Bobby Knight

Bobby Knight

It was a great day for several former collegians on the pro tour with two picking up singles titles and five others moving on to a Sunday final.

Alejandro Gomez (Kentucky '14) won his first career pro singles title at the Cartagena, Columbia, F1 Futures (Hard) with a thrilling three-set win over #551 Juan Sebastian Gomez. Alejandro broke Juan in a one-deuce game to go up 2-1 in the first set and he made that break lead hold up and took the opening set 6-4. Juan broke Alejandro from 30/40 to go up 3-1 in the second and then broke him again from 30/40 to take the set 6-2. Juan broke Alejandro in a one-deuce game to go up 2-0 in the third but Alejandro broke back from 15/40 to put it back on serve at 2-1. Juan broke Alejandro at love to go up 4-2 and then held in a one-deuce game to go up 5-2. Alejandro held for 3-5 but Juan had a pair of match points on his serve after he went up 40/15. Alejandro won four straight points to break for 4-5 and then he fought off a match point on his serve to hold for 5-5. Each held quickly to send it to a tiebreak and then Alejandro got the first mini-break to go up 3-1. Juan got it back on serve at 3-4 but Alejandro took three of the next four points to win it 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(4). 



Peter Nagy (Texas A&M Corpus Christi '15) won his second career Futures singles title with a three-set win over #565 Marcin Gawron at the Warsaw, Poland, F4 Futures (Clay). Nagy broke Gawron to start the match but Gawron broke back to even it at 2-2. Nagy broke on the next game from 15/40 to go up 3-2 but Gawron put it back on serve at 4-4 after breaking from 30/40. Nagy broke from 15/40 to go up 5-4 and then served out the opening set from 40/15 to take it 6-4. Gawron handed Nagy a second set bagel and then made it eight straight games by going up 2-0 in the third set. Nagy broke back in a one-deuce game and then held in a one-deuce game to even it at 2-2. The turning point of the match came when Nagy held in a six-deuce game, which included three break points, to even it at 3-3. Nagy broke from 30/40 to go up 4-3 and then held from 40/30 to go up 5-3. After Gawron held at love, Nagy came back from 0-30 down to get the hold to seal the 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 win in a match that took 2 hours and 47 minutes.

Blaz Rola (Ohio State '13) earned a spot in the finals of the Blue Panorama Airlines Tennis Cup $42K Challenger (Clay) in Perugia, Italy with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 over #293 Juan Ignacio Londero. Rola will be seeking his first title since winning the Santos, Brazil, Challenger in April 2015 and his finals opponent will be #160 Nicolas Kicker.

Remi Boutillier (Fresno State '12) advanced to the finals at the Martos, Spain, F17 Futures (Hard) with a 6-7(5), 6-2, 3-0 ret. win over #511 Mario Vilella Martinez. The only person standing between Boutillier and career title #9 is #434 Frederik Nielsen.

Arthur Rinderknech (Texas A&M Rising Jr) has made his first-ever singles final after rallying for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 win over #574 Enzo Couacaud at the Binche, Belgium, F1 Futures (Clay). Rinderknech trailed 6-4, 4-2 before holding and then breaking from 30/40 to even it at 4-4. Rinderknech broke again from 30/40 to take the set 7-5. Rinderknech broke in a two-deuce game to go up 4-2 in the third and then he broke in a one-deuce game to finish it. Rinderknech will face #362 Niels Desein in the finals; Desein has won 25 singles titles over the last 10 years but he's yet to win one this year.

Sekou Bangoura (Florida '11) came back from 5-2 down in the third to advance to the finals at the Winston-Salem USA F18 Futures (Hard) with a 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(1) win over #399 Alex Kuznetsov. Bangoura held in a two-deuce game to pull within 5-3 in the third and then broke in a one-deuce game to put it back on serve at 5-4. After three quick holds, Bangoura pulled away in the tiebreak to move on to his first final since winning in the Dominican Republic last December.

Evan King (Michigan '13) won a Futures title last week in Japan and here he is back in the finals of another Futures but this one is in Buffalo, New York. King won his ninth match in a row with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Tigre Hank at the USA F19 Futures (Clay). King will face #331 Gavin Van Peperzeel in the finals after Van Peperzeel defeated Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State Rising Jr) 6-4, 6-1.

Tucker Vorster (Ole Miss '11) was trying to make it back to a final for the first-time since Gabon last August but he went down 6-1, 6-0 to #696 Marc Polmans at the Maputo, Mozambique F2 Futures (Hard).





There were five guys with college ties playing for singles titles on Sunday and after an 0-3 start both Sekou Bangoura and Evan King salvaged the day.

Sekou Bangoura (Florida '11) picked up his fourth career Futures singles title with a straight set win over #274 Darian King in the finals of the the Winston-Salem USA F18 Futures (Hard). Bangoura broke King in a one-deuce game to go up 3-1 in the first but King broke back from 30/40 to make it 3-2. Bangoura made it three breaks in a row when he broke in a two-deuce game to go up 4-2 and a few games later he had a 6-3 first set. Bangoura broke from 15/40 to start the second set and then he broke again in a four-deuce game to go up 4-1. After a pair of holds Bangoura served it out in a two-deuce game to win it 6-3, 6-2.

Bangoura came close to not even making it out of the first round when he trailed Ryan Haviland 5-3 in the third but he won that match and every other match in three sets except for today's straight setter.

Bangoura has now won a title in each of the last four years with three of those coming in the United States. Bangoura came into this week with a career high singles ranking of 271 so when these 27 points are added in next week he should be just inside 265.



Evan King (Michigan '13) won his fifth career Futures singles title, and second in as many weeks, with a straight set win over #331 Gavin Van Peperzeel in the finals of the Buffalo, New York, USA F19 Futures (Clay). There were no breaks of serve in the first set but King went up an early mini-break in the tiebreak and made it hold up to take it 7-4. There was only one break in the second set and it came when King broke Van Peperzeel at love to go up 5-3. King went up 40-15 on his final service game and then after losing two straight points he won the final two to close out the 7-6(4), 6-3 win.

All five of King's titles have come in the last 12 months and this was the third of those five that have come in the United States. It's amazing that King was able to win last week in Japan on a hard court and then turn around and win in Buffalo this week on clay. The points from King's win in Japan were added in today and that bumped him up to a new career high ranking of 336.

Blaz Rola (Ohio State '13) was trying to win his first title since April 2015 but it wasn't to be as he fell 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 to #160 Nicolas Kicker in the finals of the Blue Panorama Airlines Tennis Cup $42K Challenger (Clay) in Perugia, Italy. Rola broke Kicker three times in the opening set but he'd only get two more looks the rest of the way as Kicker pulled away down the stretch.

Arthur Rinderknech (Texas A&M Rising Jr) made it to his first career singles final, after coming all the way from the qualifying draw, but he couldn't get that last win and fell to #362 Niels Desein in the finals of the Binche, Belgium, F1 Futures (Clay). Desein broke Rinderknech to start the match and then broke him again to go up 4-1 and would ultimately take the first set 6-2. Rinderknech opened up a 5-2 lead in the second but Desein held from 40/30, broke from 30/40, and then held from 40/15 to even it at 5-5. The set went to a tiebreak and Rinderknech took it 7-3 to force a third set.  There were three straight holds to start the third set until Desein broke Rinderknech from 15/40 to go up 3-1. Desein would break again from 15/40 to go up 5-1 and then he'd serve out the match from 40/15 to win it 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-1.

