radiotennis.com selected by usta to broadcast ‘college matchday’ series

radiotennis.com chosen by USTA to broadcast "College MatchDay" series

RadioTennis.com has been selected by the USTA to webcast the trial run of their new “College MatchDay” Series. The campaign, which should be in place in 2014, will highlight two matches per week throughout the college tennis season.

The College MatchDay series kicks off Sunday, February. 24, with one of the biggest rivalries in women’s college tennis — the University of Florida versus Stanford University in Gainesville, Fla. The men will then be in the spotlight on March 22, when the University of Virginia hosts Duke University in Charlottesville, Va.

(RELATED: Virginia men win the 2013 ITA National Men’s Indoor Championships)

“There is so much great competition in college tennis, and we’re thrilled to be able to spotlight some of the game’s finest teams, players and coaches with College MatchDay,” said Virgil Christian, Director, Collegiate Tennis and Market Development, USTA. “We’ve got four of America’s finest college tennis programs launching College MatchDay this season, and we’re looking forward to growing the series in the years to come.”

“RadioTennis.com is proud to be associated with this new and dynamic series,” states RadioTennis.com’s CEO Ken Thomas. “And we look forward to sharing American intercollegiate tennis with our listeners not only here in the United States, but also and around the world.”

Broadcast Schedule: February 24, Stanford University vs. University of Florida; March 22, Duke University vs University of Virginia.

What about TV? JFTR, we’d watch this if it were on Tennis Channel.

unc, virginia remain on top of ita college rankings

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This past week of college tennis produced a number of notable results, including a rare home loss by the Stanford women, as the Cardinal were shocked 4-3 by St. Mary’s over the weekend, dropping Stanford out of the Top 10. The Florida Gators also had an interesting two days, losing 4-0 at Duke on Sunday before defeating top-ranked North Carolina 4-2 on Monday. For the men, the Virginia Cavaliers fought off the competition at the 2013 ITA DI National Men’s Team Indoor Championship to hold steady at No. 1, claiming the title with a 4-2 triumph over No. 2 USC.

Follow the Leader: For the men, following Virginia are USC, UCLA, Ohio State, Duke, Kentucky, Pepperdine, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Ole Miss. One the women’s side, North Carolina is followed by UCLA, Duke, Florida, Georgia, USC, Cal, Alabama, Northwestern, and Texas A&M.

Conference Count: Men’s Top 25: SEC – 9; Pac-12 – 4; ACC, Big 12, and Big Ten – 3; Big East, Conference USA, and WCC – 1. Six different conferences placed at least one team in the Top 10. Women’s Top 25: ACC – 7; SEC – 5; Big Ten and Pac-12 – 4; Big 12 – 3; Big East and Ivy League – 1. Four SEC teams landed in the Top 10, while the Pac-12 had three squads among the Top 10 and the ACC had two.

ITA Tennis Rankings - February 19, 2013

Double-Dip: A total of 13 schools have both their men’s and women’s programs ranked inside the Top 25. Duke, Georgia, UCLA, and USC find both their men’s and women’s team inside the Top 10 this week. The 13 schools are listed in the graphic above.

Top 25 Caliber: One men’s and one women’s team cracked the Top 25 this week. On the men’s side, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are ranked No. 24 after checking in at No. 29 two weeks ago. Notre Dame has played a rigorous schedule to this point, facing seven ranked opponents on the year already. The Fighting Irish are playing very well in head coach Bobby Bayliss’ final year, recently defeating No. 50 Michigan State 6-1 and No. 23 Michigan 4-3 while also dropping a tight 4-3 contest to No. 6 Kentucky. It is the first time back in the Top 25 for Notre Dame since March 29, 2011. On the women’s side, the Florida State Seminoles slipped into the Top 25 this week at No. 25. Florida State has put together a solid season so far, compiling a 6-1 record with the only blemish coming at No. 19 Baylor 4-1. The Seminoles own victories over No. 35 Rice 4-2, No. 47 South Florida 6-1, and No. 58 Georgia State 5-2. Florida State has not been ranked this high since Feb. 22, 2012, when the Seminoles were No. 22.

