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Sad news in Waco as Sander and Reese lose to the evil Longhorns Sigsgaard and Scott 6-4, 0-6, 5-10 in the semis of the ITA Texas Regionals.  But a chance for redemption will now occur as Bertus Kruger takes on Sigsgaard in singles - hopefully, Sigsgaard is tired out from the grueling doubles match.

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Not looking good for Kruger as he falls behind 1-5 in the first set.  It looks like Sigsgaard and Yuya Ito are going to close out the singles bracket for the Longhorns.

 

1-6.  Kruger loses the first set bigly.

1-0 in the 2nd.  Bertus wins his 2nd game.  At this point, it would be gigantic if he could come back and pull off the upset.

1-all.  Sigsgaard holds.

2-1.  This set is more competitive.

2-all.  Ali Gray v. Jonathan Chang will be starting shortly, also in Waco.  (Unfortunately, I've got to go to work in an hour...).

2-3.  Bertus broken at no-ad.  Ito blowing out SMU's Sarrio in the other semi.

2-4.  Fat lady warming up barring a stunning comeback.

2-5.

Kruger falls 1 and 2.  One would think that these results make the Longhorns the Big12 favorite, but then again, Rybo and Ali are/were playing pro tourneys and weren't there.

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And the Monday blues just keep on keeping on as Ali Gray lost to Jonathan Chang in the Waco Futures tourney 2-6, 6-0, 5-7 (4-7).  So much for our high hopes entering the weekend.  But it wasn't all bad.  In singles at the ITA Regionals, we were 7-3 in actual competition overall with our 3-7 players.  Rybo may have lost at the Vegas Challenger, but most college teams don't even have players that can actually qualify for Challengers.  And Ali hasn't played a Futures tourney since last January and is recovering from an injury and he still won 2 rounds.  We're getting quality competition, which is all you want in the autumn.  Hopefully, it'll pay dividends in the Spring.

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Weirdly, the Kiwi Camster lost in the qualies at Vienna but somehow got a lucky loser pass into the main draw yesterday where, of all people, he got a re-match against John Isner (the top-rated American who Cam beat earlier this year at Lyon) and the result was another epic battle which Cam ended up losing 7-6 (7-1), 4-6, 6-7 (7-9) to the giant with the "greatest serve ever" (according to John McEnroe).  What's frustrating is that Norrie had two match points in the deciding tiebreak.  So, the all-time rivalry between Norrie and Isner now stands at 1-all and the fans eagerly await the rubber match, hopefully at January's Aussie Open.  Cam's immediate goal is to finish the year ranked in the Top 100 which would automatically qualify him for next year's Slams without the necessity of qualifying (he's fallen to 85th and is desperately trying to hang on). 

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The Frogs will be receiving their rings for the 2018 Big12 championship today - with back-to-back-to-back titles, guys like Rybo and Reese are running out of fingers to wear them.  So far, based on the fall results, it looks like Texas will be the favorite entering the Spring so the Frogs will have their work cut out for them to repeat yet again.

 

Trevor Johnson, after 3 months off, is on the acceptance list for the Futures tourney in Niceville in a couple of weeks.

 

The ITF is well on their way to implementing the big changes for the 2019 tours for both men and women.  We discussed this a couple of years ago when they first made their announcement, but perhaps this will remind some about what's in store.  Starting in January, there will be a new tour level - the Transition Tour - as an entry level tour for tennis players wanting to go pro.  There will be fewer Future tour events, but they will offer a LOT more money (than the typical $10,000 to $25,000 purses currently offered).  The Transition Tour events won't pay any money, but players will earn points in a new ranking system - ITF World Points - that will earn them the ability to move up to higher ranked tourneys.  So, at the lower levels, players will have two rankings - the current ATP ranking and a new ITF World ranking.  The whole point of this new system is to try to ensure that approximately 750 players in both the ATP and WTA tours will earn enough money to make a living (rather than the current system where only the Top 200-300 do so).  This should help guys like Trevor Johnson, Nick Chappell and Jerry Lopez and Rybo (next year) actually make enough money to continue playing.  There are roughly 14,000 men players currently who enter tourneys each year but the money isn't distributed even remotely evenly (nor should it).  Next year's tourneys are being scheduled now and we'll see how the new system works.  It won't affect the ATP Tour hardly at all, but it will definitely affect Challengers, Futures and the new Transition Tour.  There'll probably be growing pains - we'll see.

