New Ratings Revealed on Tennis Recruiting Network; So. Alabama's Jack Baker Wins 100K in Table Tennis; Radio Tennis Covers A-A Tues.; Kubler = Nadal?
It's a big day at the Tennis Recruiting Network, with their annual release of the ratings for the 2009-10 school year. Blue chips from last year may fall to five-stars, while those who just completed excellent seasons may add another star or two, or reach the top 25 heights where blue chips reside. For a complete list of all the blue chips, see today's release.
Last week I read this espn.com story about former University of South Alabama's Jack Baker reaching the final four of the hardbat table tennis tournament in Las Vegas. Although the competition was taped back in June, it didn't air until yesterday, and it was Baker winning the $100,000 first place prize money. Great Britain's Baker, who finished the 2008 season ranked 27th in the country, and was a quarterfinalist at the 2007 All-American in his junior year, was obviously an excellent collegiate player, but he was unlikely to win that much playing on the professional futures circuit, with most events paying barely $1000 to the tournament's winner. How likely are former college stars, reluctant to undertake that grind, to instead take up hardbat table tennis? And how much do those two skill sets overlap? I guess we'll find out next year. A press release on his victory is available here.
Ken Thomas of radiotennis.com announced Monday that he will be at the Riviera on Tuesday to cover the qualifying for the ITA Women's All-American before heading to Troy, Alabama for next week's Pro Circuit challenger. To listen to his webcasts, which are free, go to radiotennis.com. The women's qualifying draws are available at the ITA tournament website.
The first round of men's All-American qualifying is still in progress in Tulsa. Click here for the ITA tournament website.
I received this interesting bit of news from Andy Yanne, writing for the Hong Kong Tennis association, who discovered that 16-year-old Jason Kubler of Australia is the first junior boy since Rafael Nadal in 1991 to lead his team to both World Junior Competition and Junior Davis Cup championships as the No. 1 singles player.