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This year's season schedule has been released and a new school year has started, so that means it's time for a new TCU Tennis thread!  Thanks to all who participate in this thread because it makes this forum and this thread the best place to follow Frog tennis news on the web.  Last year was successful, but it would have been more successful if we had been able to beat the Fighting Illini - our new Nemesis - who we lost to in both the regular season and in the NCAA's in the Round of 16.  But TCU did win its 3rd consecutive Big12 regular season championship and will be defending our back-to-back-to-back record this year.  The season was especially impressive because we were Norrie-less, as Cam (the #1 rated player in 2017) departed to be a full-time pro and made the most impressive debut for any college player in the pros in decades by storming all the way to ATP #66 (a CH) in less than a year.  We had also lost Jerry Lopez, a Davis Cupper for Mexico, who has been having success on the Futures tour.  Cam, Jerry and Nick Chappell have now been joined on the pro tour by departing seniors Trevor Johnson and Guillermo Nunez, who got some clutch W's for the Frogs over the past 4 years.  But we've got some talent coming back; including Alex Rybakov (who recently confirmed that he has more "work to do" in college), Alastair Gray (who will be returning from injury), Reese Stalder (who earned his first ever ATP points this summer), Bertus Kruger (also returning from an injury), Eduardo Roldan, Max Kurzban (who, with Rybo, won the ITA Summer Championships in doubles) and Alex McNeel.  In addition, there might be Juan Martin as a wild card (who redshirted last year) and Sander Jong (an incoming freshman).  And, we'll be watching Jenson Brooksby too, who is a recruit for 2019 and just won at Kalamazoo and made his U.S. Open debut.  TCU is definitely a "tennis school" with lots of interesting things happening for former Frogs, current Frogs and future Frogs.

 

This year, our first event will be  the Atlantic Tire Championships in Cary, North Carolina between 9/8 and 9/15.  (Boston Frog will be disappointed to hear that we are not going to Newport this year to play on the grass at the Hall of Fame like we've done for two years - his detailed in-person write-ups will always be remembered for their stellar quality and thorough comprehensiveness).  Some of the team will also play at the Midland Invitational (9/14-9/16) like we did last year.  Then, it's off to California for the Laguna Niguel Futures tourney from 9/15  to 9/23 for most of the team and then the Battle in the Bay Classic in San Francisco against some top west-coast teams like last year.  Much of the team will then compete in the Los Cab Futures tourney in Fountain Valley between 9/22 and 9/30.  The ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa will be from 9/29-10/7 - Rybo and Kurzban have already automatically qualified because of their ITA Summer Championship.  But Rybo may miss that (like last year) because the Stockton ATP Challenger will be played simultaneously.  From 10/6-10/14, the annual Houston Futures tourney will be played and many Frogs will compete there.  But Rybo may be at the Fairfield Challenger that week instead of Houston.  The ITA Texas Regionals will be in Waco on 10/19-10/22 and the Las Vegas Open will be the week after that (last year, Cam and Facundo hosted a bunch of Frogs).  Futures tourneys in Waco and Birmingham and Challengers in Charlottesville and Knoxville follow and Futures tourneys in Niceville and Norman and Challengers in Champaign and Houston after that.  They might be interrupted if anyone qualifies for the ITA Nationals between 11/8 and 11/11.  Then, something called the "Hidden Duel" will be held in Cancun and the team will get a short Mexican trip for whatever that is.  All in, a busy fall.

 

But, perhaps, the Spring season is more important.  The Frogs will open up 1/18 at Tulsa, and then will host Loyola Marymount at home on 1/26.  Then, the ITA Kickoff will be at Ft. Worth and TCU will host either Oklahoma State or Arizona State (and will advance if we win).  Then, home matches against Wichita State and Florida on 2/8 and 2/10 followed by the ITA Indoor Nationals in CHICAGO(!!!)  if we win our regional (which we haven't the last two years (thanks to Utah State and San Diego)).  Then, we're at Tulane and at USF on 2/24 and 2/26 and we'll next host Rice and, uh, Illinois on 3/2 and 3/3.  We'll visit UTA in Arlington and Tennessee in Knoxville before returning home for a 5-match home stand against Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, Columbia, Arizona State and SMU throughout March.  Big 12 play then starts on 3/29 at Baylor, we then host Tech on 3/31, Texas on 4/6, A&M on 4/8 and we close out the regular season at OU on 4/12 and OSU on 4/14.  The Big12 Championships will be in Kansas City starting 4/18 and the NCAA's, with the new regional super-regional and finals (at Lake Nona) following that if we qualify (we better!).

