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Cam is scheduled to play Gunneswaran at 7:00 p.m. at Cabo San Lucas.  Rybakov will be playing 8th seeded Stefano Napolitano this afternoon at the first round of the main draw at Lexington - Stefano is a mixture of strawberry, vanilla and chocolate from Italy and he has an ATP ranking of #233.  And it turns out that Nick Chappell is in Lexington too - he lost his first round qualie to Strong Kirschheimer, the same guy that Rybo beat in his 2nd round qualie and Nick and Enzo Wallart lost in doubles this morning to Kaichi Ushida and Andy Harris (the ex-Sooner) in the Round of 16 7-5, 5-7 (6-10). 

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Unfortunately, Rybo lost to the Neopolitan mixture 3 and 4 in Lexington and has once again gone out in the first round of the main draw at a Challenger.  He did win 3 qualies this week though, so he's definitely getting good competition, but I like it when he wins.  But in Cabo, the Camster easily beat Gunneswaran 2 and 2 and has advanced to the Round of 16 tomorrow where he will face 8th seeded Feliciano Lopez, who is yet another extremely talented Spanish player, whose current ATP ranking is #69.  It'll be an even match manana en Cabo en el Estadio Pegaso.  Viva Cam!

 

And looking ahead, both Nick Chappell and Trevor Johnson are on the acceptance list for next week's Futures event in Edwardsville, Illinois.

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Here's an update on rankings and money earned for some of our favorite Frog tennis players:

 

Cam Norrie - currently ranked #74th; this year's earnings $334,222; career earnings $633,811

Alex Rybakov - currently ranked #523; this year's earnings $10,535; career earnings $31,562

Nick Chappell - currently ranked #936 (#494 in doubles); this year's earnings $2,131; career earnings $28,968

Trevor Johnson - currently ranked #669; this year's earnings $1,260; career earnings $6,636

Reese Stalder - currently ranked #1322(!); this year's earnings $990; career earnings $1,634

 

Also, here's some fun facts about Cam Norrie: (1) he started playing as a righty and was terrible and at age 7, his first coach switched him and, because he's left-handed, he got better quickly; (2) his first "pinch me - it's real" moment came last year at Eastbourne, when he played Gael Monfils on Centre Court; (3) he was actually recognized by fans off-court for the first time this year at Paris - he had just lost to Lucas Pouille at Lyon and was wandering around Paris a day or so later and two kids (one with a tennis bag) came up to him and asked "aren't you Norrie"? and he was flabbergasted that anyone knew him; (4) his first celebrity crush was on Cameron Diaz because they share the same name; and (5) he loves dogs and still has two - Tess and Lulu - but they live in NZ and he sees them only when he goes home each "summer" (December) to Auckland.

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Cam easily beat Lopez tonight at Cabo 3 and 3 and is now into the quarters against Adrian Mannarino, a French player who lives in Malta and is currently ranked #25, so Cam won't be favored.  Mannarino was one of Federer's victims at Wimbledon.

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The Norrie-Mannarino match is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. (CDT) in Cabo (el abierto de tenis Mifel 2018).  But the good news is that it will be on TV live if you get the BEIN channel (which I do!).  So Cam will be on international TV live tonight.  Hope he does well! 

 

Update - re-scheduled for 8:40.

 

Crap!  They're showing the other quarter-finals!:angry:  They will show both semis tomorrow, so Cam needs to win to make it to the tube.

 

In any event, Cam is up 6-4, 3-2 over Mannarino!

3-all, 2nd set.

4-3!!  Cam gets the break!!

5-3.  Just needs 1 more game and he's into the semis.

5-4.  Mannarino holds.

Cam will serve for the match.

40-love!  Triple match point!

Norrie wins the match and advances to the semis!!  I'm not sure who he'll play - maybe Juan Martin del Potro.

