Grand Slam, Holiner to Israel, Roddick to OU and Thoughts on Gladwell

Disclaimer: If I do not make any sense, please ignore what I say. I have been away from my computer for a few days. I am completely exhausted from a weekend of working on the house non-stop in the 100 degree heat.

SUMMER GRAND SLAM

I was unable to head back to College Station Thursday or Friday for the Boys and Girls 18 finals, but heard the matches were again real good.

Lillie Kimbell beat Elizabeth Begley 6-2 6-4 for the title. Not much to report here, just as expected.

Ben Chen beat future teammate David Holiner, 6-3 7-6 (7), in another great match in the boys’ draw. Shane Vinsant beat Dane Webb 3-6 6-4 6-2 for third place. Chen had defeated Vinsant, 7-6 7-6 in the semifinals, while Holiner topped Webb, 6-4 7-5.

It was a pretty convincing tournament for both Chen and Holiner, who has been out of action for about six months. Holiner hopes to be given a wild card for Kalamazoo, since it appears his Texas rankings may not be high enough. He will miss the national opens, since he has been selected to be in Israel for the Maccabi Games.

RODDICK NAMED OU COACH

I know this has nothing to do with Texas, but as all Texas teams know, you need to follow what goes on north of the Red River. Add the fact that John Roddick has made San Antonio and Austin his home for the last decade and it is certainly important.

I find this move interesting because Roddick complained in a meeting with other coaches just last month that college wasn’t a place to develop kids because much the coaching is weak. He claimed a coach of his business partner, Grant Doyle, is never hired at the collegiate level.

We all know he has been an assistant in the past, but has been looked over when applying for other college head jobs.

I think he is a very good coach who has a proven track record with players. He also has the background and experience as a player. He is certainly qualified for the position.

I am just not convinced he can give 365 days a year to OU. He seems to like to hit the Grand Slams with his brother. I also spoke with a former student who thinks the world of his abilities and determination, but was shocked. This ex-student said that Roddick had said he would never coach in college, unless it was at Georgia.

That leads me to my next thought. I think he loves Georgia and is extremely fond of his college years in Athens. I think the UGA job might be the end-all for him. I also think that Georgia would never hire him without head coaching experience.

So why not go to that fabulous new facility in Norman? You can build a little something for yourself there and get some experience before you try to land the big Dawg job. I know Manny can be there as long as he wishes, but I am guessing he doesn’t want to coach more than 10 years max.

GLADWELL

If you haven’t read the article from last night on Zoo Tennis about Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, you should. I love his stuff. Gladwell is not only a great thinker, he is a huge sports fan. I have actually been working on a letter to him discussing how tennis relates to a theory put forth in a recent New Yorker article on underdogs. I will elaborate more on this during the week, but it essentially comes down to two ideas for me.

I am sure there was more to mention, but I just need to go to bed.

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