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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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