 

It looks like a tough slate, with multiple ranked teams.  We'll certainly miss TJ and Guillermo but we've still got some talent.  Hopefully, we'll win the NCAA's.    

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The Aussie that Jenson Brooksby lost to in the first round of the U.S. Open - John Millman - just beat Federer last night and advanced to the quarters.  However, he had something more important on his mind - he had to get up early (7:00 a.m.) to participate in a Fantasy Draft with his Aussie mates (he picked LaVeon Bell).

 

There is a good reason to root for Sloane Stephens to repeat as champion  - her brother John Stephens Jr. plays football for the Frogs.

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5 minutes ago, Jared said:

The Aussie that Jenson Brooksby lost to in the first round of the U.S. Open - John Millman - just beat Federer last night and advanced to the quarters.  

I heard that on the radio this morning and thought the name sounded familiar 

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For those that are still awake, Rafa and Thiem are currently starting the 5th set at just about 1:00 a.m. in NY in what is one of the best matches I've seen all year on ESPN.  With a day off tomorrow for me, a little late night championship caliber tennis!

 

Rafa takes it 7-6 in the 5th.  Best match of the year, by far!!

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While we've distracted by the US Open, Nick Chappell made it through the qualies to the main draw at the Futures tournament in Niagara, Canada. His first-round opponent, Alexios Halebian, retired at 4-4 in their first set today, so Nick moves on to face Canadian David Volfson, who plays for Cornell, in the round of 16 tomorrow.

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1 hour ago, FractalFrog said:

While we've distracted by the US Open, Nick Chappell made it through the qualies to the main draw at the Futures tournament in Niagara, Canada. His first-round opponent, Alexios Halebian, retired at 4-4 in their first set today, so Nick moves on to face Canadian David Volfson, who plays for Cornell, in the round of 16 tomorrow.

Yeah, the U.S. Open has been a major distraction and I wasn't even looking up Futures tourneys during its tenure - good catch on Chappell!  Volfson has an ATP ranking of #1186 and he just beat Aggie Jordi Arconada in the Round of 32.  Also lurking at Niagara is famed Aggie villain A.J. Catanzariti  - also in the Round of 16 tomorrow.  Nick had to win 3 qualie matches, so he's hot in singles.  Hopefully, he'll do well enough to raise his current ranking of  #947. 

 

After Rafa-Thiem last night, Rafa v. Joker is likely to be a barn-burner at Flushing Meadows.  It's too bad that Cam didn't make it deeper - he had a good draw and could have gone further, imho.

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Chappell v. Volfson has started in Niagara and Nick is ahead 3-1, up a break in the first set.

 

4-1!  Nick gets another break!

5-1.  Nick has only earned $3,014 this year so far - if he goes deep, he could more than double that this week.

5-2.  Ouch!  Nick gets it to set point, but then falls.  Still up 2 breaks though.

6-2!  Nick serves it out to take the first set.

 

1-1 in the 2nd.  Volfson playing better.

1-2.

1-3.  Volfson gets a break.  (sigh)  This might be more difficult than first thought.

1-4.  Nick gets a break point, but can't convert.

2-4.  Chappell holds (barely) after 3 break points for Volfson.

3-4!!  Nick gets the break in the longest game of the match!

4-all!  Nick fights back from 15-40 to hold.

4-5.

4-6.  (sigh).  Volfson breaks to take the 2nd set.  1-1 now.  On to the third set for a ticket to the quarters.

 

3-1 in the 3rd set.  Nick is up a break!

4-1!!  Chappell now up two breaks!  Looking good!

5-1.  Nick holds and is one game away from the quarters.

5-2. Nick got one match point, but Volfson fights back and holds.  Chappell will now serve for the match.

 

Nick Chappell wins the match 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 and advances to the quarters at Niagara!

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Unfortunately, Nick Chappell's streak of 5 consecutive match W's ended yesterday in the quarters at Niagara with a 3-6, 4-6 L to Alejandro Gomez, from Columbia.  Still, making the quarters is a good tourney for Nick because it means more ATP points, which will help his ranking.

