Where’s the Beef? Dimi’s Ranked and Draws up at Texas Invite

It’s the Evening Edition of TexasCollegeTennis.com.

I failed to mention that Texas A&M has announced the signing of British junior tennis player Niall Angus (pronounced Nile) who will join the Aggies in January for the upcoming 2010 spring season. The Ags are high on Angus, whose nickname is ‘Beef’ (I kid not). The only thing that would be better would be if he studied in their Range Management or Vet School (which are top flight), but alas, the boy is seeking a degree Sports Management.

My concern, as with Texas, is the fact the Aggies now seem to have about 20 people on their roster. I kid, but UT and A&M will be floating a bunch of guys this spring when the season starts. This will provide some great depth, but could put a strain on things when guys who think they should be playing don’t get into the lineup. As we all know, winning helps, but once you lose a few matches, people can get testy.

This will certainly be something to follow come the Spring.

Dimi Enters Rankings at #867

On the heels of his finals appearance at the 10sPortal.com 15k event in Austin a week ago, Texas’ Dimitar Kutrovsky entered the ATP Singles Rankings at #867. His 14 points are a nice starting point that he will be able to build on once he graduates in May. For someone who has been unable to play many events, that is a nice cushion.

Texas Invitational

The draws are out and there are some interesting match-ups early.

Laredo College’s Cledson Carvalho faces UT’s Vasil Mladenov in the first round with the winner likely facing Isamu Tachibana. Josh Zavala and Daniel Whitehead could have a rematch of last week’s upset by Whitehead in the second round. Michael Nusslein of Rice plays Otavio Perim of Marquette, then will likely face Julian Bley, who faces Alex Hilliard in the first round. Alberto Bautista faces Marquette’s Dusan Medan.

The “B” draw has a bunch of Texans mixed in.

Play begins at 8:30 in the “B” draw and 9:30 in the main draw, with two rounds of singles scheduled for the day.


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