Remi Boutillier (Fresno State '12) was searching for title No. 9 but he came up short falling to #434 Frederik Nielsen in the finals at the Martos, Spain, F17 Futures (Hard). Boutillier broke at love to go up 3-1 in the first but Nielsen broke back from 15/40 to make it 3-2. It stayed on serve until Nielsen broke from 30/40 to up 5-4 and then he held at love to take the opening set 6-4. Nielsen broke Boutillier on a three-deuce game to go up 1-0 in the second and then after seven straight holds he broke again on a two-deuce game to take it 6-4, 6-3.

The Wimbledon qualifying draw was released today and there are 12 former collegians in the draw with four of them set to face each in the opening round. Play gets underway on Monday morning at 11 a.m. London time - see the order of play here.

Marcelo Arevalo (Tulsa '11) vs. Constant Lestienne
Daniel Nguyen (USC '12) vs. Marton Fucsovics
[30] Saketh Myneni (Alabama '10) vs. Tristan Lamasine
Alexander Sarkissian (Pepperdine '14) vs. Andrey Rublev
Marek Michalicka (Wisconsin '11) vs. Ramkumar Ramanathan
[W] Joe Salisbury (Memphis '14) vs. Alessandro Giannessi
[22] Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M '11) vs. JP Smith (Tennessee '11)
Ed Corrie (Texas '11) vs. Tommy Paul
Aleksandr Nedovyesov (Oklahoma State '10) vs. [11] Lukas Lacko
[28] Dennis Novikov (UCLA '13) vs. [W] Lloyd Glasspool (Texas '15)






Jeremy Feldman was named as the new head coach at Charlotte after serving as Tony Bresky's assistant coach at Wake Forest for the last two years. Feldman is a 2011 Cornell graduate who also served as a volunteer assistant at Wake Forest in 2012-13 and then was Danny Westerman's assistant coach at Denver during the 2013-14 season.

Jeremy Feldman (Picture Via Wake Forest)

Charlotte has been playing tennis since 1964 but it has only made it to the NCAA Tournament once in 2007 which also happened to be the year it claimed its one and only conference championship. Charlotte opened the $5M Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex in 2012 so from a facility standpoint it's right up there with the other big hitters in Conference USA (Rice, Old Dominion, Middle Tennessee State). The Charlotte write-up mentions that Feldman is the 18th head coach in school history however he is just the 4th in the last 24 years.

The number of men's head coaching openings is currently at 11 while 17 women's jobs remain open - full list here.

Below are all the guys with college ties that came through qualies at Futures/Challengers/ATP events across the globe.

$25K Tulsa, OK, USA F21 (Hard)
Jerry Lopez (TCU Rising Sr), Paul Oosterbaan (Georgia Rising Jr), Walker Duncan (Georgia Rising Soph), Nathan Ponwith (Georgia Commit), Dominik Koepfer (Tulane '16), Arturs Kazijevs (SMU '15), Nate Lammons (SMU '16), Dane Webb (Oklahoma '15)

$10K Rochester, NY, USA F20 (Clay)
Strong Kirchheimer (Northwestern Rising Sr), Jeremy Efferding (Texas A&M '15), Korey Lovett (Alabama), Justin Butsch (LSU Rising Sr), Evan Zhu (UCLA Commit)

$25K Richmond, Canada, F3 (Hard)
Spencer Furman (Duke Commit), Alexis Galarneau (NC State Commit), Michael Genender (Stanford Rising Soph), Riaan Du Toit (Central Florida '13), Conor Berg (New Mexico '13), David Wilczynski (Stanford Rising Jr), Raheel Manji (Indiana Rising Jr)

$25K Palma Del Rios, Spain, F18 (Hard)
Alberto Barroso Campos (St. Leo Rising Soph)

$25K Breda, Netherlands, F2 (Clay)
Yannick Hanfmann (USC '15)

$10K Kaltenkirchen, Germany, F4 (Clay)
Jakob Sude (Oklahoma State '15), Niclas Braun (Mississippi State Rising Soph)

$10K Skopje, Macedonia, F1 (Clay)
Strahinja Rakic (Mississippi State Rising Soph)

$10K Hong Kong, Hong Kong, F3 (Hard)
Alexander Centenari (Dartmouth '13)

$10K Sangju, South Korea, F2 (Hard)
Connor Farren (USC '16)

$10K Bucharest, Romania, F7 (Clay)
Victor Vlad Cornea (Texas Tech '15)

$10K Mulga/Marmaris, Turkey, F25 (Hard)
Jordan Dyke (George Mason '12), Giovani Samaha (Troy '16)

$10K Harare, Zimbabwe, F1 (Hard)
Mitchell Frank (Virginia '15), Shane Vinsant (Texas A&M '16)

$10K Barranquilla, Colombia, F2 Futures
Roberto Cid (South Florida '16), Felipe Escobar (TCU Rising Sr), Wilfredo Gonzalez (Miami '15), Mateo Ruiz Naranjo (Oklahoma State Rising Soph)


Wimbledon qualies officially got underway on Monday but several matches were pushed back until today due to rain. Former college players performed pretty well today going 6-6 although there were two head-to-head matches that guaranteed at least two winners. Austin Krajicek won the closest match of the day by knocking off former Tennessee All-American JP Smith 11-9 in the third. The only break of serve in the final set came when Smith got broke from 15/40 while serving at 9-10.

Former Memphis Tiger Joe Salisbury, ATP #706, won his first-ever qualifying match at a Grand Slam with a come from behind 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-3 win over ATP #163 Alessandro Giannessi. It didn't look good for Salisbury when he trailed 6-4, 5-3 but he held from 40/30 and then broke from 15/40 to even it at 5-5. Salisbury jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second set tiebreak and took it 7-3 to force a third set. Salisbury broke to go up 3-2 in the third and then he broke again to go up 5-2. Giannessi broke to make it 5-3 but Salisbury broke on a one-deuce game to win it.

Marcelo Arevalo (Tulsa '11), ATP #217, won his first-ever Grand Slam qualifying match with a 6-4, 7-6(3), win over ATP #209 Constant Lestienne. Arevalo got broke serving for it up 6-5 in the second but he managed to take the tiebreak 7-3.

Daniel Nguyen (USC '12), ATP #223, won his second-ever Grand Slam qualifying match with a 6-3, 6-3 win over ATP #162 Marton Fucsovics. Nguyen won a round at the US Open last August before falling in the second round.

Ed Corrie (Texas '11), ATP #358, won his second-ever Grand Slam qualifying match with a 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 win over ATP #202 Tommy Paul. Corrie trailed 3-1 in the third before he held on a one-deuce game, broke on a one-deuce game, and held from 40/30 to go up 4-3. Neither player faced another break point until Corrie went up 15/40 on Paul's 5-6 service game. Paul fought off the first match point but Corrie closed it out on the next one.

Dennis Novikov (UCLA '13), ATP #146, actually won his first round match on Monday when he defeated ATP #304 Lloyd Glasspool (Texas '15) 6-2, 7-5.

