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  1. That setting and landscaping is so pretty. That looks like Bertus on the near court - I wonder if Tadeas, Tomas and Jacob are in town yet.
  2. Hawaii with the potential clinching TD against Zona - the Rainbow Warriors lead 45-35, with 5:02 left.
  3. The U.S. Open main draw has been announced and Cam Norrie (ATP #60) is scheduled to play Gregoire Barrere (ATP# 109) on Monday at 1:15 in the afternoon. Barrere is from France, he's 25 years old and he's currently at his career high ranking. They've played once before and Cam won.
  4. It was a pleasant surprise to actually watch GameDay this morning. The biggest game, I think, is Miami v. Florida and I guess I'm for the Canes. BYU-Utah is on Thursday night.
  5. Jared

    AP Poll

    I'd guess Utah, UCF and Syracuse. The Utes are getting a lot of hype and I think it's setting up to be sort of a "Quest for perfection-like" thing that bedeviled BYU in 2008. I know that they made the Pac12 championship game last year, but I think they've now got a target on their backs. UCF, I think, is due not to be the AAC champ. And I have my doubts about Syracuse - other than Clemson, the ACC is pretty weak and the Orange might be the other good team there, but I suspect it'll be someone else. I also don't think Bama, Georgia, LSU and Florida all will end up in the Top 10.
  6. Jared

    AP Poll

    Here's the preseason poll. TCU is 31st in the ARV category. 1. Clemson 2. Alabama 3. Georgia 4. Oklahoma 5. Ohio State 6. LSU 7. Michigan 8. Florida 9. Notre Dame 10. Texas 11. Oregon 12. A&M 13. Washington 14. Utah 15. Penn State 16. Auburn 17. UCF 18. Michigan State 19. Wisconsin 20. Iowa 21. Iowa State 22. Syracuse 23. Washington State 24. Nebraska 25. Stanford It looks a lot like last year. I predict changes.
  7. Alex Rybakov (ATP# 655) is currently playing in a qualie round for the U.S. Open against Facundo Bagnis (ATP#165). Alex is up a break 5-3 in the first set! 5-4. Bagnis holds. Alex takes the first set 6-4! 0-1. Bagnis serving first this set. 1-all. Rybo survives a break point to hold over the Argentine. 1-2. 1-3. Bagnis gets the early break... Alex falls 1-6 in the 2nd. Ugh. On to the 3rd set! 0-1. Serving first, Rybo is broken in a loong 18 minute game, with multiple deuces. 0-2. Not looking good. 1-2. Alex holds for the first time in awhile. 1-4. Down 2 breaks... 1-5. 2-5. Still alive... Alex falls 6-4, 1-6, 2-6 and is out of the U.S. Open. And Reese Stalder lost in the qualies in both singles and doubles at the Memphis Futures tourney.
  8. Cam Norrie didn't automatically qualify for Cincinnati, so he played a qualie round yesterday and lost to Denis Kudla 3 and 4. He'll qualify automatically for the U.S. Open though.
  9. Do you mean taking the "C" out of TCU by offering beer?!! Goodness Gracious!
  10. Blacklock starts and the Frogs cruise 61-6.
  11. Sadly, probably because I was bragging on him yesterday, Tadeas Paroulek lost this morning in a close 3-setter at Novi Sad 4-6, 6-3, 4-6 to Miladinovic in the semis and is out of the tourney. Because he probably will be travelling to Ft. Worth soon to enroll as a Frog, this may be his last tourney as a non-Frog. He's had a good summer, but I may have to revise my guess as to where he will play on the Frog team, I mean, if you can't even beat Miladinovic, how can you expect to be playing at the #3 position for TCU?
