Tennis’ Cadieux dominant in singles

By Darwin Minnis

Frederic Cadieux has the best winning percentage and most total wins in singles for NIU men’s tennis over the past three seasons.

Since joining the team in 2011, Cadieux has won 80 percent of his singles matches, posting a 75-18 singles record.

During Cadieux’s time as a Huskie, he has consistently been one of the team’s top players, but success is something he was used to.

Cadieux is from Verdun, Quebec, Canada, where he was a top 10 nationally ranked player in his age group. When playing at home, he was invited to International Tennis Federation tournaments, going as far as the third round in the All-Canadian Junior Championships.

“Everything I did was to try and get recruited by a college coach,” Cadieux said. “Playing in the national championships, I just wanted to impress coaches. Luckily Patrick Fisher liked what he saw and he recruited me.”

Cadieux’s freshman year, he played in the No. 3-No. 6 and finished with a 25-4 record. The next two years, he moved up in the rotation, playing tougher competition in the No. 1-No. 3, but that hasn’t slowed him down. His sophomore year he finished 10-1 in the No. 2 and 11-3 in the No. 3. This year, his high level of play has continued, leading him to a 4-2 record in the No. 1, 7-0 in the No. 2 and 4-2 in the No. 3.

Even with his continued success, Cadieux does not care much for individual praise.

“Our team sticks together,” Cadieux said. “We all play for the team. No one plays for themselves. We all have the same goal of winning the MAC Championship and we’re all working toward that.”

Cadieux continues to practice hard on aspects of the game.

“Freshman year I was a little nervous,” Cadieux said. “My confidence has grown over the years, though. I’m mentally and physically stronger. I’m working on staying aggressive and not being passive. Go out on the court and fight for every single point.

“That’s what we all do. We practice hard for the team. We play for each other.”