OU men’s tennis senior Ondrej Fukala has a passion for tennis and maybe a greater passion for OU. Fukala loves the game of tennis, the comradery he shares with his teammates and the Sooner magic that fills Norman. When Fukala transferred to OU in 2003 he wasn’t sure what to expect, but he knew the minute he arrived that he was meant to be a Sooner.
Originally from the Czech Republic, Fukala felt right at home in the states. In fact Fukala’s favorite place to visit is an OU football game. Even though Fukala loves Oklahoma his taste buds often crave food from home. His favorite foods include Sauer Kraut, roast pork and dumplings.
In the realm of OU tennis Fukala is a steadfast player who always shows up ready to play and competes hard. He plays the majority of matches at the No. 2 singles position. Posting 11 of 18 wins last season. Fukala also paired with Silviu Tanasoiu to earn a 9-2 overall record indoubles.
This season Fukala is off to a 2-0 start at the No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles with teammate Tommy Garrison. Fukala looks forward to the spring season and hopes to continue his winning career here at OU.
Why did you come to OU?
“I am a transfer from Oklahoma Christian University. Oklahoma Christian cut their funding for tennis so I started looking around for another program. A friend recommended me to OU, but first I e-mailed colleges all around the nation and OU was the best option. I had never been here before and I came on a tour and loved it here. I didn’t hesitate at all. I loved it, so I didn’t waste a minute.”
Why do you like playing tennis at OU?
“My teammates are the number one reason I like it here. We get along really well, support each other and share common goals. These things give us a big advantage because we are so cohesive. We are all Oklahoma Sooners, we have that Sooner spirit that people all around OU have, such as the proud Sooner Swagger. Putting it all together is what makes OU special.”
What is your most memorable moment at OU?
"There are so many different ones that it is difficult to choose. I guess it would be my first week at OU. I noticed all those great things that I mentioned above, plus I experienced my first OU football game and a couple concerts. It was amazing; I had never seen anything like it. I will never forget the football game against Houston when they carried the giant United States flag onto the field. It was really amazing to witness such an awesome tribute."
What is your most significant win?
"I hope it will come this semester, I am proud of my record last year (18-3) and I am always happy if I win."