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The first round of the main draw at the Norman Futures tourney has been set and the 4 Frogs remaining have been assigned their opponents.  Reese Stalder will play Alexandre Bakshi, a lefthanded wild card from Tbilisi, Georgia, with an ATP rank of #1123.  7th seeded Nick Chappell will play British Ryan Peniston (yet again, I'm not sure how it's pronounced), who has an ATP rank of #693.  Trevor Johnson will play 3rd seeded Aggie Jordi Arconada, who has an ATP ranking of #594.  And Alastair Gray will face 8th seeded fellow Brit Andrew Watson, who has an ATP rank of #684.  The Frogs have a 1 in 8 shot at winning the tourney, with 4 out of 32 players. 

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Nick Chappell and Alastair Gray have begun their matches against Peniston and Watson in Norman.  Nick is at 4-all in the first set and Ali is trailing 2-4.

Chappell 4-5 (even on serve); Gray 2-4 (down a break).

Chappell 5-all; Gray 3-5.  (Nick has an ATP ranking of  #676; Peniston is #693).

Ali breaks back! 4-5!

Nick gets the break!  6-5!  Ali 4-5.

Arrgh!  Nick broken and into a breaker at 6-all.  Ali broken and falls in the first set 4-6.:angry:

Arrgh2!  Nick loses the breaker 5-7.  Ali 1-2 in the 2nd.

 

Chappell serving first in the 2nd set and is broken 0-1.  Gray gets a break!  3-2!

Nick at 0-2; Ali 4-2.

Chappell broken again (sigh) 0-3.  Gray breaks again!  5-2!

Nick now trails 0-4 and seems to be disintegrating.  But Alastair wins the 2nd set 6-2!

Nick falls 6-7 (5-7), 0-6.  His doubles match (teaming with Boris Arias) against Northwestern's Sam Shropshire and Evan Zhu will be later today.

 

Watson will serve first against Ali in the deciding 3rd set.  Trevor Johnson will be starting shortly against Aggie Jordi Arconada. 

Gray 0-1 in the 3rd.

1-all (barely).

3-4.  (still even on serve).

Gray 4-5 in the 3rd.  Trevor Johnson has started against the Aggie and it's 1-1 in the first..

Whew!  5-all for Gray after multiple deuces.  TJ up 2-1.

Gray 5-6 (at love).  TJ 2-all.

6-all.  Into the deciding breaker for Ali.  Johnson still 2-all.

%$#@!!!  Gray falls 7-9 in the breaker after fighting back from 1-5 down.  Bad luck for the Frogs today in the breakers...

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What started out as a good day for the Frogs has turned awful as Chappell and Gray both fall after losing breakers.  Trevor Johnson now down a break at 3-4.  Reese Stalder to play a little later.

 

3-5.  The Aggie is up a break.

3-6.  The Trevor loses the first set.  (sigh)

 

1-all in the 2nd.

1-2.

(sigh).  The day goes from bad to worse as Trevor is broken and trails 1-3 (down a break).

1-4.

2-4.  Still a chance but Trevor needs a break right now.

3-5.  Didn't get that break.  The Aggie will serve for the match.

TJ falls 3 and 3.  Help us Reese Stalder - you're our only hope!

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Reese is up two breaks and leads 4-0 in his 3rd set. (6-7, 6-3 in earlier sets.)

 

Chappell and Arias are no longer listed as the doubles opponent for Shropshire and Zhu. An alternate team has taken their spot.

 

Another bit of tennis news:

(Tweet from Parsa Nemati)

17-year-old Scot Jacob Fearnley (@fearnley2001) has verbally committed to @TCUMensTennis, and will join the Horned Frogs in the fall of 2019. Has an ITF juniors ranking of #46 and a UTR of 13.76. Has won 4 ITF Juniors singles titles and 6 ITF Juniors doubles titles. https://t.co/XeT28r2WiC

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Reese ended up beating Bakshi 6-7, 6-3, 6-0 and made it to the Round of 16 today against Gijs Brower (ATP #419), so that's good, but they've started their match and Reese currently trails 0-6, 1-4, so it looks like he'll be the last Frog in the tourney to lose.

 

Great news about Fearnley!  After Cam left, we've been Scot-less for a long time.

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Reese falls love and 2.  So much for the Norman tourney...