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A quiet week for TCU tennis as I couldn't find anyone in action.  But Trevor Johnson will be playing at the Niceville Futures tourney later in the week and Bertus Kruger earned his first ever TCU Athlete of the Week award by making the semis last weekend at the ITA Regionals.  And the Frogs did have an open house for a meet and greet the team on 10/25 when they were awarded their Big12 championship rings.

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After a week off, the Frog tennis players are once again back in action.  Trevor Johnson opened up play in the Round of 32 at the Niceville Futures tourney with a W over Pierre Luquet (from France) 7-5, 2-6, 6-1.  Trevor is seeded 6th in the tourney and will next face Juan Alejandro Hernandez Serrano, from Mexico (supposedly) at 10:00 a.m.  Trevor is also in the doubles bracket, teaming with Patrick Kawka, and they also won in the Round of 16 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 and are now into the quarters to face Ian Dempster and Boria Arias tomorrow afternoon.  Serrano is ranked #1330 in the ATP rankings, so Trevor will be favored to make the quarters in singles too.

 

Both Trevor and Nick Chappell are on the acceptance list for next week's tourney in Norman.  Cam Norrie is now ranked 86th in the ATP, but is apparently not playing this week.  Alex Rybakov's good friend Tommy Paul won the Charlottesvile Challenger. 

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Trevor Johnson's Round of 16 match against Hernandez Serrano in Niceville has started and he barely won the first set 7-6 (7-2) but he now leads the 2nd set 4-love for a ticket to the quarters.

 

5-love!  The Trevor gets his third break of the set and now just needs to hold to advance!

6-love!  TJ fights back from 15-40 to take the match with a bagel!

 

On to the quarters!

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Trevor also won his doubles match this afternoon - teaming with Patrick Kawka, they beat the top-seeded team of Boris Arias and Ian Dempster 2-6, 6-3, 10-8 and have advanced to the semifinals at the Niceville Futures tournament.  So, Trevor has now made the quarters in singles and the semis in doubles, which continues his hot streak of the summer.  I'm not sure why he took three months off (money?), but it doesn't appear to have affected his level of play.  Tomorrow, in singles, TJ will be facing off against Fabrizio  Ornaga, an Italian with an ATP ranking of #355.  And in doubles, Trevor and Kawka will be playing Columbian Juan Manuel Benitez Chavariagga (a former Baylor Bear) and Argentine Alan Kohen.

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Johnson and Kawka won their semifinal doubles match today with ease over the former Baylor Bear's team love and 1 and they advanced to the finals in Niceville.  Then, they played the final against Julian Bradley and Justin Butsch soon thereafter and won the championship 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.  This is Trevor's first ever ITF Futures championship!

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It's not just Trevor Johnson and Nick Chappell who are on the acceptance list for the Norman Futures tourney - the list also includes Reese Stalder, Alastair Gray, Bertus Kruger and Jenson Brooksby.  Nick and Trevor are already into the main draw, but Ali is scheduled to play in the qualies today against Orel Ovil, an Israeli with an ATP ranking of #1634, Jenson is scheduled to play today against Joshua Goodjer, a Brit with a ranking of "NR," and Reese got a bye in the first qualie round.  Bertus is listed on the acceptance list but may not have had a high enough ranking to make the qualies because I can't find him on the order of play.  Alex Rybakov isn't there - perhaps he's not "slumming" at a mere Futures event and will either play at a Challenger or is studying - there's Challengers in Knoxville and Houston this week but Alex merely tweeted "Choose to be happy" today so I don't know what he's doing).  Cam is apparently taking the week off but he did tweet about Guillermo Nunez's venture again, which was apparently featured on a high-profile Latin American media site.  (Thankfully, Fabrizio Ornaga, the guy who cruised to the championship in Niceville after beating Trevor in the quarters, is scheduled to play at the Pensacola tourney).  Jenson Brooksby is also scheduled to play at the Columbus Futures tourney next week.

