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  1. Satsuma Illini

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    No. 1 and 2 by committee probably. I'm guessing #1 Abdelnour, #2 Kopinski, #3 Hiltzik, #4 Hoh, #5 Guignon, #6 Gosea/Page. The wildcard is Hiltzik. He may turn out to be a #1 from the get-go. Another unknown is Bazarnik. His summer results haven't been too great so we'll have to wait and see how Dancer can help him out. There is Jesse and Childers as well. Childers mentioned he might redshirt but then Dancer said there would be no redshirts so he might be a factor as well.
     
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    It will be interesting to see if Bazarnik will be higher in the lineup than Kopinski because I believe that Bazarnik beat Kopinski quite a bit during high school if I am not mistaken
     
  3. Satsuma Illini

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    Rajeev Ram and Ruben Gozales are playing in tournaments this week.

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  5. Satsuma Illini

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    Dancer was interviewed on the Tay and J Show today. Interesting to hear his opinion about next season.

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  6. Satsuma Illini

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    Rajeev Ram is playing in the Hall of Fame tournament in Newport and has advanced to the quarterfinals. He was teamed with Michael Russell in the doubles but they lost in the 1st Rd.

    Ruben Gonzales is playing in the Futures tournament in Rochester. He is seeded No. 1 in doubles with Michael Venus. They won their 1st Rd.

    Newport and Rochester Draws and Updates
     
  7. Satsuma Illini

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    Ram upsets No. 2 Nishikori to advance to the Newport semifinals!

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    Pretty darn good showing. This super fast grass suits Ram's game perfectly. now he plays hewitt in the semis. This will be very interesting match. Hewitt usually matches up really well against serve and volleyers.
     
  9. TeflonTom

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    kinda OT but i saw this thread n was curious. thought u guys had changed ur mascot a few yrs ago coz of the racism thing?

    did that end up gettin dropped?
     
  10. Satsuma Illini

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    Chief Illiniwek was never really a mascot but more of a symbol of the school. And yes, the chief is no more. We have no mascot at Illinois.
     
  11. Satsuma Illini

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    Illinois incoming freshmen Alexander Jesse and Julian Childers won the doubles title at the ITA Summer Circuit event at Purdue. Jesse was also the singles runner up. Great showing for our recruits!

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  12. TeflonTom

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    oh cool. i thought they were complainin about the whole fightin illini thing bein racist

    did u get the ncaa/indian groups 2 compromise n just get rid of the chief?
     
  13. Satsuma Illini

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    I really don't want to get into the whole thing. The Illini no longer have a chief as their symbol. Time to move on. If you want to read about it here's a good start. Article

    Politically Correct and Ultra-Sensitive America at it best!
     
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    thanx

    what i meant was that last i heard (like, a lot of yrs ago) the ncaa was tryin to get u guys to drop the 'fightin illini' name altogether, sayin that was racist. i remember readin an article with a few comments from the illini nation wanting u to ditch it.

    article doesnt really explain what happened to that bit. but i take it everything is good now?
     
  15. Satsuma Illini

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    The name Fighting Illini does not specifically mean the Indians. The soldiers who fought in the World War were called that and some say that is where it actually came from. For that reason, the ncaa and their merciful leaders decided that we didn't need to change that.
     
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    Does anyone know what is happening wrt female tennis recruits for Illinois? The last that I heard, only Audrey O'Connor has committed for 2012. Are there other prospects? With three seniors graduating, O'Connor would be only the seventh player for next year's roster.
     
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    Great to see. I don't expect these two to break into the doubles lineup next year, but it has to help us out for them to be playing together at this point in their careers. Is Dancer able to suggest which events these guys attend in the summer and pair them together for doubles?
     
  18. Satsuma Illini

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    Ram loses to Leyton Hewitt in three sets in the Newport semifinals. Still, a great week for him, upsetting the No. 2 seed in the quarters.

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    I watched a good bit of that match - Ram was up 4-1 in the 1st set and Hewitt won 5 straight to take the set 6-4. You don't see too many players serve and volley on the tour like Ram does.
     
  20. Satsuma Illini

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    Yeah, he had his chances. He did good to regroup and take the second set after letting Hewitt back in.
     
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    I emailed Coach Dancer about it. He said it is a collaborative effort. They meet with each team member to discuss a schedule and make adjustments based on match counts, winning percentage and experiences.
     
  22. Satsuma Illini

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    Kevin Anderson and Rajeev Ram are playing in the Atlanta Open this week. Anderson is seeded No. 5 and Ram got an SE into the main draw on account of his semifinal appearance at Newport. The doubles should be interesting too.

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    Anderson wins 1st Rd easily but Ram loses. Anderson will play Roddick in the quarters if they both make it through. Anderson and Ram are also going against each other in the doubles 1st Rd tomorrow.

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    Illini Recruit Jared Hiltzik is the top seed at the USTA Boys' 18 Clay Court Championships. He just tweeted that he defeated the Gators' Gordon Watson and advanced to the final 16. Good luck to Hiltzik the rest of the way!

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    Anderson loses in the 2nd round to Michael Russell.
     
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    Hiltzik won again and is into the quarterfinals. If seeds go according to plan, he'll meet his rival Schneider, Tarheel recruit, in the finals.
     
