I'm back in Michigan, and it's time to catch up with some of the college action over the weekend, as well as other scattered results, before our attention gets absorbed in the Australian Open.
In the SEC Coaches Indoor, the Tennessee Volunteers claimed the singles champion again this year, but it wasn't last year's winner JP Smith repeating, it was Boris Conkic, who had most of his success this past fall in doubles not singles. Conkic, a junior from Serbia, beat Javier Garrapiz of Georgia 7-5, 6-2 in the final. An alphabetical 9-16 seed, Conkic defeated No. 2 seed Alex Lacroix of Florida in the round of 16, No. 8 seed Drake Bernstein of Georgia in the quarters and Nate Schnugg, also of Georgia, in the semifinals. The doubles title went to No. 3 seed Lacroix and Antoine Benneteau of Florida, who beat No. 4 seeds Schnugg and Jamie Hunt of Georgia 8-5 in the final.
For a detailed look at Conkic's victory, see utsports.com.
Another major tournament featuring many top men, the Sherwood Cup, was held over the weekend in Thousand Oaks, Calif. with players from the Pac-10 powerhouses of Stanford, UCLA and USC competing in an individual tournament, as well as those from Big-12 champion Baylor. Stanford sophomore Bradley Klahn won the singles title, defeating Baylor's Denes Lukacs 6-3, 6-4 in the final. The doubles title went to Robert Farah and Steven Johnson of USC who beat teammates Daniel Nguyen and Jason McNaughton 6-3. For more on Klahn's win, see the Stanford athletic website.
As I mentioned in a tweet on Sunday, 16-year-old qualifier Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia won the Plantation $25,000 tournament with a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 3 seed Johanna Larsson of Sweden. Tomljanovic received a special exemption into this week's $25,000 event in Lutz, Fla, where the top two seeds, Maret Ani of Estonia and Angela Hayes of the U.S., are already out after the first day of main draw play. Christina McHale, a quarterfinalist last week in Plantation, has drawn former WTA Top 10 player Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic, the No. 4 seed, in the first round. Sloane Stephens qualified and has drawn No. 6 seed Julia Cohen. Nicole Melichar, Allie Will and Sachia Vickery received main draw wild cards. Vickery lost today to Georgia Stoop of Great Britain 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.
In the men's $10,000 tournament in Hollywood, Fla., 15-year-old Alexios Halebian qualified for the main draw with a 6-3, 7-6(6) win over former USC Trojan Gary Sacks. The Orange Bowl 16s champion will go for his fifth straight win when he meets fellow qualifier Eric Nunez, 27, in the first round of the main draw. Wild card Jack Sock lost in three sets in today's first round to No. 3 seed Victor Estrella of the Dominican Republic. Plantation quarterfinalist Alex Domijan received a special exemption and will play his first match Wednesday.
For complete results, see the Pro Circuit page at usta.com.
Also note that Ken Thomas will be in Miami calling Thursday's dual match between the Miami men and Florida Atlantic on radiotennis.com, beginning at 5:45 p.m. Eastern.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010