 

Nope, Cam will face Fabio Fognini in tomorrow's semi-final (del Potro is in the other semi).  Fognini is an Italian and is ranked 15th in the world - it would be a monstrous upset if Cam were to win.  But this one will be live on BEIN tomorrow night.

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How much of a bump in the rankings will this win over #25 give Cam do you think, Jared? That's huge for him!

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16 hours ago, PurpleDawg said:

How much of a bump in the rankings will this win over #25 give Cam do you think, Jared? That's huge for him!

Your guess is as good as mine.  There are lots of factors underlying ATP rankings and it would take a genius like Boston Frog (combined with the statistical acumen of Duquesne Frog together with the Canadian wizardry of Newfie and the tennis wisdom of Fractal) to be able to explain them all to laypeople like us.  Basically, you get the most points based on how deep you go in a given tourney - champs get a ton; finalists get a lot; semifinalists get a bunch, quarterfinalists some; and so on.  The tourneys themselves are ranked - Slams get the most; ATP1000's next, then ATP500's , ATP250's, Challengers and then Futures.  You get more points for higher ranked tourneys.  Then, there's the whole one-year rolling rankings thing; all points are valid for only a year and then they're gone. So a lot depends on how the players around Cam are doing and when they got their points.  Cam currently has an advantage because he only turned full-time pro a little more than a year ago, but he'll lose that advantage soon.  Then, there are factors built in for who the opponent is that you beat, so W's over Top 10, Top 25, Top 50, Top 100 etc... do get points.  Making semis (as Cam has now done at Lyon, Atlanta and Cabo) really helps, but if Cam is to keep moving up, he's gonna need to make the finals and get a W or two.  Plus, he's been playing the "off" tourney most weeks - like last week, he was at Atlanta while most of the top players were at Hamburg; this week, he's at Cabo while most of the top guys are at the Citi Open in D.C.  A lot depends on how Facundo and Cam set his schedule and they've been pretty savvy about it so far.  We'll see - I'm guessing mid-50's.  But if he somehow could win at Cabo, the sky's the limit.

 

Rybo is on the acceptance list for the next Challenger at Aptos, but he's kind of low because it's getting a really tough draw, so he might not be high enough even to make the qualies.  (Aptos is where Cam really made his first breakthrough).  Nick and Trevor are currently scheduled for Edwardsvile.

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Cam v. Fabio is now on live TV on BEIN.  That channel is available in both English and Spanish, but for some reason, my English version has a frozen screen shot of some boxing match on FusionTV, so estoy mirando la version de espanol.  I just turned it on and it was tied 4-all, even on serve, but then Cam hit a great approach and Fabio launched the best top spin lob you can imagine and Cam got broke and then lost the first set 4-6 (yes, he threw a racquet).

 

Cero-cero secundo set.

Cero-uno.  Que lastima!!  Cam esta frustrada.

Cam went skydiving a few days ago and didn't bother to tell his mom until he landed safely on the beach.

Cam has shaved his beard, and like Samson, his strength appears gone.

Cero-dos.  No me gusta.  Fabio is toying with the Camster.

Uno-dos.  Cam solstine su servicio.

Uno-tres. 

Uno-quatro.  Dos doble faltas para Cam.  No bueno.

Uno-cinco.  Cam es terrible in esta set.  La mujer gorda esta cantando.

Dos-cinco.  No esta muerto ya.  Pero...

Fabio gano facilmente quatro y dos.  Cam falls in the semis (again).

 

Dial back that mid-50's prediction to mid 60's.  Norrie looked bad and Fabio looked great.  Plus, Cam was wearing some weird knee brace...  I'm concerned.

 

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Alex made the qualies at Aptos!  He plays today in the first round (of the qualies) against Ruan Roelofse, from the RSA.

 

And he won the first qualie against the Boer 6-3, 7-6.  And the 2nd qualie will be against Luke Saville, an Aussie who is currently ranked #485 (but he has a CH ranking of #154), so it'll be a tough match.  Saville got a bye min the first round of the qualies, so it will also be today, at 5:50 p.m. (CDT).  Two matches in one day in the qualies is just another part of the grind for young players.

