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We stopped by the Dan Magill Tennis Complex today to pick up our media credentials, making sure that there had been no changes since we were last here in 2007. There weren't, although the beautiful landscaping seemed especially gorgeous today under the clear blue sky. The teams with 6 p.m. matches tomorrow and Friday--Texas, Baylor and Clemson women, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia and Florida men--were out practicing, mostly with the assistant coaches, because there was a mandatory coaches meeting scheduled for 5 p.m.
The weather forecast for the eight women's matches on Thursday is excellent--clear, low 80s, not much humidity, no chance of rain. The day will kick off with No. 6 Northwestern against No. 11 Miami and No. 3 Florida against unseeded Ole Miss at 9:00 a.m. Following them will be defending champion Duke, No. 10, against No. 7 UCLA and No. 2 North Carolina versus No. 15 Florida State. At 3 p.m., No. 4 Michigan meets No. 13 Tennessee and No. 5 Notre Dame plays 2009 finalist Cal, seeded 12th. No. 1 Baylor plays No. 16 Texas and No. 8 Stanford takes on No. 9 Clemson in the nightcap. For a Waco Tribune feature story on top-ranked Baylor's No. 1 player, Lenka Broosova, click here.
Live scoring and video is available at tournament central at georgiadogs.com. I will be tweeting throughout the day and hope to attend as many post match news conferences as I can, but will opt for watching the end of a match if there is a conflict, as there often is on the first few days.
The UCLA tennis blog is a great way to follow the experience from a participant's perspective; right now you can go there and see what the Bruins are having for dessert at the team banquet. Plus, I appreciate the shout-out to zootennis.com!
Before I start to concentrate strictly on the NCAA tournament, there is good news from the red clay of Europe. There are four girls from the U.S. in the round of 16 at the Grade A Italian Open: Monica Puig (PUR), Lauren Davis, Beatrice Capra and Ester Goldfeld. None of the U.S. boys made the third round.
In French Open qualifying today, Jesse Witten, Ryan Harrison, Michael Yani and Alex Bogomolov all won to reach the final round of qualifying. Ryler DeHeart and Kevin Kim play their second round matches on Thursday. In the first round of women's qualifying in Paris, Julia Cohen, Madison Brengle and Bettanie Mattek-Sands advanced.
See the Roland Garros website for more.
There are a couple of high school tennis stories to pass along. Jack Sock won his third straight high school title, blanking Ross Guignon, the bronze ball 16s Easter Bowl winner, in the final, while leading his team to the state title. To see what Sock has in common with former Georgia Bulldog Travis Helgeson, click here. And Harrison Richmond and his older brother Josh led their high school, Waccamaw, to the South Carolina Class AA state championship for the fourth straight time last weekend. For a complete account of the final match, see this article from the Myrtle Beach Sun News.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010