A crowd of more than 200 including teammates, family and friends gathered Saturday at the Student Tennis Center in remembrance of Alex Rovello. Rovello, a star on the UO’s men’s tennis team, passed away after a tragic cliff diving accident on May 11, 2013, following his junior season with the Ducks.
The ceremony included speeches from Rovello’s father, Jim Rovello, Oregon head coach Nils Schyllander, athletic director Rob Mullens and more. With a $20 entrance fee and donations, over $1,600 was raised with all proceeds going to the UO Men’s Tennis Foundation and the Alex Rovello Award.
“He was a great tennis player, son, teammate and a remarkable person,” Mullens said. “He left his mark on this university in so many ways and it’s only appropriate that we are on this very court having this ceremony in his honor.”
To conclude his speech, Jim said there are three things he would tell his son Alex if he could see him again: “I love you, I’m so proud to be your father, and lastly, they put your name on the court – how about that?”
EDN sends its deepest condolences to all those who knew Rovello.