By Mike Ross I played Division I tennis at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis from 1999-2003. Playing college tennis has impacted my life in many ways, and in particular, my professional life.  I am currently...
Ever dreamed of being an actor or actress? For Marianne “Kika” Cicmanec, a former Husker tennis player, this dream turned into a reality. In her story, Kika talks about her passion for the sport of tennis and how a scholarship...
It was Indian Wells, two years ago. I lost in the last round of qualies and I just knew something was off. I called my sister and mom, but no one was picking up, it was really strange. Then finally my...
** Updated: Friday, June 5, 2020 ** Collegiate tennis seasons abruptly ended this spring due to COVID-19, and in-person graduations that normally would take place in May couldn't happen. Some seniors are choosing to return to...
Everything changed my third year at the University of Michigan when I started to think that I wasn’t going to pursue tennis after college. I played my fourth year while applying for internships at consulting firms. Right out of school...
It has always been my dream to play professional tennis. I’ve never been good enough in juniors to even have a realistic shot at it. That’s why going to college was my only and last chance to keep my dreams...
Gabriel Sellmer came all the way from Brazil to play college tennis for Nebraska Wesleyan. But early on, his time in Nebraska was more plagued with doubts & mental struggles than the joy of being a collegiate athlete. It wasn't...
My family had very little money, and a tennis scholarship put me through my undergraduate years at UCLA. I had always been a good mathematician, and so I majored in physics, graduating with my B.A. in four years. It...
To let down the people closest to me, my friends and family is my most daunting fear. From an early age, I was pretty aware of how many lives I affected. How many people had to sacrifice time, energy and...
Rachel Stuhlmann is a former tennis player for the Missouri Tigers and earned a career-high NCAA singles ranking of 77. Throughout her career, the St. Louis native developed a love and passion for the sport that is hard to come...

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