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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Will Joins Florida Gators; Sandgren Subs for King in WTT; a Rival for Mobile?

In my weekly story today for the Tennis Recruiting Network, I talk to Allie Will about her decision to attend the University of Florida. Although she decided on the Gators last year, it wasn't until recently that she committed to joining the team for the upcoming school year. She was very excited about playing college tennis as preparation for pro career. Florida's athletic site had this story today about Will and two other women joining the team this fall: Caroline Hitimana of Belgium and Claire Bartlett, who is transferring from Virginia. That should help Florida in the lower part of their lineup, where they struggled last season.

The news from World Team Tennis is that Evan King will not be competing for the New York Buzz this month, according to this story in the Schenectady Daily Gazette. Tennys Sandgren was the substitute in last night's loss to the New York Sportimes, the juniors' third defeat after an opening win over Philadelphia last week. They play the Freedoms again tonight, with Venus Williams on the roster this time.

Madison Keys, the youngest player in WTT history, is also competing for Philadelphia. Keys is featured in this week's issue of Sports Illustrated, among 14 teenagers who are expected to have an impact in their various sports.

I wasn't aware that Rachel Kahan was attending the Evert Academy in Boca Raton, but that information was contained in this story, by the Hartford, Conn. Courant, which is primarily about her older brother Mark, who will be playing for Division III Amherst.

And finally, there's this story, from the Rome, Ga. News-Tribune, that details a proposed 55-court facility, which would be nearly as big as the Newton Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala.


gator fan no more said...

Looks like the lady Gators are going to have a great line-up with such a solid recruiting class. It'll make up for the Gator guys!
To Eric...Tyler Hochwalt lives in Austin and is training with Grant Doyle and will not be going back to school in the fall. No word on Dadamo, but he may very well do the same thing. Both are working on fixing things that were not done in Gainesville.

tennisjunky said...

Colette, if king is out for a month will he be able to play kalamazoo?

scott said...

Would it be possible for both tennis programs to not have transfers every year? Less so with the men, but every year with the women, 2 players leave.

I'm excited about the incoming class and what they return. Finally they'll have some depth and should contend for a title. But I wonder after next season, how many will stick around? Hard to imagine why Megan Alexander would transfer out before her senior year, and Pinterova is gone. I've lost track of how many, but that's 4 in the last 2 seasons alone.

As for Dadamo, he should've been playing top 3 in the lineup all season. Or at least he had the talent to be up there. I guess he got tired of living at the bottom of the lineup. Who knows.