Alex Rovello

University of Oregon Holds Court Renaming Ceremony in Honor of Alex Rovello

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Alex Rovello Ceremony
Alex Rovello Ceremony | (Eric Evans/GoDucks)

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.

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Oregon Tennis Courts Dedicated to Alex Rovello Remembrance

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Alex Rovello
Alex Rovello | (GoDucks)

The University of Oregon, in remembrance of Alex Rovello, will re-name the Student Tennis Center in his memory. According to a release by the school, the center court on the north side – where Rovello played all of his indoor matches throughout his career – will be named in his honor. The naming ceremony will be held at the center Saturday, Nov. 9th, from 3-5 p.m.

“It is very important to honor the legacy of Alex Rovello and to make sure that it lives on,” said Nils Schyllander, UO head men’s tennis coach. “Alex gave so much to Oregon tennis and to tennis in the entire Pacific Northwest, but more importantly, he gave so much as a person. He will always be loved, and never forgotten.”

Rovello passed after a tragic diving accident on May 11, 2013, following his junior season with the Ducks. Over his career he posted 60 career singles wins and 53 doubles victories.

[gn_quote style=”1″]“To honor Alex with his own court is the most concrete way for us to show our love for him,” said Jonas Piibor, associate head coach. “Alex’s spirit will now forever live in the hearts of every UO tennis player.”[/gn_quote]

The attendance fee for the naming ceremony is $20 with proceeds going to the UO Men’s Tennis Foundation and the Alex Rovello Award. The school asks that all wishing to attend RSVP by October 25 by contacting Carlee Daub at 541-346-5857 or [email protected]. Walk-in tickets will be available the day of the event.

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Alex Rovello’s Memorial Fund to Improve Tennis Courts

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Alex Rovello
Alex Rovello Memorial Fund

Following the tragic drowning accident that took the life of University of Oregon Ducks tennis star Alex Rovello, friends of Rovello have created the “Alex Rovello Memorial Berkeley Park Tennis Donation Fund” at Wells Fargo. Money raised will go directly to renovations of the courts.

Rovello had one of the most promising high school tennis careers in OSAA history, going an incredible 50-0 and almost never losing a set. He was 21-8 this season for the Ducks and 10-0 at the No. 1 singles position for the team.

Jim Rovello, Alex’s father, hopes the money raised will be enough to cover the costs needed to resurface the courts, replace worn benches, put up new nets up and clean up the area. The goal is for $10,000.

The fund has raised $3,163 of $10,000 thus far from 54 different donors. There are 45 more days to donate. The donations range all the way from $5 to $500 donated by the Mullens family. Go HERE to make a donation.

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Oregon Tennis Player Alex Rovello Has Died

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Alex Rovello (GoDucks.com)
Alex Rovello
(GoDucks.com)

Oregon Ducks tennis player and former Cleveland High School star Alex Rovello has reportedly died after a tragic cliff diving accident on Saturday. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Rovello jumped off a 60-foot cliff into Tamolitch Pool and according to witness reports he may have hit the water with his face and upper chest.

Witnesses attempted to help Rovello but were unable to save him due to the incredibly cold temperature of the water and the depth of the pool.

According to OregonLive, a friend of Rovello’s, not at the scene, said Rovello hit his head against either the bottom or an object beneath the water’s surface.

News began surfacing of the tragedy late last night on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, and was confirmed earlier today.

According to a report by the Register Guard,  Linn County sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Lawler says that there are no indications that drugs or alcohol were a factor in Rovello’s death.

[gn_quote style=”1″]“Everything points to a tragic accident,” Lawler said. “He apparently hit the water wrong, and the temperature of the water is 37 degrees. Even a good strong swimmer with body weight on him would have trouble swimming in that water.”[/gn_quote]

Rovello had one of the most promising high school tennis careers in OSAA history, going an incredible 50-0 and almost never losing a set. He was 21-8 this season for the Ducks and 10-0 at the No. 1 singles position for the team.

Grief counselors are available for members of the tennis team. EDN sends its thoughts out to the friends and family of Rovello and the University of Oregon community.

No. 40 Ducks Sweep No. 73 St Mary’s

The No. 40 Oregon Ducks men’s tennis team (12-1) impressively defeated No. 73 St. Mary‘s (6-6) 7-0, only rendering one set in all seven matches combined.

The number one singles match between Oregon’s Jeff Mullen and St. Mary’s Jesse Kiuru was definitely the most contested of the afternoon.  Mullen struggled early on, unable to match Kiuru’s powerful serve and forehand, with any sort of consistency.

