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 On the women’s side, the rankings remain the same for another week, as a new poll will not be published this week with the 2013 ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championship to begin Friday morning, hosted by the University of Virginia at the Boar’s Head Sports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 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 ( 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.