 

The Frogs will be in Cary, North Carolina this weekend for the first team action of the fall at the Atlantic Tire Championships.

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The Atlantic Tire Championships are a Challenger level ATP event, which means that only Alex Rybakov will be competing for the Frogs.  He's in the qualifying rounds and has just started his first round qualie match against Blaine Boyden, a Tarheel, who currently has no ATP ranking (he last played a pro event in 2017 and his points have rolled off).  Rybo has started off hot and leads 4-0 in the first set.

 

5-1.

Alex takes the first set 6-1!  Last year, Cam Norrie lost in the finals in this event.

 

0-1 in the 2nd set.  They're playing on Center Court at Cary, which, if it's anything like Winnetka, means several hundred spectators (probably pulling for the local fave).

1-all as Rybo holds.

1-2.  Alex's current ATP ranking is #524.

2-all.

3-2!  Rybo gets the break!  He's earned $11,315 so far this year.

4-2.  Alex holds.  His career earnings are $32,342.

4-3.

5-3.  One more game and the Tarheel goes down.

Rybakovsky gets the break and wins the match 6-1, 6-3 and advances to the 2nd round of the qualies at Cary!

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Cam Norrie is headed to Glasgow for practice in advance of this weekend's Davis Cup match against Uzbekistan.  Andy Murray has been playing after hip surgery, but is still in recovery mode, so Cam and Kyle Edmund are expected to be the Brits' singles players.  Cam may not know the words to Loch Lomond or the Proclaimers and he may not have ever been to a Glasgow Rangers match and he may not like haggis and he may not refer to lorries or putting things in the booty and he might actually think Mel Gibson knows something about Scottish history, but the Glasgow media is clearly taking to him and are referring to him as the "kilted Kiwi" this week.  His Dad is going to be there and has promised to take him on a tour of all the highlights of "home."

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Kyle Edmund will also miss out on the Davis Cup tie in Glasgow due to injury, so Cam and Dan Evans will be the singles players for the Brits (Evans returns to the team for the first time since testing positive for cocaine in 2017).  So, there'll be a lot of pressure on the Camster to keep Team GB in the World Group.  He arrived in Glasgow last night and was on the practice courts this morning - it'll be indoors and on a hard surface.  The Uzbeks aren't very good, but losing Murray AND Edmund is not good news.

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The Oracle ITA Preseason Singles rankings were released today and the Frogs are well represented in the early season hype.  Alex Rybakov is ranked 10th, Alastair Gray is ranked 37th and Reese Stalder is ranked 99th.  Also, Sander Jong is ranked 9th in the Newcomer category.  Team rankings won't come out for some time.  The problem with these rankings is that they reflect college events only and will only decline all fall if the guys just play pro events, so they probably won't be nearly so high when next updated prior to the Spring season.  Nonetheless, it's good to get some early preseason hype.

 

Also, in looking at the now-updated TCU roster on gofrogs, we apparently have a new player - Luc Fomba, a 6'4" freshman from France (in addition to Sander Jong).  I don't know much about him, but he's 19 years old, has a CH of #1370 in ATP rankings and has played a few Futures tourneys in France and Tunisia.  Also, Juan Martin is listed on the roster as well, so the entire roster consists of Rybakov, Gray, Stalder, Kruger, Roldan, Kurzban, Martin, Jong and Fomba.  (Alex McNeel is no longer listed).

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Nick Chappell reached the quarterfinals in singles today at the Toronto Futures tournament by upsetting aggie Jordi Arconada, 6-2, 6-0. He and Charlie Emhardt (Valpo) also reached the semis in doubles. Thursday's singles opponent is Felix Corwin (Minnesota). Tomorrow's doubles opponent:  Felix Corwin and  Niki Takuto. 

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Nick was born in Toronto (although he's an American now).  He's been playing good singles in Canada the last two weeks.  His ATP ranking has slipped to #1097 - these last two tourneys will help it move back up.  His match against Corwin (the Golden Gopher) will be starting shortly.

 

They've started and it's 3-all in the first set.

4-3.  Even on serve.  Nick had been up a break at 3-1.

5-3!  Nick gets another break and will serve for the set.  Corwin is ranked #1388.

6-3!  Chappell takes the first set despite falling behind 15-40 early.

 

1-0!  Nick gets a break in the first game of the 2nd set!  Where has this been?  He wallops the Aggie and is (so far) handily beating the Gopher.

