The Southwest run of the ITA Summer Circuit finishes this weekend in College Station and the draws are very exciting.
Singles play gets underway Friday at 2 p.m. and runs through Monday. Doubles competition begins Saturday at 2 p.m.
The last match on Friday is slated for 7 p.m. Matches on Saturday and Sunday are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Championship matches are currently slated to be contested Monday morning.
Admission to the four-day tournament is free.
The top-seed on the women’s side is Rosalia Alda from Round Rock, who now plays for the University of Tennessee. Last sumer, Rosalia won the USTA Texas Summer Grand Slam after her freshman year at UT, defeating the likes of Lilly Kimbell and Charlotte Calhoun, to earn a spot on the Texas Junior Fed Cup team.
Also returning to the Lone Star State is Paloma Escobedo, who now plays for Ohio State.
What makes this draw (as well as the men’s) interesting are the incoming freshmen and lower rung players from some of the top universities scattered thoughout. It will be interesting to see who is ready for prime time.
Colin Hoover (of Texas A&M and Victoria) is the top-seed in the men’s draw. He has been on fire during this series, dominating play in the earlier tournaments.
Incoming freshman Ben Chen (Houston and Texas) is the second seed. He recently won the USTA Texas Summer Grand Slam and will be heading to Illinois for Junior Davis Cup next week.
Also seeded are such names as Jake Hendrie (New Braunfels and St. Louis Univ.), Jack Seider (Austin, TCU and now Texas A&M), Alberto Bautista (McAllen and Texas A&M), Kayvon Karimi (Dallas and Texas A&M), Brett Powers (Austin and St. Edward’s), Thomas Wilson (San Antonio and Purdue), Aaron Carpenter (Houston and Duke), Jonathon Chang (Houston and Rice), Austin Brooks (Houston and Michigan State) and Robert Cocanougher (Southlake and Trinity). I know I left some people out.
One interesting note would be in the top quarter if Hoover and Bautista meet. That would give the Aggies a look into what may be the bottom of their lineup next spring.
It should be hot in College Station, as the high is projected to be over 100 each day.
If you haven’t read the article at TenisRecruiting.net, it explains who I am. Thanks again to Colette and Dallas for being so supportive over the last few months… and for all of those who kept the secret. It was just time to move on.
KRAJICEK AND POLLOCK
I have it on good authority that Conor Pollock will return to action on the Pro Circuit with Austin Krajicek this coming week in Godfrey, Illinois. They will then head to Decatur. The duo hopes to rekindle the magic of earlier this summer.
I know there is more I should write about, but I keep getting interrupted and it has taken several hours to finish just this.