By David Grossman

There are moments when Eric Vehovec, now working in banking at the Royal Bank of Canada, recalls his days playing competitive tennis.

Tennis wasn’t just a social game with friends for the Upper Canada College graduate; he reached his goal of getting a ranking on the ATP World Tour in 2013.

“It was a huge milestone for me to achieve a world ranking and, with that, officially be a professional tennis player,” says Vehovec. “Further, I had the opportunity to compete in tournaments all over the world.” His travels included stops in Africa, Central America, Europe and the Middle East.

Learning the sport at age seven at a tennis camp, Vehovec was on several Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association championship teams at UCC. After graduation, he attended Middlebury College, a highly regarded liberal arts college in Vermont, where he earned his degree in international politics and economics.

Middlebury’s academics were intense, and the tennis was as well. As a sophomore in 2010, Vehovec was on the team that won the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III championship title.

After graduation, he wasn’t quite ready to hang up the racquets. “The tour was an incredibly tough yet rewarding experience. The talent is enormous, with many players just scraping to get by,” says Vehovec, who placed in Canada’s top 20 in 2013 and played in the Rogers Cup in 2014.

Now working to establish a career in international business, his interest in the area was driven by exposure to environments that encouraged global perspective: UCC, college and tennis.

“UCC played a big role in my development – progressing through its rigorous program provided me with a strong foundation,” says Vehovec. “UCC gave me the confidence to go after future endeavours.”