Qualifying 1st Round:
Marcelo Arevalo (Tulsa '11) def. Constant Lestienne 6-4, 7-6(3)
Daniel Nguyen (USC '12) def. Marton Fucsovics 6-3, 6-3
Tristan Lamasine def. [30] Saketh Myneni (Alabama '10) 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-1
Andrey Rublev def. Alexander Sarkissian (Pepperdine '14) 6-1, 6-4
Ramkumar Ramanathan def. Marek Michalicka (Wisconsin '11) 7-5, 6-7(2), 6-4
[W] Joe Salisbury (Memphis '14) def. Alessandro Giannessi 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-3
[22] Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M '11) def. JP Smith (Tennessee '11) 6-2, 3-6, 11-9
Ed Corrie (Texas '11) def. Tommy Paul 6-3, 1-6, 7-5
[11] Lukas Lacko def. Aleksandr Nedovyesov (Oklahoma State '10) 6-4, 6-2
[28] Dennis Novikov (UCLA '13) def. [W] Lloyd Glasspool (Texas '15) 6-2, 7-5

Qualifying 2nd Round:
Marcelo Arevalo (Tulsa '11) vs. Matthew Barton
Daniel Nguyen (USC '12) vs. Alexander Kudryavtsev
[22] Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M '11) vs. [W] Joe Salisbury (Memphis '14)
Ed Corrie (Texas '11) vs. [10] Michael Berrer
[28] Dennis Novikov (UCLA '13) vs. Uladzimir Ignatik


Michael Genender
Jesse Witten (Kentucky '05) won the men's singles draw at the US Open National Playoff Hawaii Sectional after only dropping 6 games in 4 matches. Eva Raszkiewicz, who played at Syracuse for one season in 2011, won the women's singles draw via a walkover in the finals. Click this link to view winners of the doubles draws along with all the other completed sectionals.

Stanford rising sophomore Michael Genender earned his first-career ATP point after beating fellow qualifier Spencer Furman (Duke Commit) 6-3, 6-3 in the opening round of the $25K Richmond, Canada, F3 Futures (Hard). Genender's second round opponent will be the winner of the Philip Bester/Kevin Kylar match.

Texas rising redshirt sophomore Julian Zlobinsky earned his first-career ATP point with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Collin Johns at the Rochester, New York, USA F20 Futures (Clay). Zlobinsky will meet the winner of the Hans Hach/Justin Butsch match in the second round.


The coaching carousel kept spinning on Wednesday with Old Dominion head coach Aljosa Piric named as the new head coach at Miami (FL). Piric had been ODU's head coach for the last five years and was named the Wilson/ITA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year this past season after guiding the Monarchs to a 21-5 record and a national ranking of #47. This past season was ODU's best in Piric's tenure with the Monarchs making it to the finals of the Conference USA Tournament before falling to Rice (host). Piric's five-year record in Norfolk was 76-35 (21-5, 16-3, 12-10, 14-7, 13-10) however ODU was unable to reach the NCAA Tournament in any of those five seasons.

Miami didn't renew the contract of Mario Rincon after he went 152-136 over the last 12 seasons. Rincon guided the Canes to the NCAA Tournament in five of his first seven seasons (Sweet 16 in 06 and 09) but this past season was the fifth in a row that they missed out.

Here are the releases from Miami and ODU on the coaching change. Since the ODU job is now open that means there are still 11 D1 men's jobs left to fill - for a full list click here.

Aljosa Piric (Pic Via Old Dominion)

Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M), Ed Corrie (Texas), and Dennis Novikov (UCLA) advanced to the final round of qualies at Wimbledon.

Novikov won his match over ATP #288 Uladzimir Ignatik 10-8 in the third however the 2 hour and 35 minute match was only the third longest match of the day (Bemelmans 11-9 2:47/Kovalik 13-11 2:50). Novikov was down a set and a break at 6-2, 3-2 but he broke back on the next game and pulled out the second set tiebreak 7-3. Novikov trailed 3-1 in the third but he broke and held for 3-3 and then later on he broke from 30/40 to go up 9-8. The former UCLA Bruin served it out from 40/15 to win it 10-8 in the third.

Krajicek won his match over former Memphis Tiger Joe Salisbury in three sets. Krajicek broke Salisbury from 15/40 to go up 5-3 in the third and then served it out from 40/15 to win it 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Corrie was off the court in just 55 minutes after a blowout 6-0, 6-3 win over ATP #119 Michael Berrer.  He will next face #791 Albano Olivetti who reached a career high of 161 in 2014 before a car accident and surgery on a cervical herniated disc sidelined him for 18 months.


Wimbledon Qualifying 2nd Round:
#247 Matthew Barton def. #217 Marcelo Arevalo (Tulsa '11) 6-3, 6-4
#179 Alexander Kudryavtsev def. #223 Daniel Nguyen (USC '12)  6-4, 6-3
[22] #131 Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M '11) def. [W] #706 Joe Salisbury (Memphis '14) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
#358 Ed Corrie (Texas '11) def. [10] #119 Michael Berrer 6-0, 6-3
[28] #146 Dennis Novikov (UCLA '13) def. #288 Uladzimir Ignatik 2-6, 7-6(3), 10-8

Qualifying Final Round:
[22] #131 Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M '11) vs. #113 Bjorn Fratangelo
#358 Ed Corrie (Texas '11) vs. #791 Albano Olivetti
[28] #146 Dennis Novikov (UCLA '13) vs. #224 Hioki Moriya


Georgia rising redshirt junior Paul Oosterbaan picked up his first ATP point with a come from behind win over his teammate Walker Duncan at the $25K Tulsa, OK, USA F21 (Hard). Oosterbaan took the first set 6-2 before Duncan took the final four games of the second set to take it 6-2. Duncan went ahead 3-0 in the third but then Oosterbaan held from 40/30, broke from 15/40, and then held from 40/15 to even it at 3-3. Duncan held from 40/15 to go up 4-3 and then Oosterbaan came back from 15/40 down to hold for 4-4 on a seven-deuce, 20-point game (you ain't going to see that in college tennis). Oosterbaan broke from 30/40 to go up 5-4 and then served it out from 40/30 to take it 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in 2 hours and 18 minutes.

Georgia Tech rising junior Chris Eubanks earned his first ATP point in Tulsa with a straight set win over former SMU Mustang Arturs Kazijevs. Eubanks took the opening set 6-2 but Kazijevs went up 5-3 in the second after breaking from 15/40 and then holding from 40/15. Eubanks held for 4-5 and then broke from 30/40 to even it at 5-5. After each held one more time Eubanks went up 6-3 in the tiebreak and held on to win it 6-2, 7-6(5) in 1 hour and 24 minutes.

Dartmouth released its schedule for next season (seems like they are always ahead of the curve) and the Big Green have TCU, SMU, Rice, Indiana, South Carolina, Memphis, LSU, Tulane, and others lined up in addition to a tough Ivy League schedule.


Friday, 24 June 2016 00:09

Pro Circuit Update

The final round of qualies at Wimbledon was washed out on Thursday but play rocked on at Pro Circuit events across the globe. Before I dive into those Futures results I wanted to give congratulations to Florida State commit Alex Knaff and NC State commit Alexis Galarneau for picking up their first ATP points earlier in the week.

Knaff picked up his point on Wednesday with a 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over #1671 Mason Recci at the $10K Havre, Belgium, F2 Futures (Clay). Knaff's attempt at picking up another point came up short when he fell to former East Carolina #1 Joran Vliegen 6-2, 6-4.

Galarneau won his opening round match on Tuesday with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over #682 Greg Jones at the $25K Richmond, Canada, F3 Futures (Hard) before falling today to #356 Peter Polansky in the second round.


