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Adding a deuce: Cowboy tennis gains strength

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Cowboy head coach Jay Udwadia watches play during Oklahoma State's tennis match against San Diego on Friday, February 7, 2020, at Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center in Stillwater.

The Oklahoma State men’s tennis team continues to bring strong teeth into its stacked depth.

Henrik Korsgaard and Matisse Bobichon are the new transfers that coach Jay Udwadia and the men’s tennis team have picked up.

Bobichon is a freshman from Lyon, France. Udwadia said he wants to use immediately Bobichon’s young skillset with the team.

Bobichon has a tall stature at 6-foot-2 and displays great force with the tennis ball.

“He’s going to compete for a spot,” Udwadia said. “He can play at a really high level, he’s someone that over the four years of his eligibility, he’s going to be one of the guys to look for, if not right away.”

It helps that Bobichon already has a connection on the team. That connection is the French teammate, Etienne Donnet.

At minus-46, Bobichon is coming in with a high French ranking.

“He’s one of the top French guys in his age group,” Udwadia said. “With an explosive game that could flourish into something, he’s got the potential to play at a very high level because of his game style and size.”

Korsgaard is a player who can bring experience to the roster. He’s a transfer player from Virginia Tech that the Cowboys can benefit in terms of familiarity and size.

Korsgaard is familiar at the No. 1 spot for the Hokies. Udwadia sees him as someone with a veteran presence for the team.

“We’ve got a bunch of big boys that are heavy hitters and big servers, and he’s one of them,” Udwadia said. “With the experience of his game style, I think he’s going to really help us.”

While Korsgaard was the No. 1 player in singles and doubles, it’s still unknown on what court fans can expect to see him going into spring competition, solely because the season is still far away from now.

While there were a couple of players lost, Udwadia feels the team depth is still a force in the country.

“We have the same team, and we’ve added two great players,” Udwadia said. “I think we just got a lot deeper, and we got a little experience, so, I just want the season to start.”

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