Time to catch up on a few things that happened today, but before we do, I have to say this article that was tweeted by SI’s Jon Wortheim on Andy Murray is just flat-out cool. http://bit.ly/11yLWz.
BRANDI TO BAYLOR
As the release below states, Baylor has hired Chris Brandi as their next assistant men’s coach. I have not spoken to anyone, but just from his resume, it looks like another good hire and Waco will likely just be a stepping stone for another big job. I thought Wake Forest (Cory Parr and Steve Foreman, especially) was solid down the stretch last season and those guys have already performed well this summer.
COLLEGE STATION ITA
Unseeded Jonathan Chang ‘upset’ second-seeded Ben Chen, 64 62 to claim the men’s division at the College Station ITA. Although it was an upset for the incoming Rice freshman, those who saw the Class 5A championship knew that this was a tough match-up.
Chang is going to make a real good addition to the Owls next season and both of these guys could make an immediate impact.
In the girls’ singles, Round Rock’s Rosalia Alda cruised past Nazari Urbina, 63 62. Alda must be playing some incredible tennis as she just dominated the field. She won at least one 60 set in every match prior to the finals.
In the girls’ doubles played today, Alda and Texas A&M’s Sheri Olivier teamed to beat Urbina and Stephanie Davidson, 8-6.
In an interesting side story, the men’s final was not without some intrigue. It was reported that Chang’s father was using some pretty obvious hand signals when his son was serving. Some school officials were notified, but were not real clear whether coaching was allowed during the event or not. The father apparently stopped using the signals when he realized the officials were watching him.
GODFREY PRO CIRCUIT NEWS
As I tweeted this afternoon, future Aggie Jeff Dadamo defeated ex-Aggie, Conor Pollock, 75 62 today in the qualifying round. No word yet on how healthy Conor is, but he did beat Mitchell Frank yesterday pretty handily.
Dadamo will now play Kerrville (and Baylor’s) Jordan Rux, who also quailed into the main draw. This should be exciting, as both players should be tentatively slated to play at #2 for their respective teams next season.
In the “what the?” department, Ken Flach and his nephew Ricky are playing in the doubles. I think this is awesome, but Holden Seguso is in the draw and I think it should’ve been Holden and Ricky playing together. That might have stirred afew flashbacks for the oldtimers like me. I love looking up Ken’s ITF info… career high doubles ranking – #4 (27 Jan 92)…
OK, back to the locals.
Round Rock (and Harvard alum) Ashwin Kumar is in the main draw of doubles with Tigran Martirosyan, the top-seed in singles. They face Clint Bowles and Marcus Fugate.
Speaking of Fugate, he plays for Longhorn Luis Diaz-Barriga in the first round. Luigi is also the top-seed in doubles with Juan-Manuel Elizondo.
Austin Krajicek faces new pro Jordan Cox, who signed with IMG today. I know that the IMG folks would like nothing more than to sign the former IMG-alum, Krajicek. As stated by zootennis.com, this is a battle of the last year’s Kalamazoo singles champs.
Krajicek and Pollock face Cory Parr and Todd Paul in the first round of dubs.
RODDICK AND HARRISON
Andy Roddick has tweeted that some of the youngsters are in town to train with him. Ryan Harrison has tweeted that he’s in Austin to train. Hmmm. Maybe I need to drop by the courts and see if the boys are working out tomorrow? Wonder who else is here? Then again, that’s a bit too creepy-stalkerish.