Since 1930, the Miami Hurricanes men’s tennis team has played 1661 team matches. The Canes have one of the highest winning percentages in all of college tennis by winning 1352 of those contests for a fantastic 81.3% winning percentage. The Canes have been dominant on the east coast with a winning record against almost every team. Their main in-state rivals Florida (48-17-1) and Florida State (46-19) have a few decades to go before they will even their rivalry with the Canes, if ever. Of their ACC rivals, only Virginia Tech (8-9) has a winning record over the Canes. The west coast teams are a different story, however. The top three California teams of Stanford (1-9), UCLA (1-11-1) and USC (1-8) all have huge leads over the Canes. If the Canes ever hope to win their first NCAA championship, they will have to take care of business there!
The Miami Hurricanes’ Clementina Riobueno won the ITA Summer Circuit Southeast event at the University of Florida on Sunday! After winning the doubles title and a semifinal finish in the singles at the University of Alabama last week, Riobueno kept her great Summer Circuit going with the singles title in Gainesville. She was the top seed in the tournament. After a first round bye, she won two matches on Saturday and two matches on Sunday to claim the title. In the final she was up against Alizee Michaud, a Stetson-commit. After Riobueno won the first set, Michaud had to retire midway through the second set to give Riobueno the win.
Every year during the summer the Intercollegiate Tennis Association holds tennis tournaments all over the country for college players. There are tournaments held every week in nine regions and the players with the best overall records in those tournaments will play in the national championships in August. The Canes’ William Albanese has taken part in the Florida State and Alabama tournaments, while Clementina Riobueno took part in the Alabama tourney and came away with the doubles title! Continue Reading
College tennis has a problem. Tennis is a great sport at the college level. The tournaments and dual team system are a great way to showcase the sport on the college level. The sport has produced some great players and memorable match ups over the years. The sport has also produced some great professional players and of the top 500 professionals today, over 80 of them have a college tennis background.
The problem I mentioned at the beginning is not the scoring system. The USTA, NCAA, and the ITA have tried to change the scoring system and even the basic rules of tennis to make college tennis more “watchable.” But as I’ve said before, that’s like giving a barn a fresh coat of red paint while it’s burning to the ground.
What is the point of “fixing up” a sport when the sport has a whole has failed in getting the results of the matches out? This is maybe the biggest problem that college tennis seems to be completely ignoring. There are some schools that do a fantastic job in keeping the scores updated as the matches are played, but most schools have failed terribly at this. The problems are usually the following: Continue Reading
According to Oklahoma State, they have signed former Cane Kelsey Laurente on for the upcoming year. After the way Laurente was suspended from the team right before the NCAA tournament started, it’s hard to say anyone is surprised by this. Laurente was ranked as high as No. 33 in the nation last year and was a solid No. 2 (sometimes No.1) player in the Miami line up. Needless to say, this is going to hurt. With Laurente gone, the Canes women’s team now have only six players on their roster, and that’s including incoming freshman and No. 5 Yolimar Ogando. The Tennis Recruiting Network lists her as the only recruit for 2014 so we’ll have to wait and see what head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews does for the roster before the school year starts. Cowgirl Tennis Signs Laurente
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Wimbledon 2014 is over. Novak Djokovic has climbed back to No. 1 and Serena Williams is hanging on to her top ranking. Since the start of the ATP rankings in 1973 and the WTA rankings in 1975, there have been 25 men and 21 women who have climbed to the top spot. If you’re a true tennis fan, then naming them all in order in five minutes is no challenge right? Give it a try!
After the way Andy Murray lost his Wimbledon crown this week, a bunch of unfounded rumors have been floating around about some kind of discord in his staff. EuroSport.com just released an article on the matter and former Cane All-American Daniel Vallerdu was mentioned. The article states how Vallverdu is committed to staying with Murray and helping him with the new coach Amelie Mauresmo. Continue Reading