Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Carlos Drada, November 6, 2015

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries

 

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00:00:01 - Drada's recruitment / first match against Stanford University

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Partial Transcript: Well my name's Dennis Emery, I'm formerly the tennis coach at the University of Kentucky and we are here today with Carlos Drada.

Segment Synopsis: Drada recalls his recruiting process at the University of Kentucky and trying to play professionally before playing in college. He recalls his first match against Stanford University.

Keywords: Matches; Professional; Recruiting

Subjects: Tennis players; Tennis.; University of Kentucky--Sports--History

00:11:34 - Playing against University of Georgia / injuries, losing games, and reflection / playing mentally

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Partial Transcript: You know, also that year, which was your freshman year, we had another great win.

Segment Synopsis: Drada recalls winning against the University of Georgia. He talks about an injury that caused a loss, and a different energy that caused Drada to reflect on his attitude. He talks about the mental skills that he developed to play well and talks about his skills of adapting to his opponents' styles.

Keywords: Aggression; Competition; Confidence; Doubles; Games; Improvements; Injuries; Losing; Matches; National College Athletics Association (NCAA); Serving; Tennis courts; University of Georgia; Winning

Subjects: Tennis players; Tennis.; University of Kentucky--Sports--History

00:27:22 - Senior year and NCAA tournament (Part 1)

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Partial Transcript: Well let's go now to your senior year.

Segment Synopsis: Drada talks about the matches in his senior year that led to his victory in the NCAA tournament final. He talks about using new tactics to help him win matches.

Keywords: All-American; Kick serves; Left-handed players; Matches; National College Athletics Association final; Serving; Sets; Tennis courts

Subjects: Tennis players; Tennis.; University of Kentucky--Sports--History

00:39:43 - Senior year and NCAA tournament (Part 2)

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Partial Transcript: Next match in that tournament in the round of 16, you played a guy named Andres Pedroso.

Segment Synopsis: Drada remembers more matches during the NCAA tournament.

Keywords: Cramps; Injuries; Matches; National Collegiate Athletics Association tournament; Players

Subjects: Tennis players; Tennis.; University of Kentucky--Sports--History

00:51:15 - Senior year and NCAA tournament (Part 3) / transition to new culture

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Partial Transcript: Well that's great and that moved you into the finals.

Segment Synopsis: Drada talks about the final game in the NCAA tournament, and his back injury. He talks about the lessons he learned from the NCAA tournament. He talks about his transition to UK as a foreign student.

Keywords: Accomplishments; Back injuries; National Collegiate Athletics Association finals; Tournaments

Subjects: Tennis players; Tennis.; University of Kentucky--Sports--History