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  1. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    Chappell v. Glasspool is underway in the quarters at Iowa City. Nick lost the first set 4-6, but currently leads 4-3 in the 2nd set (on serve). The doubles final is scheduled for later today. 4-all. 5-4. Nick holds at love. 5-all. Glasspool holds at love. 6-all. Into a tie-break. Nick needs this. Chappell falls 4-6, 6-7 (3-7). (sigh). Hopefully, he and Alec Adamson will win the doubles title over Felix Corwin and Matic Spec. And they did! Chappell and Adamson won the doubles final 2-6, 6-2 and then 10-6 in the super breaker and take the title in Iowa!
  2. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    A new academic year has started and that means a new TCU tennis thread! Last year, we finished #4 in the nation, made the Elite 8, Cam Norrie finished as the #1 ranked player in the country, 4 players made All-American status, we started really slow but got hot and won the Big12 regular season championship and the Big12 tournament championship for the 2nd consecutive year, we had two Davis Cup players (Norrie and Lopez) and 1 Davis Cup captain. With Norrie gone and Rybo's status up in the air (I think he'll be back, but who knows), we might not be as dominating as in recent years but we're still likely to be a good team, which probably means Top 16 or so. Alastair Gray will likely be eligible and we've got some new highly touted freshmen to go with our returning vets (Eduardo Nava has transferred). On Monday, Coach Roditi released the season schedule. This fall, we open up again at Newport for the Hall of Fame Invitational on September 15 - that's an invitational so only a few players will be there and the rest of the team will be in Midland that day. Then comes the ACU Invitational and the Battle in the Bay Classic in San Francisco on 9/22 with the team splitting up again. Then, there'll be the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa on 9/30, the Collin County Invitational in Plano on 10/12 and the ITA Regionals on 10/19, which, if we qualify anyone, will precede the ITA Nationals two weeks later. The Spring season will start at Arizona State on 1/21, followed by 3 home matches against San Diego, Louisville or Duke and USF on 1/27, 1/28 and 2/9. Then it's the Ponies in Dallas on 2/11 and then Tulsa at home on 2/28. Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (I just might be there) on 3/3 and then Penn at home on 3/8. After that, it'll be Duke at the USTA Center at Lake Nona on 3/13 and then Florida at Gainesville on 3/14. Columbia at home on 3/18, the Aggies at College Station on 3/20 and a doubleheader at home against Tulane and UTA on 3/28. Big 12 conference play will start on 3/30 at Texas followed by 3 straight home matches against OU, OSU and Baylor and we finish up on 4/22 hosting Tech. The Big12 tourney will be in Austin (they'll have their new center by then) on 4/26. If we make the NCAA's, that'll be two weeks later and hopefully, we'll be in the Top 16 and will host a regional. This will be the last year of the "old" format with super-regionals (like baseball) in the cards for 2019. The schedule looks tough; our last year's nation's-best 1-2 punch will be missing one of the two players (at least) so we're gonna need stepped up play from some of the newbies to be nationally competitive and to win our third straight Big12 championships. But hopes are high! (What would be really special is if our Boston-area correspondent could make it to Newport next weekend to give us his usual sterling on-the-spot reports).
  3. Jared

    RIP Gunner

    That's sad. He was always such a dedicated Frog fan and was very knowledgeable about football.
  4. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    That's a huge W for Nick and a good sign that his singles game is improving. Chrysochos was seeded 4th. He's got Brit Lloyd Glasspool (seeded 6th) today in the quarters at 11:00 a.m. in Iowa City.
  5. Jared

    The Sports Dump

    You never know who might be posting on college football message boards. www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/24011044-message-boards-texags-tigerdroppings-keep-college-football-weird.
  6. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    Before the Binghamton Challenger gets going, Alex actually entered the Hall of Fame Championship on grass in Newport. He won his first qualie over Mohammed Safwat 3 and 3 but lost his next qualie to Alex Bolt 3-6, 6-3, 3-6 earlier this week.
  7. Jared

    Too early to start a 2018 Football thread?

    The Big12 Media Days preseason poll ranked the teams in terms of a predicted season finish as follows: Oklahoma West Virginia TCU Texas Oklahoma State KState Iowa State Tech Baylor Kansas Personally, I don't think OU is going to repeat but I really don't know who I'd predict to take their place. Based on last year's surprise team, it'd be Iowa State, but who really believes that the Clones will suddenly jump up to a championship level? The fashionable pick appears to be the Eers and the LHN guys are going all in on predicting an OU-UT championship game. The Cowboys lost more on offense than we did, but both of us are unknowns. KState? I see the coaching but not the talent. I think this season is as wide open as any in our short Big12 tenure. Thoughts?
  8. Jared

    Too early to start a 2018 Football thread?

