Brenau University’s Golden Tigers Tennis Team will host “International Tennis Day” along with its Monday, March 24, match with Georgia Perimeter College at the university’s Smithgall Tennis Center on the Gainesville campus.
The free public event, from 5 to 8 p.m., celebrates the internationally diverse team, which features only one native-born American, and the global appeal of the sport. There will be pizza and soft drinks for guests as well as opportunities to win three main prizes: $200, $150 and $50 gift cards. Additional contests enable participants to win t-shirts and other prizes. And if guests do not view tennis as a spectator sport, they will have an opportunity to try out Brenau’s indoor tennis courts throughout the event.
Brazilian Andre Ferreira is in his third season as head coach of the Brenau team. His player roster includes Dominika Jasova, a senior from Kosice, Slovakia; Snezhana Kiseleva, a freshman from Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia; Maria Perdomo Medina, a junior from Canary Island, Spain; Stephanie Moniz, a senior from London, England; Zalina Nazarova, a senior from Sochi, Russia; Valeria Savina, a junior from Vologda, Russia; and Kelley Cohron, a sophomore from Buford, Ga.
“Our main goal is to get more people to come watch our matches and increase their interest in the sport,” said Ferreira. “If people come to watch and participate, and see that people from all around the world enjoy it, they will have a lot of fun. And, we want people in this community to be fans of this remarkable team.”
The Brenau team currently ranks No. 6 in the United States in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Coaches’ Poll and have won the national championship twice in its history. The Golden Tigers finished last year ranked No. 5 nationally after a No. 6 ranking in 2012.
“I love my team, and it is a blessing to be a part of something like this,” said. Cohron, the only American tennis player for the Golden Tigers.“
“I get to learn about different cultures while also sharing bits of mine. International Tennis Day will be a great way for us to connect with the community, and I think people will love some of the activities we have planned.”