 

Jacob Fearnley is from Edinburgh; Andy Murray is his hero; he played at Wimbledon this year in the junior tourney; he started tennis at age 3; he's played in a Futures tourney and a Challenger in Glasgow (making the finals in doubles in the Futures); he's attended Merchiston High School in Edinburgh (he's already graduated); he was born in Worcester; he's right-handed; his recruiting rankings are 71st (ITF) and 14th (Universal), and unranked (Head and Dunlop).

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1 hour ago, Jared said:

Andy Murray is his hero

Andy may be his tennis hero, but this is every true Scotsman's national hero...

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On 11/15/2018 at 3:49 PM, PurpleDawg said:

Andy may be his tennis hero, but this is every true Scotsman's national hero...

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He'll get to the courts at tennish.

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JT Brooksby is at the Futures tournament in Columbus, Ohio, at An Ohio State University. In first-round qualifying he dispatched Brett Forman 2 and 4. Forman played #1 singles for Michigan State last year. JT's next opponent is Samuel Philp, a Canadian who played college tennis at Mercer.

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Brooksby-Philp will be the 2nd match on Court 4 today in Columbus.  Philp has a #1279 ATP ranking and JT is at #1622.

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Brooksby beat Philp 3 and 2 today in Columbus and will face Danny Thomas (ATP # 758) tomorrow.

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On 11/15/2018 at 2:49 PM, PurpleDawg said:

Andy may be his tennis hero, but this is every true Scotsman's national hero...

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When Fearnley plays Jeopardy, he takes "Swords for $500, Trebek!"

 

JT Brooksby is not playing Danny Thomas today; it'll be tomorrow as the W over Philp qualified him for the main draw, which doesn't start until tomorrow.  So, no need to "make Room for GrandDaddy" today.

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Brooksby v. Danny Thomas is scheduled to start shortly in Columbus in the first round of the main draw.  J.T. has earned $1640 this year for a career total of $4044.  Thomas, of course, was a radio, TV and nightclub star for decades and founded St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis.  His original name was Amos Muzyad Takhoob Kairouz, he was a Lebanese-American and he died in 1991 but was re-incarnated as an African American tennis player in 1999.  He's verballed to Florida Southern, but is also high on the recruiting lists and might switch to Georgia, Stanford or Virginia if offered.  He has a career high ATP ranking of 724 and is now ranked #760.  Brooksby, Nick Chappell and Trevor Johnson are all on the acceptance list for the Waco Futures tourney next week.

 

Arrgh!  It keeps getting delayed, so I'm not going to be able to follow it live due to work.  In any event, go Future Frog!

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JT beat Danny Thomas 3 and 3 today and has advanced to the Round of 16 in Columbus.  This is a very good victory for Brooksby - tomorrow he will face Mark Whitehouse, who has an ATP ranking of #590, and is a 25-year-old player from Great Britain who attended University College in London.

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Brooksby-Whitehouse has just started in the Round of 16 in Columbus.  JT is serving first and has taken a 1-0 lead.

2-1.

3-1!  Brooksby gets the early break!

4-1.  JT holds at love.

5-1!  Another break!

6-1!  Jenson takes the first set with ease!

 

1-0!  JT breaks at love over the home of the President!

2-love.  No problema.

2-1.  Casablanca holds.

3-1.  Whew!  Brooksby falls behind 15-40 but comes back for the hold.

3-2.  Not so easy this set.

4-2.  Once again, JT falls behind (love-30), but comes back to win the game.

4-3.  Whitehouse holds at love.

5-3!

5-4.  JT takes a 30-love lead, but fails to convert.  Now, he just needs to hold serve to advance to the quarters.

After the longest game of the match, two break points and 3 match points, JT Brooksby advances to the quarter-finals of the Columbus Futures tourney with a 6-1, 6-4 W over Mark Whitehouse. 

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Brooksby got tooled today in the quarters at Columbus love-6 and 1-4 (retired) by Roberto Ortega-Olmega (ATP #305).  No Happy Thanksgiving for JT.

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Alex Rybakov retweeted the Top 10 college players based on UTR and they are:

 

1. Borna Gojo (Wake)

2.  Nuno Borges (Mississippi State)

3. Patrick Kypson (I don't think he's gonna be back for the Aggies)

4. Oliver Crawford (Florida)

5. William Blumberg (UNC)

6. Christian Sigsgaard (Texas)

7. Alex Rybakov (TCU)

8. Petros Chrysochos (Wake - should be higher because he just won the Oracle Masters)

9. Benjamin Sigouin (UNC)

10. Paul Jubb (South Carolina)

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JT Brooksby, Alastair Gray and Nick Chappell are all in the main draw at the Waco Futures tournament starting today.  Only Brooksby is scheduled for today - he got a wildcard into the main draw and will face qualifier Colin Markes (ATP #1293), a lefty Longhorn.  Chappell will play Danny Thomas (see above for bio) and Gray will play Martin Redlicki (ATP #616), a UCLA grad.