Paul Oosterbaan (Photo Bill Kallenberg)
$25K Tulsa, OK, USA F21 (Hard) - 5 of the 8 quarterfinalists have college ties with the biggest surprise being Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan. The 6 foot 7 inch rising junior picked up his first career ATP point yesterday and today he followed that up by defeating the No. 2 seed Sekou Bangoura in straight sets. Oosterbaan served for the first set up 5-3 but Bangoura broke from 15/40 and the set would eventually go to a tiebreak. Oosterbaan played from behind in the tiebreak but he took his first lead by winning both points on Bangoura's serve to go up 6-5 and then he won the next point on his serve to take it 7-6(5). Oosterbaan broke Bangoura to start the second set and then he held fairly comfortably up until his 5-4 service game. Bangoura had three break point opportunities but Oosterbaan fought each off and held in a three-deuce game to get the win 7-6(5), 6-4.

Recent Tulane graduate Dominik Koepfer earned his first-ever spot in a Futures quarterfinal with a come from behind three-set win over recent Illinois graduate Jared Hiltzik. Hiltzik took the first set 6-3 before Koepfer got the second 6-3. Koepfer broke Hiltzik to start the third set in a four-deuce game but Hiltzik put it back on serve by breaking from 30/40 to even it at 2-2. Koepfer broke back from 15/40 and then held for 4-2 but Hiltzik took the next three games by holding at love, breaking from 15/40, and then holding in a two-deuce game for 5-4. After Koepfer held from 40/15 he went up 15/40 but Hiltzik fought off both of those break points and one more to get the hold for 6-5. Koepfer held at love to send it a to a tiebreak and then he took the tiebreak 7-4.

Quarterfinals
#640 Cameron Norrie (TCU Rising Jr) vs. [1] #238 Mitchell Krueger
[3] Tennys Sandgren (Tennessee '11) vs. [Q] Dominik Koepfer (Tulane '16)
#1070 Ryan Haviland (Stanford '02) vs. [4] #331 Michael Mmoh
[Q] Paul Oosterbaan (Georgia Rising Jr) vs. [7] #461 Adam El Mihdaway


Julian Zlobinsky (Pic TexasSports)
$10K Rochester, NY, USA F20 (Clay) - 5 of the 8 quarterfinalists have college ties and it was almost 6 but Raleigh Smith (Northwestern '14) fell to the No. 1 seed Gavin Van Peperzeel 7-5 in the third. Texas rising sophomore Julian Zlobinsky got a main draw wild card and has thanked the tournament organizers by advancing to his first-ever quarterfinal after defeating Hans Hach 7-5, 7-6(5).


Quarterfinals
[1] #347 Gavin Van Peperzeel vs. #994 Juan Benitez Chavarriaga (Baylor '15)
[7] #905 Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State Rising Jr) vs. Julian Zlobinsky (Texas Rising Soph)
[WC] #1101 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia Rising Sr) vs. [WC] #1531 Marcus Fugate
[6] #873 Nathan Pasha (Georgia '15) vs. [2] #411 Kaichi Uchida


Farris Gosea (Photo ITF)
$25K Richmond, Canada, F3 (Hard) - Ray Sarmiento has played his way into his seventh Futures quarterfinal this year and will meet Farris Gosea who will play in his third quarterfinal of the year. Gosea won the only three-set match on Thursday with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over 2015 Vanderbilt graduate Gonzalez Austin. Finn Tearney got a walkover win over Texas rising sophomore Harrison Scott and will meet Canadian Filip Peliwo.

Quarterfinals
[1] #289 Jason Jung (Michigan '11) vs. #539 Alexios Halebian
[4] #363 Finn Tearney (Pepperdine '13) vs. [6] #425 Filip Peliwo
#561 Ray Sarmiento (USC '14) vs. #912 Farris Gosea (Illinois '15)



$25K Palma Del Rios, Spain, F18 (Hard)Remi Boutillier (Fresno State '12) is into a Futures semifinal for the second week in a row after a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over #386 Ricardo Ojeda Lara. Next up for Boutillier is #300 Pablo Vivero Gonzalez.


$10K Kaltenkirchen, Germany, F4 (Clay) - Jonas Luetjen (Ole Miss '13) had a nice day on Thursday by actually winning two matches without having to play the second one. Luetjen routed #477 Peter Nagy (aTm CC) 6-0, 6-1 and then got a walkover in his Friday quarterfinal match when his opponent Florian Lallert withdrew due to an unspecified injury. Top seed Yannick Maden (Clemson '13) advanced to his seventh Futures quarterfinal this year with a 6-2, 6-3 win over qualifier Frederik Press. Maden will face #743 Gabor Borsos on Friday.


$10K Havre, Belgium, F2 Futures (Clay) - Jolan Cailleau (Texas Tech Rising Sr) advanced to his fourth career Futures quarterfinal with a 4-0 ret. win over the top seed #311 Jeremy Jahn and will now meet #487 Maxime Authom on Friday. Joran Vliegen (East Carolina '14) booked his spot in the quarters with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Florida State commit Alex Knaff and will now face #621 Martin Netuschil.



$10K Harare, Zimbabwe, F1 (Hard) - Michael Grant (USC '14) has never made it to a Futures final but he's just a match away after a 7-5, 6-2 win over the top seed #325 Lloyd Harris 7-5, 6-2. Grant will face the No. 4 seed #568 Marc Polmans in Friday's semifinal with Polmans looking for a third straight Futures title. Benjamin Lock (Florida State '16) advanced to his first semifinal of the year after defeating Nik Scholtz (Ole Miss '15) 6-3, 6-4. Lock will meet the No. 3 seed #421 Hugo Nys in Friday's other semifinal.


Roberto Cid

$10K Barranquilla, Colombia, F2 FuturesRoberto Cid (South Florida '16) has played two tournaments since graduating from South Florida and he's now made the semifinals in each after a 7-6(6), 6-4 win over #692 Mauricio Echazu. Cid had to go through qualies but he's now won five matches this week and will meet #731 Gonzalo Villanueva in the semifinals. 

The coaching carousel spun so fast this afternoon that the top popped right off and I've called a mechanic to get it running again. The first shoe to drop came in Ann Arbor where Michigan announced its new head coach would be none other than Adam Steinberg. Steinberg accepted the job at Arizona State just nine days ago but apparently within the last 24 hours he decided he wanted to stay at Michigan. Michigan's release said Steinberg contacted them to see if he could return while Arizona State's release said Steinberg told them he couldn't continue as its head coach for personal reasons.

I'm sure those personal reasons will eventually come out but for Arizona State it is back to the drawing board. It'll be interesting to see if ASU opens its search back up or if they go back to the other finalists to see if they are still interested. It'll also be interesting to see how Steinberg does next season at Michigan because he is going to have to regain the buy-in that he had with the guys before his departure.


I can't think of any other instances in college tennis where a coach took a job only to leave days later although it's happened a few times in other sports over the years. Couple of examples that I recall were Billy Donovan (BB) from the University of Florida to the Orlando Magic and back, Bobby Cremins (BB) from Georgia Tech to the College of Charleston and back, Dana Altman (BB) from Creighton to Arkansas and back, and Glen Mason (FB) from Kansas to Georgia and back.

Wichita State announced the hiring of Danny Bryan as its new head coach. Bryan had been at LSU for the last 13 years with the final eight coming as assistant coach. The Shockers won the Missouri Valley Championship this season but Brad Louderback was suspended a few days later and ultimately ended up resigning.


Auburn made a late Friday evening announcement that it had hired Oklahoma assistant coach Bobby Reynolds as its new head coach. Reynolds played collegiately at Vanderbilt for three years and then was on the pro tour for 12 years before making his collegiate coaching debut last season as an assistant at Oklahoma. Reynolds replaced Eric Shore who retired after 26 season.


