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The Camster's first round match at the Italian Open will be against 29-year-old #57 Aussie John Millman in about an hour.  They've played once before (at the U.S. Open) and Millman won that match.  It's time for some payback for the Kiwi v. the Aussie!

 

And they're off - Millman is serving first.  You can follow live on sofascore.

Cam gets the early break!  1-0!

Ouch!  Millman breaks back and it's 1-all.  On the red clay, serving isn't so much of an advantage (apparently).

2-3.  Even on serve now.

2-4.:(  Cam gets broken again.

2-5.  Not looking good for the Camster...

3-5.  Cam holds and saves a set point.  One more chance for a break this set.

Millman takes the first set 6-3.  Norrie needs to step it up in the second set.

 

1-all in the 2nd.

2-1.

Cam gets a break!! 3-1!!

The tennis adage is that the "pros always break back" and Millman just did it.  3-2.

3-all.

4-3.

But Cam gets the break!!  5-3!

Cam saves two break points and takes the set 6-3!  All even now.

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Good God, I want us to beat Texas 

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2 minutes ago, Boston Frog said:

Good God, I want us to beat Texas 

It'll be epic, that's for sure!  I want to see CDMFC eat dirt!

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So it's on to the 3rd set between Norrie and Millman in Rome!

0-1 as Millman holds.

1-2.

2-all.

Cam gets the break at love and takes a 3-2 lead!

4-2!  All Cam needs now is to serve it out.

4-3.

5-3.

5-4.  Now all Cam needs is to hold one more time to advance.

Cam evens the all-time series with Millman with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win to advance to the 2nd round of the main draw at Rome!  

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3 hours ago, Jared said:

I want to see CDMFC eat dirt!

That's the main reason why 

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Cam Norrie will play #15 Borna Coric in Rome in the Round of 32 of the Italian Open in about an hour.  In their only H2H, Cam won, but he won't be favored today because Coric (Croatia) has been hot lately.

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Bobby Knight at collegetennistoday is predicting a 4-2 Texas W.  His main reasons include the UTR (Texas - 82.37; TCU 81.34), which, so far, has predicted the supers accurately (although UNC has a higher UTR than Ohio State and everyone is picking the Buckeyes to win the whole tourney).  Also, the H2H - TCU got the doubles point a few weeks ago and then got absolutely tooled in ALL of the singles matches.  Knight feels very confident that Ito, Telles and Scott will beat Gray, Stalder and Kruger and feels that our best shot is to take the doubles point and rely on Rybo beating Sigsgaard, Fomba beating Markes and Jong beating Banzer.  Personally, I thing Alastair has a good shot at taking Ito.  Knight said that our W over MSU was confidence-building and that observers should watch out for us.  In fact, he thinks all 8 teams have a legitimate shot at the title.  Only Wake, Virginia and Baylor have won previous championships, so there's a good chance that they'll be a new champ (especially because Wake and Virginia are playing each other).  In the bracket challenge, 83 entrants picked OSU to win the title, 31 picked Florida, 20 picked Texas, 19 picked Wake, 6 picked Baylor, 2 picked Virginia, 1 picked UNC and 1 picked TCU (guess who!?).  All the other picks have been eliminated.

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Well, Coric has started the match, but Norrie apparently isn't there, because Cam is down 0-3 early, down 2 breaks.

0-4 (at love).  This is about as bad as it could be.  Were Facundo and Cam out partying last night? 

1-4.  Cam gets on the board at love, but Coric might be cheesing.

1-5.
2-5.  Cam appears to have awakened but it's far too late for this set.

Norrie falls 2-6 in only 27 minutes.

 

1-love in the 2nd.  Cam's first lead.

1-all.

1-2.  Cam gets broken (sigh).

1-3.:(

1-4.  Yet another break...

1-5.  This is awful, abysmal and abominable.

2-5.

Cam falls 2-6, 2-6.  Thankfully, that's over...

