A World Away

October 19, 2019


THERE MIGHT NOT BE A COLLEGE SPORT WITH MORE FLAVOR THAN TENNIS. THERE’S A SIZABLE PORTION OF THETEAMS, BUT THERE’S A LARGER CONNECTION TO AN OFTEN OVERLOOKED PART OF THE WORLD. THEY’RE PRETTY GOOD HERE RANKED 33RD IN THE BIG TEN, BUT TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AND YOU’LL FIND SOMETHING UNIQUE. FOUR OF THEIR TOP PLAYERS –. PLAY AS BIG ROLE HERE. Reporter: COME FROM THE NEIGHBORING NATIONS HERE FROM ROUGHLY THE SIZE OF IDAHO, 5,000 MILES AWAY. IT’S VERY FUN TO GET GUYS FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD. THERE’S THIS MAN FROM SLOWINE GNAW — AND BOSNIA AND SERBIA, FOUR COUNTRIESES MADE UP OF THE FORMER NATION — WE WEREN’T IN THE SAME COUNTRY FIVE YEARS AGO, THE PEOPLE ARE THE SAME, BUT LITTLE DIFFERENCES, AND A LITTLE BIT OF A DIFFERENT ACCENT. HOW DO THEY END UP WITH SO MANY DIFFERENT GUYS? ON THE SAME TEAM ALL THE WAY OVER HERE? COIN COINCIDENCE — SO TO STAY COMPETITIVE IN THE TOP FIVE, HAVE YOU TO BRANCH OUT AND GET THE TALENT THAT’S AVAILABLE ANDTENNIS IS A VERY GLOBAL SPORT AND WE LOOK EVERYWHERE. Reporter: WAY BACK THE COACH’S FIRST SEASON, THEY BEGAN TO LOOK OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY. THE ASSISTANT COACH WAS FROM SLOVANIA HIMSELF AND HOW THESE FOUR ENDED UP HERE HAS MORE TO DO WITH THEM THAN ANY RECRUITING. WE ALL KNEW EACH OTHER. IT’S NICE TO HAVE SOMEONE THAT BRINGS YOU CLOSER HOME. BEING SO FAR FROM HOME HAS ITS CHALLENGES AND HAVING EACH OTHER MAKES IT A LOT EASIER. IT’S A REALLY GOOD THING TO HAVE WHEN YOU FEEL HOMESICK, THAT YOU CAN HAVE SOMEONE TO TALK TO IN YOUR OWN LANGUAGE. I ALWAYS FIND COMFORT IN THAT. THAT’S A HUGE THING, BECAUSE IF I DIDN’T HAVE THAT, I WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO MAKE IT. IT’S A SMALL REMINDER OF HOME ON A DAILY BASIS AND HELP AS LOT. IT’S A REALLY BIG DEAL. FOR A TEAM THAT WOULDN’T BE WHERE IT IS WITHOUT THEM.==. AND THOSE FOUR ARE THE ONLY

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