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40 and then Wilson watched Tyler compete in tournaments in England and Portugal. "He was a highly-recruited and very successful junior," Wilson said. "He knew how to win and there were a lot of positives with his game." Tyler teamed with Davies to play tournaments around the world from 2014-16. ey are two of five Iowa men's tennis student-athletes from England. "We can't get rid of each other," Tyler joked about his former housemate at Culford School in Bury St. Edmunds, England. "Not a lot of tennis programs have scholarship space for two players, but we always wanted to stay together." e Hawkeyes put together winning seasons in each of Tyler's first three seasons. ey were 16-15 in 2018, 18-10 in 2019 and 12-2 in 2020. Wilson says Tyler has grown every season from a leadership perspective and is one of the leaders in practice, matches and off the court. Becoming an All-Big Ten player is not out of the question, Wilson said. "(Joe) could be a big piece of a team that could make a run to the NCAA Tournament and also at the Big Ten Championships," Wilson said. As Tyler's career winds down, he says personal goals are not as important as team goals. It really is as simple as continuing to win for the Hawkeyes. "Making NCAAs and trying to win as many matches as we can in our last season," Tyler said. "If I focus on myself and the guys focus on themselves, then the team will get where it needs to be." In his final season as a Hawkeye, Tyler has a record of 7-6 in singles and 6-6 in doubles.

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