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Tadeas Paroulek (ATP# 646) is playing this week in Praque in an ITF tourney there and he won his first round today over Colin Sinclair  (ATP #484) 6-2, 6-2 (the same score that Norrie lost to Coric by) and tomorrow he will face Patrick Rikl (ATP #538).

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Slam Tennis rates the Frogs as having a 22% chance of winning against Texas, which is the 2nd least close of the 4 quarters.  According to them, Baylor has a 45% chance to beat Florida (the winner of that one will face the winner of the Frogs-Longhorns), Virginia has a 36% chance of upsetting Wake and UNC has only a 14% chance of upsetting Ohio State.  Bobby Knight, however, is picking all the favorites except that he's picking North Carolina to beat Ohio State.

 

The teams have arrived in Orlando and have begun practicing at the USTA National Tennis Center at Lake Nona.

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Unfortunately, the Tennis Channel is only going to cover matches 3 and 4 today, so ours will only be available via streaming and livestats.  It's about to start and the line-ups will be the same as before.  Also, unfortunately, Tadeas Paroulek lost to Rikl earlier today in Prague - 2-6, 3-6.

 

And we're off!  Texas is serving first in all 3 doubles matches.  Rybo/Gray and Fomba/Jong got to no-ad but both lost.  Rybo/Gray 0-1; Stalder/Kruger 0-0; Fomba/Jong 0-1.

1-1; 0-0 (for some reason, Reese and Bertus are starting 10 minutes later); 1-1.

1-2; 1-2; 1-2 (all even on serve).

1-3 (sigh); 1-3 (sigh); 1-2.  Two key early breaks by Texas puts us in a hole.

1-4, 1-4, 2-3.  Things aren't looking so good...

2-4, 2-4, 3-all.  Virginia and Wake are tied at 1-1.

2-5; 2-5; 3-all.  And we won the doubles point a few weeks ago and then lost all 6 singles matches.

Fomba and Jong go up a break at #3 doubles - 4-3.  But we need a turnaround on one of the others to have a chance.

Rybakov and Gray fall 2-6.

Stalder/Kruger 3-5; Fomba/Jong 5-3.  We need both.

Stalder/Kruger fall 3-6.  It's Texas 1 TCU 0.

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Confidence is low as singles starts.  We'll need 4 of these and we didn't take any against them a few weeks ago.

 

And we're off!  Rybakov 1-0; Gray 1-all; Stalder 1-all; Kruger 0-2; Fomba 1-all; Jong 1-2.

Rybo 1-all; Gray 2-1; Stalder 1-2; Kruger 1-2 (but down a break); Fomba 2-1; Jong 1-2 (also down a break).

Rybo breaks!  3-1! Gray 3-2; Stalder 2-all; Kruger breaks back and it's 2-all; Fomba 3-2; Jong 2-3 (and still down a break).

Rybo 3-2; Gray 3-all; Stalder 2-3; Kruger 3-all; Fomba 3-all; Jong 2-4.

Wake leads Virginia 3-2 on the other courts, but the remaining 2 matches just went to the 3rd set in each.

Rybo 4-3 (still up a break); Gray 4-3; Stalder 4-3; Kruger 3-all; Fomba 4-3; Jong 3-4 (but down a break).

Woo hoo!  Bertus just got a break and it's 4-3!!  Rybo 5-3; Gray 4-3; Stalder 3-all; Fomba 4-3; Jong 3-5.

Jong falls 4-6.  Fomba broken and trails 4-5.  Gray broken and trails 4-5.  Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, the play was great@!

Rybo takes his 1st set over Sigsgaard 6-4!  But Fomba falls 4-6.

Gray breaks back 5-all.  Kruger 5-all.  Stalder 4-5 (just missing on a no-ad).  Now Stalder 5-all.

Wake beats Virginia on the back of Borna Gojo 4-2.

Rybo 0-1 in his 2nd; Gray 5-6 (broken again); Stalder 5-all; Kruger into a breaker at 6-all; Fomba 1-0 in his 2nd; Jong 0-2 in his 2nd.

