Sunday, September 25, 2016

Torpegaard At Home in Columbus, Bellamy Basks in the Bay, Scott Spices the Cajun, Belga Burns Through the Bedford

What a successful week it was on the pro tour for several current, future, and former collegians. The biggest news came in Columbus (OH) as Ohio State junior Mikael Torpegaard won the $50K Columbus Challenger by defeating the top seed Benjamin Becker (Baylor '05) in three sets.

Torpegaard earned the only break of the first set when he broke Becker from 30/40 to go up 5-4 and then he held at love to take the opening set 6-4. Becker flipped the script in the second set and won 30 of 44 points (68%) in route to a 6-1 set. Torpegaard fell behind 0-40 on his serve to start the third set before coming back to get an important hold. After five consecutive holds, Torpegaard broke Becker in a two-deuce game to go up 4-2 and then he broke him one more time from 15/40 to close out the 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 win in 1 hour and 31 minutes.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Torpegaard Into the Finals in Cbus & Plenty of Fall Tournament Results

Ohio State junior Mikael Torpegaard got a wild card into the $50K Columbus (OH) Challenger, which is played at the Ohio State Varsity Tennis Center, and he has thanked the tournament organizers with his stellar performance on the court this week. Torpegaard had never played a Challenger-level event prior to this week but a 7-5, 7-6(5) win over former Tennessee Volunteer and ATP #263 Tennys Sandgren has him in the finals where he'll meet former Baylor Bear and 2004 NCAA Singles Champion ATP #97 Benjamin Becker. Torpegaard, who entered the tournament with an ATP ranking of 642, has won 13 of his last 14 pro matches and with a win tomorrow he'd see his ATP ranking climb to roughly 368; with a loss he'd be just inside 445.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Battle in the Bay, Cajun Classic, Southern Intercollegiates, Bedford Cup, & More

Seeds rolled through the opening day of the Battle in the Bay Classic in San Francisco with 7 of the top 8 advancing to the Round of 16. The only seeded loser was Pepperdine's Pedro Iamachkine who fell to San Francisco's Johan Jonhagen 7-6, 6-4.

10 of the top 16 seeds moved into the Round of 16 at the Southern Intercollegiates with another seed (Tchoutakian) still having to play his R32 match on Saturday. One of the biggest surprises of the day came in the second round when Florida's Maxx Lipman took out the No. 10 seed David Biosca of East Tennessee State 6-0, 6-3.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Cajun Classic is Underway Plus a UTR Breakdown of the Southern Intercollegiates & Furman Fall Invitational

The John Breaux Cajun Classic got underway on Thursday in Lafayette with Texas sophomore Colin Markes picking up where he left off last weekend in Midland. Markes won six matches in three days in route to winning the Racquet Club Invitational and today he won another two matches with the second coming over the No. 7 seed Oklahoma State's Arjun Kadhe.

Markes will meet Texas Tech sophomore Bjorn Thomson in the quarterfinals after Thomson picked up a nice 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over the No. 2 seed and defending champion LSU's Jordan Daigle. Full results from today are listed below.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Coaching Updates & Upcoming Fall Tournaments with Draws

The fall season is underway and most coaching openings have been filled some with new hires and some with interims. Mike Edles announced his retirement at UC Irvine on September 1st and it was announced yesterday that assistant coach Elizabeth Ferris had been elevated to interim women's coach for the upcoming season. Ferris, who played at Utah from 2004 to 2008, had been the Edles assistant for the last three seasons.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Connor Smith Wins Again in Israel, Fanselow Too Good in Claremont, McGee Takes Cary, Doubles Success, College ATP Rankings

Connor Smith (Ohio State '13) swept both the singles and doubles titles at the Israel F12 Futures in Ashkelon.  Smith crushed #600 Neil Pauffley 6-1, 6-0 in the singles final and then he and Danny Thomas defeated Nate Lammons (SMU '16) and Dane Webb (Oklahoma '15) 6-0, 7-6(3) to win the doubles title. Smith also won both the singles and doubles title the previous week in Israel so that means he now has a 10-match winning streak in singles and an 8-match winning streak in doubles. The singles title was Smith's second of the year, six of his career, while the doubles title was his 11th and third with Thomas.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Davis Cup Results - Alvarez Clinches It For Peru!!

