Cox Named Davis Cup Practice Partner; BBC Examines Foreign Players in College Tennis; Bangoura Spotlight; Embree Still Recovering from Surgery
On Tuesday, the USTA had a conference call with Davis Cup captain Jim Courier, and my question, as with any Davis Cup or Fed Cup call, was about the practice partners. Because the US is taking five veteran players--Sam Querrey, John Isner, Andy Roddick and the Bryan twins--to the March 4 tie in Chile, I asked Courier if they were taking any other practice partners and he told me Jay Berger was handling that. I learned today that Jordan Cox will be the practice partner. Depending on their health, and the Bryans results in Acapulco, the team is expected to be in Chile this weekend to prepare. The complete transcript of the call can be found here.
BBC America examines the issue of international players in US college tennis in this article, posted today. A companion piece, which features opinions from coaches, former coaches and other experts, can be found here. Most of you know by now that I'm against any quotas, but I'm always willing to listen to ideas that can help more Americans earn places in Division I tennis lineups.
Two of the top American college players, both of them Floridians who are sophomores at the University of Florida, are the subject of these two features. Sekou Bangoura Jr. is in the USTA's College Spotlight, and this article from the Naples Daily News goes into detail about Lauren Embree's wrist surgery and her ongoing recovery. Head coach Roland Thornqvist says that Embree is about 85%, even though she is undefeated in singles in dual match play this season.