Top 75 Newcomers: In all, six teams have leaped into the Top 75 in the latest rankings after being unranked previously, including four men’s and two women’s squads. Nebraska checks in at No. 59 this week on the strength of recent wins against No. 34 VCU, No. 60 Georgia State, and then No. 74 ETSU. The No. 72 Oregon Ducks are undefeated on the season at 8-0, collecting victories over No. 52 Arkansas and No. 69 New Mexico last weekend, while Yale upset No. 68 Brown en route to posting a 2-1 record at the ECAC Team Indoor Championship to earn its ranking of No. 74. Finally, No. 75 Wisconsin beat previous No. 75 UC Irvine 5-2 to secure its place in the national rankings this week. For the women, No. 63 Kentucky rebounded from a pair of losses against ranked foes to upset No. 60 Indiana at home and No. 61 Ohio State on the road, both by the score of 4-3. Previously unranked NC State moved to 4-0 on the season with a 6-1 defeat of No. 72 College of Charleston, moving the Wolfpack into the rankings at No. 73.

ita men’s indoors: virginia takes down usc

Emilio Gomez plays in the ITA National Men/s Tennis Team Indoor Championship

Cavalier Tennis: The second-seeded USC Trojans were no match for top team Virginia at this past weekend’s 2013 ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship, hosted in Seattle by the University of Washington. Virginia won the final 4-2, taking the doubles point and the top three singles points. USC gets top clothing marks, though, especially with this retro kit from the earlier rounds and the all-black Nike outfit (seen above on Emilio Gomez), which reminds us of the Darth Federer outfit, also by Nike, worn by Roger Federer at the 2007 U.S. Open.

Finn Tearney (Pepperdine) - 2013 ITA Men's National Team Indoor Championships

Also noted is the change of Pepperdine‘s kits from Quiksilver to adidas (Seen here on Finn Tearney.

(Photo Credit: ITA Facebook)

2013 ita all-tournament women’s team announced

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Tar Heel Toast: UNC’s Whitney Kay was named the Most Outstanding Player of the ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championship, held last week at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va., (and hosted by UVA). Kay, a rookie at UNC, won her singles matches 3-0, helping her team bag their first Team Indoor Championship title and gain the No. 1 spot in the ITA Women’s Team Rankings.

Kay is joined on the ITA All-Tournament Team by the following singles players and doubles pairs:

Singles
No. 1 – Danielle Lao, USC
No. 2 – Kyle McPhillips, UCLA
No. 3 – Whitney Kay, North Carolina
No. 4 – Silvia Garcia, Georgia
No. 5 – Caroline Price, North Carolina
No. 6 – Clementina Riobueno, Miami (Fla.)

Doubles
No. 1 – Kaitlyn Christian/Sabrina Santamaria, USC
No. 2 – Courtney Dolehide/Pamela Montez, UCLA
No. 3 – Catherine Harrison/Kyle McPhillips, UCLA

This is the sixth annual ITA National Women’s Team Indoor All-Tournament Team as voted by head coaches from the 16 participating teams. Previous MOPs include Kirsten Flower (Georgia Tech, 2008), Chelsey Gullickson (Georgia, 2009), Maria Mosolova (Northwestern, 2010), Hilary Barte (Stanford, 2011), and Robin Anderson (UCLA, 2012).

ucla men’s tennis team shows off new adidas kit at 2013 ita indoors

UCLA Men's Tennis - 2013 Indoor Team Championships

NCAA Tennis: The UCLA Men’s Tennis team shows off their new adidas tennis kits as they play in the 2013 ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championships, being hosted by the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash.

