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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Devvarman Wins Asian Games Gold; Final NLI Group; Rock-N-Racquets in Omaha

Somdev Devvarman of India, the 2007 and 2008 NCAA singles champion while at the University of Virginia, won his second gold medal of the Asian Games today, defeating top seed Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-1, 6-2 to add the singles championship to the doubles title he won with current Cavalier Sanam Singh. Devvarman is the first Indian to win a gold medal in singles at the Asian Games.

Colleague Josh Rey has been in Guangzhou, China reporting for the Asian Games News Service, and he wrote this article about Devvarman and Singh's gold medal, including comments from Virginia head coach Brian Boland.

This story detailing the reaction of Sanam Singh's hometown to the doubles gold is from the Times of India.

The Indian Express has this story, entitled "New High for Indian Tennis", about Devvarman's gold in singles. Devvarman also won the gold medal in singles at the Commonwealth Games held last month in India.

Before I plunge into nearly exclusive coverage of junior tennis for the next month, I'm including a few more signing announcements that have been released by some of the top Division I schools. Click on the name of the school for the official announcement.

Hunter Harrington Clemson

Jacob Lewis and Soren Hess-Olesen (Denmark) Texas

Dougie Barnard, Michael Fredericka, Wyatt McCoy Notre Dame

Andrew Adams, Ben Barnette, Chris Cox, Carl Eguez, Kyle Koch, Nick Jones(Great Britain), Lewis Barnes (Great Britain) South Carolina

Katie Goepel and Katherine White Notre Dame

Sarah Toti, Caitlyn Williams and Joanna Henderson (Great Britain) Tennessee

Nick Chappell TCU

Rock-N-Racquets, an annual exhibition which is being staged in Omaha, Nebraska December 3, has added billionaire Warren Buffett and U.S. Open boys champion Jack Sock to its participants. Andy Roddick, Pete Sampras and the Bryan brothers are the headliners. For more information, see the event's website.