Foreign players in Men’s tennis team

Christian Gonzales

Amadi Kagoma a major in sociology is a sophomore from Kenya and attended Malezi School in Nairobi, Kenya.

He chose to play for Cerritos because head coach Alvin Kim reached out to Kagoma via email that made him feel comfortable, straight forward, and honesty from his coach.

To him the tennis game is the same all over the world but he used to play in clay compared to cement and different mentalities from players.

He has not decided yet if he wants to pursue tennis as a career; he is looking to get a scholarship and then make a decision after.

In his free time, if he’s not playing tennis at school or studying he enjoys relaxing at home.

Coming to America wasn’t easy for Kagoma as the visa took a long period of time with a lot of questions.

Kagoma’s personal accomplishment is how far he is in school because of the challenges back home, but he is living his dream out this season being undefeated in single matches 11-0 record and being 8-1 in doubles.

Head coach Alvin Kim said, “He’s an amazing guy he works hard, we are working hard to get him a full scholarship and he has a couple offers.”

Agustin Lombardi, kinesiology major, said about Amadi Kagoma “I value him, he his a very good role model. He works, he wins and this is what it’s basically about [tennis].”

Milos Zoric, computer programming major is a sophomore from Serbia.

He attended high school at Gimnazija, Indija and is on the men’s tennis team at Cerritos.

He started playing tennis late at the age of 14 and learned the ins and outs of the game by the age of 18.

Zoric was in the top 50 under 18 in Serbia.

The process for Zoric was taking an SAT and didn’t score well because of his English and took another test known as Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and was looking for community colleges in the states of California, Texas, Florida.

He chose Cerritos over San Diego Mesa.

After that Zoric was waiting for documents the school sent him and took the documents to the U.S. Embassy and got a student visa and the next step was buying an airplane ticket to LA.

His accomplishments are being top 30 under 16 in Serbia.

Zoric sees his tennis career as a way to accomplish his academic goals.

In his free time he likes playing chess, watching movies, hanging out with his teammates and enjoys gluten-free food.

The differences he see are the weather from Serbia to America in Serbia they have extreme seasons in summers are very hot and winters are very cold with snow.

Zoric this season is 5-0 in singles and in doubles he is 10-2.

Teammate Agustin Lombardi, “He is a great guy he gives us advice all the time he motivates us and I wish him the best.”

Head coach Alvin Kim, “He’s been real loyal, he’s also one of our captains he has been the glue that organizes the team and it doesn’t show on the score board doesn’t mean much.”