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Rybo v. Saville Row at Aptos has begun and Alex lost the first set 6-4.  Alexandrovich leads 2-1 in the 2nd against the sartorially resplendent Aussie.

 

2-all.  Rybo nearly got that break, but not to be.

3-2.

3-all.  Still even on serve.

4-3.

YESS!!!  Rybo gets the key break!  5-3!

:(  Saville breaks back...  5-4.

5-all.

Alex holds!  6-5.

6-all.  Into the breaker on Court 5 at Aptos!

Now that's what I'm talking about!  Rybo takes the breaker 7-6 and takes it into a 3rd and deciding set!

 

0-1.  Luke uses the Force to hold serve. 

Love-2.  :angry: 

Love-3.  C'mon Rybo!

0-4.  La mujer gorda is warming up...

Alex retires.  I hope he's not hurt.

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On 8/3/2018 at 2:02 AM, PurpleDawg said:

How much of a bump in the rankings will this win over #25 give Cam do you think, Jared? That's huge for him!

Cam Norrie is now ranked #67.  Alex Rybakov is #517.

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18 minutes ago, Jared said:

Cam Norrie is now ranked #67.  Alex Rybakov is #517.

Not enough of a bump for CamFrog.

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Nick Chappell and Trevor Johnson are on opposite sides of the net in the main doubles draw at the Edwardsville (Illinois) Futures. Nick and partner Julian Bradley (Ireland) are the 2-seed and took the first set 6-1. Trevor and Alex Knight (University of Michigan) are already down a break, 1-2, in the second set.

 

Nick and Trevor are both competing in the main singles tounament as well, but today's singles matches were canceled.

 

And, for the record, I'm no tennis expert. I got hooked on TCU tennis when I went to see them at the NCAA tournament in Athens, GA, in 2000, and now I have time in the summer to Google stuff.

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49 minutes ago, FractalFrog said:

Nick Chappell and Trevor Johnson are on opposite sides of the net in the main doubles draw at the Edwardsville (Illinois) Futures. Nick and partner Julian Bradley (Ireland) are the 2-seed and took the first set 6-1. Trevor and Alex Knight (University of Michigan) are already down a break, 1-2, in the second set.

 

Nick and Trevor are both competing in the main singles tounament as well, but today's singles matches were canceled.

 

And, for the record, I'm no tennis expert. I got hooked on TCU tennis when I went to see them at the NCAA tournament in Athens, GA, in 2000, and now I have time in the summer to Google stuff.

Yeah, it's been raining all day throughout Illinois and I'm surprised that they're getting the doubles in.  In singles, Trevor is scheduled to play Sebastien Boltz (ATP#523, but with a CH of #276), a Frenchman vet and Nick is scheduled to play Aziz Dougaz, a Tunisian who plays for Florida State (ATP#499 - his CH) - probably tomorrow in the Round of 32.  Why can't Nick and Trevor play together??!!

 

Wow - Trevor and Knight came back to win it; 7-6 (8-6) in the 2nd and 10-5 in the super-breaker.

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Trevor v. Sebastien Boltz is underway at Edwardsville.  TJ won the first set 6-4, but lost the 2nd set 2-6 and he is currently trailing in the 3rd set 0-2.  Trevor's game is streaky though, so he could mount a comeback (like yesterday in doubles).

 

Nope - TJ falls 6-4, 2-6, 3-6.  Nick Chappell plays later.

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On 8/6/2018 at 11:56 AM, PurpleDawg said:

Not enough of a bump for CamFrog.

Well, it is a career high, and his rise through the rankings has been epic - no college player for over a decade has done so well.  He's not at Toronto this week, an ATP1000 event.

