Former Texas A&M men’s tennis player Marcel Vos (pronounced MAR-cell VOSS) has been named head coach of the New Zealand Women’s Fed Cup Tennis Team.
Vos, originally from the Netherlands, played for the Aggies from 1984-87 and still ranks eighth all-time in career singles victories (68) and 17th all-time in career doubles victories (54). He also ranks 10th all-time in the school record books with a .692 winning percentage at No. 1 singles in 1987.
Now a professional coach and former ATP Tour player, Vos brings 25 years of international experience to his new role with the Kiwi Fed Cup Team. He currently assists in the coaching of New Zealand’s No. 1 player Marina Erakovic as well as Michiel Schapers. Vos has produced national champions in three different continents. For the past 18 years he has travelled, coached and managed WTA, ATP and ITF Tour players, plus world-ranked juniors to all major Grand Slam events.
The Fed Cup is the world’s premier team competition in women’s tennis, launched in 1963 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the International Tennis Federation. More than 100 nations now compete annually for the Fed Cup.
With really not much going on right now and my promise that I commit myself to writing every few days, I need a topic to write about. Why not delve into the world of the November commitments? Today I will review the boys’ signings and later this week, the girls’.
Let start in Austin where Michael Center wrapped up an interesting class of Chris Camillone (Austin), Ben Chen (Spring), Grant Fleming (Overland Park, Kan.) and Daniel Whitehead (Sugar Land). I say interesting because Chen was a big surprise here. Camillone and Whitehead were already locked up, but the news of adding Chen really give this class some pizazz. Camillone could be a phenomenal player, but he’s a head case at times. Whitehead is a solid kid with good game. He’ll grind his way to some wins for you that you wouldn’t expect and lose some matches he maybe shouldn’t. Fleming is the wild card. He really doesn’t have to much the way of results, but I’ll give Center the benefit of the doubt on this one since he’s originally from there and maybe this is the little engine that could. I mean he is a five-star recruit by tennisrecruiting.net, but the results are scattered.
OK, how about the Aggies? They got a commit from one player, Artem Ilyushin from California. Actually he’s Russian. Well this kid can play. He won the Waco ITF, but also has wins this year over guys like Evan King and Bo Seal, but he seems to have a block with Denis Kudla.
Texas Tech got one commit, Andre Stabile (Brazil). Junior results are mixed and average. He has seemed to disappear from that and played a steady stream of Futures on clay all summer and fall. Not sure if they’ve show him picture of the clay courts in Lubbock just yet.
Baylor didn’t sign anyone or get any commitments that we know of. I think they have their 10 full rides filled for the next season already.
OK, I have finally resolved my issues with my site host. You are probably wondering why I don’t just stick with blogspot or something like that? Well, truth be told, I like a challenge. So in that vein, I promise that I will now be posting something every few days — at the least! Three days max here even during the month of December. This is my New Year’s Resolution.
Why start a New Year’s resolution on December 2nd? Why wait? Heck, when you need to get off the couch and get your butt back to work, there’s no time like the present. Plus this will be an easier resolution than saying I will stop bagging on programs that need to get called out — blow…Baylor…
No seriously, I hope to bring a voice to college tennis in Texas and I hope that people will please jump on board for the ride.