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We keep losing no-ads.  Stalder had yet another break point at no-ad but couldn't convert.  Rybo 1-all; Gray 5-6; Stalder 5-6; Kruger 3-3 in his breaker; Fomba 1-0; Jong 0-2.

Alastair falls 5-7 after those late breaks.  That's 3 first sets lost and things are looking very bleak.

Bertus loses his breaker and that makes 4 first sets lost.  We're close, but not close enough.  Only a huge turnaround from a non-Rybo would do it.

Rybakov 1-2; Gray 0-0; Stalder into a first set breaker at 6-all; Kruger 0-0; Fomba 2-1; Jong 1-3 (and down a break).

Stalder loses his breaker 3-7 and that's 5 first sets lost.

So all 2nd sets now and we need comebacks in all but Rybo's.  Rybo 3-2 (up a break); Gray 1-2; Stalder 0-0; Kruger 0-1; Fomba 2-3; Jong 1-4.  Only a miracle...

Alex is doing well; everyone else is getting smashed.  Rybo 4-2; Gray 1-3; Stalder 0-1; Kruger 0-2; Fomba 2-3; Jong 1-5.

Alex 5-2 and about to close his match out; everyone else lost their first set and is down at least 1 break.

Rybo wins 6-4, 6-2 and it's TCU 1 Texas 1!

Jong falls 4 and 2 and it's TCU 1 Texas 2.

Kruger got his break back so he's back even on serve, but the others aren't.  Gray 1-4; Stalder 1-2; Kruger 2-all; Fomba 3-4.

Scott breaks back on Kruger 2-3;  But Fomba evens it with a break on Markes.

Gray 1-5 and about to lose; Stalder loses yet another no-ad on break point; Kruger 2-3; Fomba 4-all.

Gray falls 5-7, 1-6.  TCU 1 Texas 3.  Only a matter of time now.

Stalder 1-4; Kruger 3-4; Fomba 5-all.

Reese, in his final team match, gets 1 break back 2-4; Kruger 3-5; Fomba 6-5.

Kruger falls 6-7, 3-6 and Texas takes the match 4-1.  At least Alex got his W in his final team match ever.

 

So it's on to the individual championships which will take place after the team competition concludes this weekend.  Both Alex and Alastair will be in the singles draw and Alex/Ali and Reese/Bertus will be in the doubles draw.  Congrats (cough) to the Longhorns!

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Wow - just as Bobby Knight predicted, UNC just upset #1 Ohio State 4-2 to advance to the semis with Wake and Texas.  The Tennis Channel is providing good coverage.  Needless to say, TCU's loss means that the Froghorn entry into the nationwide bracket challenge is effectively busted (especially because I had TCU facing Ohio State in the finals).  C'est la vie.  The big news is that Will Blumberg, Rybo's friend playing #1 for Carolina, massively popped his hamstring in his loss to J.J. Wolf - we'll see if he plays tomorrow. 

 

If Cam had beaten Coric, he would have faced Federer in Rome.

 

Next up is Baylor v. Florida.  While I may end up rooting for the Longhorns, I ain't rooting for Baylor (ever).

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Florida just swept Baylor 4-0 and it was less close than that indicates.  Baylor basically barely even showed up.  So, on Saturday, it'll be Wake v. Carolina and Florida v. Texas in the semis.

