CCU Male Athlete of Month: Yedigarian travels for tennis

From his youth in Armenia to New York to studying tennis from Florida to Conway, travels and tennis have brought Garik Yedigarian to Coastal Carolina.

The Hampton Inn & Suites Oceanfront Myrtle Beach Resort that also works with travelers from across America and beyond has chosen Yedigarian as the CCU Male Athlete of the Month.

His grandmother first took him to the tennis center where he learned more about the game. He enjoyed the game so much that he continued playing.

“She said that she thought it was a wonderful place for me to start and to see if I was interested in the game,” Yedigarian said.

He then studied tennis at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida for five years. It is considered to be one of the top tennis academies in the United States. Yedigarian had the opportunity there to play against professional players.

“Coach (Chris Powers) came down from Coastal and offered me a scholarship, and I am really grateful for the opportunity to play tennis in college,” added Yedigarian.

He has taken advantage of every one of those opportunities since taking to the courts for the Chanticleers. The sophomore has helped CCU total a 24-11 overall mark in the last two seasons. In that time period, the team has gone 11-2 in the Big South Conference.

“The team is doing a wonderful job securing those victories. They all work hard in practice and in the matches,” Yedigarian added about CCU. “They take them all very serious.”

Over the last nine matches, Yedigarian has found success in doubles play, but the most success has come in singles play with nine consecutive wins for the sophomore. He remains undefeated in singles play in the Big South Conference, as does Coastal at 6-0.

“Whenever I step onto the court, I fight for every single point. Even if I lose the first set, I get my composure back,” he said about the matches. “You have to do that no matter how hard you work at the game.”

He plays alongside Matias DiPasquale at No. 1 doubles and they continue to work toward improving their teamwork and skill at that level. DiPasquale, a senior at CCU, looks to finish his senior campaign with Yedigarian the possibility of garnering a conference crown.

“Since day one we have been good teammates, and we have had good opponents to challenge us. We are still developing as a team and I think that there is a lot to look forward to for us in the future,” he said.

The only two teams standing in the way of a regular season conference title for Coastal title is Liberty (10-7, 3-3 BSC) this Sunday, and Winthrop (7-10, 3-1 BSC) next Sunday, April 14 at CCU. Winthrop defeated Liberty by a 4-3 final on March 22.

Yedigarian has been working on several areas to improve his overall game. He has been taking big strides to garner further service skills to improve in that area.

“I have been working on my serve. People have to have a good serve to play at this level. My serve has been getting better and I want to get it at a better level for college tennis,” he added.

Among his other activities aside from tennis, he did say that he enjoys basketball and soccer. Born in Armenia, he speaks both Armenian and Russian, along with being fluent in English. And now he’s mastering the international language of tennis.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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