    Gary just wrapped up his Big12 Media Days appearance. He said that bringing Robinson didn't necessarily imply that he was the starter but then he praised him for starting and winning against Tech and for playing in 6 games, so my view is that he's the starter. He talked about having to play OU twice last season and said there were pluses (a chance for a title) and minuses (possibly costing us a NY6 game). He talked about recruiting and developing players to fit TCU and make players into successful people. And there was a lot of coachspeak as well. The LHN guy (Ahmad Brooks) really trashed us and predicted that our OL youth were going to cause us to "take a big step back." Galindo was a little more positive. I don't particularly like the LHN doing the coverage instead of the regular ESPN guys - it's WAY too UT-focused for my tastes.
  9. Jared

    The Official Vladimir Putin World Cup Thread

    France leads Croatia 2-1 at the break.
  10. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    This will be good for Alex in that he won't have to win 3 qualies. Of course, the defending champion at Binghamton is Cameron Norrie - I doubt if he'll be back to defend his title, but maybe Rybo will keep the title in TCU's hands. (Joker takes Wimbledon).
  11. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    Uh, speaking of long 5th sets, it's de ja vu all over again at Wimbledon as Isner (a Norrie victim earlier this Spring) and Anderson are at 22-all in the 5th set now. Joker and Rafa aren't going to finish today (and may not even start). Anderson finally wins 26-24.
  12. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    Norrie lost to Bedene in the first round in singles, but in doubles he teamed with Jay Clarke, and they made it to the Round of 64 before, a few days ago, losing in an epic match 4-6, 7-6(7-5), 7-5, 4-6, and 20-22 in the fifth set. No tie-breaks in the 5th set at Wimbledon. (And speaking of long 5th sets, Federer just lost 6-2, 7-6, 6-7, 4-6, 11-13 to South African Kevin Anderson (who played at Illinois) in the quarters.)
  13. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    Well, he wasn't uncool about it - he just didn't wander over to the gate where we "fans" were hanging out. Instead, after his W, he stayed on court and talked to other players and then hit a few balls in doubles with some of them. And then, he just headed to the locker room. By contrast, Osgar (the guy he beat) came over and gabbed a while with his numerous Wisconsin fans. Perhaps Alex just didn't know that there was a TCU fan there too. The crowd (about 100 or so) were mostly Big10 fans (primarily Northwestern plus a dozen or so Badgers) and had been generally for O'Hoisin throughout the match, so from Rybo's perspective, he was in hostile territory. But Rybo (as Roditi has said) is usually very business-like about his tennis; unlike Cam and others, he doesn't check out the crowd and play to it, he's dialed in and very focused about what he's doing. It's like the difference between Lee Trevino (always talking to everyone) and Jack Nicklaus (stares straight ahead and very focused on his game) on a golf course. Don't read anything into it; I didn't.
  14. Jared

    Happy Birthday, FriskyFrog!

