Fresh off of SEC title, UGA men’s tennis players will eulogize each other

The Georgia men’s tennis team won the 2013 Southeastern Conference tournament on Sunday.

Now, its members will eulogize each other.

In the name of team building, of course.

“There’s always inside jokes that we have that really make (the eulogies) pretty good,” junior Garrett Brasseaux said. “All of them are really funny. It’s good stuff.”

The exercise is the brainchild of associate head coach Will Glenn. The No. 3 Bulldogs began using it a couple years ago while practicing and conditioning for the NCAA tournament, which begins May 10 this year.

So all 11 members of this year’s squad will complete their final exams, and then be remembered and celebrated by their coaches and teammates.

“We pretend the guy died,” coach Manuel Diaz said with a laugh. “We actually just tell the audience what this person meant to us and what he brought. We’ll tell a couple anecdotes and moments that’ll be really funny, some will be embarrassing. … It really has been a great exercise right before the NCAAs.”

Sadio Doumbia, who was a senior during the 2011-12 season, would go off the cuff, treating it like an improv comedy class. Others write their memories down.

But nothing is off limits. And you may not learn of the funniest and most memorable eulogies that have been given.

“Some of them are pretty inappropriate,” senior Will Oliver said laughing. “Those are the ones I remember most.”

And each year there is a new crop of Bulldogs gearing up for their first NCAA tournament and their first eulogy.

“I love giving them crap, so that’ll be the best,” Oliver said.

But before the eulogies are given and before the NCAA tournament practices get underway, the team has to make it through exams. Diaz said he and Glenn will shuffle around the team’s conditioning and practice around to make sure the players meet their class requirements and have time to dedicate to school work.

“That’s probably the toughest part is staying on top of your school because this is when we start training really hard for NCAAs, so practices are getting longer,” Oliver said. “Fitness is longer. You always have to deal with all the tests, too. It’s kinda like, if you stay on top of it then you can do it, but you can’t let it all get to the end and snow ball.”

The Bulldogs, who finished the regular season 22-4 after winning the regular season and tournament conference titles, will find out their seeding for the NCAA tournament on April 30.

And the conference titles just add to the motivation the team already has going into NCAAs.

“I don’t think we all have to try really hard because we all really want it,” Brasseaux said. “It’s something that we’ve gotten here, and it’s been a goal from the beginning to do as well as we could at NCAAs and hopefully win it. I think everybody stays pretty focused.”

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