Great Britain Stops The United States in the Master’U Final; St. John’s, Georgia State, and Eastern Illinois Make Coaching Hires; Pro Circuit Recap

The United States had won the Master’U BNP Paribas for six straight years, and seven of the last eight, but Great Britain put an end to that streak with a 4-2 upset win last Sunday. The US came back from a 2-1 deficit in wins over France and Germany but it couldn’t do it a third time against Great Britain. UCLA sophomore Ena Shibahara put Team USA in front 1-0 after coming back from 3-0 down in the third set to win 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 but recent North Florida graduate Jack Findel-Hawkins tied it up after defeating UCLA senior Martin Redlicki 6-4, 6-4. Pepperdine sophomore Ashley Lahey fell 7-6, 7-6 but it looked like USC sophomore Brandon Holt would tie...

Master’U BNP Paribas Set To Begin; Pro Circuit Recap – Robert Galloway and Benjamin Lock Continue to Dominate in Dubs

The 12th annual Master’U BNP Paribas is set to begin in France with several current and former US college players set to participate in the eight-team event that Team USA has dominated since 2011. Team USA will be represented by UCLA’s Martin Redlicki and Ena Shibahara, USC’s Brandon Holt, Pepperdine’s Ashley Lahey, Florida’s Alfredo Perez, and North Carolina’s Alle Sanford. Other players with US college tennis ties are Michael Geerts (Arizona State Sr/Belgium), Louis Cant (Mississippi State ’12/Belgium), Jane Fennelly (Notre Dame ’17/Ireland), Pippa Horn (Texas ’15/Great Britain), and Jack Findel-Hawkins...

Oliver Frank Rolls Through USC to Win SoCal Intercollegiates; Antonioni Fasano Wins Big Ten Singles Championship; Master’U Team Announced

The 61st Annual Southern California Intercollegiate Championships came to a close on Monday with Azusa Pacific’s Oliver Frank claiming the singles title after a straight set win over USC’s Brandon Holt. The 32-player singles draw was comprised of 29 players from D1 schools and 3 from D2 schools which made Frank’s run to the title that much more unlikely. Frank started off the tournament with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 win over UC Davis’s David Goulak and then he came from behind to defeat USC’s Jake DeVine 2-6, 6-3, 6-1. In the quarterfinals Frank defeated USC’s Laurens Verboven 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 and in the semifinals he knocked out...

Team USA Wins Sixth Straight Master’U BNP Paribas; Michnev Wins Another Title, Verbeek Wins First Career Title, Tragedy in Binghamton

Team USA came to France seeking to win a sixth straight Master’U BNP Paribas and that’s exactly what they did after defeating Russia 4-1. North Carolina senior Hayley Carter kicked off the day with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Alena Tarasova but Russia countered with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 win by Vladimir Korolev (13.44) over Northwestern senior Strong Kirchheimer (14.14). Ohio State sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo (12.55) put Team USA back in front with a 7-6(2), 7-5 win over Viktoria Kamenskaya (WTA 190/12.60) and then Georgia Tech junior Chris Eubanks (14.45) made it 3-1 with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Ivan Davydov (13.44). Hayley Carter and UCLA freshman Ena Shibahara...

Shane Rallies Past Hiltzik in Waco, Team USA Into Master’U Finals

Typically when you double fault 15 times in a match your name ends up in the loss column but on Saturday in Waco the guy that had a tougher time on his serve came out on top. Recent Virginia graduate Ryan Shane and recent Illinois graduate Jared Hiltzik went toe-to-toe for just over two hours and when the dust cleared Shane had won his second career pro singles title with a come from behind three-set win. Hiltzik rolled through the first set in 30 minutes after breaking Shane’s 1-1 and 2-4 service games and then in the second set Hiltzik broke in a two-deuce game to take a 3-2 lead. Shane would immediately break back from 15/40 to even it at 3-3 but a...