Wil Spencer upset the No. 3 seed Max Purcell 6-3, 7-5 while Riley Smith beat the No. 4 seed and former US Open and Wimbledon junior champion Filip Peliwo 6-4, 7-6(7). Spencer will meet USC rising sophomore Brandon Holt in the second round after Holt defeated UCLA commit Keegan Smith 7-6, 6-2. Riley Smith, who is the son of USC head coach Peter Smith and the cousin of Keegan Smith, will play recent North Carolina graduate Ronnie Schneider after Schneider defeated Luis David Martinez 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
There are five players with college ties into the second round of the Portugal F8 Futures in Lisbon. JC Aragone (Virginia) ousted the top seed Alessandro Bega 6-4, 6-2 and will play Mississippi State All-American Nuno Borges after the Portugal native hammered Nuno Deus 6-1, 6-1. Javier Pulgar-Garcia (San Diego State), Gonzalo Escobar (Texas Tech), and Joao Monteiro (Virginia Tech) were the other three to advance to the second round.
Recent Cal graduate Andre Goransson advanced to his first quarterfinal of the year in Poland while Lukas Ollert (Auburn) is into the quarterfinals in Belgium. Most Futures events are still in the second round so I'll have another round of updates tomorrow to give mention to the others that advanced to the quarterfinals.
Thank you AELTC @Wimbledon for the WC into main draw. Honored to get the chance to play at such a prestigious event.??— Cameron Norrie (@cam_nozza) June 21, 2017
The All England Lawn Tennis Club announced several wild cards for the upcoming Wimbledon Championships. Cameron Norrie, who turned pro after his junior season at TCU, was awarded a main draw wild card into the singles draw while LSU graduates Ken ('07) and Neal ('12) Skupski and Joe Salisbury (Memphis '14) were awarded main draw wild cards into the doubles draw. A couple of Texas graduates, Ed Corrie ('11) and Lloyd Glasspool ('15), were awarded wild cards into the qualifying singles draw. The release from Wimbledon is here with several more wild cards still to be determined.
New Virginia women's head coach Sara O'Leary talked to the media today and was asked about her coaching philosophy and what the ceiling is for UVA women's tennis. O'Leary also talks about why she got into coaching and her playing days at North Carolina. There is also an article on UVA's website that talks more about the hiring of O'Leary with Andres Pedroso, Director of Tennis/Men's Head Coach, talking about the hiring process and why he chose her for the job.
Eliminate the Scholarships, Save the Program. Check out this interesting piece by Fordham Coach Mike Sowter: https://t.co/DCU4NQJeA2— Tennis Recruiting (@TennisRecNet) June 21, 2017
The Tennis Recruiting Network (TRN) had an excellent article posted today by Fordham head coach Michael Sowter that talks about the growing epidemic of schools cutting tennis programs and a possible solution. Sowter talks about the new athletic directors that are just looking at the bottom line plus he gives examples of how dropping athletic scholarships can be a viable solution.
This past weekend 22 players with college ties won pro doubles titles while another 13 finished as runner-up. Therefore it shouldn't come as a surprise that the ATP doubles rankings have more players with college ties than the singles rankings. In this past week's ATP rankings there are 23 players in the doubles top 100 that played college tennis compared to 3 in the latest singles rankings. If you expand it to the top 500 the percentage drops but the total number increases of doubles versus singles increases from 20 to 30.
The current No. 2 player in the world, John Peers, played at Middle Tennessee State for three years before transferring to Baylor in the fall of 2010 for his final year. So far this year Peers has won just under $400,000 and throughout his pro career he has won just over $2.2M. The current No. 2 ranked singles player, Rafael Nadal, has won over $7.1M this year and just under $86M over the course of his career.
The highest ranked player in the singles rankings that played college tennis is 2007 Georgia graduate John Isner who is currently ranked No. 21. So far this year Isner has won $563,000 and during his career he has won over $11.3M.
If I left any names off please let me know and I'll add them in for next time.