Bobby Knight

Bobby Knight

Sunday capped off a terrific week for Georgia rising junior Ellen Perez as the Australia native won a total of 12 matches in route to sweeping both the singles and doubles titles at the ITF $10K in Brussels, Belgium. Since Perez entered the week unranked she had to play singles qualies and after winning all three of those matches in straight sets she mowed down the competition in the main draw. Perez didn't drop more than 5 games in any main draw match which included today's championship match against #673 Kimberley Zimmermann.

Ellen Perez (Emily Selby Photography)

Perez broke Zimmermann from 30/40 to go up 3-1 in the opening set but Zimmermann broke back from 15/40 to make it 3-2. Perez broke at love to go up 4-2 and then broke again from 30/40 to take the opening set 6-2. Perez held and broke to start the second set but Zimmermann fought back and broke, held, and broke again to go up 3-2. Perez broke back, held, broke, and held at love to close it out 6-2, 6-3.

Perez teamed up with Carolina Alves to win the doubles title with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Karin Kennel and Helene Scholsen.

Robert Farah (USC '10) and Anna-Lena Groenefeld made it to the mixed doubles finals at Wimbledon but came out on the wrong end of a 7-6(5), 6-4 decision against Heather Watson and Henri Kontinen. There were no breaks of serve in the first set and after falling behind 5-0 in the tiebreak Farah and Groenefeld evened it at 5-5. Watson and Kontinen got the mini break back to go up 6-5 and then closed out the set on the next point. Watson and Kontinen broke to go up 4-3 in the second set and held two more times to close it out.

TCU's Cameron Norrie won his 12th consecutive match and qualified for the main draw at the $75K Winnipeg Challenger with a come from behind 1-6, 6-1, 7-6(4) over #361 Finn Tearney (Pepperdine '13). Norrie, whose ATP ranking shot up to 422, will meet #214 Alex Sarkissian (Pepperdine '14) in the first round.

Illinois's Aleks Vukic also had a successful weekend in Winnipeg and qualified for his first-ever Challenger main draw after defeating #464 Sebastien Boltz 1-6, 6-2, 6-1. Next up for Vukic is #223 Daniel Nguyen (USC '12).

There was a good article that I read over the weekend about new Arizona head coach Clancy Shields. It talks about his upbringing which included the family living out of a van so Clancy and his brother Luke could play tennis all across the country. If you have a chance give it a read at this link.

Oklahoma Athletic Director Joe Castiglione announced the hiring of Nick Crowell as the Sooners new men's head coach. Crowell, who is a 2000 Texas graduate, spent the last 13 years at Florida State with the first five as an assistant coach and the last eight as an associate head coach. Crowell will have some big shoes to fill after John Roddick took the Sooners to three straight NCAA finals and won 153 dual-matches in the last seven years. Crowell's first task will be attempting to replace both Axel Alvarez and Andrew Harris which is going to be awfully tough to do on short notice.

Sam Houston State Athletic Director Bobby Williams announced the hiring of Rob Hubbard as the Bearkats new women's head coach. Hubbard spent the last eight years as both the men's and women's head coach at UMBC but he was forced to find new employment after UMBC dropped tennis. Hubbard replaces Jim Giachino who stepped down after going 77-111 (.410) over the last nine years.

Wagner Athletic Director Walt Hameline announced on Thursday that Aida Castany was taking over as the new women's head coach. Castany graduated from Augusta (Ga) University in December and had been working as a tennis pro at SPORTIME in New York. Castany replaces Adrienn Hidvegi who departed (reasons unknown) after two seasons.

Indiana men's head coach Jeremy Wurtzman announced that he's added a pair of transfers to increase his signing class for the coming season to six. Keivon Tabrizi (UTR 12.81) comes to Bloomington after spending the last two years at Wake Forest while Oliver Sec (UTR 12.98) comes in after spending his freshman year at UC Santa Barbara. Those two join the following freshman to complete the incoming class - Bennett Crane (UTR 13.52), Zac Brodney (UTR 12.49), Payam Ahmadi (UTR 12.41), and William Piekarsky (UTR 11.95). Wurtzman has to replace five seniors off last years team two of which were key starters - Sam Monette and Daniel Bednarczyk.

