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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Gabby Andrews' Commitment to UCLA; Mmoh, Baughman Reach Quarterfinals in Brownsville; Coric to Face Nadal; Six US Women in Macon Quarterfinals

My contribution to the Tennis Recruiting Network's Fall Signing coverage this month is a piece on Gabby Andrews, who decided ten months ago that she would attend UCLA.  I spoke with her about the process and her decision this summer, and for all the the matches I've seen her play since she was 14, I learned much that I didn't know, particularly how she ended up choosing tennis. Great fun to talk to, Andrews is also obviously a phenomenal doubles partner; her coach Barry Friedman told me what makes her so outstanding, although I didn't need any convincing after watching her win so many big titles with a variety of partners.


The quarterfinals are set for the $15,000 Brownsville Futures, with 16-year-old Michael Mmoh and 18-year-old Deiton Baughman earning spots in the final eight.  Mmoh, a semifinalist at last week's Mansfield Futures,  received a wild card this week, and in his first round match Wednesday avenged that semifinal loss to Dimitar Kutrovsky(Texas) 6-3, 6-1.  Today he defeated qualifier Antoine Richard of Canada 6-4, 6-2.  Baughman, who has reached a Futures quarterfinal three times before this week, defeated No. 4 seed Fritz Wolmarans of South Africa 7-5, 6-3 in the first round and today downed Mico Santiago 6-3, 6-3. He will play former University of Kentucky standout Tom Jomby, a qualifier, for a place in his first Futures semifinal.

At the $10,000 ITF Women's Circuit event in Colombia, 16-year-old qualifier Nicole Frenkel has reached her second career pro semifinal. Frenkel, now training at the JTCC in College Park, beat fellow JTCC student Usue Arconada 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-1 in today's quarterfinals.

Seventeen-year-old Borna Coric of Croatia reached his second ATP quarterfinal of the year, his first at a 500-level tournament, with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan.  He will now face Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals. According to Josh Meiseles of the ATP, Coric is the youngest player to make two ATP quarterfinals since Nadal in 2003. More on Coric from the ATP here.

The Macon $50,000 US Pro Circuit tournament is the first one in the USTA's Australian Open wild card challenge, and six US women have reached the quarterfinals: 17-year-old wild card Ellie Halbauer, Madison Brengle(who probably doesn't need the wild card), Sanaz Marand(North Carolina), Julia Boserup, Irina Falconi(Georgia Tech) and Grace Min.  There are two more tournaments left, with the best two results counting, so the wild card is a long way from being decided, but with four US women in the bottom half, one is assured of reaching the final this week. Live streaming is available at the USTA website.

12 comments:

Rich said...

Does anyone know what has happened to Michael Redlicki of Duke?

get real said...

Hey Rich--- curious-why do you care? More interesting question is what is going on with Ryan Harrison, who is a professional and now at about 200/ Cant win a match anymore?

5.0 Player said...

Hey Get Real- After reading your incredibly rude response to Rich, I have to ask whether you make a regular habit of slamming posters who ask legitimate questions.

At first I was wondering whether you were trying to imply that Rich was being insensitive by asking about a player whose tennis career had reportedly stalled, but then you immediately proceeded to go ahead and totally savage Ryan Harrison. This demonstrated that insensitivity and personal attacks on vulnerable players is not something that you're too concerned about, especially since you can obviously win award for practice.

Clearly both your manners and humanity have room for improvement.

Chris B said...

Get real, anyone following at all can see what's going on with Ryan Harrison. His problem is the same as Donald Young. Both were hyped at a very young age. Both seemed to let the attention get to their head. Both have very entitled attitudes. Both seemed to never mature. Both seem to surround themselves with people who enable terrible and immature behavior on the court. Both seemed to never develop their games. Both have stagnated or gone backwards because of it. Let's hope this next generation doesn't follow in their footsteps and let egos run amok. Let's hope!!!

The Man in the Mirror said...

Matchup at the Charlottesville, VA Challenger…Ryan Harrison vs Mitchell Frank…..should be a wake up call

Tennis 4.5 said...

What do you mean by a wake up call?

gel real said...

to 5.0 player. There is a huge difference. Harrison is a professional athlete in the media who was not to long ago was perhaps America's most promising young tennis pro. Michael Redlicki is a college player and unless you are a Duke tennis fan whatever reason he left the team is (I believe) irrelevant and somewhat inappropriate for this board to talk about it. Anyone who is a Duke booster probably knows the reason, and your not what is the agenda?

What's the big deal? said...

I don't know why Get Real is circling the wagons on Redlicki, only makes it more suspect. We read about commitments and college achievements here, and when someone disappears off the face of the earth, people are bound to be curious. Someone needs to take a chill pill.

Rich said...

Hey, get real
Soooo...I guess you have no clue as to what happened to Redlicki?
Also, I'm sorry, but your "more interesting" question regarding Ryan Harrison isn't more interesting. Easy on the energy drinks my friend.

Appropriate said...

If you read the banner at the top of this Blog you'd see that this is a "Junior and College Tennis" blog. Therefore the more appropriate question to discuss here is, in fact, the disappearance of Michael Redlicki from college tennis and not Ryan Harrison's pro career.

get real said...

Hey Collette

Appropriate makes a good point on the banner. As a lot on your blog covers professional tennis, would be great if you would consider changing the tag to include professional tennis as well. Just a thought...

Colette Lewis said...

@get real-
I don't focus on professional tennis. I highlight juniors and former college players in pro tennis settings, but college and junior tennis is the appropriate description for this website.