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Rybo moved up to ATP#588 with the finals appearance in Waco - he continues to be impressive in the Futures but less so in the Challengers.  Cam Norrie traveled to Vienna where he tried to qualify for the ATP tourney there - after winning his first qualie match, he lost yesterday to Philipp Kohlschreiber 3 and 3.

 

But this week, attention shifts to the first-ever official ITF Futures tourney in Ft. Worth.  As discussed previously, Oracle announced a couple of months ago that they would sponsor a series of tourneys and that a new one would be on the TCU courts.  Last year, we hosted a dry run but it wasn't ITF-"official" - this one is.  Needless to say, many Frogs are participating.  In the qualies, Eduardo Roldan, Max Kurzban, Reese Stalder, Luc Fomba and Jacob Fearnley are playing and Tadeas Paroulek and Alastair Gray (apparently as an alternate) are already into the main draw.  Action started yesterday and four Frogs were victorious - Widow beat Adam Jones 7-6 (7-5), 7-5; Fearnley beat Tim Ruehl 2 and 4, Kurzban beat Jochen Berstch 6-4, 7-5 and Fomba beat Baylor's Sven Lah 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 10-6.  Unfortunately, Roldan lost 6-4, 5-7, 6-10 to Gabriel Evans.

 

Today, Fearnley will play notorious Aggie hothead A.J. Catanzariti, Fomba will face Ronald Hohmann, Max will play Hendrik Jebens and Widow will play Gabriel Evans (the Roldan-killer).  Each will need 2 more W's to advance to the main draw.  Action will continue at the tennis center all week - this is a great chance for Ft. Worth-area residents to come out and see the Frogs play and watch some good tennis.  For the qualies, which are usually lightly attended, it'll probably be free.

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The Frogs were 3-1 in today's action at the inaugural Ft. Worth Classic at the TCU tennis center.  Widow avenged Eduardito's loss by beating Gabriel Evans 3 and 2 and he's advanced to the third qualie round where he will play Brian Cernoch, a North Carolina Tarheel.  Luc Fomba beat Ronald Hohmann 3 and 3 and his third round qualie match will be against Jacob Fearnley.  Jacob Fearnley beat Aggie hothead A.J. Catanzariti 4 and 1 and his 3rd rounder will be against Luc Fomba.  Is that fair??  And, Max Kurzban lost 2 and 3 to Hendrik Jebens.

 

Tadeas Paroulek's first round main draw match will be against Lloyd Glasspool (ATP#426) tomorrow.  Alastair Gray's first round main draw match will be on Wednesday against Ben Patael (ATP#529), the Israeli that Alex beat last week in Waco. By the numbers, neither will be favored, but home cooking is always nice.

 

5 Frogs remain, but unfortunately, one will be eliminated tomorrow.

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This morning's results are in at the Ft. Worth ITF tourney.  Unfortunately, Reese Stalder lost 4 and 2 to Brian Cernoch, so he's out in singles.  But Widow is also in the doubles - teaming with Ryan Peniston (not sure how it's pronounced), he'll be playing in the opening round of the main draw this afternoon against the former Mustang team of Johnson & Johnson (Hunter and Yates).  In the internal Frog battle of who gets to the main draw, Jacob Fearnley beat Luc Fomba 2-6, 7-5, 10-6 - this is an interesting result and might be indicative of how our line-up will work this Spring.  Fearnley and Paroulek are ranked higher and could well be #3 and #2 behind Alastair Gray even though both are freshmen.  Jacob will now play a first rounder in the main draw against TBD and he's also teaming in doubles with Ali Gray - they'll play Jasper de Jong and Ryan Nijboer this afternoon as well.  And today's opening rounder in the main draw between Tadeas Paroulek and Lloyd Glasspool will also occur this afternoon.  A busy day at the tennis center...

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Paroulek v. Glasspool has started and Tadeas just got a break to go up 4-3 in the first set.  This would be a big W for him as Glasspool is ranked over 400 spots above him by the ATP.

