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    The draft for the 2022 ITA Kickoff Weekend was held today. First- and second-round host sites were based on ITA team rank at the end of 2021, and fifth-ranked TCU will host #37 Wichita State, #46 Tulsa, and #75 Portland on January 29-30. Kickoff Weekend tournament winners go to the Indoor Nationals, where teams get a chance to face other highly ranked teams and boost their team ITA rank.

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    Go Frogs

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    • #3
      TCU's lone incoming recruit:

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      • #4
        The Frogs apparently have another new player this year.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by FractalFrog View Post
          fifth-ranked TCU
          I like the sound of that.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Lyle Lanley III View Post

            I like the sound of that.
            But we don't do Olympic sports, remember?

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            • #7
              First-year student Lui Maxted lost his first-round match at the US Open Juniors to high-school junior Aidan Kim on Monday, but bounced back with partner Mads Dahlberg for a first-round doubles win on Tuesday to extend his stay in New York.

              Today the ITA released the selection list for the ITA Men's All-America Championship scheduled to begin on September 22 at Tulsa. Luc Fomba and incoming grad transfer Juan Carlos Aguilar are in the main draw, with Sander Jong the sixth alternate. If Sander doesn't make the main draw, he'll be in the qualifying tournament along with Tomas Jirousek, Jacob Fearnley, and incoming first-Pedro Vives Marcos and Lui Maxted. Incoming grad transfer Tim Ruehl is listed as an alternate for the qualifying tournament, but he's pretty far down this list. If he doesn't make the qualifying tournament, he'll be in the pre-qualifying tournament. No TCU pair made the main draw for doubles, but Fomba/Ruehl are the first alternate and Jong/Aguilar are the fifth alternate. Those doubles pairs will be in the qualifying tournament if nobody withdraws from the main draw, and Fearnley/Maxted were also selected for doubles qualifying.

              The ITA also released its preseason singles, doubles, and newcomers rankings. In singles, the ranked Frogs are Fomba (8), Aguilar (18), Jong (43), Jirousek (75), and Fearnley (81). In doubles our ranked Frogs are Fomba/Ruehl (24) and Aguilar/Jong (32). There are 10 ranked newcomers, and Pedro Vives Marcos is ranked 2nd.

              In the pros, Nick, Alex, and Reese are in Kyiv, Ukraine for an ATP Challenger. Nick lost his opening match in the main singles draw and isn't playing doubles, so he's done. Alex got through singles qualifying and also won his first-round match in the main draw, so he has a match against the tournament's top seed, Sebastian Baez (ATP 155) Wednesday morning. Alex and his doubles partner, Ivan Gakhov, won their opening doubles match and are into the quarterfinals. Reese isn't playing singles in Kyiv, but will try to join Alex in the doubles quarterfinals Wednesday.

              Alastair won his two singles qualifying matches at an ITF tournament in Sintra, Portugal, and is into the main draw where he'll face fellow Brit and 2019 NCAA singles champion, Paul Jubb, in the first round. Alastair isn't playing doubles this week.

              Gerardo Lopez Villasenor is back on the courts this week in Ibague, Colombia, where he's seeded third in an ITF tournament there. He won his first-round singles match on Tuesday and was also scheduled to play doubles, but I can't find a score.
              Last edited by FractalFrog; September 15, 2021, 08:30 AM.

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              • #8
                Lui and his doubles partner made it to the quarterfinals at the US Open, but fell there to the eighth-seeded team.

                The pro Frogs won a few matches last week, but no one made it past the quarterfinals of a main draw. But their recent wins have pushed rankings to career highs in singles for Nick (338) and Alex (371), and in doubles for Alex (391) and Reese (342), and Alastair (448). Cam is also at his career-high rank of 28.

                Alex stayed in eastern Europe and is at the ATP Challenger tournament in Szczecin, Poland, where he's won two qualifying singles matches and his first-round main-draw match over Danilo-Peterovic (181). Nick made it through singles qualifying at an ATP Challenger in Istanbul, but lost his first-round match in the main draw. Alastair (1015) is at an ITF Futures tournament in Johannesburg, where he knocked off the singles tournament's top seed, Konstantin Kravchuk (458). Alastair is also playing doubles this week, and his partner is Daniel Cukierman, the USC former player who was ranked #1 in the nation when Alastair beat him at the ITA Indoors back in February. (Cukierman won the rematch at the NCAA tournament in May.) Jerry Lopez (654) is seeded 4th in the main draw at an ITF tournament in Medellin, Colombia, and he's into the second round there in both singles and doubles.

                Edit: I forgot to mention Reese. He's at the ATP Challenger in Cary, NC, and playing only doubles. His partner this week is Gils Brouwer.
                Last edited by FractalFrog; September 15, 2021, 02:30 PM.