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Well, I was just pleased that the Tennis Channel is finally covering the NCAA championships.  But Bobby Knight (and numerous others) have been quite critical of their coverage.  First, they had the brackets wrong and Sam Gore and Katrina Adams, their commentators, repeatedly told us last night that Wake would be playing Texas in the semis when everyone with a bracket knew that they would be playing UNC.  Getting the brackets right is pretty key to covering a tourney and even their graphic was wrong.  Second, they switched off the regular Playsight cameras on each court and instead relied on a moving camera on a wire that took time to traverse the whole 6-court venue, so their ability to switch from match to match was, shall we say, limited and slow.  Third, they tended to stay with a match that wasn't close instead of switching to the more relevant matches.  Fourth, they switched off Playsight and the Tennis Channel is only available in the U.S., so international "viewers" couldn't even get streaming - if "growing" the sport of college tennis is the goal, they should let it be shown worldwide.  Fifth, they kept referring to match points that would decide the whole thing as "set points;" leaving the impression to uneducated viewers that the matches weren't necessarily going to end when they did.  All in, it was kind of embarrassing, but like I said, I was just thrilled to actually be able to see it - maybe they'll improve through the years of the exclusive contract.  ESPN had a LOT of glitches when they first started covering college football in 1979.

 

The Froghorn bracket entry fell to 56th and it's only going down from here.

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All those fabulous prizes that could have been yours, J. We we're so close. 😣

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Texas beat Florida 4-2 and Wake beat Carolina 4-3 today and that sets up the NCAA final tomorrow between the Longhorns and the defending champ Deacs.  It pains me, but I think I'm for the Longhorns to defend Big 12 pride and take the championship from ACC dominance this season.

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11 hours ago, Senor Ballistico said:

Does this mean that the tennis season ends tomorrow?

 

Uh, no, the tennis season never ends.  (Sorry).  After the team competition concludes, the individual singles and doubles draws will be announced for the NCAA tourneys (also at Lake Nona).  Four Frogs have qualified - Alex Rybakov (who will be seeded 4th) and Alastair Gray (who will be unseeded) are both into the singles tournament (64 players) and both of them have a good chance to advance far (and Rybo has a decent shot at winning the whole thing).  And Rybo/Gray and Bertus Kruger and Reese Stalder have both qualified for the doubles tourney (32 teams).  The Tennis Channel will also be covering the singles and doubles competition and will undoubtedly do a better job than they did with the team tourney because they usually cover individual competition rather than team competition.

 

Immediately following the NCAA's, the ITA Summer Season commences - this will be a series of events around the country where college players will compete in various tourneys; culminating at the ITA Summer Championships in August.  Last year, Rybo and Max Kurzban won the doubles tourney in this season.  And, for the first time ever this summer, prize money (albeit piddly) will be offered in order to lure more college players into these tourneys and not the pro circuits.

 

Of course, most college players will try their hands in some pro tourneys starting this summer because that's where the money and better competition is.  Alex isn't British, so unlike with Cam, the U.K. tourneys aren't going to fall all over themselves to give him a break like they did with Norrie, so he's probably headed to the Challengers.  Widow may try some Futures tourneys or he might retire and get a real job like Guillermo Nunez did.  I'm not sure what Trevor Johnson will be doing.  I expect Alastair and Bertus and Sander and Luc and (others) will play at least a few ITF tourneys.  Cam will be at Roland Garros this coming week and then the grass season starts, culminating at Wimbledon, after which the hard court  season starts; ending at the U.S. Open.  Jerry Lopez will be playing ITF events and in Mexican Davis Cup action; Nick Chappell will certainly be playing ITF events and so will Tadeas Paroulek and Jacob Fearnley.  Action will actually heat up this summer and it will be more difficult to follow all the various Frogs playing all over the world.  And then, the Fall season will start in September and we're anxiously anticipating the arrival of Tadeas and Jacob to replace Rybo and Widow.  I could go on...  But, basically, tennis is ongoing; it never "ends."  "Ends" is a word that never really applies to tennis.  It just moves on - to the next season.

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Before the loss to Texas, Cracked Racquets did a podcast featuring Alex and Alastair, which shed a lot of light on their relationship, Alastair's decision to attend college and TCU, how and why we're going to beat Texas and which one of them is the better chef.  It's not that funny, but they were both cracking each other up throughout the interview and it really demonstrated the relationship they have developed through nearly 3 years of being roommates, which will be ending shortly.  It's nearly an hour long and if you've got nothing else to do, check it out on the Cracked Racquets website.