 

5-3!  Glasspool, of course, is British and is a former Texas Longhorn.  His career high is #282 (currently #426).

5-4.  Tadeas had 3 set points, but the Longhorn saved them all.

6-4!  Paroulek, the freshman, takes the first set over the UT alum!

 

1-0!!  Tadeas gets the early break in the 2nd set!  Glasspool won the 2016 NCAA doubles championship with Soren Hess-Oleson and has won 13 ITF titles (8 in doubles and 5 in singles).  According to the British tabloids, he's been romantically linked with British tennis player Heather Watson.

2-0!  Tadeas holds, not without difficulty.

2-1.  Glasspool wakes up.  Courageous Heart will also face Glasspool in doubles in the main draw; teaming with Aggie Jordi Arconada while Glasspool teams with fellow Brit Liam Broady.

2-all.  Ouch!  Glasspool break back at love.

2-3.  Things are going south quickly...

3-all.  Tadeas staunches the flow.

YES!  Tadeas breaks back!!  4-3 and up a break!

5-3!  An easy hold for Courageous Heart!

Wow!  In only an hour and 11 minutes, Tadeas Paroulek advances to the Round of 16 with a solid 4 and 3 win over the #426 player in the world with 13 ITF titles!  He's 19-years-old, he's never been to the U.S. before and has just bounced around some Eastern European tourneys and he comes to TCU and promptly makes the quarters in Houston, the Round of 16 at Waco (having to qualify both times) and now, as a freshman, he's into the Round of 16 at "home."  This is a stunning level of play and is most impressive.  This is the best early performance by a Frog since Rybo and Norrie - confidence going into this Spring season has been raised significantly.  Benedict Brooksby who??!!

 

Next up, though, will be a supreme test as he'll face reigning NCAA champ Paul Jubb (ATP#613; also 19 years old), also a Brit who plays at South Carolina.  Ft. Worth residents might want to catch this match.

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In today's doubles action, Widow and Peniston lost to the 2nd seeded Johnson & Johnson Bros. 4-6, 5-7.  But Jacob Fearnley and Ali Gray beat de Jong and Nijboer 6-4, 3-6, 10-6 and have advanced to the quarters.  So tomorrow will be a busy day for the Frogs and they've been scheduled all on the same court for maximum viewing pleasure for Frog fans.  First up, Ali will play Ben Patael, then Jacob will play Rinky Hijikata and then Luc and Eduardito will play Longhorns Harrison Adams and George Goldhoff in doubles.

 

Tadeas will get a day off before facing (presumably) Jubb although Jubb will now have to get through qualifier Valentin Vacherot.  And Ali and Jacob (our Team Brit) will also get a day off before their next doubles match in the quarters.

 

Also, Jerry Lopez is seeded 4th in another Cancun tourney starting tomorrow when he will play Martin Maldonado.  And Tomas Jirousek is in another Antalya tourney - he will play Lorenzo Musetti tomorrow in the main draw.

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Gray v. Patael is into the 3rd set.  Ali won the first easily 6-1, but Patael came back and won the 2nd 6-3, and it's now 3-2 Gray in 3rd.  Tomas Jirousek lost 4 and 2 to Musetti in Antalya earlier this morning.  Jerry Lopez starts in about 3 hours in Cancun.

 

4-2!  Ali gets the key late break after 4 break points saved by Patael.

5-2!  Up a break and Ali will have two service chances to clinch it.

Alastair advances to the Round of 16 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.

 

Well, Tadeas Paroulek won't be playing reigning NCAA champ Paul Jubb tomorrow - Jubb just got upset by Aggie Valentin Vacherot 4-6, 6-4, 1-6.

 

Jacob Fearnley v. Rinky Hijikata, the Aussie Tarheel of Japanese descent, will be starting shortly.

 

And they're off!

0-2.  Jacob starts out poorly.

1-2!  He gets a break and it's back to even on serve!

2-all.

3-all.

4-3!!  Jacob gets another break!

5-4.  Fearnley will serve for the set.

