Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Amer Delic
Illini tennis standout Amer Delic celebrates his 31st birthday Sunday. Born in Tuzla, Yugoslavia, now in the northeastern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Delic’s family moved to Jacksonville, Fla., where he attended Samuel Wolfson High School and won the Florida state championship.
Delic was recruited to Illinois by coach Craig Tiley and eventually helped lead the Illini to the 2003 NCAA team title. That season, he won the NCAA singles championship, adding to his All-America and All-Big Ten honors. Delic’s collegiate record in singles was 92-33, and he won 26 of his 28 Big Ten singles matches. As a doubles player at Illinois, he was 89-31 overall and 26-6 against conference competition.
Delic turned pro in 2003 after his junior year at Illinois and played on the professional circuit for nine years. He won eight singles titles and three doubles titles and appeared in the main draw of Grand Slam events 10 times. Delic served as the team captain for the Bosnia/Herzegovina Davis Cup team, playing as recently as April 2012. In 2009, Delic reached the round of 32 at the Australian Open, losing to third-ranked Novak Djokovic in four sets. He reached the second round in a Grand Slam on five other occasions, including three other times at the Australian Open (2006, ‘07, ‘08).
During the 2012-13 season, Delic served as an assistant coach for the Florida Gators. In May, Delic was hired as the assistant director of the Brain Game Tennis Academy in Austin, Texas.
Sunday: Anthony Williams, football (48)
Monday: Rich Adams, basketball (57)
Tuesday: Christine Burchill, softball (30)
Wednesday: Luke Joyce, baseball (22)
Thursday: Pat Quirk, wrestling (35)
Friday: Brandon Lloyd, football (32)
Saturday: Dave Wright, football (62)
By Mike Pearson, author of Illini Legends, Lists & Lore and assistant athletic director at Miami (Ohio)
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