Singles first day, a good man is hard to find and Conor wins cash

Here are the results involving Texans or players on teams in Texas from today’s singles matches.

MENS SINGLES (ROUND OF 64)
Kutrovsky (Texas) def. Berg (Mississippi), 3-6, 6-1, 7-5
Singh (Virginia) def. Muller (Rice), 6-3, 6-1
Cubas (South Carolina) def. #4 Lucaks (Baylor), 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
#5 Agostinelli (Kentucky) def. Spencer (Texas A&M), 6-1, 6-3
Bowles (Florida State) def. Carvalho (Texas Tech), 6-4, 6-3
Clayton (Stanford) def. Rux (Baylor), 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
Donato (North Carolina) def. Krajicek (Texas A&M), 1-6, 6-4, 7-6
Rosa (Rice) def. #8 Farah (USC), 7-5, 7-6
Pollock (Texas A&M) def. Seleznev (Old Dominion), 6-2, 6-4

WOMENS SINGLES (ROUND OF 64)
#7 Barte (Stanford) def. Broosova (Baylor), 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
#4 Mijacika (Clemson) def. Lesniak (SMU), 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-5
Marand (North Carolina) def. Rose (Northwestern), 6-2, 6-4
Eichkorn (Miami) def. Ormond (Baylor)
Gioia (Furman) def. Munch-Soegaard (TCU), 6-4, 6-1

Fairly incredible. On the women’s side, we only have Sanaz left and on the men’s side it is Conor, Dimi and Bruno. How Lukacs lost is beyond me, but so did Farah of USC, who played well all week. I figure Farah was as they say in the NBA injury report, “suffering from flu-like symptoms.” Hell, I would too if I had just clinched the title. I may just be going to bed right now. Don’t get me wrong, Bruno is good and I would kill for his backhand, but he hasn’t had the year we all expected from him.

Broosova and Lesniak got rough draws, Ormond looked average all week and Munch-Soegaard has been injured and really hasn’t played enough to be ready for this.

This is a rough tournament and we always see some strange results. I cannot wait to see what happens tomorrow.

Conor plays The Gooch. Rosa plays Clint Bowles, whic should be a good match. Dimi plays Singh and should run him. A win would likely set up a rematch with JP Smith of Tennessee.

Sanaz plays Natasha Marks of Arizona, who beat a seed today. I like her draw.

A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND

I am not really a pig. cashAs far as  the all-Hottie team was concerned, I thought it was a fun idea that some college kids came up with and decided to post it. For the most part, this has been very well received, however, the major criticism I got from women was there was no all-Hottie of men. I have received several suggestions, but no team has been compiled just yet. If anyone is up to the task, let me know.

CONOR AWARDED ITA/John Van Nostrand Memorial Award

Conor Pollock was awarded the ITA/John Van Nostrand Memorial Award Tuesday. he John Van Nostrand Memorial Award is a stipend that goes to an outstanding senior men’s player who plans to pursue a professional career after college. 

Here’s the note on him: Pollock was named All-Big 12 in singles for the third-straight year and also received his second career nod on the All-Big 12 doubles team. He currently ranks 18th all-time with 60 career singles victories and 10th all-time with 63 career doubles victories in the A&M record books. Pollock is a two-time Big 12 Player of the Week selection and three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team scholar.

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