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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Chase Curry Update, Fundraiser; Collegiate Tennis Notes

The Wichita Falls, Texas TimesRecordNews has been closely following Chase Curry's progress since he was critically injured in an automobile accident on Thanksgiving Day. This story discusses in detail his injuries, the setbacks and the encouraging parts of his recovery. If you are in the Wichita Falls area, there is a benefit for Curry on Monday at Village Bowl, all proceeds from which will be donated to the Curry family.

There are a number of stories involving college tennis that have surfaced in the past few days. Former LSU All-American Michael Venus, who has recently represented New Zealand in Davis Cup play, has been given a wild card into the main draw of next month's ATP Heineken Open, according to this article.

Several weeks ago, when it was announced that Winston-Salem would become the host of the men's tournament that was in New Haven, the city's Journal spoke with Jeff Zinn, men's tennis coach at Wake Forest. about the impact of the move on the school's programs and the local tennis scene. The article can be found here.

There were also three announcements regarding new recruits, all men, at Rice, Middle Tennessee State and Fresno State. Justin To will be joining the Owls in the fall of 2011, according to this article, but the other four players are expected to compete in the upcoming spring semester. Middle Tennessee's trio includes two from Great Britain--Joseph Cohen and Ben Davis--and one from Australia--Dimitri Pippos. For more on the three players, click here. Francis Alcantara of the Philippines, who won an Australian junior doubles title in 2009 and was ranked as high as 14 in the ITF junior rankings, is joining Fresno State next week, according to this article in the Manila Bulletin.