Another round of Davis Cup action is in the books with a handful of former college guys competing along with one current player.  Duke junior Nicolas Alvarez clinched Peru's Davis Cup tie against Venezuela by defeating Jordi Munoz-Abreu 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2), 6-1. Alvarez's win means that Peru will be promoted from Group 2 to Group 1 when Davis Cup starts up against next year.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Bendeck Crushes It in Napa; Markes Masters Midland, Oklahoma State Women Strong in Newport

Jimmy Bendeck was the big winner at the Porsche Napa Valley Tennis Classic after the Baylor sophomore went 3-0 in singles action and then won USTA Wildcard Shootout by winning three 10-point supertiebreaks. Bendeck's shootout win guarantees him a main draw wildcard into a future USTA Challenger event. Bendeck had a solid freshman year in Waco going 17-8 in dual-match play while splitting time between No. 4 and No. 5 singles and it looks like he's progressing towards another strong season.

Saturday Fall Results

Michigan was the top performer on Day 2 at the Hall of Fame/ITA Grass Court Invitational  after going 6-2 in singles - here are results broken down by flight. You can watch the final day beginning at 10 a.m. ET via FloTennis at this link (subscription required).

ITA Grass Courts - Men's Singles Results
(82) Alex Knight (Michigan) def. Tom Colautti (Princeton), 4-6, 7-6(4), (10-5)
Luca Corinteli (Virginia) def. Alex Day (Princeton), 6-4, 6-2
Luke Gamble (Princeton) def. Reese Stalder (TCU), 6-3, 7-5
Payton Holden (Princeton) def. Kevin Wong (Michigan), 6-4, 7-6(7)
Gabe Tishman (Michigan) def. Jonathan Carcione (Princeton), 6-2, 6-3

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Davis Cup

The 2016 Davis Cup is starting to wind down with several current and former college guys playing for their respective home countries.  Below is a look at who is playing and where and you can follow along with the Davis Cup Scoreboard.

World Group - Playoff

Slovakia at Australia (Grass) - Australia won 3-0
  • John Peers (AUS/Baylor '11)/Sam Groth def. Andrej Martin/Igor Zelenay 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(3), 7-6(2)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday Fall Results + FloTennis Debuts in Newport

Fall tennis is in the air as players took the courts all across the country today. I was able to watch an hour or so of the inaugural Hall of Fame/ITA Grass Court Invitational on FloTennis and I liked what I saw.  It was cool to see college players out on the grass courts and I liked the streaming options that FloTennis provided. They had crystal-clear live streaming on all eight courts and gave you the ability to select up to two courts at once for side-by-side viewing plus they had the score at the bottom left of the screen (see below). FloTennis didn't have any announcers on Friday but they will on Saturday and Sunday so if you get a chance check out the broadcast for yourself at this link (subscription required).

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Busy Weekend of Tennis - HOF/ITA Grass Courts, Napa, Bonk, Midland, & More

There were a handful of college tournaments last weekend but things really get fired up this weekend with one of the feature events taking place on the grass courts at the Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. The grass court event is making its debut this year and FloTennis will also have it's first college tennis broadcast available at this link (subscription required) beginning at 10 a.m. ET.

