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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Garber on Oudin; Juniors in Spain; Kelcy Tefft in College Spotlight

ESPN's Greg Garber is taking his usual break from the NFL football beat to cover tennis, and he's done two features already, one on Todd Widom and most recently, on Melanie Oudin. And if you are a squash fan, he has written and produced a story on the Trinity men's squash team and its 11th straight national title. And if you think U.S. tennis is heavy on the foreign influence....

Nathan Pasha has written his second blog entry from Spain for usta.com, and apparently he is now turning the keyboard over to another junior, either Bob van Overbeek or Denis Kudla. I spoke with Mike Sell briefly over the weekend, and Chase Buchanan had a couple of injuries, so he is now back in the U.S. Raymond Sarmiento and Rhyne Williams qualified for the first Futures, winning four matches, with Williams beating Kudla in the third round of qualifying. Van Overbeek and Pasha lost in the second round of qualifying. Sarmiento lost in the first round of the main draw; Williams won his first match before losing today. For complete results, see the ATP's Challenger and Futures page.

As for the Pro Circuits in the U.S., there are no juniors remaining after the first round of either the $50,000 women's event in Clearwater, Fla. or the men's $15,000 tournament in Harlingen, Texas, although there are plenty of college players still in action. See the Pro Circuit page for complete results.

And speaking of college players, Notre Dame senior Kelcy Tefft is featured today in the USTA's College Spotlight.


A.Meek said...

Squash is a great game, I wish it were more popular in this country. I assume Trinity is a private school so I am OK with all the foreigners.

Rad-aholic said...

I liked the squash piece from Trinity College, that is quite a record. But you should check out the Men's Tennis team from Kalamazoo College in NCAA Div III. They have won or shared their conference championship since 1936. The website has the list.

Robert said...

Any word on whether Chase B will play for OSU this spring?

Robert said...

I used to play a lot of squash in NYC (where there were lots of GREAT players, including the Kahns). The joke was 'never play squash with a tennis player--his backswing will kill you.' Sure enough, I took a shot in the bridge of my nose that required 6 stitches to close. I had to forfeit the match.