Sept 14: The Miami Hurricanes men’s tennis team collected four more (non-forfeit) wins on Sunday. Freshman Nile Clark had a great weekend, advancing to the finals of his group. He battled for four hours before finally losing in a third set tiebreak. This was a great result for him and it will be very interesting to see how the rest of his fall season goes. Freshman Andrew Harrington also won twice on Sunday to win his quarterfinal consolation bracket. Sophomore Bernard Tefel won his consolation semifinal and won the final by forfeit. Clark/Harrington were also in the final of their doubles consolation bracket, but had to forfeit due to the length of Clark’s final. The Canes will be back in action this coming weekend in Illinois and New Jersey.
UPDATE Sept 15: The Miami Hurricanes women’s tennis team cleaned up on Sunday with seven wins at the Duke Fab Four on Sunday. No. 18 and Cane No. 1 defeated Florida’s No. 1 and No. 14th-ranked Brianna Morgan in the final of her group to take the singles title. Clementina Riobueno and Monique Albuquerque won the doubles title as well. The women’s team will host the Miami Fall Invite this coming weekend.
The Neil Schiff Tennis Center at the University of Miami is getting a makeover this season. The school’s official site announced that the courts would be resurfaced and other upgrades would be done to make the courts better than ever. With all the junior tournaments that are played in Miami, the Canes have a great opportunity to show off the great facilities they have and get the recruits to consider Miami when choosing a school. If you ever get a chance to visit Miami, go check out The Schiff and this year’s tennis teams!
Just the tennis of course!
Well, here’s a bit of good news! The Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet is now taking another look at the proposal for changes in college tennis. Since the announcement of the changes back in July, there have been many voices of protest and disagreement from coaches, players and fans. Looks like someone may have been listening. Bringing this issue back to the table may not result in the way many of the college tennis community is hoping, but at least it’s a start!
Finally a positive bit of news about the relationship between the USTA and college tennis! With the leadership changing at the top of the USTA, we may finally see some people who want to make college tennis a viable step or “minor league system” to the pro tour. If the USTA, ITA and NCAA can really work together in helping the players in the college ranks instead of changing the rules or cutting programs, it just might bececome a reality.
It is also a clear statement that the U.S.T.A. is merely realizing what the N.F.L. and the N.B.A. have known for decades: Colleges are an effective minor league for developing and nurturing professionals. That view is a drastic change from the way the U.S.T.A. has long viewed college tennis, but its decision to put more resources in a nonrevenue college sport could result in more talented young players opting to go the N.C.A.A. route.
That type of partnership could mean that in the next decade, colleges will become the pipeline and training ground for the kind of talent that the U.S.T.A. has been seeking.
Singles No. 127
Doubles No. 482
In the Newcomer/Freshmen rankings, Canes Men’s freshmen Piotr Lomacki is ranked No. 6 in the country!
Updated September , 2014
Team Rankings will come out in January 2015.