The Bruins, seeded third at the event, faced off against 14th seed Tennessee, with UCLA winning 4-1. You can follow all the matches (including a live stream) at the UW ITA National Men’s Team Indoor results page. UCLA’s No. 1 player, Dennis Novikov, lost his singles match to Tennessee’s Mikelis Libietis.

Follow: The ITA’s Twitter is huffin’ and a-puffin’. You can read their tweets at @ITATennis and #ITAIndoors.

(Photo Credit: UCLA Men’s Tennis Facebook)

college tennis: virginia men stays no. 1 for 4th straight week

(February 5, 2013) — For the fourth week in a row, the men of Virginia have claimed the top spot in the ITA College Tennis Rankings. A pair of Top 10 upsets has shifted a few teams with Duke dropping four spots, allowing Pepperdine and Kentucky to move up. On the women’s side, the rankings remain the same for another week, as a new poll will not be published this week with the 2013 ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championship to begin Friday morning, hosted by the University of Virginia at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, VA.

Follow the Leader: Following Virginia is (in order): USC, UCLA, Ohio State, Pepperdine, Georgia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Duke, and Mississippi State.

Conference Count: Men’s Top 25: SEC – 9; Pac-12 – 5; ACC, Big 12 and Big Ten – 3; Conference USA and WCC – 1. Six different conferences placed at least one team in the Top 10.

New Additions: Two teams are making their first appearances inside the Top 75 this year while another is back after a month’s absence. Old Dominion went from unranked to No. 67 by scoring a big upset over former No. 27 Harvard, 4-3. The Monarchs’ Carlos Lopez Villa clinched the win in a three set battle which gave Old Dominion their first win over a ranked opponent since 2009. Also making their debut inside the Top 75 this year is UC Irvine, who, sits in a tie for 75th after a 5-2 win over former No. 70 Fresno State. The Princeton Tigers return to the Top 75 for the first time since the Jan. 3 rankings. Princeton went 2-1 last week during their tour of the Great Lakes State, coming away with a signature 4-3 win over current No. 48 Michigan State.

Back to the West Coast: For the second time in three years, the University of Washington will host the ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship at the Nordstrom Tennis Center and Seattle Tennis Club in Seattle, WA. USC, Virginia, UCLA, Ohio State, Georgia, Pepperdine, Kentucky, Duke, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Mississippi State, Florida, Cal, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Washington will all be vying for the 2013 ITA Men’s National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 15-18.

Coming Up Next: The 2013 ITA Team Rankings continue next Tuesday, February 12th, with a new set of women’s rankings; there will be no new men’s team rankings next week. Singles and doubles rankings for both the men and women are also set to be published on the 12th and will be released every other week after that.

Division I Men’s Top 25 (1/30/13 Rank)
1. Virginia (1)
2. USC (2)
3. UCLA (3)
4. Ohio State (4)
5. Pepperdine (7)
6. Georgia (6)
7. Kentucky (9)
8. Oklahoma (8)
9. Duke (5)
10. Mississippi State (10)
11. Florida (11)
12. Mississippi (12)
13. Cal (13)
14. Tennessee (15)
15. Texas A&M (16)
16. Texas (17)
17. Tulsa (22)
18. Baylor (14)
T-19. Stanford (18)
T-19. Illinois (25)
21. Michigan (20)
22. Auburn (21)
23. North Carolina (19)
24. Washington (23)
25. LSU (24)

short balls: it’s 2010, y’all!

We’re glad to be back here at TSF for another year of tennis. 2009 held plenty of entertainment for us, and we can’t wait to see what this year will bring. Week one set the bar high, with the Belgian gals battling in Brisbane, Andy Roddick claiming a season-opening title and Nicolay Davydenko vaulting back from the brink to beat Rafael Nadal in Doha.