ATP 250 Nottingham, Great Britain (Grass) - Steve Johnson (USC '12) advanced to his second career ATP final by winning two matches in one day. Johnson trailed Kevin Anderson (Illinois '07) 4-3 in the third when played was halted on Thursday due to darkness but once play resumed Johnson won all three games to take it 7-6(6), 5-7, 6-4. A few hours later Johnson was back on court and it only took him 80 minutes to close out #57 Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-4 - next up is #25 Pablo Cuevas in the final. Johnson's only previous final came last October in Vienna when he fell to David Ferrer 7-5 in the third.


$25K Tulsa, OK, USA F21 (Hard) - All four semifinalists have college ties after three of the four winners pulled off ranking upsets. TCU's Cameron Norrie upended the top seed Mitchell Krueger in three sets and will meet former Tennessee Vol Tennys Sandgren after he rolled over recent Tulane graduate Dominik Koepfer. Ryan Haviland played his first Futures event all the back in 2000, when he was still at Stanford, but today the 35-year old advanced to his fifth career semifinal after he came from behind to defeat 18-year old Michael Mmoh 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in 3 hours and 6 minutes. Haviland will face Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan after the 6 foot 7 inch Bulldog defeated the No. 7 seed Adam El Mihdaway 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Quarterfinals
#640 Cameron Norrie (TCU Rising Jr) def. [1] #238 Mitchell Krueger 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
[3] #329 Tennys Sandgren (Tennessee '11) def. [Q] Dominik Koepfer (Tulane '16) 6-1, 6-2
#1070 Ryan Haviland (Stanford '02) def. [4] #331 Michael Mmoh 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
[Q] Paul Oosterbaan (Georgia Rising Jr) def. [7] #461 Adam El Mihdaway 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

Semifinals
[3] #329 Tennys Sandgren (Tennessee '11) vs. #640 Cameron Norrie (TCU Rising Jr) 
#1070 Ryan Haviland (Stanford '02) vs. [Q] Paul Oosterbaan (Georgia Rising Jr)



$10K Rochester, NY, USA F20 (Clay) - All but one semifinalist has college ties after Mikael Torpegaard and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski won in straight sets while Juan Benitez Chavarriaga won in three sets over the top seed Gavin Van Peperzeel. Benitez spent a semester at Baylor in 2015 but after only seeing limited action he didn't come back for another year. 

Quarterfinals
#994 Juan Benitez Chavarriaga (Baylor '15) def. [1] #347 Gavin Van Peperzeel 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3
[7] #905 Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio St Rising Jr) def. Julian Zlobinsky (Texas Rising Soph) 6-3, 6-1
[WC] #1101 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia Rising Sr) def. [WC] #1531 Marcus Fugate 6-3, 6-1
[2] #411 Kaichi Uchida def. [6] #873 Nathan Pasha (Georgia '15) 6-4, 6-3

Semifinals
[7] #905 Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio St Rising Jr) vs. #994 Juan Benitez Chavarriaga (Baylor '15)
[WC] #1101 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia Rising Sr) vs. [2] #411 Kaichi Uchida



$25K Richmond, Canada, F3 (Hard) 

Quarterfinals
[1] #289 Jason Jung (Michigan '11) def. #539 Alexios Halebian 6-3, 6-3
[4] #363 Finn Tearney (Pepperdine '13) def. [6] #425 Filip Peliwo 7-5, 7-5
#561 Ray Sarmiento (USC '14) vs. #912 Farris Gosea (Illinois '15) 6-4, 6-3

Semifinals
[1] #289 Jason Jung (Michigan '11) vs. [4] #363 Finn Tearney (Pepperdine '13)
#561 Ray Sarmiento (USC '14) vs. [5] #356 Peter Polansky 


$25K Palma Del Rios, Spain, F18 (Hard) - Remi Boutillier (Fresno State '12) is into a Futures final for the second week in a row after a walkover win over #300 Pablo Vivero Gonzalez. Boutillier will face #365 Akira Santillan in the finals. 


$10K Kaltenkirchen, Germany, F4 (Clay) - Top seed Yannick Maden (Clemson '13) advanced to his fifth Futures semifinal this year with a 6-4, 6-2 win over #743 Gabor Borsos. Maden will meet Jonas Luetjen (Ole Miss '13) in the semifinals as Luetjen got a walkover win against Florian Fallert. 


$10K Harare, Zimbabwe, F1 (Hard) - Benjamin Lock (Florida State '16) advanced to his second career final with a 6-4, 6-3 win over the No. 3 seed #421 Hugo Nys. Lock will meet the No. 4 seed #568 Marc Polmans in the final after Polmans defeated Michael Grant (USC '14) 7-6(6), 6-3. 


$10K Barranquilla, Colombia, F2 Futures - Roberto Cid (South Florida '16) advanced to his second career final after a 6-2, 6-1 win over #731 Gonzalo Villanueva. Cid will face the No. 2 seed #377 Facundo Mena in the finals - Cid defeated Mena 6-2, 6-2 last week in the quarterfinals.


$10K Havre, Belgium, F2 Futures (Clay) - Both Jolan Cailleau (Texas Tech Rising Sr) and Joran Vliegen (East Carolina '14) fell in the quarterfinals. Cailleau lost to #487 Maxime Authom 6-4, 6-1 while Vliegen lost to #621 Martin Netuschil 6-7(1), 6-1, 7-6(6).



US Open National Playoff Sectionals

Southern Semifinals
[3] Trey Yates (Kentucky Rising Jr) def. [1] Galen Lee ('16 Harvard Commit) 6-1, 6-1
[11] Philip Major def. [4] Zackary Dunkle (Samford '13) 6-1, 6-4

Texas Semifinals
[3] Eric Rutledge (Rice Redshirt Fresh) def. Tomas Stillman (UTSA '15) 7-6, 6-7, 7-5
[5] Henry Gordon (Penn State Rising Soph) def. Trey Hilderbrand (HS Class of '18) 6-4, 7-6(8)

Northern California Quarterfinals
[1] Gage Brymer (UCLA Rising Sr) def. [11] Kial Kaiser (Princeton Rising Jr) 6-0, 6-3
[4] Victor Pham (Columbia Rising Soph) def. [5] Alexander Keyser ('16 Columbia Commit) 6-2, 6-4
[3] Logan Staggs (UCLA Rising Jr) def. [9] Amit Batta ('16 Washington Commit) 6-2, 6-3
[2] Austen Huang (HS Class of '17) vs. Kailas Shekar (HS Class of '17) 6-2, 6-3

Semifinals
[1] Gage Brymer (UCLA Rising Sr) def. [4] Victor Pham (Columbia Rising Soph) 6-4, 6-2
[3] Logan Staggs (UCLA Rising Jr) def. [2] Austen Huang (HS Class of '17) 6-3, 6-4






Saturday was a great day for former collegians with Steve Johnson, Benjamin Lock, and Roberto Cid each winning pro singles titles.

ATP 250 Nottingham, Great Britain (Grass) - Steve Johnson (USC '12) won his first-ever ATP level singles title after knocking off #25 Pablo Cuevas in straight sets. There were no breaks of serve in the opening set but Cuevas got the first mini-break in tiebreak and led 3-1. Johnson took the next four points to go up 5-3 and would end up taking the tiebreak 7-5. Johnson opened up a 4-2 lead in the second set but Cuevas fought off a break point to hold in a two-deuce game, broke from 30/40, and then held at love to go up 5-4. Johnson then held from 40/15, broke from 15/40, and then served it out in a one-deuce game to win it 7-6, 7-5 in 1 hour and 33 minutes.



