Aggie Krajicek Competes in International Competition

Texas A&M senior All-American Austin Krajicek (pronounced CRY-check) is among a very select group of American collegiate tennis players who have been named to represent the United States in the fifth annual Master’U BNP Paribas, an international collegiate competition held Dec. 9-12 in Rouen, France. The event features eight teams composed of college and university players from around the world.

“Austin was part of the American championship team last year and this is his second time to represent the USA squad,” Texas A&M men’s tennis coach Steve Denton said. “Austin has had a terrific fall and has only improved his overall game. He is poised for a great senior spring season. This event is quite an honor and a great world competition.”

Krajicek, a lefthander from Brandon, Florida, most recently teamed with his senior teammate Jeff Dadamo of Tampa, Florida, to win the 2010 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship. Krajicek is ranked No. 12 in the ITA preseason Division I singles rankings and is No. 4 in the doubles rankings. Krajicek is a three-time All-American and three-time All-Big 12 selection.

The United States, which defeated France to win the title in 2009, will be competing for the third consecutive year against teams from Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and Switzerland. The teams compete in a best-of-seven format consisting of two men’s and two women’s singles matches, one men’s and one women’s doubles match, along with one mixed doubles match.

“I am honored to represent the USA and Texas A&M in this international tournament,” Krajicek said. “Playing against some of the best and brightest college players in the world will only help me become a better tennis player. I am proud to be part of the American team.”

The United States team will be coached by Greg Patton, the head coach of the Boise State University men’s tennis team, and Mark Guilbeau, the head women’s tennis coach at the University of Virginia. Patton helped lead the Americans to the 2009 crown. The roster spots were selected by a committee of USTA Player Development and coaches and staff from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

The other members of the team include Sekou Bangoura from Florida and Reid Carleton of Duke. On the women’s side, Kristy Frilling of Notre Dame, Maria Sanchez of USC and Allie Will of Florida are on the USA squad.

TCU Men’s Tennis Inks Highly-Touted Nick Chappell for 2011-12

Better late than never… I’ve been behind

Chappell is the highest-ranked American recruit to sign at TCU

TCU men’s tennis head coach David Roditi announced the signing of Nick Chappell to a national letter of intent.

“We are very excited to have Nick join the TCU tennis family,” Roditi said. “Nick’s work ethic and passion for the game will allow him to make an immediate positive impact in our program. We are eager to help Nick develop his tennis so he can achieve his lofty goals”

A product of Indianapolis Ind., Chappell will arrive at TCU as one of the top junior players in the country. He has competed in all four junior Grand Slams, reaching the second round of the French Open. Chappell has reached as high as No. 3 in the USTA boys 18 national rankings this year and No. 26 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) rankings. His achievements include a doubles title at Kalamazoo in 2009, while reaching the singles finals and also taking the doubles crown at the 2010 Easter Bowl.

After helping to lead North Central High School to a team title in 2007, the 5-10 southpaw claimed the 2008 Indiana singles state championship as a sophomore, posting a perfect 25-0 record. He became the first North Central boy’s tennis player to capture an individual title for the Panthers since 1998-99. In addition, Chappell’s victory was North Central’s sixth state boys singles tennis title, the most of any school since the tournament began in 1967-68. In two seasons of high school tennis, Chappell recorded an overall record of 45-2.

At the conclusion of his sophomore season, Chappell transferred to Indiana University High School, a distance learning online curriculum to allow him the opportunity to travel and play in more tournaments during the school year. He has worked with private coach Hector Clavijo at the Indianapolis Racquet Club for about nine years.

Chappell will join his older brother, Paul, who will compete as a redshirt junior for the Frogs this spring.

Texas-Exes finding success on the pro tennis circuit

from TexasSports.com

Longhorns making names for themselves on the ATP futures circuit and in Davis Cup competition.

With NCAA Final Four appearances in three of the last five seasons, Texas head coach Michael Center and assistant coach Ricardo Rubio continue to keep the Longhorns’ men’s tennis program among the nation’s elite.

Excellence in the collegiate setting is nothing new for former Longhorns such as Dimitar Kutrovsky and Luis Diaz Barriga. Now, as professionals, some of the finest players in school history are making names for themselves in the professional ranks.

Kutrovsky, who finished his Longhorns career in May as the winningest player in school history, reached a career high of No. 546 in the ATP world singles rankings in October. The Bulgarian reached the singles finals at an ATP futures event in June and has since made two singles semifinals appearances at ATP futures events in addition to two quarterfinalist appearances.

Kutrovsky teamed up with former Texas teammate Josh Zavala to win the doubles draw in October at an ATP futures event in Mansfield, Texas. Kutrovsky won another ATP futures doubles draw in November and reached two additional doubles finals. He is set to represent his native Bulgaria at the Davis Cup in 2011.

Diaz Barriga and Miguel Reyes Varela – who solidified a formidable doubles tandem during UT’s run to the NCAA title match in 2008 – have enjoyed productive seasons together in doubles play. The pair has won four ATP futures doubles titles this season, with one title in Italy and three in Brazil.

Diaz Barriga reached a career high of No. 335 in the ATP world doubles rankings and now ranks No. 347 in the world. Currently ranked 718th in the world in singles, Diaz Barriga reached the singles semifinals at an ATP futures event last May in Brazil. He notched a doubles win to help Mexico to victory over Guatemala last March at the Davis Cup.

Reyes Varela now ranks 354th in the world in doubles after reaching a career high of No. 352 in the world. He teamed with Diaz Barriga to make four additional appearances in the finals of ATP futures events in their respective doubles draws this year. Reyes Varela represented Mexico in the Davis Cup in September and registered a doubles victory to help his home country to a victory over Venezuela.

Zavala teamed up with UT’s Andersen to win the doubles draw at an ATP futures event last July and has since made two additional finals appearances with Andersen in the doubles draws of ATP futures events. Zavala ranks 595th in the ATP world doubles rankings and ranked as high as No. 589 earlier this year.

Former Longhorn Olivier Sajous ranks 633rd in the world in singles. Sajous, who clinched UT’s NCAA quarterfinal win over Georgia in 2009, has reached the semifinals at two ATP futures events this year and reached the quarterfinals at another ATP futures event in October.

SMU’s Lesniak again CUSA Player of the Month

SMU junior Marta Lesniak earned her third-consecutive Athlete of the Month honor for her play during November, winning the consolation singles at the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. Lesniak downed four players, including a pair of top-25 tennis athletes, at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center en route to claiming the consolation singles title. After two straight-set victories, she finished her victorious run with a pair of three-set battles.

WOMEN’S TENNIS ATHLETE OF THE MONTH (NOV.)
MARTA LESNIAK – SMU
Junior – Wroclaw, Poland
Lesniak, ranked as the No. 22 female tennis player in the nation, went 4-1 as she won the consolation singles at the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Lesniak fought back to defeat Mary Ann Macfarlane of Alabama 5-7, 7-6 [4], 6-3 in the final to improve to 18-3 on the season, including a 9-2 record against ranked opponents. Lesniak defeated No. 14 Bianca Eichkorn of Miami 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinal and No. 25 Reka Zsilinszka (1) of Duke 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 in the semifinal during her run in the consolation draw. Lesniak’s loss in the first round of the main draw came against No. 1 Jana Juricova of California (6-2, 6-2). The SMU junior earns the fourth Athlete of the Month honor of her career and the third-straight this year.