6-4!!  Another Frog freshman verging on another big upset!  Meanwhile, Gerardo Lopez Villasenor is just starting against Maldonado in Cancun.

 

Fearnley 0-1 as Hijikata gets a love hold; Lopez 1-0.  Jerry has an ATP ranking of #559.

Jacob broken 0-2; Jerry 2-0 with a break.

Fearnley 1-4; Lopez 5-1.

Jacob 2-4; Gerardo 5-2.

Jerry takes the first set 6-2!  Jacob 3-5 - hoping for a break.

Fearnley has 4 break points; saves three set points, but falls 3-6 in the 2nd set.  On to the deciding third set!

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Gerardo Lopez Villasenor up a set against Maldonado in Cancun; Jacob Fearnley into a decisive third set against Hijikata at the tennis center.

 

Jerry 1-all; Jacob (who needs a nickname) just starting.

Lopez 2-1; Fearnley 1-0.  Both even on serve.

Gerardo takes control 4-1!

Whew!  Another looong game, but Fearnley holds - now 2-1.

Lopez 5-1!  Likely to advance to the quarters. 

YES!!  Jacob gets the break and leads 3-1!

Fearnley 4-1!  Lopez 5-2.

Gerardo Lopez Villasenor advances at Cancun 2 and 2.  Fearnley started nearly an hour earlier but is still playing in Ft. Worth - 4-2 now.

5-2!!  Jacob the Scot with a love hold!

Aw man!  Jacob gets 5 match/break points but Hijikata saves them all.  5-3.  Getting very tense...

%$#@!!!!  5-4.  Jacob broken.  VERY tense now.

On his 6th match/break point, Jacob Fearnley breaks back and wins his 4th straight pro match and advances to the Round of 16 in Ft. Worth 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 over the #757 player in the world.  Like Tadeas Paroulek, he's just a freshman.

 

The bad news is that Jacob will now play Alastair Gray in an all Frog match-up.  Also,Roldan and Fomba lost in straight sets in doubles and Paroulek and Arconada lost due to a "retirement."  Still alive in singles are Paroulek (v. Vacherot), Gray and Fearnley (v. each other) and Gray/Fearnley in doubles (v. Johnson & Johnson).  (And Jerry Lopez in Cancun).

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Fantastic result for Jacob Fearnley.

 

Nick Chappell also won today in Fayetteville, where he (again) beat Liam Caruana 7-5, 6-4. Nick's next opponent is Oklahoma State's Matej Vocel.

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Love these updates.  Can't wait to watch these freshmen in action in the spring - though I usually find myself sitting at Fomba's court when I attend.

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2 hours ago, FractalFrog said:

Fantastic result for Jacob Fearnley.

 

Nick Chappell also won today in Fayetteville, where he (again) beat Liam Caruana 7-5, 6-4. Nick's next opponent is Oklahoma State's Matej Vocel.

Yeah, Paroulek and Fearnley have been super impressive so far.  And, combined with Tomas Jirousek, who I think will arrive in January, they were rated the 4th best recruiting class this year.  Before, it was just based on stats - now, we've seen them in action.  These are pro tourneys, and they're just 18 and 19 years-old.  And they're certainly not expected to win the championships; just going deep is impressive enough.  (And if they were to win, they might be tempted to skip college altogether - like Brooksby and Patrick Kypson).  Tomorrow should be really interesting - Fearnley v. Gray for Frog team supremacy!  Of course, we should remember that Ali beat Rybo in a flight at the Hall of Fame at Newport in his college debut (which resulted in his berth at the Hall of Fame Classic in his first-ever ATP 250 tourney), but that didn't change Roditi's line-up.  Alex still was #1.  I'm thinking Gray will still be #1, but Paroulek (or Fearnley) could certainly challenge for that slot.

 

2 hours ago, Lyle Lanley II said:

Love these updates.  Can't wait to watch these freshmen in action in the spring - though I usually find myself sitting at Fomba's court when I attend.