Virginia, TCU, Michigan, and Princeton are sending men's representatives while Cal, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, and Harvard will have some of its women's players in action. It will be a round-robin event with play running from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. ET on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Ton of Coaching Updates, NCAA/ACC Removing Championships from North Carolina; Cal vs. USTA Juniors

Santa Clara Athletic Director Renee Baumgartner announced the hiring of Niall Angus as the Broncos' new men's head coach. Angus, who graduated from Texas A&M in 2013, joined the staff last year as an assistant coach. Angus replaces Derek Mills who retired after nine seasons.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Women's Individual Preseason Rankings With UTRs

Yesterday I gave you the men's preseason rankings and today here are the women's preseason individual rankings. These preseason rankings are simply last year's final rankings with all the graduating seniors removed along with those that turned pro or are taking the fall off to play pro events. There are no freshmen included in these initial singles rankings although there is a list of the top 10 newcomers.

North Carolina's Hayley Carter, who finished last year ranked No. 2, is the top ranked singles player followed by Pepperdine sophomore Luisa Stefani, Ohio State sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo, Georgia junior Ellen Perez, and Miami junior Sinead Lohan.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Men's Individual Preseason Rankings With UTRs

It's officially time to open the book on another season of college tennis and the first page contains the preseason individual rankings which were released earlier on Tuesday. For those that weren't aware these preseason rankings are simply last year's final rankings with all the graduating seniors removed along with those that turned pro or are taking the fall off to play pro events. There are no freshmen included in these initial singles rankings although there is a list of the top 10 newcomers.

Ohio State junior Mikael Torpegaard lands at No. 1 in the men's rankings after finishing last year at No. 2. TCU junior Cameron Norrie is at No. 2, Illinois junior Aleks Vukic is at No. 3, Virginia senior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski is at No. 4, and Georgia Tech junior Christopher Eubanks comes in at No. 5.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Fall Tournaments - Weekend of 9/9 - 9/11

The first full weekend of Fall Tournament action is in the books - below are the flight winners or if the tournament wasn't in a flight format the Day 3 results are listed.

Palmas Del Mar - Puerto Rico - Georgia, Florida State, Mercer, and Illinois.

Singles Championship Match
Aron Hiltzik (Illinois) def. Wayne Montgomery (UGA), 6-7, 6-3, 1-0

Pro Circuit Recap - Connor Smith Doubles Up In Israel, Maden Takes Belgium, Ghorbel Rules Egypt, & More

Last weekend was a very successful weekend on the Pro Circuit as seven former collegians won pro titles while another eleven finished as runner-up.

The third seed #502 Connor Smith (Ohio State '13) swept both the singles and doubles titles at the $10K Israel F11 Futures in Herzliya. Smith won his first singles title of the year, fifth of his career, with a straight set win over the top seed #321 Yannick Jankovits. There were no breaks of serve in the opening set but Smith earned a mini-break to start the tiebreak and managed to pull it out 8-6. The only break of the second set came when Smith broke from 15/40 to go ahead 5-3 and then he served it out from 40/30 to win it 7-6(6), 6-3.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Kwiatkowski & Collins Give UVA An ACI Sweep; Hart and Shibahara Wins US Open Junior Dubs, Fall Results

Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Danielle Collins gave the Cavaliers a clean sweep on Saturday afternoon at the American Collegiate Invitational in New York City. Kwiatkowski needed just 65 minutes to dispatch Georgia's Austin Smith 6-2, 6-2 while Collins defeated Michigan's Ronit Yurovsky 6-2, 6-4 in 1 hour and 21 minutes.

Kwiatkowski won a stout 73% of the points on his serve and topped that off by winning 50% of the points on Smith's serve.

Friday, September 9, 2016

ACI Finals Set, Ram Falls in Mixed Dubs Final, Hart/Shibahara Advance to USOJ Dubs Final, All-American Fields Announced

Virginia senior Thai-Son Kwiatkowski will meet recent Georgia graduate Austin Smith on Saturday in the men's final of the American Collegiate Invitational while it'll be recent Michigan graduate Ronit Yurovsky taking on the two-time NCAA singles champion and Virginia graduate Danielle Collins in the women's final.