 

I haven't as yet got into the habit of looking up the results for Sander Jong, the new Frog recruit scheduled to arrive this fall, but I did today.  He's still 18 so he's still playing the Juniors tourneys and 2 weeks ago, he played at the ITF Ockel Tournament Leewenbergh at the Hague (he's Dutch), and although he lost in the first round in singles, he won the doubles tourney (with Alex Deckers) and moved up to a combined 203 points in doubles (yeah, like I know how the juniors points system works).  The point being that he appears to be a doubles specialist, which the Frogs always need.  No results this summer for Alastair Gray, Bertus Kruger, Eduardo Roldan, Max Kurzban or Alex McNeel (or Guillermo Nunez) - the first two are recovering from injury.  Reese Stalder did indeed get his first ATP points by making the quarters at Wichita and he is now ranked for the first time ever at #1525.  Assuming Rybo returns, I'm guessing our line-up next year will be Rybakov, Gray, Stalder, Kruger, Roldan and Kurzban, with McNeel and Jong as back-ups/doubles players.

 

The next Futures tourney in the U.S. is in "Boston" (although it'll be played at the Harvard campus, which I always thought was in Cambridge).  Luckily, our Boston-area correspondent will be available to provide live coverage.  No Frogs are currently on the acceptance list, though.

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Nick Chappell beat Aziz Dougaz 4 and 4 yesterday and has advanced to the Round of 16 at Edwardsville where he will play Nicolas Alvarez later today.  But Trevor Johnson/Alex Knight lost in doubles to Zhu/Meister 4 and 2 in the Round of 16.  So, Nick is still alive, but not Trevor.

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4 hours ago, PurpleDawg said:

Go Nick!

Unfortunately, Nick isn't the greatest singles player and he lost 2 and 4 to Alvarez today.

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1 hour ago, Jared said:

Unfortunately, Nick isn't the greatest singles player and he lost 2 and 4 to Alvarez today.

All right. I'm going to have to stop openly cheering for the tennis guys in this thread. They never play well when I do.

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Despite his rapid rise through the rankings, Cam Norrie still doesn't have a high enough ranking to guarantee himself a spot in the main draw of the top rated 32-player tourneys that attract quality fields.  This was probably why he didn't go to Toronto this week and why he also has had to enter the qualies to attempt to make the main draw at Cincinnati next week.  The U.S. Open is about to start and all of the top guys are now in the U.S. preparing for it and Cincinnati has a very powerful draw.  So Cam is in the Cincinnati qualies and will today play Marius Copil, a Romanian with a #91 ranking (at 2:20) to try and advance further.  Cam is certainly hoping that PD will openly cheer for him today, but it looks like that might not be the case.  Cam's ranking is high enough to get him into the main draw at Flushing Meadows though.

 

Similarly, Alex Rybakov's ranking is not quite high enough to automatically get him into the next Challenger - at Vancouver - and maybe not high enough to even get him into the qualies.  And neither Nick, Trevor not Reese have entered the next Futures tourney in Boston.  If Alex does get in at Vancouver and a Frog shows up in Boston, we are counting on our Pacific Northwest and Boston area correspondents to cover those tourneys extensively.

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I will definitely cheer openly for CamFrog by wearing TCU duds today (as I do nearly every day), but I think I'm cursing him by doing so here. 😞

 

If it were a Vancouver, WA, tourney, I'd be there in a heartbeat. It's 20 minutes away. However, Vancouver BC is 8 hours away. Not that our tennis Frogs aren't worth the drive, though.

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Sadly, PD's abject refusal to root for Cam openly on this thread caused him to lose today to Marius Copil, from Transylvania, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6.  No joy in Cincinnati tonight...

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11 hours ago, Jared said:

Sadly, PD's abject refusal to root for Cam openly on this thread caused him to lose today to Marius Copil, from Transylvania, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6.  No joy in Cincinnati tonight...

So there's no curse!!! I can return to rooting for the Camster within the thread! Woot! Go, CamFrog, go!

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