Men's Tennis

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Leandro Toledo has lost only one match to start the spring season.
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Tue, 02/04/2014
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A tennis racket, a tennis ball and a wall — that’s all it took for Leandro Toledo.

He was hooked.

As a 7-year-old growing up in Hamburg, Germany, his mother used to take him along to his older sister’s tennis practices.

Toledo remembers passing the time by hitting a ball against a wall off in the distance.

“That’s how it all started,” he said with a laugh. “It was just playing against a wall, but I liked it.”

It’s safe to assume that head coach Geoff Young is thankful for that wall.

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Mon, 02/03/2014
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The Gophers men’s tennis team got off to a rough start in its 2014 campaign. It dropped two of its first three matches — all on the road.

It only took a trip home to turn things around.

Minnesota swept a trio of matches this weekend, knocking off Green Bay and Marquette by identical 4-1 tallies Friday before beating Arkansas 6-1 on Sunday at the Baseline Tennis Center.

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The Gophers men’s team split a pair of matches.
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Mon, 01/27/2014
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Minnesota really couldn’t have hoped for a better start to its season.

The Gophers won their fourth straight match to open the year when they dismantled North Dakota 7-0 and followed it up with an equally controlling 7-0 win Sunday.

Minnesota hasn’t had an outlook this good in more than a decade — this is the first time since 1997 that it’s started a season 4-0.

And in the eyes of head coach Chuck Merzbacher, this is only the beginning.

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The Gophers lost their first match of the season 4-1 to Oklahoma State.
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Thu, 01/23/2014
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Minnesota’s men’s tennis team might have lost its most talented player from last year’s squad, but it managed to hold on to a veteran-filled roster.

Given that, a 4-1 season-opening loss to Oklahoma State last weekend doesn’t faze the team too much.

It’s a bit of rust — something almost all teams encounter early in a season — and the players aren’t letting it affect their game.

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The University of Minnesota's tennis facility brought in about $595,000 in revenue last year.
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Tue, 10/08/2013
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When Baseline Tennis Center opened in 2002, the University of Minnesota expected it to generate rental revenue.

In the decade-plus since, the facility has far exceeded expectations.

The facility generated a total of about $595,000 in rental income for the University’s athletics department this fiscal year. That’s money beyond the revenue it brings in for hosting Gophers men’s and women’s tennis matches.

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Senior Rok Bonin was the fifth-winningest player in Gophers history.
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Fri, 05/24/2013
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Rok Bonin ended his Gophers tennis career Wednesday with a three-set loss in the first round of the NCAA singles tournament in Urbana, Ill.

This tournament pits the top-64 singles players in the nation against each other in a single-elimination style bracket.

Bonin, a senior for Minnesota and the No. 53 player in the nation, lost 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 to No. 19 Andreas Mies of Auburn.

Bonin said it was tough to end his career with the loss, but he said the experience also offered him an opportunity to step back and reminisce on his career.

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Senior Rok Bonin, whose identical twin also plays tennis, will lead the Gophers into the NCAA tournament.
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Thu, 05/09/2013
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Minnesota head coach Geoff Young couldn’t even distinguish his current No. 1 singles player, Rok Bonin, at first sight.

Bonin, the stud senior on the Gophers roster, has an identical twin brother, Enej, who Young also recruited.

“I couldn’t tell who was who at the time,” Young chuckled. “I know I knew both their names, but even when the visit ended I couldn’t tell them apart.”

Young has gotten familiar with Rok Bonin since then — and for a good reason.

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Thu, 05/02/2013
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The Gophers can’t seem to escape connections to athletics director Norwood Teague.

Minnesota’s men’s tennis team will face Virginia Commonwealth, Teague’s former school, in the first round of the NCAA tournament May 10. The Gophers lost 5-2 to the Rams in January, but they played much better in the second half of the season.

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The women’s season ended in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.
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Mon, 04/29/2013
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The Gophers men’s tennis team lost in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament, but head coach Geoff Young said he’s satisfied with the way his team performed during the weekend.

Minnesota defeated Michigan State 4-0 on Friday and then lost 4-3 to Michigan on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

“That couldn’t have gone much better against Michigan State, and with Michigan … we knew it was going to come down to the wire,” Young said. “It just didn’t go our way that time.”

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Two underclassmen have helped the Gophers amid a tough season.
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Thu, 04/25/2013
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Minnesota’s women’s head tennis coach Chuck Merzbacher has acknowledged all season that his roster is littered with youth.

That youth that has led the team at times.

Though a junior and a sophomore hold the top two spots in the singles lineup, freshmen Paula Rincon Otero and Jessika Mozia have contributed greatly to the Gophers.

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