UND Italian Tennis Transfer Holds Serve On The Court And In The Classroom

Callegari, a junior, transferred to UND after playing out a scholarship at his first American university, North Carolina Central. He says, “I heard about the reputation of UND around the country and from some of my mates that play tennis. I was really impressed and I’m proud to be here.” Photo by Connor Murphy/UND Today.

Ranked 98th in Europe for his age group, Davide Callegari, at the time, thought professional tennis was his future.

Born and raised in Padova — a city ten minutes from Venice in northeastern Italy — Callegari travelled across Europe to compete. But after being diagnosed with a rare disorder and requiring surgery, he realized it was time to shift gears.

“I thought, well, I don’t think becoming a professional tennis player is my way anymore,” Callegari reflected. His condition slowed him down to the point where he felt it was better to focus on his final year of high school.

But his playing days aren’t over yet.

Now at UND on a full tennis scholarship, Callegari’s difficult decisions have yielded rewards.

“It was probably the best decision I’ve ever made in coming to the States,” he said, wanting to thank his parents for their encouragement. “They said it’s an opportunity that you cannot lose because you only live once – you’ll get an incredible education and simultaneously play at an incredible level.”

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