International athletes face special challenges as seniors

By Fernando Shan Medill Reports Turning pro is the dream for student athletes. But many give up  that dream due to injuries, players say. “I don’t think professional tennis is a realistic goal. Tennis is going to end at college [graduation]. It’s time to move on,”said Rachel Le Comber, a senior on the UIC women’s […]

Overseas experience propels Brazilian Gulin to Chicago tennis spotlight

By Fernando Shan Medill Reports International tennis teens are seeking out the U.S. tennis scene and college recruiters have an “A” list of players they want – players such as Georgia Gulin. Gulin, a 19-year-old Brazilian standout, is a sophomore athlete on the women’s tennis team at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her career […]

Diehard German soccer fans support Dortmund in London

By Fernando Shan Medill Reports The English soccer team Tottenham Hotspur packed home ground Wembley Stadium with not only local Hotspur’s fans, but also thousands of German Borussia Dortmund supporters in a February  Champions League Round of 16 clash. Borussia Dortmund, current Bundesliga (German Division One soccer league) leader, started the Champions League elimination rounds […]

UIC women’s tennis maps a global trajectory

By Fernando Shan Medill Reports The University of Illinois at Chicago women’s tennis team recruited seven international students from five different countries, including Brazil, Bosnia, Czech Republic, Germany and England. Besides being strongly international, most of the student-athletes on the team are transfer students. Chicago is their second destination in the United States.

For strongly international UIC Women’s Tennis, head coach serves as a second mother

By Fernando Shan Medill Reports Video Shannon Tully, head coach of  University of Illinois at Chicago women’s tennis team, has guided student-athletes for nearly 20 years. Players say Tully serves as the American mother for this team, where seven of the eight players are international students who traveled thousands of miles to attend UIC. Before coaching, […]

UIC Flames lose to Northwestern in women’s tennis match

By Fernando Shan Medill Reports The University of Illinois at Chicago women’s tennis team lost to 2018 Big Ten regular season Champion, No. 19 Northwestern, by 0-7 in a one-sided, two-hour matchup to start the dual season on Friday afternoon. The UIC Flames kicked off their new dual season in Evanston with the absence of […]