Thai-Son Kwiatkowski needed just 53 minutes to get past Stanford junior Tom Fawcett 6-2, 6-0. Kwiatkowski won 64% of the points on Fawcett's serve and converted six of seven break points with Fawcett only landing 38% of his first serves. Kwiatkowski won 24 of 31 points in the 22 minute second set.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Wahoos Roll at ACI, Ram Playing for a Mixed Doubles Grand Slam, Hart/Shibahara Into Semis at USO Juniors

Virginia senior and top seed Thai-Son Kwiatkowski advanced to the semifinals at the American Collegiate Invitational  after Arkansas senior Mike Redlicki retired down 6-4, 3-0. Kwiatkowski broke Redlicki to go ahead 5-4 in the first and then after serving the set out he broke two more times before Redlicki threw in the towel. Below is a  post-match comment from Arkansas head coach Andy Jackson via Arkansas's website:

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

American Collegiate Invitational, Hainline To Receive Achievement Award, Coaching News, US Open Results

The third annual American Collegiate Invitational begins tomorrow at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center with an eight-person draw in both men's and women's singles. The fields are comprised of the top two players in the ATP/WTA rankings (as of July 18) and the top five players in the year-end Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles rankings (excluding those selected by pro ranking), including at least two graduating seniors or players who have turned pro/exhausted their collegiate eligibility. Georgia junior Paul Oosterbaan was originally selected to participate but he had to withdraw due to an injury so Northwestern senior Konrad Zieba filled the opening.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Amanda Stone To Louisiana Tech, Other Coaching News, US Open Results

Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland announced the hiring of Amanda Stone as the Lady Techsters new women's head coach. Stone comes to Ruston via D2's Northeastern State (Okla) where she won 81% of her matches as head coach over the past four seasons. Stone graduated from Northeastern State in 2007 and also spent two seasons as an assistant at the University of Rochester prior to becoming coach at Northeastern State. Stone replaces Chad Camper who departed after three seasons to take the women's head coaching job at Chattanooga.

Monday, September 5, 2016

US Open Labor Day College Scores

Here are Monday's results from the US Open.

US Open Men's Doubles - Third Round
Robert Lindstedt (Pepperdine '98)/A Qureshi def. [5] Jean-Julien Rojer (UCLA '02)/H Tecau 6-3, 7-6(4)

Robert Lindstedt (Pepperdine '98)/A Qureshi vs. [1] P Herbert/N Mahut
[3] Bob & Mike Bryan (Stanford '98) vs. [8] Feliciano Lopez/Marc Lopez

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Brayden Schnur Wins in Calgary; Mizzou Removes Interim Tag From Colt Gaston, Pro Circuit Recap, US Open Continues

Brayden Schnur won his second career pro singles title on Sunday with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Tim van Rijthoven at the $25K Canada F6 Futures in Calgary. Schnur, who turned pro in July after completing his junior year at North Carolina, broke van Rijthoven from 30/40 to go up 5-3 in the first set before serving it out from 40/15 to take the set 6-3. Van Rijthoven broke twice in the second set in route to a 6-3 set but Schnur would come back in the third. Schnur broke from 15/40 to go up 4-2 and he'd serve it out a few games later to close out the match.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

US Open College Results

Been traveling this weekend so just score updates - more to come on Sunday.

US Open Men's Doubles - Second Round (Saturday)
Robert Lindstedt (Pepperdine '98)/A Qureshi def. [10] John Peers (Baylor '11)/H Kontinen 7-5, 6-7(7), 6-3
[5] Jean-Julien Rojer (UCLA '02)/Horia Tecau def. Michael Venus (LSU '09)/Mate Pavic 6-2, 6-2
[4] Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares def. Marcin Matkowski (UCLA '03)/Jurgen Melzer 6-1, 6-1
Andre Sa/Chris Guccione def. [7] Rajeev Ram (ILL '03)/R Klaasen 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-3