$25K Tulsa, OK, USA F21 (Hard) - TCU's Cameron Norrie advanced his third career Futures final after picking up a 6-2, 1-0 ret. win over former Tennessee Vol Tennys Sandgren. Norrie will meet former Stanford Cardinal Ryan Haviland who advanced to his first career final after outlasting Georgia's Paul Oosterbaan 5-7, 6-2, 6-3. Oosterbaan went up an early break in the third set at 2-1 but Haviland took the next four games to go up 5-2 and would finish it two games later. 

Semifinals
#640 Cameron Norrie (TCU Rising Jr) def. [3] #329 Tennys Sandgren (Tennessee '11) 6-2, 1-0 ret.
#1070 Ryan Haviland (Stanford '02) def. [Q] Paul Oosterbaan (Georgia Rising Jr) 5-7, 6-2, 6-3

Lammons (left)/Webb (right) - (Photo Philip Farmer FB)

Dane Webb (Oklahoma '15) and Nate Lammons (SMU '16) won the doubles title at the $25K Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA F21 Futures with a 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (12-10) win over Clay Thompson (UCLA '14) and Rikus de Villiers (Fresno State '11). Webb/Lammons jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third set supertiebreak but Thompson/de Villiers fought off a match point at 9-8 and won both points on serve to go up 10-9. Webb/Lammons won both points on their serve to go up 11-10 and then got the mini-break to win it 12-10. It was the first career pro title for both Webb and Lammons.


$10K Rochester, NY, USA F20 (Clay) - Former Baylor Bear Juan Benitez Chavarriaga advanced to his first career final after coming from behind to defeat Ohio State's Mikael Torpegaard in three sets. Torpegaard looked like he was in good shape when he led Benitez 6-4, 5-3 plus he had a pair of match points on Benitez's serve. Benitez fought off both match points and ended up taking the second set in a tiebreak by a 7-1 score. The third set stayed on serve until Benitez broke Torpegaard at love to go up 6-5 and then he served it out in a two-deuce game to take it 7-5. Benitez will meet Kaichi Uchida in the finals after Uchida pulled away from Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski by winning in three sets.

Semifinals
#994 Juan Benitez Chavarriaga (Baylor '15) def. [7] #905 Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio St Rising Jr) 4-6, 7-6(1), 7-5
[2] #411 Kaichi Uchida def. [WC] #1101 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia Rising Sr) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2



$25K Richmond, Canada, F3 (Hard) - Jason Jung advanced to his 10th career Futures final after defeating Finn Tearney in straight sets. Tearney served for the first set up 5-4 and had a pair of set points but Jung managed to break for 5-5 and then he held at love and broke at love to steal the opening set 7-5. Jung jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second set and cruised to a 7-5, 6-1 win. Jung will meet Peter Polansky in the finals on Sunday. Polansky broke Ray Sarmiento's 4-4 service game in both the first and second sets and then held to take it 6-4, 6-4. 

Semifinals
[1] #289 Jason Jung (Michigan '11) vs. [4] #363 Finn Tearney (Pepperdine '13) 7-5, 6-1
[5] #356 Peter Polansky def. #561 Ray Sarmiento (USC '14) 6-4, 6-4

Former Illinois teammates Farris Gosea ('15) and Tim Kopinski ('15) came up short in the doubles final falling to the top seeds Philip Bester and Peter Polansky 7-6(2), 6-2. 


$10K Harare, Zimbabwe, F1 (Hard) - Benjamin Lock (Florida State '16) won his second career Futures singles title with a come from behind three sets win over #568 Marc Polmans. Polmans jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the opening set before Lock took four of the next five games to even it at 5-5. Polmans held from 40/30 and then broke from 30/40 to take the opening set 7-5.

Polmans led 3-1 in the second before Lock broke from 30/40 and held from 40/30 to even it at 3-3. Neither player would face another break point the rest of the set although Lock went up a mini-break in the tiebreak at 3-2. Polmans fought off a set point on Lock's serve to pull within 6-5 but Lock took the tiebreak on the next point for a 7-6(5) set.

Polmans broke from 15/40 to go up 2-1 in the third but Lock broke back and then held at love to go up 3-2. Lock broke from 15/40 to take a 4-2 lead but Polmans broke back on a one-deuce game and then held on a three-deuce game to even it at 4-4. Lock held at love for 5-4, Polmans held at 40/15 for 5-5, Lock held at love for 6-5, and then Lock broke from 30/40 to win it 5-7, 7-6(5), 7-5 in 3 hours and 35 minutes.

Benjamin and his brother Courtney (UNLV Jr) came up short in an attempt to win a doubles title for the second week in a row after falling to Hugo Nys and Andrea Vavassori 6-3, 6-3




Roberto Cid (Fedecoltenis)
$10K Barranquilla, Colombia, F2 Futures - Roberto Cid (South Florida '16) won his first career pro singles title with a straight set win over the No. 2 seed #377 Facundo Mena. Cid broke Mena from 15/40 to go up 3-1 in the first and then broke him again at love to go up 5-1. Cid held in a one-deuce game to take the set 6-1. Cid broke Mena in a one-deuce game to go up 3-2 in the second and then broke him again in a two-deuce game to go up 5-2. Cid served out the championship in a two-deuce game to win it 6-1, 6-2.

$25K Palma Del Rios, Spain, F18 (Hard) - Remi Boutillier (Fresno State '12) lost in the finals for the second week in a row after suffering a straight sets defeat to #365 Akira Santillan.  Santillan broke Boutillier from 30/40 to take the opening set 7-5 and then he broke at love to take a 3-1 lead in the second. Boutillier wasn't able to recover and would fall 7-5, 6-3.

$10K Kaltenkirchen, Germany, F4 (Clay) - The semifinal match between top seed Yannick Maden (Clemson '13) and Jonas Luetjen (Ole Miss '13) was rained out and will be played on Sunday.



US Open National Playoff Sectionals

Southern Finals
M - [11] Philip Major def. [3] Trey Yates (Kentucky Jr) 6-4, 6-2
W - [1] Elyse Lavender ('17 LSU Commit) def. [2] Amanda Rebol (NC State Soph) 6-0, 6-2
MD: Andrew Goodwin (Alabama '15) & Vikram Hundal (Charlotte '16)
WD: Aryn Greene (Alabama Jr) & Ansley Speaks (Furman Sr)
MXD: Alexandra Anghelescu (Georgia Tech '13) & Danie van den Heever (Georgia Southern '05)

Texas Finals
M: [3] Eric Rutledge (Rice R-Fresh) def. [5] Henry Gordon (Penn State Soph) 6-2, 6-1
W: [1] Fernanda Contreras (Vanderbilt Soph) def. Victoria Flores ('17 Ga Tech Commit) 6-3, 2-0 ret.
MD: Hunter Johnson (SMU Sr) & Yates Johnson (SMU Sr)
WD: Kseniya Bardabush (North Texas '15) & Aleksandra Malyarchikova (SMU '13)
MXD: Zach Nichols (TCU '11) & Millie Nichols (TCU '14)

Northern California Finals
M: [3] Logan Staggs (UCLA Jr) def. [1] Gage Brymer (UCLA Sr) 6-4, 6-2
W: Sara Choy (HS Class of '18) def. Jada Hart ('16 UCLA Commit) 7-6(4), 6-0
MD: Brian Battistone & Dann Battistone
WD: Jada Hart ('16 UCLA Commit) & Ena Shibahara ('16 UCLA Commit)
MXD: Kaitlyn Christian (USC '14) & Rudolf Siwy (Fresno St '09)

The other section that isn't done yet is the Northern which is being held in Minneapolis. Click here for a list of all the sectional winners and their college affiliations.
It was a tremendous week on the pro tour with four guys winning singles titles and another nine winning doubles titles. If you forgot to check out my Saturday recap may sure you give that a read to see how Steve Johnson, Benjamin Lock, and Roberto Cid won singles titles and Nate Lammons and Dane Webb won doubles titles.

