The first computer-generated rankings were released today on the ITA's website, and there were some rather dramatic changes, although not in the top three, which stayed the same. Northwestern's women and Virginia's men are No. 1, with Georgia Tech and Georgia following in the women's and Ohio State and Georgia in the men's. Two Texas schools are in the No. 4 positions: Baylor's women and University of Texas's men. On the men's side, the Big Ten has three of the top eight teams, with Illinois at No. 7 and Michigan at No. 8; the Wolverines are up from 19 in last week's poll. The Big Four of the Pac 10 women--USC, UCLA, Cal and Stanford--are all in the Top Ten now, with Arizona State 13th.
North Carolina's women fell to a tie for 13th after being fifth last week, and as Austin pointed out, Duke's men dropped from 10th to 61st. Louisiana State's men went from 18th to 44th, and Oklahoma State's men fell from 15th to 27th. The rankings get more accurate every time a match is played, so look for quite a few changes in the next few weeks.
The ITA Hall of Fame inductees for 2008 are:
Steve Denton of Texas
Jim Pugh of UCLA
Don Johnson of North Carolina
Patrick McEnroe of Stanford
Robbie Weiss of Pepperdine
Chris Woodruff of Tennessee
David DiLucia of Notre Dame
Coach Jerry Noyce of Minnesota
Tom Jacobs of Kansas will be inducted as a contributor.
Today in Las Vegas, Kristy Frilling, who will be attending Notre Dame this fall, qualified for the $50,000 Hilton Cup, the women's Pro Circuit event that is being held concurrently with the ATP Tennis Channel Open. Yesterday Frilling defeated the fifth qualifying seed, Chin-Wei Chan, ranked 237 by the WTA; today, she downed No. 2 seed Martina Sucha, ranked 196, and a former Top 40 WTA player.
Kevin Anderson, who last year played at Illinois, qualified for the main draw and today took out France's Michael Llodra, the No. 6 seed and champion at the recent Rotterdam event. Anderson's next opponent will be fellow former collegian John Isner.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008