Though no events or games are taking place this fall on campus, St. Bonaventure student-athletes still have great stories to tell. During the fall semester, GoBonnies.com will feature members from each of our 17 Division I teams – how they're adjusting to the new norms of campus life, preparing for the upcoming seasons and more.
In this edition, we feature men's tennis junior Marco Rivolo.
Rivolo has been a part of head coach Mike Bates' lineup since joining the program in 2018-19. As a freshman, Rivolo collected a team-high 17 singles wins and added eight doubles wins. In the 2019-20 season, he led the team with eight singles wins and was tied for the team high with six doubles victories in the Bonnies shortened season.
A native of Cordoba, Argentina, Rivolo is a two-time member of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and is a management major at St. Bonaventure.
Why did you choose St. Bonaventure?
I wanted to go to college and keep playing tennis at the same time. Unfortunately, that was not possible in Argentina, so I started looking for ways to come to the U.S. That's when I got in contact with Coach Bates.
What are some things that you did over the summer to stay active?
I played a lot of padel, a similar sport to tennis with a smaller court, and obviously played a lot of tennis.
How has not having fall matches impacted your normal preparation for a spring season?
It is not ideal for me because I enjoy playing tennis. I am a player that is very intense and requires a lot of rhythm to reach my best level of play. However, this can also be a time to work on many things that need major improvements that otherwise, with fall matches, one would not be able to work on them since there is not as much time.
What are some personal and team goals that you have for this year?
I think we have a better team that last year. The new guys are showing a good level of play and they have a good attitude as well so I think the overall level of talent on the team has risen. I think we are in position to improve a lot from last season but we cannot get ahead of ourselves and keep working to improve in every aspect.
Did you take up any new hobbies this summer?
I did not do anything new but I had a lot of time to improve my guitar playing.
If you were not playing tennis, what sport do you think you would be playing?
Being from Argentina, I think I would be playing soccer. I am really passionate about it and I follow the major leagues in Europe closely.
Did you face any challenges trying to get back to campus this fall?
It was not easy to come back because the whole country was on lockdown. Luckily, there was one flight a week leaving for the U.S. but getting a ticket was still very tough.
What was the new way of life like on campus this fall?
It is not always easy being so far away from home, but you get used to it. My roommates are great and we have a lot of fun together which makes everything easier.
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