$25K Tulsa, OK, USA F21 (Hard) - TCU rising junior Cameron Norrie won his second career Futures singles title with a quick 53-minute win over Ryan Haviland (Stanford '02). Haviland held in a three-deuce game to start the match but Norrie won the next nine games to take an insurmountable 6-1, 3-0 lead. Haviland held from 40/30 to pull within 3-1 but Norrie won the next three to close it out 6-1, 6-1. (Will post a picture if I see one)

$10K Rochester, NY, USA F20 (Clay) - Juan Benitez Chavarriaga (Baylor '15) came up short in his first career singles final by falling in straight sets to #411 Kaichi Uchida. Benitez Chavarriaga jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first set but he'd only win one point in his next two service games and would lose five straight games to drop the set 6-4. Uchida got the one and only break of the second set when he broke Benitez Chavarriaga from 30/40 to take a 3-2 lead. Uchida would serve it out a few games later to win it 6-4, 6-4.

$25K Richmond, Canada, F3 (Hard) - The top seed Jason Jung (Michigan '11) was seeking his fourth career pro singles title but it wasn't to be as he fell to #356 Peter Polansky in straight sets. Polansky won the first five games of the match and ended up taking the opening set 6-1 in just 24 minutes. Polansky broke Jung at love to start the second set and he'd make that one break lead hold up and would serve it out from 40/15 to win it 6-1, 6-4 in 1 hour and 9 minutes.

$10K Kaltenkirchen, Germany, F4 (Clay) - The top seed Yannick Maden (Clemson '13) won his semifinal match over Jonas Luetjen (Ole Miss '13) 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 and since Saturday's schedule was rained out he had to return to the court a few hours later for the finals against #456 Gregoire Jacq. Maden fell behind 3-1 in the opening set before winning seven straight games to take the first set 6-3 and go up 2-0 in the second. Unfortunately for Maden he would lose the next three games and was then forced to retire after twisting his ankle so it went in the books as a 6-3, 2-3 ret. loss. 

Doubles

ATP 250 Nottingham, Great Britain (Grass) - Dominic Inglot (Virginia '09) and Daniel Nestor knocked off the ATP #7 team of Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo in straight sets. Inglot/Nestor broke from 15/40 to go up 6-5 in the first and then they'd hold from 40/30 to take the opening set 7-5. Inglot/Nestor broke to start the second set and they would have a match point on Dodig/Melo's 3-5 service game but they weren't able to convert on the no-ad point. Inglot/Nestor would get broke on the no-ad point to make it 5-5, Dodig/Melo held on no-ad for 6-5, and then Inglot/Nestor held on no-ad to send it to a tiebreak. Inglot/Nestor went up 3-0 in the tiebreak and won a few points later 7-5, 7-6(4).

Inglot has now won 22 professional doubles titles (5 ATP/12 Futures/5 Challenger) and currently holds an ATP doubles ranking of 29.



$42.5K Milan, Italy, Challenger (Clay) - Max Schnur (Columbia '15) and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela (Texas '09) won their first doubles title as a team with a three set win over Alessandro Motti and Hsien-Yin Peng. Motti and Peng won the opening set 6-1 and then the second set was a break-free set that ended up in a tiebreak. The first nine points of the tiebreak went to the server which put Schnur and Reyes-Varela up 5-4 and then they'd win the next two points against serve to take the tiebreak 7-4. Schnur and Reyes-Varela went up 5-0 in the third set supertiebreak and would cruise to the finish line and take it 1-6, 7-6(4), 1-0 (10-5).

It was doubles title No. 21 for Reyes-Varela (18 Futures/3 Challenger) who is now just nine spots off his career high ranking of 100.

Schnur has won eight doubles titles (6 Futures/2 Challengers) and now has a new career high ranking of 130 - not bad for a guy that's been on tour for a little over 12 months!!



$10K Barranquilla, Colombia, F2 Futures - Roberto Quiroz (USC '15) won his fourth double title this year, and 15th of his career, as he and Luis Patino won a hard fought match over the team of Christopher Diaz-Figueroa and Wilfredo Gonzalez (Miami '15). Quiroz/Patino got the only break of the first set when they broke from 15/40 to take the set 6-4. Each team broke once in the second set but it was Quiroz/Patino taking the tiebreak and the match 6-4, 7-6(7). 

$10K Havre, Belgium, F2 (Clay) - Sander Gille (East Tennessee State '12) & Joran Vliegen (East Carolina '14) won their 14th doubles title as a team when they defeated Adam and Jason Taylor in straight sets. Gille/Vliegen broke a 2-2 tie by winning the next six games to close out the opening set 6-2 and took a 2-0 lead in the second. Gille/Vliegen maintained that one break lead and served it out from 40/15 to win it 6-2, 6-4 in just 57 minutes.  Vliegen and Gille both came into the match with career high doubles rankings with Vliegen at 220 and Gille at 221.


$10K Rochester, NY, USA F20 (Clay) - Hans Hach (Abilene Christian '13) and Gavin Van Peperzeel won their first doubles title as a team with a straight set win over Damon Gooch (Elon '09) and Kaichi Uchida. Hach/Van Peperzeel led 5-2 in the first set but they got broke at 5-3 on the no-ad so the set would eventually go to a tiebreak. Hach/Van Peperzeel broke a 5-5 tie by taking the last two points to win the tiebreak 7-5. Hach/Van Peperzeel broke at love to go up 2-1 in the second and they'd roll from there to win it 7-6(5), 6-2.

It was the second week in a row that Hach had won a doubles title with last week's title coming with Uchida. It was Hach's 3rd title this year and 13th overall. 


US Open National Playoff Sectionals

Southern Finals
M: [1] Nicolas Meister (UCLA '12) def. [2] Evan King (Michigan '13) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
W: [2] Kelsey Laurente (Oklahoma State '16) def. [1] Ayaka Okuno (Georgia '13) 3-6, 7-5, 7-5
MD: Nicolas Meister (UCLA '12)/Eric Quigley (Kentucky '12) def. Dusty Boyer (Nebraska '16)/Toby Boyer (Nebraska Soph)
WD: Alexis Nelson ('16 Cal Commit) & Anna Sanford (Ohio State Rising Jr)
MXD: Evan King (Michigan '13) & Emina Bektas (Michigan '15)

Click here for a list of all the sectional winners and their college affiliations.
Monday, 27 June 2016 13:34

US Open National Playoff Recap

All 15 sectionals of the US Open National Playoff have been completed so now those winners will meet in another tournament to determine who gets wild cards into the 2016 US Open. The tournament will take place in New Haven, Connecticut during the WTA's Connecticut Open from August 19-27. Each draw will have 16 entries so that means at least one sectional runner-up will make it in.