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I hope they have time to eat at Pappadeaux's before they leave town!

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It's into the 3rd set between JT and Colin Markes in Waco and it's 3-all.  Brooksby lost the 1st set 5-7, but came back and won the 2nd set 6-3.

 

4-3!  JT gets the break!

5-3!

6-3!  Brooksby takes the match over the Longhorn 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the 2nd round at the Waco Futures tourney!

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Cam Norrie has been confirmed as a participant team member for Great Britain in the 31st annual (and possibly last-ever) Hopman Cup, an annual coed tennis tournament that has taken place in Perth for the past 3 decades  It's an 8-team male/female event that matches top players of both sexes from around the world, but Australia has decided to cut its funding in order to sponsor a new event next year.  Named for Harry Hopman, a famous Aussie player, it is a recognized ITF event but doesn't count for points for the ATP or the WTA and is essentially an exhibition - the new event will allow earned ATP points.  The Hopman Cup is organized into two 4-team flights and the top two teams after a round-robin of the flights advance to the semis.  With Andy Murray still hurt, Cam will be the top British player and the Brits' first match will be against Greece and Cam is scheduled to play phenom Stefanos Tsitsipas and then team with a woman in doubles.  But then, it will get interesting as Cam is scheduled to face Roger Federer of the Swiss team in the Limeys' 2nd match.  That's right - it'll be the first-ever meeting between the two tennis titans, who together have been dominating tennis for the past two decades.  It'll start December 28th and anticipation is already building for the last-ever Hopman Cup and the first-ever meeting between tennis's greatest stars. 

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Gray v. Redlicki is about to start in Waco.  Redlicki, at one point while at UCLA, was the top-rated college player according to the ITA, so it'd be a huge upset if Ali were to win this.  Chappell v. Thomas will be later today.

 

And we're off!  Ali (serving first) leads 2-1 in the 1st set.  They've played once before and Redlicki won.

2-all.  Even on serve.

3-2.  Gray takes a 40-love lead, gives it up to deuce, but prevails.

3-all.  The Bruin holds easily.

4-3.  Another difficult game for Alastair but he gets the W.

4-4.  Redlicki holds at love.

5-4.  Ali holds at love.

5-all.  Gray gets it to deuce but can't convert.

5-6.  (sigh)  Redlicki gets the late break.

5-7.  Gray loses the first set.

 

2nd set.  0-1.  Ali broken again.  Not looking good.

1-4 now.  The fat lady is warming up...

1-5.  Good competitive first set, but then a collapse.

Gray falls 5-7, 1-6.  Our hopes now rest on Chappell and Brooksby.

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Nick Chappell defeated Danny Thomas 1 and 4 today and has advanced to the 2nd round in Waco.  He will now face Hady Habib (ATP#626 and a Lebanese Davis Cupper who is also an, ahem, Aggie) tomorrow.  JT Brooksby will face Michael Redlicki (ATP#426 - a former Arkansas Razorback) tomorrow as well.

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Chappell v. Habib has gone to the 3rd set.  Nick won the first set 6-4, but the Lebanese Aggie fought back to win the 2nd set 6-4.  On to the the third set!  Nick serving first.

 

1-love.  Nick holds.

1-all.  The Aggie holds.  Nick has earned  $7,344 this year and $34,978 in his career.

2-1.  Nick is ranked #673 and Habib is #626.

2-all.  Nick was born on September 19, 1992 and is 26 years old.

3-2.  Between the two of them, Roger Federer and Cam Norrie have won 20 Grand Slam singles titles and have 10 runner-up finishes.

4-2!  Chappell gets the key break!  In comparison, Rafa Nadal and Boston Frog only have a combined 17 major titles between them.

5-2!  Nick just needs 1 more game to defeat the Aggie!  Martina Navratilova and Purple Dawg have a combined 18 major singles titles between them.

5-3.  The Aggie staves off humiliation.  Feeling Froggy and Pete Sampras only have a mere 14 Grand Slam singles titles combined.

 

Nick Chappell advances to the quarters at Waco with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Aggie Hady Habib!

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JT Brooksby is also through to the quarters at Waco after knocking off former Razorback and tournament top seed Michael Redlicki, 6-7, 6-2, 6-4. His next oponent: Nick Chappell.

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