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                • #9
                  The TCU men's tennis spring schedule and roster are now up on gofrogs.com. The season starts on January 14 with a visit from last year's national champion, Florida, followed by a visit from the fourth-ranked finisher, Tennessee. Almost every team on the scheduled finished in the top 50 last year.

                  Alastair and Jerry are still playing this week. Alastair is into tomorrow's singles semifinal and doubles final in Johannesburg. Jerry just got a service break to get back on serve at 1-2 in third set of his quarterfinal singles match, and he has a doubles semifinal scheduled for later today.

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                  • #10
                    Alastair won the singles title this morning in Johannesburg, and he and Daniel Cukierman won the doubles title yesterday. That's a pretty good week.

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                    • #11
                      Several current Frogs are playing in the ITF tournament in Fayetteville this week. Juan Carlos Aguilar was seeded 4th in the singles qualifying tournament, but lost his first round match. Sander Jong was seeded 6th in qualifying, won his first-round match but lost his second-round match (to Baylor's Finn Bass), but is into the main draw as a lucky loser. Sander will play Illini first-year player Karlos Ozolins in the main draw first round. Tomas Jirousek made the main draw directly, but drew the top seed, former Florida player Sekou Bangoura, and lost in the first round. Pedro Vives Marcos is seeded 8th in the singles main draw and will play Blu Baker, who knocked Juan Carlos Aquilar out of tournament, in the first round.

                      In doubles, Juan Carlos Aguilar and Sander Jong are seeded fourth, and Tomas Jirousek and Pedro Vives Marcos are also paired but unseeded.

                      Alex (ATP 349, a career high) won a first-round qualifying match at this week's ATP Challenger in Braga, Portugal, but lost in the second round. He was awarded a lucky-loser entry into the main draw, but lost that, too. He's paired with 2017 NCAA singles champion Thai-Son Kwiatkowski in doubles.

                      Nick (ATP 336, a career high) made it into the main draw of the ATP Challenger in Columbus, Ohio, but retired down 0-5 in his first-round match. Reese Stalder (ATP doubles 349) was in the doubles tournament in Columbus with Gijs Brouwer, but they also lost in the first round.

                      Alastair (ATP 1013, but projected to zoom up to a career-high 718 after last week's tournament title is factored in) is still in Johannesburg this week for another ITF tournament. He made the main draw directly after his tournament win last week and will play fellow Brit Julian Cash in the first round. He's also paired with Daniel Cukierman again for doubles.

                      Jerry (ATP 640) is back home for an ITF tournament in Cancun, where he's seeded second in the singles main draw and in doubles.

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                      • #12
                        Alastair Gray kept rolling this week and won another ITF singles title in Johannesburg this morning.

                        Jerry Lopez made it to the singles final in Cancun, but lost that final in a 1-6, 1-6 rout.

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                        • #13
                          British #2 Cam is playing a second-round match against British #1 Dan Evans in San Diego this afternoon. Evans is up 5-3 and serving for the first set.
                          Edit: The Tennis Channel briefly switched over to the Norrie-Evans match as Cam got a service break to make it 4-5 and get back on serve in the first set.
                          Edit 2: Cam wins! He won the first-set tiebreak and then got a late break in the second to take the match, 7-6(3), 6-4. His next opponent will be the winner of the upcoming Taylor Fritz/Denis Shapovalov match.

                          Alastair is into the singles quarterfinals in Pretoria after a win this morning. He's not playing doubles this week.

                          Alex got through singles qualifying and a first-round match this week at the ATP Challenger in Murcia, Spain, but then faced the tournament's top seed and lost 2-6, 2-6. His live ranking is up to a career-high 340. Alex was the top seed in the qualifying tournament, so he's almost risen enough to earn a spot in the main draw of a Challenger without having to spend the energy to get there through qualifying.

                          Jerry was up a set in Cancun but retired early in the second set.
                          Last edited by FractalFrog; September 30, 2021, 02:47 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Cam routed 13th-ranked Shapovalov, 6-3, 6-1. His semifinal match Saturday afternoon will be against top-seeded and 5th-ranked Andrey Rublev.

                            Alastair lost today in Pretoria, so he shan't be collecting a third consecutive title this week.

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                            • #15
                              The Norrie-Rublev match is on the Tennis Channel. Cam lost the first set, 3-6, but he won the second 6-3. Cam has started dictating the style of play and Rublev is frustrated and annoyed and making mistakes. Facundo Lugones in his TCU gear got a little screen time also.

                              Cam takes the 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, semifinal win over world #5 Andrey Rublev! He’ll face the winner of tonight’s Dimitrov/Ruud semifinal.
                              Last edited by FractalFrog; October 02, 2021, 05:14 PM.

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