While I've been concentrating on the juniors, there's been plenty of news in college tennis.
The ITA preseason rankings have been released, with Oleksandr Nedovyesov of Oklahoma State topping the men's list, and Maria Mosolova of Northwestern No. 1 for the women. JP Smith of Tennessee, Robert Farah of Southern Cal, Nate Schnugg of Georgia and Guillermo Gomez of Georgia Tech round out the Top 5. Click here for the complete men's list. Behind Mosolova are Chelsey Gullickson of Georgia, Marrit Boonstra of Florida, Jana Juricova of Cal and Hilary Barte of Stanford. The complete women's list is here.
Davey Sandgren and Smith are the top-ranked men's doubles team, while Renata Kucerkova and Anastasia Petukhova of Fresno State are No. 1 in women's doubles.
The first major college tournaments of the year, the women's Riviera and men's D'Novo All-Americans, begin with prequalifying on October 3rd. The fields have been released, and the wild card into the 32-draw women's event went to Caitlin Whoriskey of Tennessee. Girls 18s runnerup Lauren Embree received a wild card into the qualifying. Her new teammate, Allie Will, has gotten off to a great start in her first tournament, beating three ranked players to win the top flight of the SEC Coaches Fall Classic last weekend: No. 41 Yvette Hyndman of Georgia, No. 29 Ana Zubori of South Carolina and No. 46 Catherine Newman of Vanderbilt.
For the complete Riviera All-American field, click here.
The men's D'Novo All-American in Tulsa, which I'll be covering for the fourth year, has a larger field than the Riviera, with a 64 draw. Ohio State sophomore Chase Buchanan, the Kalamazoo champion and US Open junior boys finalist, received a wild card into the main draw. Kalamazoo doubles champion and USC freshman JT Sundling received a wild card into qualifying. For the complete field, click here.
The USTA announced that it has signed on as the title sponsor of the ITA National Indoor Championships, an individual tournament that is held in November. Beginning in 2010 through 2012, the tournament will be held at the new indoor facility at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. (This year's tournament is at Yale University.) For the complete release, including comments from Patrick McEnroe and Todd Martin on the importance of college tennis as a development option, click here.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009