Fomba is fun to watch!  He's very streaky, but he has a LOT of natural talent and is a real shot-maker (reminiscent of Tsitsipas).  Fearnley's W over him in a tough 3-setter was probably a great match to watch.  Yeah, I know that there are players from all over here, but we're learning a lot about the Frogs this week.  I hope this Ft. Worth ITF tourney becomes a regular feature of the fall season.

 

Tomorrow, the Frogs will all be bunched up on the same court again.  First up is Gray v. Fearnley; Paroulek v. Vacherot follows, and then its Gray/Fearnley v. Johnson & Johnson. 

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Rain rain go away...  Multiple interruptions of play but so far, the Jacob Fearnley juggernaut is continuing - 3-love over Ali Gray in the first set.

4-love.  At this rate, Ali will be lucky to get a game.  (Like car satellite connections, I am recalculating our projected Spring starting line-up).

4-1.  Alastair actually gets a game!  Who are we for -the Englishman or the Scot? Jacob woke up saying Fee Fi Fo Fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman!

5-1.  This Scottish dude is torching TCU's #1 player!

6-1!  It was like a senior v. a freshman out there.

 

1-0 Fearnley leads in the 2nd set.  The mauling continues.

It's over. Alastair retires.  This is bad - he must be hurt.  Suddenly, all the humor goes away.  I hope it's not serious.

 

Next up will be Tadeas Paroulek (#832) v. Valentin Vacherot (Aggie).  The winner probably gets the top seed Liam Broady in the quarters. 

They've started and it's been 3 breaks in a row.  Tadeas leads 2-1 (up a break, like it means anything).

3-1.  Tadeas gets the first hold of the set.  The winner gets the winner between Liam Broady and Ryan Nijboer in the quarters.

3-2.  The Aggie gets his first hold.  Broady-Nijboer goes to set 3.  Fearnley will play the winner between Brian Cernoch and Ryan Peniston.

4-2.  Still up a break after both have settled down on their serves.  Ali  and Jacob's doubles match supposedly follows - we'll see if Ali can play.

4-3.  Love hold for Vacherot.

5-3.  Courageous Heart with a love hold.  Nijboer takes a lead over top seeded Broady in their 3rd set.  An upset there might be good news for Tadeas.

5-4.  Tadeas has a set point, but Vacherot saves it and holds.

%$#@!!!  5-all.  The Aggie saves 2 set points and then breaks to square the match.

5-6.  The worm has turned and now Tadeas needs to hold to stay in the set and get to a breaker.

6-all.  A breaker will decide the first set.

Paroulek takes the breaker and the set 7-6 (7-3)!!!!

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On to the 2nd set!  Broady taking control v. Nijboer, so if Tadeas can pull it out, he'll probably face the top seed in the quarters.

Cernoch retires against Ryan Peniston, so Jacob Fearnley will now face Peniston in the quarters.  (Maybe they're retiring because it's wet??).

Broady wins in 3 sets against Nijboer.

 

1-0.  The Frog frosh is serving first this set and he holds.

1-all.'

2-1.  Love hold for Paroulek.

Rain interruption (again).

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They've finally restarted - a day later.  Possibly inside because rain is again in the forecast.  And Tadeas just beat Vacherot 6-4 in the second set!  So, he's on to the quarters in addition to Jacob Fearnley, who will be starting shortly.  He'll be playing Ryan Peniston (ATP#377) and sofascore is predicting Jacob has a 5.56% chance of winning.

 

Fearnley is losing big to Peniston - his great run seems likely to end soon.  And Tadeas is going to have to play again today against top-seeded Liam Broady and he won't be favored either.

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Fearnley ended up losing 2 and 2, so he's out having made the quarters, which is still a very good performance from him.  Tadeas also got tooled in the first set 1-6, but then he came back and won the 2nd set in a thriller 7-6 (7-0 in the breaker) to even the match.  Then the 3rd set was interrupted again by rain and it now stands 3-1 in Broady (the top seed's) favor.  So Tadeas is still in it going into tomorrow although he trails by a break.  Action will commence at the tennis center tomorrow morning and, unless it continues to rain, we should know the results before the football game starts.

