Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Andrew Varga, December 4, 2015

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

 

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00:00:00 - Tennis recruitment process and deciding on University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Well this is Dennis Emery, I'm here with Andrew Varga, uh, one of the unique players in UK tennis history.

Segment Synopsis: Varga talks about his decision process in choosing the University of Kentucky as a college and a tennis program. He compares what the campus was like when he attended UK and what it is like today. He discusses his brothers' influence on his decision to attend UK.

Keywords: Coaches; Recruiting; Scholarships; Tennis; University of Kentucky

Subjects: Athletics; Education, Higher--Kentucky

00:07:54 - Improving skills / highlight match of 1984

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Partial Transcript: Well, let's move into what was my second year, your first year, 1984, your freshman year.

Segment Synopsis: Varga talks about how he had to work harder in college tennis than he ever had to before, and how his playing skills improved. Varga talks about the highlight match of 1984 against Georgia.

Keywords: Competition; Games; Matches; Practice; Teams; Tennis

Subjects: University of Kentucky--Sports--History

00:22:47 - Sophomore year

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Partial Transcript: Let's, let's move on to your sophomore year then.

Segment Synopsis: Varga talks about playing against his brother.

Keywords: Brothers; Family; SEC

Subjects: Southeastern Conference; Tennis players

00:31:46 - Varga's teammates / Varga's junior year

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Partial Transcript: Well before we move into your junior year I wanna do just kind of a lightning round.

Segment Synopsis: Varga talks about his teammates. He talks about his junior year and recruiting players. He talks about the changes that the team was going through at the time.

Keywords: Abilities; Recruiting; Skills; Talents; Teammates

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

00:41:15 - Playing against University of Georgia / Varga's family legacy / playing against Stanford University

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Partial Transcript: Well that year, um, you know, I--and I hate to keep coming back to these big matches--

Segment Synopsis: Varga recollects the major match against Georgia in his junior year. He talks about his parents' interest in tennis and how involved they were in it. He talks about playing against Stanford University.

Keywords: Family; Parents; Stanford University; Tennis matches; University of Georgia

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

00:53:08 - National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship in Varga's senior year

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Partial Transcript: You know, I--and I wanna go into this a little bit because I think it's very important.

Segment Synopsis: Varga recollects the Indoor Tournament against Stanford University. He talks about how he won even using a type of racket that he wasn't used to.

Keywords: Doubles; Games; Losing; Matches; National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships; Singles; Stanford University; Tournaments; Winning

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

01:03:11 - SEC Singles Championship

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Partial Transcript: Uh, well, now we go to the SEC tournament, you know.

Segment Synopsis: Varga talks about being the first person to win a singles championship. He discusses how he didn't expect to win and how unprepared he felt, though he ended up winning.

Keywords: Matches; Singles; Tournaments; Winning

Subjects: Southeastern Conference; Tennis.; University of Kentucky--Sports--History

01:14:12 - Going to the NCAA tournament / playing for Coach Emery / success in tennis and in life

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Partial Transcript: Well, the--now we go on, we go to the NCAAs, it's the first time ever.

Segment Synopsis: Varga talks about playing in the NCAA tournament. Varga tells Emery what he thought about playing under Emery's coaching. He talks about what he learned about success from his tennis career and how it applies to his personal life.

Keywords: Coaches; Competitiveness; Dennis Emery; Playing; Success; Winning

Subjects: National Collegiate Athletic Association; Tennis.; University of Kentucky--Sports--History