With the conclusion of the US Open and Marin Cilic putting the finishing touches on the Grand Slam season, it is time to get into college tennis and a little Davis Cup action.
First, it seems many of the state’s top women’s programs are heading to Waco for the Under Armour Kick-Off (I have seen kickoff spelled three different ways, so I will go with one of host Baylor’s versions. the men travel to the West Texas town of Midland for the legendary Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational.
Who knows how much tennis will actually get played? It has been in the high 90’s for months, but the highs for Waco and Midland this Saturday are expected to be 73 and 65, respectively, with a solid chance of showers in both places.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is also hosting both men and women in the Marco & Co Catering Islander Open. There is a 60% chance of rain in Corpus as well, so like in Waco I expect quite a bit of indoor tennis, but maybe a better buffet, due to the catering sponsorship.
For any Division III action, please follow the website www.division3tennis.com. They also have a couple of great twitter accounts you can find there.
On the Davis Cup side, I felt I would throw in some discussion on a few DC ties with ties to Texas.
Obviously the US plays Slovakia in Chicago. Not really any Texas ties here, except there is a town called Bryan.
I am one of those people though that gets excited about the lower groups.
In a Group I Americas relegation match, Venezuela and Baylor-ex Roberto Maytin host Uruguay in Caracas.
University of Texas alum Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela is now one of the old men leading the Mexican team in a Group II Americas Third Round match in Barbados. The winner advances to Group I.
Soren Hess –Oleson has been added to the Danish team, as they hold Molova in a European Group II Third Round tie. I hope they don’t stay out partying all night with Wozniaki. Quick name the greatest player to come out of Moldova! I hope Soren gets into this, if even for a dead rubber on Sunday.
Also in European third rounder, Bosnia/Herzegovina hosts Lithuania in Sarajevo. The Texas ties here is Amer Delic, who lives in Austin, is the captain for BIH.
We could probably claim more ties, like Somdev Devvarman, but I’ll stop there. Please hit up the Davis Cup website to get updates on these and all of the other matches.