2-0.  Chappell takes it at love!  Cam Norrie will face Denis Istomin from Uzbekistan in tomorrow's singles at Glasgow - the last of the old-style Davis Cup ties.

2-1.  Corwin wakes up.  Cam's Dad is totally jetlagged.  The U.S. will be facing Croatia in the semifinals while the Brits fight to stay in the World Group.

3-1.  Yesterday, Cam got "goosebumps" as thousands of Glaswegian kids cheered he and Evans running onto the practice courts.

3-2.  The Scots just can't help but marveling at the strange way their homeboy talks.

4-2.  Another love game hold for Nick.

4-3.  Nick gets two break points but can't convert.

5-3.  Yet another love game hold for the Frog.

 

Nick Chappell breaks yet again and advances to the semi-finals at Toronto with a 6-3, 6-3 W over Corwin!

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Nick Chappell lost his doubles match today 7-5, 6-7, 7-10 in Toronto, so all he has left is the singles match tomorrow in the semis against Harrison Adams, a former Crimson Tide player who is ranked #409.

 

Instead of Denis Istomin, Cam Norrie will play Jurabek Karimov in Glasgow tomorrow; he's a young Uzbek (ATP #434) who made the finals of the Aussie Open juniors tourney last winter.

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Chappell v. Adams in the semis at Toronto has just started and it's 2-all in the 1st set.  Nick lost the first 2 games, but has broken back to even it. 

2-3.

3-all.  A struggle.  Sofascore shows Adams with an updated ATP rank of #721, so Chappell is a decided underdog.

3-4.  Adams wins his serve easily.

4-all.  Whew.  Long game w/ multiple break points.

5-4!!  Nick gets the late break!

Evans-Istomin in Glasgow is 5-all in the 5th.  Cam up next.

6-4!  Nick takes the first set!

 

The U.S. drops the first 2 matches against Croatia and is in trouble in the Davis Cup semis.

0-1 for Nick in the 2nd.

1-all.  Nick wins at love.

2-all.

3-2!  Nick gets the key break!

4-2.  Looking good!

5-3.  Nick holds at love.

5-4.  Adams saved 2 match points.  Nick will serve for the match now.

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Nick Chappell advances to the finals at Toronto with a 6-4, 6-4 W over Harrison Adams, formerly of Bama!  Cam Norrie has just started in Glasgow with his match against Karimov and leads 2-0 in the first set of a potential 5-setter.

 

4-0!  Cam looks dominating!  The Tennis Channel is showing France v. Spain in the semis, but cut away briefly to Glasgow.

5-0!  Dan Evans won a grueling 5-setter against Istomin (7-5 in the 5th) earlier, so Cam is going for a 2-0 Brit lead.

6-0!  Cam enjoys an Uzbek bagel.  The entire set lasted just 19 minutes.

 

0-1.  Karimov wins a game.  WTF??!!

0-2.  Cam broken at love (sigh).  Major momentum shift.  This may not be so easy after all.

1-2.  Cam breaks right back at love.  Someone made him mad.

1-3.  arrgh!  Cam's Dad is at the match - he decided not to go see the Glasgow Rangers, his favorite football team.

2-3.  This is one weird set - no one wants to hold their serve.  Bautista Agut-Pouille is into the 5th set (Cam has played both).

3-all.  Cam holds to even it up on serve.

Pouille takes the 5th set from Bautista-Agut and France (the defending champs) take a 2-0 lead over Espana.

4-3!  The Camster breaks at love!  Things return to normal.

5-3!  Another love game.  This Karimov guy is streaky.

5-4.

5-all.  Cam broken again and it's back to even on serve.

6-5! Cam breaks back (again).  He'll serve to take a 2-set lead.

7-5!!  Cam is up 2 sets!  On to the third set in the Davis Cup!

 

3-1 in the 3rd set.

3-2 as Karimov holds.  Cam has earned $466,007 so far this year.  His current ATP rank is #70.

4-2.  Cam holds and seems in control of the match.

4-3.  Cam gets it to a breaker but can't convert.

4-all.   (sigh).

4-5.  C'mon Cam!

5-all.  Whew!

5-6.  Karimov holds at love.

6-all!  Into a tie-break!

 

Unfortunately, I've got to go, so I'll miss the end of this.  Maybe someone will post the result later...

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