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Friday was a pretty slow news day so I'll mainly just have a pro circuit roundup today.

$42.5K Bastad, Sweden, Challenger (Clay) - Virginia commit Carl Soderlund had a great week but his run came to an end today after falling to #115 Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4, 6-0. Soderlund entered the week ranked 611 but should rise inside the top 480 with the semifinal showing.

Johan Brunstrom (SMU '03) and Andreas Siljestrom (Middle Tennessee State '07) moved into the finals in Bastad after defeating Thomas Fabbiano and Jurgen Zopp 6-4, 3-6, 1-0(7). Brunstrom and Siljestrom will be seeking their fourth doubles title this year when they meet Isak Arvidsson and Fred Simonsson.

$106.5K Braunschweig, Germany (Clay) - James Cerretani (Brown '04) and Phillip Oswald are into the doubles final after a 7-5, 7-6(3) win over Facundo Bagnis and Karen Khachanov. Cerretani will attempt to win his 26th overall doubles title on Saturday when he and Oswald face Mateusz Kowalczyk and Antonio Sancic.

$50K Cali, Colombia, Challenger (Clay) - #360 Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (North Carolina '12) moved into his first Challenger semifinal since last October with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(4) over #183 Joao Souza. Jose trailed 4-2 in the third set but he held, broke in a three-deuce game, and held again for 5-4. Jose jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the tiebreak and cruised to a 7-6(4) win.

#300 Nicolas Barrientos (West Florida '08) was trying to make his second semifinal of the year but he retired after dropping the first set 6-3 to the top seed #77 Victor Estrella Burgos.

$50K Winnetka, Illinois, USA Challenger (Hard) - JP Smith (Tennessee '11) and Stefan Kozlov moved into the doubles final with a 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (6) win over Alex Lawson (Notre Dame '16) and Jackson Withrow (Texas A&M '16). Smith and Kozlov will face Sekou Bangoura (Florida '11) and David O'Hare (Memphis '14) who defeated Dean O'Brien (Georgia Tech '11) and Andrey Golubev 6-2, 7-6(7).

$10K Telfs, Austria, F1 (Clay) - #490 Yannick Hanfmann (USC '15) advanced to his second final this year after defeating #571 Sebastian Ofner 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Hanfmann will attempt to win his fourth career Futures singles title on Saturday against #513 Goncalo Oliveira.

$10K De Haan, Belgium, F4 (Clay) - #899 Collin Altamirano (Virginia Jr) lost in the quarterfinals against #1614 Yannick Vandenbulcke when he retired down 4-1 in the first set.

$10K Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, F14 (Hard) - #1707 Jarmere Jenkins (Virginia '13) is back into the semifinals at a Futures for the first time since November 2014 after a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over #820 Aziz Dougaz (Florida State Soph) - next up for Jenkins is the top seed #217 Aldin Setkic.

$10K Saarlouis, Germany, F6 (Clay) - #1945 Johann Willems (Texas Tech '14) advanced to his first ever semifinal with a 6-3, 7-6(6) win over #648 Nik Razborsek - next up #669 Marvin Netuschil who defeated #1064 Jakob Sude (Oklahoma State '15) 6-1, 6-2.

Julian Lenz (Baylor '16) and Sebastian Fanselow (Pepperdine '13) advanced to the doubles final with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Yannick Born (Middle Tennessee State '15) and George von Massow. Lenz will be seeking his first pro title of any kind when he and Fanselow go up against Marcel Felder and Manuel Pena Lopez in the finals. Fanselow has won a pair of singles titles but he's never won a doubles title.

$10K Harare, Zimbabwe, F3 (Hard) - #342 Nik Scholtz (Ole Miss '15) and #356 Tucker Vorster (Ole Miss '11) will meet in the finals of a Futures event for the third time after both won their semifinal matches on Friday. Scholtz defeated #783 Andrea Vavassori 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 while Vorster ousted #434 Hugo Nys 6-3, 7-6(10). Scholtz leads the H2H against Vorster 5-2 with each winning one Futures title over the other in 2014.

Benjamin Lock (Florida State '16) and Courtney Lock (UNLV Jr) were trying to win a double title for the second time in their last three tournaments but they fell in the finals to the top seed Hugo Nys and Vishnu Vardhan. The Locks took the opening set 7-6(5) but Nys and Vardhan grabbed the second 6-4. The Locks led 5-4, on serve, in the third set supertiebreak but Nys and Vardhan took the next six points to close it out 10-5.

$25K Saskatoon, Canada, F5 (Hard) - All remaining guys with college ties fell on Friday in Canada. #629 Brayden Schnur (North Carolina Jr) lost to #311 Philip Bester 6-3, 6-2, Matthew Brooklyn (UCLA '10) lost to #357 Blake Mott 6-2, 7-6(6), and David Volfson (Cornell Soph) and Christian Lakoseljac (Penn State Fr) fell to Philip Bester and Peter Polansky 6-3, 6-2.

