Kumbier returns to court after injury ends 2017 campaign
As the GC tennis team heads into the 2018 season, redshirt junior Jannik Kumbier is back on the court, ready to play.
The native of Germany is a senior in the classroom, double majoring in economics and political science. However, with his redshirt, he has two years of eligibility left to play on the court.
Kumbier received a medical redshirt last season due to an injury in his right wrist. After seeing four doctors, problems with Kumbier’s right shoulder were causing the pain in his wrist. The pain led to him sitting out for a whole season.
Throughout his recovery season, Kumbier habitually attended rehab for multiple treatments to help heal his injury. He said the setback was difficult.
“I was trying to help the team the best way I could by helping coach Barsby,” Kumbier said.
Head coach Steve Barsby said it hurt to lose Kumbier because he was going to be a big part of the team last year.
“It is always tough because he is one of our top guys and was going to play high in the lineup,” Barsby said.
Kumbier said he learned a lot during the time of watching his teammates perform.
“I actually realized how much I love playing and how much I like the sport,” Kumbier said.
Along with his talent on the court, Kumbier plays an important leadership role as one of three returners on the team. Barsby said every guy looks towards him.
Sophomore teammate Nathan Connelly acknowledged Kumbier’s leadership role and what a positive impact he is to the team.
“He always brings high energy and is ready to go 100 percent every practice,” Connelly said. “With Jannik bringing that energy, it creates a chain effect because everyone else tries harder.”
Connelly said that having Jannik back makes their lineup deeper and stronger.
Barsby is also looking forward to having Jannik back on the court this season.
“I am hoping for him to have a little more passion because when you sit out, it is gone for a while,” Barsby said.
Barsby also said Kumbier has been playing really well so far, and he hopes that continues through this weekend as the team travels to Valdosta State to play.
Kumbier said that watching his teammates play when he could not gave him a new perspective on the game that he hopes can help him as he plays this season. He is completely healed and ready to take on this season.