(Eric Evans/GoDucks.com)
(Eric Evans/GoDucks.com)

Kiuru controlled Mullen on the court, forcing him to hit low and awkward backhands, which seemed to frustrate Mullen.  Kiuru won the first set 6-2.  However, the rest of the match was a different story.  Mullen was able to dictate points more effectively, and was able to put multiple great shots together consistently, leading to several over head smashes.

After winning the second set 7-6, Mullen won an even closer tiebreak 10-8 to decide the match. The win was especially impressive because the player Mullen defeated, Kiuru, defeated the number one singles player for tennis powerhouse UCLA earlier this season.  Oregon Ducks head coach Nils Schyllander believes the win could be an important stepping stone in Mullen’s career.

“This means the world,” said Schyllander. “That’s a very good player he came back and defeated.  It validates the work he’s put in.  Now he feels like he can beat anyone.”

Alex Rovello was promoted to number two singles after stringing together multiple impressive performances as of late and he definitely didn’t disappoint.  He dominated his match 6-4, 6-1.  Although his serve didn’t blow his opponent away with power, he places it well and his ground strokes were nothing short of sensational.

Weather it be offensive attacks or defensive passing shots, Rovello’s consistently wicked two handed backhands on both sides overwhelmed his opponent leaving him unable to retrieve countless winners by Rovello.

“His last few times out he’s been rock solid so we felt that he deserved that spot and he obviously delivered.”

Robin Cambier played with a lot of enthusiasm despite his demotion to three singles.  He won his match comfortably (6-2,6-3), but played as if the match was a dead heat all the way through.  Cambier would energetically chase down drop shots, yell at the top of his lungs after winning important points and kick balls into the net out of frustration after missing easy volleys.  Only time will tell if Cambier will eventually retain his previous number two singles position, but it is evident that he will play passionately regardless.

The number four through six singles players also won their matches handily. Number four singles player Daan Massland won his match in straight sets despite missing out on three match points in the second set tiebreak.  He showed great resilience, playing much better after his opponent leveled the tiebreak.  Daniel Sardu defeated his opponent who had a prosthetic arm and Lova Randriamampandry also won his match easily.

The Ducks’ doubles teams matched the domination in singles.

“From top to bottom, it was almost a flawless effort in doubles,” Shyllander said.  The Ducks only gave up a combined eight games in the three pro set doubles matches.  The Ducks are now an astounding 34-3 on the season in doubles matches.

The win increased the Ducks winning streak to three games and improved their record to 11-1 on the season.  Conference matches are coming up later this month and the Oregon men’s tennis team’s success thus far can only bolster their confidence and belief that they can compete with some of the national powerhouses in the Pac-12.  The Ducks round out their non-conference schedule against Texas A & M on friday, Rice on sunday and Radford and Utah later this month.

Ducks Men’s Tennis Takes Down Portland, 5-2

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The No. 45 Oregon Duck’s Men’s Tennis team (10-1) came home to face the University of Portland Pilots on Saturday, and the match was much closer than the score would indicate. The heavy-favorite Ducks struggled to dominate the in-state rivals, making for an exciting bout between the two teams.

“We can’t take things for granted, we need to come out with more energy,” head coach Nils Schyllander said to GoDucks. “We didn’t have the greatest week of practice and the guys need to learn that you cannot one day off mentally during the season.”

(Eric Evans/GoDucks)
(Eric Evans/GoDucks)

The Ducks took advantage when they won two out of the three doubles thanks in large part to the team of Alex Rovello and Daan Maasland. The junior and freshman pair dominated the University of Portland’s Jackson Martin and Michel Hu Kwo, winning 8-4. But star-pair Robin Cambier and Jeff Mullen took their undefeated record (9-0) and put it on the line against Portland’s Alex Ferrero and Ratan Gill and came up short. The Cambier/Mullen pair lost 8-6 for the first time this year together.

“We came out flat,” said Cambier on the loss.

The match was on the line for the Pilots when the Ducks won two early matches in the singles and needing only one more win to clinch the overall match. Going into the singles with a 2-1 lead, the Ducks battled hard and were able to win three of the next four.

Rovello was locked in a battle with the Spaniard Alex Ferrero, where they both one games 6-4 in the first two games with their match. As it went into the 3rd game with Ferrero, Rovello started strong and didn’t let up. He rode his momentum from the previous game to beat Ferrero with passion as he threw his wrist in the air when it was finished to give the Ducks their 10th win of the season.

Oregon looks to take on Idaho in Eugene on Friday March 8. EDN will be there to bring you more coverage of MTEN and all Ducks sports.

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