Most of the news today I discovered via Twitter, and I've already posted a link to this story from the Daily Bruin, but I do think it's important to give wider circulation of it to those of you who don't use Twitter.
Jeffrey (Jake) Fleming, a member of the UCLA men's tennis team, was assaulted after attending a concert with friends in Dallas, Texas last June. He was seriously injured after hitting his head on the sidewalk and was in the hospital for weeks. Fleming finally returned to his home in California in August, where he underwent extensive rehab, and is now back in school and practicing with the team, although the story stops short of proclaiming a complete recovery. It's both sad and inspiring to read what he and his family have gone through since that night. For the complete article, click here.
In Fed Cup news, Venus Williams decided today not to participate in this weekend's tie with Russia, meaning the team will be composed of Melanie Oudin, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Liezel Huber and a fourth player. Bonnie Ford of espn.com tweeted about the situation today:
Christina McHale is apparently training for next week's USTA French wild card tournament in Boca Raton, so it will be between Julia Boserup and Sloane Stephens for the fourth spot. Neither is likely to play unless there is a dead rubber, which is how McHale got her first Fed Cup experience in France earlier this year.
The USTA announced today the names of the girls who are participating in the Fed Cup camp this week in Birmingham. In addition to the two that I mentioned earlier, Gabrielle Andrews and Brooke Austin, the others are Vicky Duval, Sachia Vickery, Alyssa Smith and Taylor Townsend. Kathy Rinaldi and Troy Hahn are the USTA coaches conducting the camp.
For the complete USTA release, click here.