$25K Bourg-en-bresse, France, F13 (Clay) - Ruben Gonzales (Illinois '08) and Catalin-Ionut Gard (Ole Miss '05) teamed up to win their first doubles title with a 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (7) win over Marc Fornell-Mestres and Lamine Ouahab. It was Gonzales's second title this year and 15th overall (13 Futures/2 Challengers) while Ionut Gard won his fifth title this year and 21st overall (all Futures).

#553 Alexis Musialek (Kentucky '12) was attempting to reach his first semifinal since last June but he lost to #439 Lamine Ouahab 6-4, 6-1.

This will be week three for the ITA's Summer Circuit with eight regionals taking place this weekend. You can view draws for each at the ITA's Summer Circuit page.

Buffalo head coach Lee Nickell announced his five-member signing class for next season with all five hailing from different countries. Here are the Universal Tennis Ratings of each - Filip Grbib (13.51), Petr Vodak (12.61), Villheld Friedell (12.59), Hao Sheng Koay (12.22), and Konstantinos Tsakiris (11.39). Nickell lost four starters off last year's team to graduation so several of these guys should see action next season.

$106.5K Braunschweig, Germany Challenger (Clay) - James Cerretani (Brown '04) and Phillip Oswald won a Challenger for the second week in a row with a 4-6, 7-6(5), 1-0 (2) win over Mateusz Kowalczyk and Antonio Sancic. Kowalczyk and Sancic served for the match twice but Cerretani and Oswald broke both times to force a second set tiebreak. Cerretani and Oswald went down an early mini-break but quickly regained the upper-hand and took both the second set and third set supertiebreak to win it all. It was Cerretani's fourth title this year and 26th overall.

$50K Winnetka, Illinois, USA Challenger (Hard) - JP Smith (Tennessee '11) and Stefan Kozlov won their first doubles title as a team with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Sekou Bangoura (Florida '11) and David O'Hare (Memphis '14). It was Smith's second doubles title this year and 22nd overall (16 Challenger/6 Futures).

$10K Harare, Zimbabwe, F3 (Hard) - #356 Tucker Vorster (Ole Miss '11) won his first singles title this year and sixth overall with a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over #342 Nik Scholtz (Ole Miss '15). Vorster led 5-3 in the third before Scholtz held at love and then fought off a match point to break in a four-deuce game to even it at 5-5. Vorster broke back in a one-deuce game and then held from 40/30 to win it.

$10K Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, F14 (Hard) - #1707 Jarmere Jenkins (Virginia '13) lost a heartbreaker in the semifinals to the top seed #217 Aldin Setkic. Jenkins took the opening set 6-4 while Setkic took the second 6-1. Setkic broke to go up 5-4 in the third but Jenkins broke back and then held to go up 6-5. Jenkins had a match point on Setkic's 5-6 service game but Setkic got the hold to force a third set tiebreak. Jenkins came back from 5-2 down in the tiebreak and had a match point on his serve up 6-5 and another match point on Setkic's serve while leading 7-6 but Setkic fought them both off and won it 9-7.

Jenkins did get some redemption later in the day when he and Anderson Reed (Florida State) won the doubles title for the second week in a row with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Aziz Dougaz (Florida State Soph) and Javier Pulgar-Garcia (San Diego State '12). It was Jenkins ninth career doubles title while it was Reed's sixth.

$10K Saarlouis, Germany, F6 (Clay) - #1945 Johann Willems (Texas Tech '14) career best week came to a close after a 6-3, 6-3 loss to #669 Marvin Netuschil. Willems went down an early break in the first set but he went up a break at 3-2 in the second. Unfortunately he didn't win another game and went down in straight sets.

Julian Lenz (Baylor '16) and Sebastian Fanselow (Pepperdine '13) won their first doubles title as a team with a straight set win over Marcel Felder and Manuel Pena Lopez. Lenz and Fanselow trailed 5-2 in the first set but they won three straight games to even it at 5-5. The opening set went to a tiebreak with Lenz and Fanselow going up 5-2 and taking it 7-4. Lenz and Fanselow went up 4-1 in the second before Felder and Pena Lopez held and broke at love to pull within 4-3. Lenz and Fanselow broke back and then held to win it 7-6(4), 6-3. It was Lenz's first pro title while it was Fanselow's third though it was his first doubles title.

$50K Cali, Colombia, Challenger (Clay) - #360 Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (North Carolina '12) was attempting to reach his first final since March 2015 but he came up short falling 7-6(3), 6-3 to #255 Darian King.

$42.5K Bastad, Sweden, Challenger (Clay) - Johan Brunstrom (SMU '03) and Andreas Siljestrom (Middle Tennessee State '07) were looking for their fourth doubles title this year but they went down 6-3, 7-5 to Isak Arvidsson and Fred Simonsson.

$10K Telfs, Austria, F1 (Clay) - #490 Yannick Hanfmann (USC '15) made it to second final this year but he wasn't able to get the win and fell 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-1 to #513 Goncalo Oliveira. Hanfmann led 5-3 in the first set but Oliveira held at love and broke from 30/40 to even it at 5-5. In the tiebreak Hanfmann was serving at 4-5 but he lost both points on serve to drop it 7-4. After Hanfmann took the second set he got broke to go down 3-1 and then he got broke again to go down 5-1 before losing 6-1.

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.