The Men's and Women's Singles Championships will take place August 19-22 with the winners earning wild cards into the US Open Qualifying Tournament.

Below are the 15 men's sectional winners sorted by Universal Tennis Rating (UTR). Jesse Witten, Martin Joyce, and Henry Craig were the three repeat winners though Witten won a different section last year. Witten won last year's tournament but fell in the opening round of qualies 7-6, 6-1 to former Tennessee Vol JP Smith.


SectionMen's SinglesSchoolCountryUTR
Missouri ValleyEric QuigleyKentuckyUnited States14.93
Middle StatesJose Statham -New Zealand14.86
Hawaii-PacificJesse Witten KentuckyUnited States14.71
NorthernNicolas Meister UCLAUnited States14.59
IntermountainPatrick KawkaBYUUnited States14.51*
Mid-AtlanticHunter Koontz Virginia TechUnited States14.28
EasternShawn HadaviColumbiaUnited States14.09
MidwestMartin Joyce Ohio StateUnited States14.06
New EnglandCameron Silverman ElonUnited States13.99
Southern CaliforniaHenry Craig DenverUnited States13.81
Northern CaliforniaLogan StaggsUCLAUnited States13.70
SouthwestTyler Hochwalt FloridaUnited States13.56
FloridaTerrance WhitehurstFlorida StateUnited States13.48
TexasEric Rutledge RiceUnited States13.44
SouthernPhilip Major -Bahamas13.17


Below are the 15 women's sectional winners also sorted by UTR. Jacqueline Cako, Sara Daavettila, Ashley Weinhold, Julia Elbaba, Sophie Chang, and Nika Kukharchuk were repeat winners. Jennifer Elie won last year's tournament but lost 6-3, 6-0 to Shuai Zhang in the opening round of qualies.


SectionWomen's SinglesSchoolCountryUTR
Missouri ValleySanaz MarandNorth CarolinaUnited States11.95
SouthwestJacqueline Cako Arizona StateUnited States11.94
MidwestSara Daavettila North Carolina CommitUnited States11.84
IntermountainEna Shibahara UCLA CommitUnited States11.78
FloridaAshley Weinhold -United States11.77
EasternJulia Elbaba VirginiaUnited States11.62
Middle StatesSophie Chang -United States11.58
Southern CaliforniaBrynn BorenUSCUnited States11.42
Northern CaliforniaSara Choy High SchoolUnited States11.23
New EnglandMargaryta Bilokin High SchoolUnited States11.16
NorthernKelsey Laurente Oklahoma StateUnited States11.14
TexasFernanda ContrerasVanderbiltMexico11.12
Mid-AtlanticNika KukharchukOle MissRussia11.11
SouthernElyse Lavender LSU CommitUnited States10.56
Hawaii-PacificEva Raszkiewicz SyracuseUnited States9.75


The Men's and Women's Doubles Championships will take place August 21-24 with the winners earning wild cards into the main draw of the 2016 US Open. Julio Peralta and Matt Seeberger won the men's draw last year and then lost in the first round to Santiago Giraldo and Rameez Junaid 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe won the women's draw last year and then lost 6-2, 6-1 to Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in the first round.

Men's Doubles
Joel Kielbowicz (UNLV '05) & Matt Seeberger (UC Santa Cruz '07)
James Cerretani (Brown '04) & Max Schnur (Columbia '15)
Patrick Kawka (BYU '13) & Trevor Johnson (TCU Rising Jr)
Philip Bester & Peter Polansky
Vaidik Munshaw (St. John's '16) & Gustavo Loza (St. John's '08)
Ryan Brown ('16 LMU Commit) & Joseph Rotheram ('16 UCSB Commit)
Joel Rubio Moreno (UTSA '15) & Benjamin Collier (HS Class of '17)
Tyler Barr (MIT Rising Soph) & Austin Barr ('17 Williams Commit)
Junior Ore (Texas A&M '14) & Hunter Reese (Tennessee '15) 
Rong Ma (BYU-Hawaii '11) & Wei Yu Su (BYU-Hawaii '99)
Costin Paval (Oklahoma '13) & Andrei Daescu (Oklahoma '10) 
Hunter Johnson (SMU Rising Sr) & Yates Johnson (SMU Rising Sr)
Andrew Goodwin (Alabama '15) & Vikram Hundal (Charlotte '16)
Brian Battistone & Dann Battistone
Nicolas Meister (UCLA '12) & Eric Quigley (Kentucky '12)

Women's Doubles
Priscilla Annoual (Grand Canyon '15) & Savannah Slaysman ('16 Arizona State Commit)
Gabriela Porubin (Wichita St Rising Jr) & Julia Schiller (WSU '16)
Katarina Facey (UC Irvine '15) & Alexandra Facey (UCI '15)
Ashley Weinhold & Caitlin Whoriskey (Tennessee '10)
Dasha Kourkina (HS Class of '19) & Michelle Sorokko (HS Class of '19)
Jacqueline Cako (Arizona St '13) & Danielle Lao (USC '13)
Veronica Corning (Northwestern '14) & Meghan Kelley (Virginia Rising Soph)
Tracy Kuhle (W Michigan Sr) & Danielle Wolf (Indiana Rising Soph) 
Anastasia Revzina (Florida '10) & Alexis Merrill (HS Class of '18)
Sara Tsukamoto (HS Class of '18) & Diane Wong (HS Class of '16)
Nika Kukharchuk (Ole Miss '08) & Alexandra Perper (Mississippi State '14) 
Kseniya Bardabush (North Texas '15) & Aleksandra Malyarchikova (SMU '13)
Aryn Greene (Alabama Rising Jr) & Ansley Speaks (Furman Rising Sr)
Jada Hart ('16 UCLA Commit) & Ena Shibahara ('16 UCLA Commit)
Alexis Nelson ('16 Cal Commit) & Anna Sanford (Ohio State Rising Jr)


The Mixed Doubles Championship will take place August 24-27 with the winners earning wild cards into the main draw of the 2016 US Open. There were only 14 winners because the Intermountain sectional didn't have enough participants to field a draw so at least two runner-ups will make the field. Andrei Daescu and Anda Perianu won the 2015 tournament but fell in the first round to Max Mirnyi and Anastasia Rodionova 6-2, 6-4.

Mixed Doubles
Jacqueline Cako (ASU '13) & Joel Kielbowicz (UNLV '05)
Eric Quigley (KY '12) & Keri Wong (Clemson '12)
Hunter Reese (Tennessee '15) & Caitlin Whoriskey (TN '10)
Alona Bondarenko & Mykola Dyachok
Jordan Gobatie (N. Arizona '15) & Katsiaryna Zheltova (Sac St '10)
Ellyse Hamlin (Duke Rising Soph) & Hleb Maslau (UNF '11)
Caroline Hammond Varga (Virginia '07) & Christopher Varga (Ball State '03)
Lauren Bellinger (Cincinnati Rising Sr) & Eric West (Oklahoma State '12)
Ikaika Jobe (Boise State '05) & Katreina Corpuz (HS Class of '18)
Andrei Daescu (Oklahoma '10) & Anda Perianu (Oklahoma '04) 
Zach Nichols (TCU '11) & Millie Nichols (TCU '14) 
Alexandra Anghelescu (Georgia Tech '13) & Danie van den Heever (Georgia Southern '05)
Kaitlyn Christian (USC '14) & Rudolf Siwy (Fresno St '09)
Evan King (Michigan '13) & Emina Bektas (Michigan '15)