The coaching carousel is almost done spinning for the upcoming season with two more openings filled in the last week though one of the hires created another opening.  Jayson Wiseman, who was the women's head coach at Evansville for the past two seasons, was announced as the new women's head coach at Eastern Michigan. Wiseman had a tough first season at Evansville going 8-20 but in his second season the team more than doubled its win total and went 17-14. Wiseman replaces Ryan Ray whose contract was not renewed after going 97-150 (.393) over the past 11 seasons. Below is a quote by Jayson Wiseman from EMU's release

"I am thrilled to be a part of the Eastern Michigan family. I am looking forward to helping our student-athletes develop and reach their goals on and off the court," added Wiseman. "Today we begin building an attitude and tradition of success that EMU Athletics embodies. I am humbled by this incredible opportunity with which I have been entrusted. I want to thank Scott Wetherbee, Dan McLean, Erin Kido, and everyone at EMU for this honor and responsibility. I'd also like to thank Mark Spencer and Sarah Solinsky for the opportunity and support they gave me to rebuild the program at the University of Evansville."

While several former collegians were playing Davis Cup last week there were others that were out on the pro circuit taking care of business. Former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket, Kevin King, won a pro singles title for the second consecutive week after defeating former TCU star Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-1 in the finals of the $50K Atlantic Tire Championships in Cary, North Carolina. King, who served as a volunteer assistant at Georgia Tech last season while rehabbing an injury to both of his hips, won the week prior at a Futures event in Toronto and with the points from both of those events added in he has now risen to a new career-high ranking of 253. 

The second annual Hall of Fame ITA Grass Court Invitational in Newport, Rhode Island, wrapped up on Sunday with TCU freshman Alastair Gray and Florida senior Anna Danilina finishing as the big winners. Gray, who was making his collegiate debut this weekend, earned a main draw wild card into next July's ATP 250 Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open after defeating teammate Alex Rybakov 6-3, 6-3. Gray finished the weekend with a perfect 5-0 record (3-0 singles/2-0 doubles) and only dropped one set in his three singles matches. 

Danilina earned a main draw wild card into a $25K USTA Pro Circuit event after edging North Carolina junior Jessie Aney 6-7, 6-1, 10-7. The Florida senior also went undefeated on the weekend while she and teammate Josie Kuhlman won the only doubles match they played. 

Illinois freshman Caleb Chakravarthi went 5-0 on the weekend and won the Gardnar Mulloy singles flight with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Georgia sophomore Alex Phillips.  North Texas junior Maria Kononova won the Althea Gibson singles flight with a 4-6, 6-2, 11-9 over LSU freshman Eden Richardson. Full results are available on the ITA's event page and they also had some highlights from the finals available in their day 3 recap

TCU teammates Alex Rybakov and Alastair Gray remained undefeated on the grass at Newport and will face each other on Sunday with a nice prize awaiting the winner. The TCU junior and freshman won the Woodbridge/Woodforde doubles flight at the Hall of Fame ITA Grass Court Invitational by defeating last season's NCAA runner-ups Georgia's Jan Zielinski and Robert Loeb 8-7. In the Andy Roddick singles flight, Rybakov won his semifinal match over Columbia's Jackie Tang 6-4, 7-5 while Gray edged Georgia's Jan Zielinski 6-7, 6-1, 10-3. The winner of Sunday's match will earn a main draw wild card into next July's ATP 250 Hall of Fame Open while the loser will get a wild card into the qualifying draw.

North Carolina junior Jessie Aney and Florida senior Anna Danilina will meet in the final of the Kim Clijsters singles flight after Aney edged Florida senior Josie Kuhlman 6-3, 3-6, 10-8 while Danilina rollled over Princeton senior Katrine Steffensen 6-1, 6-2. The winner of Sunday's final gets a main draw wild card into a $25K USTA Pro Circuit event while the loser gets a qualifying wild card. 

Georgia's Alex Phillips and Illinois's Caleb Chakravarthi will meet in the final of the Gardnar Mulloy singles flight while LSU's Eden Richardson and North Texas's Maria Kononova will square off in the Althea Gibson singles final. Full results are available on the ITA's event page

The opening day of the Audi Napa Valley Classic was a good one for USC and Cal with their guys going a combined 6-2 in singles. Billy Griffith, JT Nishimura, and Bjorn Hoffmann were the three Bears to pick up wins while USC's wins came from Jake DeVine, Thibault Forget, and Mateusz Smolicki. Oklahoma's Aleksandre Bakshi, who transferred in from Texas A&M, spoiled the collegiate debut of Cal's Jack Molloy with a straight set win while fellow Sooner Jochen Bertsch did the same to Texas A&M's Juan Carlos Aguilar. The USTA's High Performance Junior Team went 2-6 on the day with Axel Nefve and Jaycer Lyeons picking up wins while Nathan Han was edged 7-6 in the third by Texas A&M's Valentin Vacherot. Full results from Friday are available at this link which also includes the UTRs of each player. 

Friday, 15 September 2017 09:42

What's Coming Up This Week

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Last week was the official kickoff of the fall tournament season but things really ramp up this weekend with over 20 events taking place across the country. The ones that I'll be following the closest are the Duke James Bonk Invite in Cary, the Hall of Fame Grass Court Invitational in Newport, and the Audi Napa Valley Classic. 

The Duke James Bonk Invite in Cary, North Carolina, has three flights of men's singles and three flights of men's doubles with Duke's Spencer Furman, UNC's Simon Soendergaard, Duke's Nick Stachowiak, and Wake Forest's Alan Gadjiev the top four seeds in the highest singles flight. Teams sending participants are Duke, Wake Forest, North Carolina, N.C. State, Louisville, Auburn, Princeton, North Florida, VCU, Charlotte, Gardner-Webb, and Elon. On the women's side there are five flights of singles while doubles will have three rotations in a non-flighted format. Teams sending participants are Duke, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, LSU, NC State. Northwestern, Illinois, Furman, Charlotte, and Elon. You can view the all the draws at these two links - men & women

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