One of the things I enjoy most about traveling to college tournaments is the chance I get to meet the local newspaper reporters who are assigned to cover them. In Athens, I had the pleasure of getting to know Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and to talk with him about both issues and players in the college game.
Because he writes for the Atlanta daily paper (registration required), his focus is primarily on the University of Georgia's tennis team and players, and this story which came out before the tournament started, looks at the UGA facility, and the decision to rotate the NCAA championships to counteract the unfair advantage Georgia was thought to have when they hosted.
This story of Tower's is an examination of the liberal transfer rules in college tennis, and it focuses on an unusual rupture of the college coaches' fraternity. Manny Diaz of Georgia and Michael Center of Texas no longer speak after Center's No. 1 player, Travis Helgeson, transferred to Georgia after the 2005-06 season.
Tower's story on the final is about only the men's contest (he was complaining about how little space he gets for tennis coverage, even in a huge tennis city like Atlanta), but the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel hired a stringer to do a final's story on their local star, Audra Cohen.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007