TCU's Cameron Norrie saw his 12-match winning streak come to an end against Alex Sarkissian (Pepperdine '14) in the opening round of the $75K Winnipeg Challenger. Norrie won the opening set 6-4 but Sarkissian took the second and third sets 6-2 and 6-4.

Illinois's Aleks Vukic was playing in his first main draw Challenger match in Winnipeg but after winning the first set he dropped the next two and fell to Daniel Nguyen (USC '12) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 12:01

ITA Summer Circuit - Week 3 Results

The ITA Summer Circuit finished up its third of six weeks with eight different sites hosting regionals. Below are the singles winners and you can view the doubles winners through each draw link. Here are the series points race through the second week.

Colorado - Draw Size W-18; M-26
M - [1] Casey Ross (HS Class of '17) d. Ignatius Castelino (Denver) 7-6 (3), 6-2
W - [1] Rebecca Weissmann (LSU commit) d. [2] Julieta Dalmau (Tulane commit) 7-5, 6-0
South Florida Athletic Director Mark Harlan announced that assistant coach Ashley Fisher has been promoted to men's head coach. Fisher, who is a 1998 TCU graduate, played professionally for 14 years and coached for several more before becoming South Florida's assistant coach this past January after Brandon Wagner departed to go coach in the private sector. Fisher replaced Matt Hill who had an extremely successful four-year run before leaving to take the Arizona State men's job.
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 19:18

Davis Cup

The Davis Cup is back on the schedule this week with several current and former college guys playing for their respective home countries.  Below is a look at who is playing and where.
World Group Quarterfinals
John Isner (Georgia '07), Mike Bryan (Stanford '98), and Bob Bryan (Stanford '98) will represent the United States versus Croatia.

Dominic Inglot (Virginia '09) will represent for Great Britain versus Serbia. 
Duquesne Athletic Director Dave Harper announced the hiring of Vanessa Steiner as the Dukes new Director of Tennis (Men's/Women's Coach). Steiner, who had been the women's assistant the last two seasons, replaces Rob Gregoire who resigned on March 1st which was in the middle of his second year on the job. Steiner graduated from Boston University in 2011 but played at Duquesne in 2012 since she had a year of eligibility remaining.

Paige Madara was named as the new men's and women's head coach at Grinnell College (D3) in Grinnell, Iowa. Madara replaces Andy Hamilton who was recently promoted to Director of Athletics and Recreation after serving as the men's coach for the last 21 years and the women's coach for the last 9 years. Madara played at Wash U STL from 2009 to 2013 and was most recently the women's assistant coach at Washington and Lee.
South Carolina men's head coach Josh Goffi announced the hiring of Kyle Bailey as the Gamecocks new assistant coach. Bailey, who was the head coach at Monmouth last season, replaces Ryan Young who left two weeks ago to take the assistant job at Clemson.

South Carolina women's head coach Kevin Epley announced that Mia Horvit (UTR 11.32) has signed a National Letter of Intent to play at South Carolina next season. Horvit was ranked as high as No 5 in her high school class as a sophomore and junior per The Tennis Recruiting Network and was ranked No. 11 last season.
#500 Yannick Hanfmann (USC '15) won his second singles title this year and fourth of his career with a straight set win over #357 Stefanos Tsitsipas at the $10K Kramsach, Austria, F2 Futures (Clay). Hanfmann broke Tsitsipas to start the match and made the break lead hold up to take the opening set 6-4. Hanfmann broke for 2-1 in the second and made that break hold up as well to close out the 6-4, 6-4 win in 1 hour and 8 minutes. 
Joao Monteiro (Virginia Tech '16) capped off a weekend of firsts by winning pro singles title No. 1 with a straight set win over #608 Hugo Grenier at the $10K Idanha-A-Nova, Portugal, F8 Futures (Hard). Monteiro had break points on each of Grenier's four first set service games and broke on two of them to take the opening set 6-3. Monteiro broke from 15/40 to go up 2-1 in the second set and then broke again at love to go up 5-2. Monteiro served out the match at love to take it 6-3, 6-2. 
New Mexico Vice President of Athletics Paul Krebs announced the hiring of Ben Dunbar as New Mexico's new men's head coach. Dunbar, who played at New Mexico from 2008 to 2012, was an assistant coach at New Mexico for the last two seasons. Dunbar replaces Bart Scott who resigned last month after two years at the helm of the Lobos.