  12. Here's a current look at where all the various past, present and future Frogs stand in the ATP singles and doubles rankings as of today. Bear in mind that, starting this year, there is also a separate ranking - ITF World Rankings - which is really only applicable to those who play only ITF events (Futures and transition tour tourneys) and which then determines eligibility for ATP events (Challengers , ATP 250's, ATP1000's, Slams), but to list those too will only confuse me/you, so let's ignore them for now. Cameron Norrie - 62 (singles) and 170 (doubles); Nick Chappell - 553 (singles) and 1006 (doubles) Gerardo Lopez Villasenor (Jerry Lopez) - 568 (singles) and 1171 (doubles) Tadeas Paroulek - 610 (singles and 615 (doubles) Alex Rybakov - 651 (singles) and 1527 (doubles) Tomas Jirousek - 828 (singles) and 2281 (doubles) Alastair Gray - 986 (singles) and 1373 (doubles) Trevor Johnson - 1479 (singles) and 1262 (doubles (hasn't played since last November and appears to have "retired") Reese Stalder - 1551 (singles) and 997 (doubles) Eduardo Roldan - 1792 (singles) and 1789 (doubles) Jacob Fearnley - NR (singles) and 1441 (doubles) Bertus Kruger - NR and NR Sander Jong - NR and NR Luc Fomba - NR and NR Max Kurzban - NR and NR Juan Martin- NR and NR Given this list, you can see why Tadeas Paroulek's recent performance is so impressive; he's moved past Rybo in ATP rankings even though Alex has principally been playing Challengers and Tadeas has only played a series of Futures. And when Rybo actually plays Futures, he wins them (Iowa City). He's also ahead of Alastair Gray, but Ali has only played 4 tourneys this summer and 1 of them was an ATP250 and 1 was a Challenger. And Kruger, Fomba, Jong, Kurzban and Martin haven't been playing tourneys this summer at all. Cam has been slipping a little since his CH of Top 50. How does all this translate into our projected line-up next year? Only Roditi really knows. My guess at present is Gray at #1, Kruger at #2, Paroulek at #3, Fomba at #4, Jong at #5, Roldan at #6 and Jirousek, Fearnley, Kurzban and Martin either in doubles or on the bench. But who knows until they start playing each other this fall?
  13. Tadeas Paroulek won yet again this morning in a 3-set victory over Oliel at Novi Sad. He won the first set 7-6, got bageled 0-6 in the 2nd and then came back and took the 3rd set 6-4. This puts him in the semis in singles for the second consecutive week in Serbia - this is very impressive for an incoming college freshman. Is he that good or are the fields at these tourneys not so strong? Next up tomorrow will be Marko Miladinovic, an 18-year old Serb, playing on his home courts.
  14. Tadeas Paroulek was in the same singles bracket as Tomas Jirousek at Novi Sad and he thus played the guy who beat Tomas this morning - Maciej Rajski - and won in a tight 3-setter, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 and has advanced to the quarters where he will now face Yshai Oliel (ATP# 569), a 19-year-old Israeli, who is also a two-time Junior Orange Bowl champ. He's only alive in singles now as he and Darko lost in doubles yesterday.
  15. Rain delay in Montreal, but now it's looking like Norrie v. Zverev will be on the Norrie Channel shortly. We'll see. And they're off! (Not on the Norrie Channel though - they're showing Sloane Stephens in Toronto). Norrie up 3-2 (on serve). 3-all. 4-3. Normally, I root for Zverev - probably because he's one of the very few who might upset Fed, Rafa or Joker - but definitely not tonight. 4-all. This set is going quickly as both players are serving well. 5-4. If Cam can somehow win this (doubtful), it will, undeniably, be his biggest W ever. 5-all. They just switched briefly to the match on the Norrie Channel. 6-5! Not even 1 break point so far in this match. 6-all. Cam had 1 set point (the first break point of the match, after a successful challenge), but couldn't convert. This breaker will be absolutely key! It's live on the Norrie Channel! Cam up 2-1 in the breaker! 4-7 and Cam falls 6-7 in the breaker. In Acapulco, it happened this way and Zverev wiped Cam out the remainder of the match. 0-1. Sasha serving first this set. 1-all. Cam holds easily - a good sign. 1-2. Cam couldn't convert 5 break points! (ARRGH!!!) 2-all. Cam holds easily and quickly again. 2-3. Zverev cruised through that one. 3-all. This time, Norrie saves 2 break points (after Sasha hits a tweener that delighted the crowd and the commentators). 3-4. Zverev cruising again. 4-all. Barely. This time, Cameron saves 3 break points. 4-5. The Norrie Channel switched briefly again to this match. 4-6. Cam broken at love and he loses the match on the first service break of the match. Good showing, but...
  16. Tadeas currently leads 6-2, 4-3 against Kiuamov in Novi Sad. He's also in the doubles, teaming with Darko Jandric (a Serbian), and they'll play tomorrow. Tadeas holds and it's 5-3. 5-4. Paroulek will serve for the match. Tadeas advances in Novi Sad with a 2 and 4 W!