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    Lots happening with the Illini this week!

    At Atlanta, Kevin Anderson lost in the 2nd round of the singles but he defeated Ram in the doubles 1st round so he's still alive there.

    Atlanta Updates

    At Binghampton, Ruben Gonzales lost in the second round of the doubles to end his tournament there.

    Binghampton Update

    At Delray Beach, Jared Hiltzik is the top seed in both the singles and doubles at the USTA Boys' 18 Clay Court Championships. He has advanced to the quarters in both so far.

    Boys' 18 Clay Court Updates

    At Godfrey, Illinois, nice present, former and future Illini are taking part in the Futures tournament this week; Ryan Rowe, Dennis Nevolo, Bruno Abdelnour, Stephen Hoh, Blake Bazarnik, Tim Kopinski, Farris Gosea, Brian Page and Alex Jesse.

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  29. Satsuma Illini

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    Hiltzik won both singles and doubles quarterfinal matches at the Clay Court Championships.

    Anderson lost his quarterfinal doubles match at Atlanta in a tie-breaker.

    At Godfrey, Rowe, Abdelnour and Page got byes, Hoh, Kopinski, Jesse won their 1st round matches, and Bazarnik lost. Childers also lost in a walkover. Nevolo and Gosea are in the main draw.
     
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    Jared Hiltzik defeated Michael Redlicki 6-3, 6-0 in the semifinals of the USTA Boys' 18 Clay Court Championships! On to the finals!

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    He did not beat Michael. He beat Michael's younger brother Martin who will be a junior this upcoming school year.
     
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    You're right. Michael Redlicki is ranked in the top ten so he'd be seeded. I was thinking Martin and typed Michael. haha Thanks for catching that.
     
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    No problem you're not the first to make that mistake. Keep up the great work with the website
     
  34. Satsuma Illini

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    One of the reasons is probably how Redlicki has been all over the Futures this summer. He's been consistently getting through the qualifying and has a couple of quarters and a semi under his belt. Impressive.
     
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    At the Godfrey Futures, Rowe, Hoh, Hoh, I mean Kopinski, have all advanced to the 4th round of qualifying. One more win and they get in the main draw!

    At the USTA Boys' Clay Court Championships, Hiltzik was leading 6-4, 3-1 in the championship match when the rains came. It never let up so the match was abandoned. A lackluster end but Hiltzik made both the singles and doubles finals and made the Illini Nation proud!
     
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    You mean that's it? Finito? How terrible to be so close but not get there!
     
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    Yeah, but what are you going to do? Hiltzik did us proud and he is the de facto champion. Can't wait to see how he does when the season starts this year.
     
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    ..so I'm assuming Jared got the Gold then? Why couldn't they just wait till tmrw?
     
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    No, there is no champion, match didn't finish, no winner, no gold ball. They will get finalist points. Match ain't over till it's over, so it's like it didn't play at all, at least record wise. Too bad they couldn't go indoors or something. Tournament dates are tight, they never extend, and if they did it once, would have to do it all the time and that would cause huge problems. Shame a level 1 couldn't finish but can't mess with nature.
     
  40. Satsuma Illini

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    I think they made the decision too quickly. Apparently there was blue skies later on.
     
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    Rowe and Kopinski have won 4 matches in qualifying and advance to the main draw of the Godfrey Futures! Hoh came close but lost a three-setter to 2nd seed Halebian.

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    In the main draw, Nevolo and Ghasya face off in the 1st round and if Rowe wins his 1st round, he'll face the winner of those two. Kopinksi faces 6th seed Boltz.
     
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    With Mitchell Kruger turning pro, the Illini now have the No. 1 tennis recruit in the nation for the 2012 class! If memory serves right, this is the third time the Illini have landed the #1 recruit. Congratulations to the Illini!

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    Ryan Rowe defeated 8th seed Yuri Bezeruk and now advances to face Dennis Nevolo in the 2nd rd. That should be interesting. Kopinski lost to 6th seed Sebastien Boltz.

    On a side note, Rajeev Ram is taking advantage of everyone going to London and has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles. Kevin Anderson is playing World Team Tennis this week.

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    Rowe and Hoh should play doubles. For show.
     
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    This surely gives Illinois a better recruiting class than A & M (I thought that it already was). Is there any chance that the class rankings change now?
     
  47. Satsuma Illini

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    LOL Good one.
     
  48. Satsuma Illini

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    They only update the team rankings twice a year so there won't be any change there.
     
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    When players start playing nothing but Futures and men's opens, they drop off the TennisRecruiting.net rankings entirely. That happened to Mac Styslinger, who has been ahead of Hiltzik throughout the last few years until his results dropped off.

    I would say that Styslinger is the top junior who is actually going to college, but there were three guys who went pro who arguably would all have been ahead of him (Fratangelo, Peliwo, Krueger) so we will have to wait and see how good he is in college. Generally, there are about three really elite juniors each year, and it is unusual to have all three turn pro. The year before, the elite three were Jack Sock, Marcos Giron, and Mitchell Frank, and only Sock went pro.
     
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    I doubt that Illinois' class was better than Texas A&M's before Krueger turned pro. Remember that Joshua Ward-Hibbert of England committed to A&M after the class rankings were voted on. He is very high level.
     

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