Former Chagrin Falls Tiger on the mend and looking forward to CSU spring tennis season
CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio — Although his tennis career at Cleveland State University got off to a slow start due to a wrist injury, former Chagrin Falls Tiger Andrew Zimcosky is an integral part of the program’s spring plans. Viking tennis.
On a limited basis last fall, the rookie finished 1-1 in singles and 6-2 in doubles.
Vikings men’s tennis head coach Brian Etzkin believes Zimcosky will play a major role in CSU’s tennis program this spring and beyond.
“He’s almost fully recovered and ready to be part of our doubles roster,” Etzkin said. “It’s always special when the best players in the Cleveland area choose to come to school in their hometown, and I’m excited for what’s to come during his career as a Viking.”
The Chagrin Falls High School graduate dominated high school tennis competition, posting an 80-7 singles record and winning two state championships as a singles player. He was a three-time All-Ohio winner.
Zimcosky believes his tennis career at Chagrin Falls prepared him for the early stages of this CSU tennis journey.
“I think high school tennis prepared me well for the transition to college tennis,” Zimcosky said. “Playing in front of larger crowds, especially in conference games and the state tournament, has also helped me with the mental side of tennis.”
The former three-time Chagrin Valley Conference tennis MVP lives on the Cleveland State campus, which is a bit different from the village near the falls.
“I walk pretty much everywhere and have been to quite a few Cavs, Guardians and Browns games. It’s nice to be so close to major events happening in Cleveland,” says the computer engineering student.
As the Vikings challenge nationally ranked tennis opponents such as Ohio State University this spring, Zimcosky is feeling optimistic about his team and his health.
“Honestly, I can’t wait to compete now that I’m healthy. I’m excited to be playing on a more regular basis,” he said.
“I’m lucky to be part of this team, because we have such a great group of guys, and I’m looking forward to making a positive impact.
Although his schedule is jam-packed with lessons and tennis, the former Tiger stays in touch with a few members of the Chagrin Falls High tennis team, and weather permitting, he will be spectating select games this spring on East Washington Street.
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