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Tadeas just lost 3-6 in the third set to Broady (ATP#258).  So that's it for the Frogs at the inaugural Ft. Worth ITF tourney; we got two quarter-finalists out of our freshman, but no further.  (And Ali Gray may be hurt).

 

Meanwhile, Cam Norrie (ATP#58) is in the City of Light (Paris) and is trying to qualify for the ATP tourney there.  This morning, he beat Federico Delbonis (ATP#76) 6-3, 7-6 and tomorrow he'll play Egor Gerashimov (ATP#104).

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Inspired by the great W over Texas, the Camster came back to beat Gerashimov 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 in Paris this morning to advance in the qualies at Paris.

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Cam Norrie lost to Milos Raonic (ATP#32) today at Paris in the first round of the main draw, so no championship for him this week.  But Rybo (now ATP#534) is playing in about 2 hours in the first round at the Charlotteville Challenger against Michael Mnoh (ATP#278).

 

But the team has been in Waco for the ITA Texas Regionals.  Unfortunately, finding the results is difficult - all I can determine is that Luc Fomba has made the quarters.

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Rybo lost today 6-7, 6-7 to Mnoh.  Arrgh!  Two tiebreaks and he lost both.  So close to a Challenger breakthrough.

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Much difficulty in finding out the results at the ITA Texas Regionals in Waco.  I'm guessing that, beyond, Fomba making the quarters, we didn't do so well because we're not bragging on twitter or putting up articles on the TCU tennis site.  I don't think Alastair Gray played, so I'm now very concerned that he got injured in the rain at the Ft. Worth tourney.  I did discover that Baylor's Sven Lah won it and will advance to New York, beating A&M's Valentin Vacherot in the final.  David Roditi was featured on two podcasts - available at Bobby Knight's collegetennistoday site and crackedracquets in which "experts" discuss TCU's chances in the Spring - we're currently regarded as #10 in their unofficial poll.  Next up for the team will be the SMU Wildcard Tournament on 11/1.

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28 minutes ago, Jared said:

we're currently regarded as #10 in their unofficial poll.  

 

How were our Big 12 bunkmates ranked?

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20 minutes ago, Lyle Lanley II said:

 

How were our Big 12 bunkmates ranked?

They didn't release that - they're doing the Top 10 one-by-one and we were the first (and I think they're largely going by last season's year-end rankings).  But I'm guessing that UT is #1 (as the defending national champ) and Baylor is above us as well.  The official pre-season ITA rankings won't come out until January.  Stay tuned...

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On TCU's schedule, the team was supposedly going to SMU over the past weekend for the inaugural Ralston/Neufeld Coaches Challenge, but after searching and searching, I could find no TCU results at all and the tourney is now over.  The SMU site listed the brackets and there were no TCU players on it, so I'm guessing that we skipped it (SMU's Carles Sarrio ended up winning).  Which leads me to speculating as to why - is Alastair Gray injured after having retired at the Ft. Worth tourney in the rain?; are they doing okay at school? etc...  I have no idea why.  Also, the schedule lists the Birmingham ITF Futures tourney as the next event but the ITF site says that tourney was moved to next week and then cancelled altogether, so no player is going there either.  There is a tourney in Naples this week but no Frogs are listed there either.  So basically, they're taking a break, and I'm not sure when the next event will be.

 

Tomas Jirousek is in Prague this week and will play Hungarian Peter Makk tomorrow.

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Tomas Jirousek's singles match against Makk was delayed until tomorrow.  Meanwhile, he played doubles today with Lukas Jirousek (brother?) and they lost 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 6-10.  Rybo is actually in Knoxville where he's been practicing with Tommy Paul and hoping to qualify for the Knox Challenger at the University of Tennessee.  Unfortunately, they had a very small qualifying draw and he didn't qualify.  Next week, he'll probably try to qualify for the Challenger in Champaign-Urbana.

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I thought you might be having stroke at the beginning of that last post. 

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