  17. Into the 2nd set trailing... 2-0! The Camster gets the early break yet again! 3-0. 4-1. 5-1! Another break! This set is looking good! 5-2. Cam broken easily. (Ouch). The winner will get #3 seed Sasha Zverev, who has a bye this round. 6-2! Another break and Cam squares the match at 1-all. On to the 3rd! 4-3 in the 3rd. No breaks yet. 5-3!!! Cam gets the key break at a decisive time after falling behind 40-love!! Cam advances to face Zverev 5-7, 6-2, 6-3! An excellent finish after a disappointing 1st set! Zverev is ranked at ATP#7, has been in the Top 10 for several years, he won this tourney the last time it was in Montreal (2017), he's seeded 3rd and he beat Cam the one time they played at Acapulco. Cam was interviewed by the U.K. press and said that because Sasha prevailed last time, the pressure was all on [Zverev.] Yeah, right - I hope Cam makes a good showing but he will not be favored.
  18. Both Czech Frogs have now invaded Serbia and will be playing in Novi Sad this week. Tadeas (ATP# 610)is scheduled to face Timur Kiuamov (ATP# 989) and Tomas (ATP# 828) will face Maciej Rajski (ATP# 705) in singles at the same time tomorrow. I'm not sure whether Rybo is Aptos this week. In Montreal, Cam Norrie (ATP#62) is about to start against Fucsovics (now #55). And they're off! Cam serving first. 2-0! After an easy hold, Cam gets the early break! 2-all. Fucsovics strikes back. 3-2. 3-all. The match has settled down. 4-3. Barely. Cam survives a break point. 4-4. Cam doesn't convert a break point. The match is live on TC Plus (which I don't have). 4-5 (sigh). 5-all! Cam breaks back! (The "pros" always do that). 5-6. Arrgh! 5-7. Fucsovics holds at love and takes the first set. Boo!
  19. How come 18 is ineligible? This seems unfair to me...
  20. I'm putting my money on Swan to win the PK battle now that Cold Buns is apparently out. I wonder how serious the injuries are...
  21. Alastair Gray and Ewan Moore are now doubles champions as they prevailed in straight sets in the finals at Roehampton this morning with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Clayton/Johnson. This was an excellent tournament for Ali as he made the semis in singles and won the doubles title - he'll get ATP points (and money) from both and it means a successful summer and will position him well for the upcoming college season. Tadeas Paroulek and Vadym Ursu, however, lost in a close 3-setter in the finals at Novi Sad to Huertas del Pino (Tadeas' nemesis) and Arturo Cordova 6-7 (8-10), 6-4, 3-10 and didn't win the title in Serbia. Nonetheless, this was also a good tourney for Tadeas as he made the semis in singles and the finals in doubles. He's just a freshman recruit and he also will win money and ATP points. These are good signs for the upcoming 2019-20 season. With the loss of Rybo and Widow, I have some concerns about how good we're going to be, but these results are a step in the right direction. Especially the fact that both did well in doubles which is often determinative in college tennis. Cam Norrie has indeed traveled to Canada for the Canadian Open where he is scheduled to play Hungarian Marton Fucsovics (ATP #54) in the Round of 64 on Monday.
  22. Yeah, the whole game. But I really like Basil Mitchell's TD run against Liz Claiborne, Liverlips' opening kickoff tackle and London Dunlap's safety sack as the best plays in it. I'd also nominate Boise State's missed FG against Nevada which clinched the Rose Bowl even though, technically, we had to still beat UNM the next day.
  23. Alastair lost to Cukierman 2-6, 6-4, 4-6 in the semis at Roehampton this morning in singles, so he won't have a chance to win his first Futures tourney, but in doubles, he and Ewan Moore won 6-3, 3-6, 10-5 and have advanced to the finals tomorrow. They'll play Clayton/Johnson at 5:00 a.m. At Novi Sad, Tadeas Paroulek and Vadym Ursu won their semi-final doubles match and have also advanced to the finals tomorrow where they will play Huertas del Pino (who beat Tadeas in singles) and Cordova. So two current Frogs have a chance to pick up doubles titles tomorrow.
  24. The preseason Coaches poll is out this morning and we didn't even get one vote. OU is 4th, Texas 9th, West Virginia 22nd.
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