The Miami Hurricanes men’s tennis team finished up a disappointing weekend, losing to lower-ranked Tulane 4-1 at Waco, Texas. After giving #40 Drake a pretty good fight yesterday, the #52 Canes started off well by taking the doubles point. Piotr Lomacki had a tough fight against No. 9 Dominik Koepfer and went down in straight sets. Canes’ No. 2 Wilfredo Gonzalez and No. 4 Christian Langmo also went down quickly in straight sets to put the Canes in a hole they couldn’t get out of. Henrique Tsukamoto, Bernard Tefek and Niclas Genovese all battled into third sets, but Tsukamoto finally lost 6-4 in the third set to give Tulane the win.
The Canes are now 1-3 for the season and with the very tough ACC season coming up, something is going to have to turn around for the Canes to have a chance at getting back to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2011. At this point, finishing with a .500 record and staying in the Top 75 teams in the country seems to be the realistic goal for now. The Canes have until February 7 off, when they host Florida Gulf Coast. Continue Reading
The Miami Hurricanes men’s tennis team fell to #40 Drake 4-2 today in the first round of the ITA Kick-off Weekend. The doubles matches were very close and the team had a good chance of taking the doubles point from a team that had not dropped the doubles point yet this year. But they were too strong in the last few games and swept all three to go up 1-0 before the singles matches. There was a real chance for a while as No. 3 Henrique Tsukamoto, No. 5 Christian Langmo, and No. 6 Niclas Genovese were battling. Piotr Lomacki and Wilfredo Gonzalez were also making comebacks and taking their matches to a third set but they couldn’t hold on in the end and loses at No.1, No. 2 and No. 4 finished the win for the Bulldogs. The Canes will now face #61 Tulane tomorrow at 12 noon while #6 Baylor and Drake will play for a spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Continue Reading
The Miami Hurricanes men’s and women’s tennis teams are playing this week in the ITA Kick-off Weekend for a spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The men will be traveling to Waco, Texas while the women will be hosting their group at Coral Gables. The ITA Team Indoor Championships is the second biggest team event of the year. There are 15 regionals being played all over the country and the teams that win twice will join the national tournament hosts Illinois (men) and Virginia (women) to play for the national title next month. The defending champions are Ohio State (men) and Duke (women). Continue Reading
The Australian Open is one of the four Grand Slam tournaments that every tennis player aspires to win. After going through some dark days in the 1970s with many players skipping the tournament, it has reinvented itself in sucn a remarkable way that it may rival even Wimbledon as the best run Grand Slam tournament. The courts, the fans, and the competition are fantastic and makes it one of the highlights of the tennis year. Over the years, many Miami Hurricanes have traveled Down Under and have left their mark in the history books of the tournament. Here are some of the Canes who have found success Down Under. Continue Reading
The ITA Kick-off Weekend is getting ready to start this weekend. The Kick-off is the elimination rounds for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships which will be held February 13-16 in Chicago, Illinois. The event started last year in June with the draft. To explain it simply, the top 15 host teams are selected. The remaining top teams of the country decide in the order of their ranking where they want to go to play. Three teams will join the host team and play dual matches with the winner advancing to the national championships. The Canes men’s team selected to go to Baylor this year. They will play #46 Drake and then either #6 Baylor or #62 Tulane. The Canes women’s team will host a regional. They will play unranked North Florida and then either #30 Florida State or #39 South Florida for a spot in the final 16 teams. Good luck Canes!
ITA Kick-off Weekend Men’s and Women’s Groups
The Miami Hurricanes men’s tennis team lost a close one today, going down against #70 Central Florida 4-3 at The Schiff. The #52 Canes had hoped to get some revenge on the Knights after losing to them for the first time last year, but just didn’t have enough to get it done today. Surprisingly, they won the doubles point to get ahead, but could not get three wins from the six singles matches to secure the win. Singles No. 2 through No. 6 were all full-set battles, but the Canes were only able to win one. These are the games the team needs to make sure they win this year if they are going to have any chance at all for the NCAA championships. Newcomer Niclas Genovese made his debut in the singles lineup today at number 6, but went down in straight sets after losing a very close first set tiebreak.The Canes will get a chance to bounce back in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Waco on Friday, January 24. Go Canes! Continue Reading
The 2015 spring season finally got underway for the Miami Hurricanes men’s tennis team as the Canes hosted the Florida Atlantic Owls at The Schiff on Sunday. With so many new members, it was anybody’s guess what kind of lineup Coach Mario Rincon would start the team season with. After dropping the doubles point, the Canes came roaring back to take five of six singles matches to get the season started on a winning note. The Canes have now beaten the Owls 21 out of 22 meetings. The doubles point remains a concern. If the Canes are going to have any chance against the top teams, the doubles point is going to be crucial. The team struggled in doubles during the fall season so it will be interesting to see what kind of combinations Coach Rincon comes up with as he tries to find a winning combination. The Canes are right back at it tomorrow at noon against Central Florida at The Schiff. Continue Reading