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Ali Gray beat Ovil 3 and 3 and has advanced to the 2nd round of qualifying where he will play Austin Williams tomorrow.  And Jenson Brooksby beat Goodger 7-5, 6-4 and has also advanced to the 2nd qualie round where he will play Pierce Rollins tomorrow.  And Reese Stalder will play Murkel Alejandro  Dellien Velasco in the 2nd qualie round as well.  And Trevor Johnson and Nick Chappell are already through to the main draw, so all 5 Frogs are still alive in Norman. 

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Weather is playing havoc with the Norman tourney (i.e., it's raining) and everything's moving indoors, so it's a big jumble with the schedule because there are fewer indoor courts and no one's getting warm-up/practice time, so who knows when everyone will play.  Brooksby was scheduled for 9:00 but that hasn't started and Gray was scheduled for 10:30 but that hasn't started either.  We'll see.

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Jenson Brooksby lost to Rollins 1-6, 6-7 (4-7) but there aren't any other results posted - I think the move indoors eliminated the live scoring capability.  Reese and Ali's results will be posted at some point (I hope).

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Finally!  The other results have been made available in Norman.  Alastair Gray beat Austin Williams 1 and love and has advanced to the 3rd qualie round where he will face Eric Hadigian (ATP#"NR") and Reese Stalder beat Murkel Dellien 6-2, 7-5 to advance and he will face Dragos Constantin Ignat (ATP#1072).  4 Frogs remain alive. 

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Reese Stalder started things out on Court 3 in Norman against Ignat and the score is currently 2-6, 7-5, 3-1, as the Red Widow has taken command in the later sets.  If he wins, he qualifies for the main draw along with Trevor Johnson and Nick Chappell.

 

4-1! Reese has earned $990 this season and $1634 in his (short) pro career.

4-2.  Ignat holds.  Reese is up a break and just needs to serve it out.

5-2!  Reese has an ATP ranking of 1361, with 3 ATP points.

5-3.  Reese can make the main draw if he holds serve now.

6-3!  On the third match point, Reese takes it and advances to the main draw in Norman with a 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 W!  Ali Gray next up!  Can 4 Frogs fill out the main draw of 32 at OU?

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Jenson (JT, according to Wiki) Brooksby is paired with Henry Craig (University of Denver alum) in the doubles tournament in Norman. They face Dubinski/Scaglia (of Oklahoma State) no earlier than 3:00 pm today. 

 

Nick Chappell and LSU alum Boris Arias are seeded second in the doubles tournament. I don't see them listed anywhere in today's order of play info. I assume they'll play tomorrow.

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1 hour ago, FractalFrog said:

Jenson (JT, according to Wiki) Brooksby is paired with Henry Craig (University of Denver alum) in the doubles tournament in Norman. They face Dubinski/Scaglia (of Oklahoma State) no earlier than 3:00 pm today. 

 

Nick Chappell and LSU alum Boris Arias are the seeded second in the doubles tournament. I don't see them listed anywhere in today's order of play info. I assume they'll play tomorrow.

Cool.  I hadn't even checked out the doubles pairings because so many Frogs are in the singles.

 

Ali Gray's match against Hadigian has just started.  Gray is serving first and just took a 1-love lead.

2-love!  Ali gets the early break!  He's been playing very well this week, in only his third pro tourney of the year.

3-love!  Looking good so far...

3-1.  Hadigian holds.  He, like "JT" Brooksby, is a JMG Tennis Academy guy and he's a Gonzaga (verbal) commit.

4-1.  Alastair's ATP points have rolled off and he's unranked but he has a CH of #986.

5-1!  Another break for Ali, from the U.K., who just reached a Brexit deal today with the EU, although it faces Cabinet and Parliament approval.

6-1!  Ali takes the first set easily.

 

1-0!  Ali gets the early break again!  Gray hasn't made a main draw since last November.

2-love!  Alastair holds.

3-love.  Yet another break as Gray is on a roll.

4-love.  Ali hasn't earned any money yet this year, but if he makes it to the quarters, he'll get some moola and an ATP ranking to boot.

4-1.  WTF??!!  Fire Roditi!

5-1.  Almost there.

5-2.  Ali had 1 match point but couldn't convert.  Now, he'll serve for the main draw.

6-2!!  Ali takes the match at love and wins 1 and 2.  4 Frogs into the main draw at Norman (Johnson; Chappell; Stalder; Gray).

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