Not a whole lot to report for the most except for the Pro Circuit news across the country. I hope I can keep up daily updates on this through the summer. I am working on a series of articles related to college tennis and some theories I have on how to fix the game or problems within the game. I will continue to research and write until I think they are worthy to publish. I am also writing a recap of the Texas and Texas A&M recruiting classes for TennisRecruiting.Net. Both of these classes are in the top-20 and should be investigated more in depth. I should be done by the end of the week and will let you know when it will run.
Several players with ties to the Lone Star state are competing. Like I mentioned yesterday, Conor Pollock received a wild card into the main draw. He won’t play until Wednesday, it seems. Baylor’s Denes Lukacs qualied in with a 6-1 2-6 6-3 win over Matt Reid. Jordan Rux fell to Carlton Fiorentino, 6-4 6-2 on Sunday. Austin Krajicek made it to the qualifying round before falling to Jun-Chao Xu, 7-5 6-4 today. Former Longhorn and LSU player Michael Venus also qualied in. He beat Takanyi Garanganga of Zimbabwe, 6-3 6-3.
Garanganga actually has ties to Texas, as his father got an engineering degree or something like that at Texas A&M. I saw him play in the U. S. Open Juniors last fall and think he has a ton of talent, he just needs to learn to manage it.
In the main draw, Pollock will face PC veteran Nick Monroe. That is a huge opportunity for Conor to test himself against someone who has been out there for a few years.
Also in the draw, via a wild card is Ryan Harrison, who plays Daniel Yoo of South Korea. I looked it up a few months back and want to say Yoo is the second or third highest ranked Korean in the world (I really find strange ways to amuse myself).
Lukacs finds an interesting first rounder in Phillip Simmonds. Speaking of someone who has been out there awhile, Phillip is now up to 387 in the world.
Former Aggie Lester Cook also is in the draw, as the third seed.
The draw in Brownsville seems real weak, with lots of opportunity for some younger players to grab some points.
Austin’s Ashley Weinhold is third seed in singles and the top seed in doubles with Sacha Jones. An interesting matchup in the first round will be Sofia Montemayor, who lives in Matamoros, but somehow has a ranking in Texas and had an article written about her today in the local paper against Brittany Augustine.
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