    Happy Birthday!
  15. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    Unfortunately, Alex lost today to Aziz Dougaz, a Tunisian who plays for the FSU Seminoles 6-7, 4-6. So, I won't be going back to Winnetka for any matches (the qualies were free to the public, but it would have been at least $20 to go to any of the main draw matches). Still, it was fun to actually see him play live yesterday. But he was far too into his tennis and talking with his pro buddies to pay any attention to his "fan". Like Cam, success at the Futures level has only whetted his appetite for playing at higher levels - I'm guessing that he'll try more Challengers this summer.
  16. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    I was googling Alex Rybakov earlier this morning because I was wondering what he was up to having skipped the Pittsburgh Futures tourney after two consecutive Futures titles in Buffalo and Rochester and I was stunned to find out that he had entered the Winnetka Challenger (Winnetka is a suburb of Chicago and only about 11 miles away from my home) and, not only that, he was scheduled to play at 11:20 this morning on Centre Court against Osgar O'Hoisin, an Irishman who plays #4 for the Wisconsin Badgers. So, I immediately hopped on my bike and made it to the Nielson Tennis Center just as the first match was ending, and, lo and behold, Rybo then walked on to the court, all decked out in purple. And he proceeded to wallop O'Hoisin 3 and 3 and advance to the third round of qualies at the 27th annual Winnetka Challenger, the only pro tourney in the Chicagoland area. He served great and was never in danger of being broken and he broke Osgar 3 times and cruised. If you've ever seen Rybo play, his natural tendency is just to whale on the ball every single shot - he sure could use a nasty top spin lob to add to his arsenal, and he occasionally just whales on it so hard it just sails 8 feet out. But otherwise, he played great. He needs to win tomorrow to make the main draw.
  17. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    For some reason, all of the other quarters were played this morning, but the Stalder-Peniston match wasn't scheduled until tonight. Reese won the first game, but has lost the next 7 and trails 1-6, 0-1. Not looking good. Stalder falls in the quarters 1 and 3. But making the quarters ensures that he'll get an ATP point or two and this means that he's started on his pro career. They say that the "first points are always the hardest." He probably doesn't have enough to avoid 3 qualie rounds at most Futures tourneys but he's on his way.
  18. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    Unfortunately, The Trevor is losing to Peniston (not sure how it's pronounced), a Brit who plays for Memphis 2-6, 2-5 and seems likely to fall, but the Red Widow currently is upsetting the Cav Altamirano 6-3, 1-0, which would qualify for a major upset if he could win. Trevor falls to Peniston 2-6, 2-6, but Reese is now up 6-3, 2-0 on Altamirano. 3-0! Reese goes up 2 breaks! Welcome to the ATP rankings Mr. Stalder! 4-0! The Red Widow is rolling! 5-1. Wow! Playing the best tennis of his life, Reese Stalder blasts his way (3 and 1) into the quarters at Wichita! That's 5 straight match W's and 10 straight set W's!! Not sure who he plays next, but Vuks and Andy Harris are still in it. This is the tourney that the Camster won just 3 years ago. Could Reese duplicate that feat and add to the list of Frog winners this summer? I just looked it up - a chance for Frog revenge as Reese will face Peniston tomorrow.
  19. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    YESSS!! The Red Widow upset Strode 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 and has won a round in a main draw of an ATP tourney and will now be ranked for the first time ever! He's won 8 straight sets and 4 straight matches and both he and The Trevor will be in the Round of 16 tomorrow in Wichita. Stalder will play ex-Virginia Cavalier Collin Altamirano and Trevor will play Brit Ryan Peniston (both scheduled for 10:30 a.m.).
  20. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    Reese Stalder is currently playing Isaiah Strode at Wichita on Court 4 and trails 4-5 in the first set. He really needs to win at least one match in the main draw to earn his first ever ATP points and achieve a ranking.
  21. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    Reese Stalder beat Rollins yesterday 6-3, 7-6 and advanced to the main draw at the Wichita Futures tourney - Reese keeps winning his qualies but hasn't won any main draw matches as yet. Today or tomorrow, he'll face Isaiah Strode in the opening round (of 32). Also at Wichita, Trevor Johnson won this morning 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in his opening round match against 8th seeded Evan Zhu and has advanced to the Round of 16. In doubles, though, Trevor and his partner Alexander Cozbinov are getting killed by the Boyer Brothers (Toby and Dusty). Like Rybo, Stalder's choice of doubles partner is questionable - last week, in Tulsa, Reese teamed with Will Little, a notorious Baylor player. Little dumped him though this week (or maybe it was the other way round) and Reese isn't playing doubles at Wichita.
  22. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    Meanwhile, Alex Rybakov apparently decided to skip the Pittsburgh tourney but his ATP ranking has now jumped up to #488 in singles, a career high. Trevor Johnson made the quarters at Tulsa in singles and the finals in doubles and his ATP rankings are now #929 in singles and #878 in doubles. Trevor is into the main draw at Wichita and won't have to qualify this week. Reese Stalder is also at Wichita and has won his first two qualies and is scheduled to play Pierce Rollins later today. Nick Chappell hasn't played since Calgary, but his rankings are now #981 in singles and #506 in doubles. And Jerry Lopez played at Kelowna (in Canada) and lost his first round in both singles and doubles. His rankings are now #753 and #1274. Neither Alastair Gray nor Bertus Kruger have played as yet this summer - they're both still recovering from their injuries.
  23. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    Into the 4th set. They should get this one in easily before darkness, but if Cam can win it, it'll be iffy if they can finish a 5-setter. Cam gets the break in the opening game! 1-0! He needed that. (Nope - Cam was serving. My bad). Not too many matches still playing - maybe ESPN will switch to Norrie-Bedene (like on Norrie Hill). Major delay - not sure why. 2-1 now. 2-all. Still even on serve. This has been an even match - Norrie (#79) and Bedene (#71) is probably why. 2-3. Cam is broken and things are looking bleak. 2-4. Cam loses at love. 3-4. 3-5. The fat lady is warming up. Cam needs to hold and then break. 4-5. Cam holds but he desperately needs a break. Cam falls 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-7 (4-7), 4-6 and loses in the first round (again) at Wimbledon. Tough loss. But he won his first set ever there and the grass season is now over for him and he's much better on hard courts.
  24. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    Shadows start to become a factor as the 3rd set commences. 0-1. Norrie and Bedene hold serve continuously. 4-all in the 3rd. 4-5. 5-all as Cam barely holds. 5-6. The pressure is on. 6-all as Cam holds easily. Into a 3rd set breaker. The BBC is showing Norrie-Bedene on the big screen on Norrie Hill (formerly Henman Hill, then Murray Hill). But Cam falls 4-7 (again) in the breaker. Bedene now leads 2 sets to 1.
  25. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    5-4 as Cam holds! It's on Court 14 and available on the ESPN+ app. (But ESPN is mostly showing Wavro v. Dmitrov on Centre Court). The Camster gets the break and takes the first set 6-4!! 2-all in the 2nd. 3-2. Cam is playing well. (Meanwhile, Wawrinka is upsetting Dmitrov - and Dmitrov is the top seed in Cam's bracket). 3-all. Cam had 2 break chances but couldn't convert. Wavro beats Dmitrov (the #6 seed). 3-4. Cam gets broken. (sigh). But Cam breaks back! 4-all! 5-4. 5-all. 5-6. Cam falls behind 15-40, saves one break point, but not the next. 6-all! Cam breaks back again! Into a tie-break! Bedene evens the match by taking the breaker 7-4. One set apiece.
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