USF Athletics will highlight a student-athlete that had a major impact in each sport during the 2013-14 year. For each player there will be a social media graphic, an article and a highlight video on GoUSFBulls.com. Impact Player features will appear on GoUSFBulls.com every Tuesday and Thursday during the summer. This Impact Player edition features All-American men’s tennis player Roberto Cid.
By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA, JUNE 17, 2014 – Roberto Cid was a big hit for the USF men’s tennis team in his debut season with the Bulls.
The sophomore from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic helped the Bulls capture the American Athletic Conference crown and The American’s Player of the Year became the program’s first All-American on the way to making NCAA Singles Championship quarterfinals.
“What he did this year is incredibly special and really unique,” head coach Matt Hill said. “It’s super exciting for the team and for the future of where we’re going. He’s going to be an incredible leader by example for the next two years for us.”
Cid finished the season ranked No. 32 by the ITA after going 24-6 in singles on top of posting a 17-5 record in doubles with teammate Sasha Gozun. The No. 23 Bulls went on to make the second round of the NCAA Championship and once their run was done Cid continued to represent USF well on his own. Cid took down top-ranked Clay Thompson of UCLA in his opening match at the NCAA Singles Championship and collected two more wins on the biggest stage in college tennis.
“I’m very fortunate and blessed with everything I’ve done so far,” Cid said.
Watch Cid’s highlight reel and previous Impact Player features online at youtube.com/BullsVision. Follow along through social media by using the hashtag #USFImpact.