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The brackets are out!  I thought it was going to be tomorrow, but they were announced today.  In singles, Alex will be seeded 3rd and he is scheduled to face  Michigan's #48 Andrew Fenty on Monday at 9:00 a.m. #28 Alastair will play #60 Kyle Seelig of Ohio State on Monday at 2:30 p.m.  Both should be favored in their opening round.  In doubles, #15 Rybo/Gray will play Mississippi State's #3 Nuno Borges/Strahinja Rakic on Tuesday - I'd say that's a bad draw, but then again, we've beaten them before.  It's kind of amazing how much we've seen of Nuno (#1 in singles) all year.  #22 Widow and Bertus will play the #38 duo of Auburn's Brandon Laubser and Tad Maclean on Tuesday as well - that's a good draw for them and they should be favored. 

 

Also, the ITA Texas Region's post-season awards were announced and they are.

 

Alex Rybakov - Senior Player of the Year (that makes him sound kind of old)

Reese Stalder - Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award (he deserves this because he's pretty chill all the time)

David Roditi - Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year

Devin Bowen - Assistant Coach of the Year

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Cam Norrie has moved on from Rome and he's now in Lyon, the last prep tourney prior to Roland Garros and the French.  He's scheduled to play Ugo Humbert (ATP #62 - 20 years old from France) tomorrow in singles and he's teaming up with fellow Brit Dan Evans in doubles and they're scheduled to play Nedunchezhiyan/Raja on Tuesday.

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4 hours ago, Jared said:

Uh, no, the tennis season never ends.  (Sorry).  After the team competition concludes, the individual singles and doubles draws will be announced for the NCAA tourneys (also at Lake Nona).  Four Frogs have qualified - Alex Rybakov (who will be seeded 4th) and Alastair Gray (who will be unseeded) are both into the singles tournament (64 players) and both of them have a good chance to advance far (and Rybo has a decent shot at winning the whole thing).  And Rybo/Gray and Bertus Kruger and Reese Stalder have both qualified for the doubles tourney (32 teams).  The Tennis Channel will also be covering the singles and doubles competition and will undoubtedly do a better job than they did with the team tourney because they usually cover individual competition rather than team competition.

 

Immediately following the NCAA's, the ITA Summer Season commences - this will be a series of events around the country where college players will compete in various tourneys; culminating at the ITA Summer Championships in August.  Last year, Rybo and Max Kurzban won the doubles tourney in this season.  And, for the first time ever this summer, prize money (albeit piddly) will be offered in order to lure more college players into these tourneys and not the pro circuits.

 

Of course, most college players will try their hands in some pro tourneys starting this summer because that's where the money and better competition is.  Alex isn't British, so unlike with Cam, the U.K. tourneys aren't going to fall all over themselves to give him a break like they did with Norrie, so he's probably headed to the Challengers.  Widow may try some Futures tourneys or he might retire and get a real job like Guillermo Nunez did.  I'm not sure what Trevor Johnson will be doing.  I expect Alastair and Bertus and Sander and Luc and (others) will play at least a few ITF tourneys.  Cam will be at Roland Garros this coming week and then the grass season starts, culminating at Wimbledon, after which the hard court  season starts; ending at the U.S. Open.  Jerry Lopez will be playing ITF events and in Mexican Davis Cup action; Nick Chappell will certainly be playing ITF events and so will Tadeas Paroulek and Jacob Fearnley.  Action will actually heat up this summer and it will be more difficult to follow all the various Frogs playing all over the world.  And then, the Fall season will start in September and we're anxiously anticipating the arrival of Tadeas and Jacob to replace Rybo and Widow.  I could go on...  But, basically, tennis is ongoing; it never "ends."  "Ends" is a word that never really applies to tennis.  It just moves on - to the next season.

 

 

I've never followed tennis and it seems kind of hard to figure it out?  I guess the "moving on" confuses me most.  If some of these players have just graduated , how long do they keep playing for TCU?  I enjoy seeing your updates about our Frogs (especially when they win!).

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