Whew! We’re already exhausted…

She. Could. Go. All. The. Way. Well, don’t get too worked up about Laura Robson just yet, but the young Brit is showing as steady of a progression onto the women’s tennis pro tour as any player in a long while. Following her 2008 Wimbledon junior title (that set off a media firestorm), Robson has dabbled in pro events, won some challengers and made a (semi-successful) senior debut at The Championships. Pat Cash offers his thoughts on why she’s the real deal, and I have a 2010 preview up over at OnTheBaseline.com on what the future holds for this lefty teen.

Pac10s. Oh, we get it: “Pack. Ten. Nis.” The Pacific 10 (better known as the Pac 10 to you and me) has set up a groovy website (pac10s.com) where all of its men’s tennis results will be posted to throughout the season. Such forward thinking, right? As the college game grows, this kind of stuff will only become more pertinent. Their next goal should be reaching out to the ladies and putting up their info, too…

The green ground goes white (and still looks pretty). While its blazing hot down in Melbourne for the start of the Australian Open, Londoners have been suffering through a cold snap that has brought frigid temperatures to the city and even some snow. The storm provided rare pictures of the All England Tennis Club ground blanketed in snow. Still picturesque though, right? We wonder if snow-packed courts could be added to the tour’s surfaces? Maybe a tour stop in Denver? Oslo?!

It’s not good if you hit it over the fence, Derek. Recently-engaged Yankee slugger Derek Jeter was caught playing some shirtless tennis on vacation by TMZ. We wonder if anyone told him that it’s not good to hit the ball over the fence in tennis? And though TMZ claims he has “the stomach for tennis”, we prefer a little more shape around the abdominal region. He’s got nothing on Andy…

We’ll be around the rest of the week to get geared up for the Australian Open and can’t wait to bring you all the off-court happenings we know you love. One prediction we will make for twenty ten: it’s the year of the shirtless pic. They’re everywhere. Already. (We’re not complaining.)

this is how we roll in los angeles

Everyone from Nike to SFX was buzzing about the special kit adidas made up for the triumphant ladies of UCLA at the NCAA team tournament.

The company took Competition 4 tanks from their winter line and slapped the university’s logo on ‘em. As far as we know, UCLA/adidas were the only ones who went custom for the event.

(photo by Colette Lewis)

Trophy watch: UCLA women take the title

Pats on the backs of the UCLA Bruins for taking this year’s NCAA women’s title — the school’s first — over Cal (UC Berkeley). On the men’s side, the Isner-less Georgia Bulldogs successfully defended their team title with a 4-2 win over the Texas Longhorns.

More: Read Colette Lewis‘ coverage at ZooTennis.

(photo by Getty Images)

ncaa: don't forget your tennis athletes!

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and the NCAA have released a report on injury rates in collegiate athletics, with the hopes of reducing such rates through preventive medical treatment and changes in a sport’s rules.

Through their Injury Surveillance System (ISS), both organizations analyze data collected from trainers in 15 collegiate sports over 16 years. The initial version of ISS focused on sports with higher instances of acute (vs. repetitive motion) injuries and on team sports with a higher likelihood of physical contact, thus ruling out swimming, tennis, and cross country. In 2004, they switched to a web-based system which monitored all sports.

Randy Dick, Associate Director of Research at ISS, hopes to have enough information within a year to include tennis in their findings. “There is a learning curve to the new system,” he wrote to Tennis Served Fresh via e-mail. “A few schools (have begun) to report tennis data and we hope that number increases as more people become aware of the system’s expansion.”

The findings will appear in the Journal of Athletic Training. You can find raw(er) data here.

NCAA tennis players suffer from the same ailments that have plagued professional tennis. Injuries, as you may know, affect not only the players, but also spectators and tournament organizers. Also, it’s been a big thorn on the side of pro tennis for a few years. (Currently most glaring is the French Open’s withdrawal list: Hingis, Haas, Murray, Golovin, Peng, Zvonoreva — just to name a few — have dropped out.)

We look forward to seeing how the NCAA will deal with this issue.