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  1. Kirijax

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    Clementina Riobueno wins the doubles title in the Southeast region tourney of the ITA Summer Circuit at the University of Alabama! Made the singles semifinals as well.

    Canes in the ITA Summer Circuit
     
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    Canes recruit Piotr Lomacki is faring well overseas in Futures events - he's into the quarters in Lithuania this week, made the semis in Estonia last week, made the quarters in back-to-back events in Poland a month ago. Looks like a guy that should play top 3 at the U if not at the top.
     
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    Thanks for the updates! I've been keeping an eye on the recruits over the summer. Hard to know what to expect next year but the No. 1 spot is definitely up for grabs. Our two internationals and Langmo need to come in with guns blazing or it could get even worse, if that's possible. Rincon has been coach for 10 years now and they have missed the NCAAs 5 out of ten times. That needs to change.
     
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    I noticed William Albanese is not showing on the current roster for next year - it is only showing Gonzalez, Shebshayevich, Tefel, Tsukamoto. Wonder if there is anything to it or he's just taking a semester off?
     
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    Not sure about that. He's been playing in a couple of the Summer Circuit tournaments. Lost in QF in both.
     
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    He has Arkansas listed beside his name in the draw for the summer circuit championships - link
     
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    Miami Hurricanes at the US Open

    The 2014 US Open is starting next week! Of former Canes, Michael Russell is in the qualifying rounds this year in his attempt to play in his tenth US Open championship! Our most famous Canes have been very successful in the US Open in the past. Here's a quick look at their accomplishments!

    Doris Hart is the most successful Cane in the history of the US Open. Hart won 35 Grand Slam titles during her career, tying her for 5th all-time. And during the 1940s and 50s, she won an amazing 11 US Open titles. She won the singles title in 1954 and 1955, the doubles title for four consecutive years from 1951 to 1954, and she won the mixed doubles title for five consecutive years from 1951 to 1955. In 1954, she pulled off the triple crown by winning the singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles. She was also the singles finalist five times, doubles finalist nine times and the mixed doubles finalist twice. Hart is without doubt one of the greatest US Open champions of all time!

    Gardnar Mulloy, the father of Hurricanes tennis, is the most successful male from Canes' history. During the 1940s and 50s, he won four US Open doubles titles. He was also the singles finalist in 1952, losing to Frank Sedgman. The US Open was the major where Mulloy recorded his best Grand Slam results.

    Pancho Segura also had a successful career at the US Open, although he was never able to finally break through for a title. He reached the semifinals for four consecutive years from 1942 to 1945. He also was the finalist is the 1944 doubles final and the 1945 and 1947 mixed doubles finals.

    Good luck to future Canes as they attempt to break through into the pro ranks and leave their mark in Canes and US Open history!

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    The 2014-15 Miami Hurricanes men's tennis roster is out! After seeing three seniors graduate and one transferring out, the remaining members were down to four, but the roster has six new names on this year's roster! This will bring the number back up to ten. It will be almost a brand new team this year and it will be interesting to see how the fall semester plays out and how Coach Mario Rincon will make his lineup when the new team dual season starts in January. Let's go Canes!

    Returning players:
    Wilfredo Gonzalez (Senior): Last Year's Record 6-10 (singles) 11-6 (doubles)
    Daniel Shebshayevich (Sophomore): Last Year's Record 4-3 (singles) 5-3 (doubles)
    Bernard Tefel (Sophomore): Last Year's Record 12-8 (singles) 7-13 (doubles)
    Henrique Tsukamoto (Senior): Last Year's Record 12-8 (singles) 6-9 (doubles)

    Freshmen:
    Kevin Bondar: 4-Star Recruit, Calabasas, California
    Nile Clark: 4-Star Recruit, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Alexander Fahnehjelm: Sweden, No. 6th-Ranked Junior
    Andrew Harrington: 4-Star Recruit, Millersville, Maryland
    Christian Langmo: Blue-Chip Recruit, Boca Raton, Florida
    Piotr Lomacki: Poland, No 890 ATP Ranking and No. 186 ITF Junior Ranking
     
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    The Canes women’s tennis team have updated their roster for the 2014-15 year! There are a lot of similarities with the men’s team this year. The women’s team was left with five members after the seniors graduated and one transferred out. College tennis needs at least six members to field a team for dual competition. So the women have welcomed five new members to the team this year. The women are in good shape with the upperclassmen, but it’s anybody’s guess how Coach Yaroshuk-Tews will set her line up. No. 1 is set with Stephanie Wagner who could be ranked in the top 20 in the country when the rankings come out September 8th. The ladies have made the Elite Eight seven years in a row and it will be very interesting to see how the team turns out this year. Fun fact: the ten members represent nine countries!
     
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    Some good results from the tennis teams this weekend. At Jacksonville, freshman Nile Clark won his semifinal match and then battled for four hours before losing in a three-set match in the final. Clark and freshman Andrew Harrington had also advanced to the final of the doubles consolation bracket but had to forfeit because of Clark's marathon match. Sophomore Bernard Tefel won his consolation bracket as well.
    The women did even better. Canes No. 1 and 18th-ranked Stephanie Wagner defeated Florida No. 1 and 14th-ranked Brianna Morgan to take the singles title in her group. Clementina Riobueno and Monique Albuquerque held up their No. 3 national ranking with a doubles title in their group as well.
     
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    The men's team will be split into two squads this week.
    The Farnsworth Ivy International will be held in Princeton, New Jersey. Play starts Sept 19th and ends Sept 21st. Senior Henrique Tsukamoto and freshmen Nile Clark, Alex Fahnehjelm and Andrew Harrington will be in four of the 8 singles draws. Tsukamoto will team up with Fahnehjelm while Clark and Harrinton will team up again this week.
    The Fighting Illini Invite at Olympia Fields will be held in Olympia Fields, Illinois from Sept 19th to Sept 21st. Senior Wilfredo Gonzalez, sophmore Bernard Tefel, freshman Piotr Lomacki and freshman Christian Langmo are participating in this tournament. Lomacki and Langmo will be making their debuts as Canes.
     
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    Lomacki with two wins in the qualifying draw in Tulsa.
     
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    Yeah! Got a tough match in the next round but still alive. On the women's side, Wagner/Liliekite knocked off qualifying round top seeds in the 1st round as well.
     
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    Lomacki was up 5-3 in the 3rd against Bruno and got broke at 15-40 serving for it up 5-4. He just won the deuce point to go up 6-5.
     
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    Lomacki wins it 7-6(5)
     
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    Lomacki is the first Cane to play in the main draw since 2008. Former All-American Daniel Vallverdu (now Andy Murray's coach) was seeded No. 3 in the tournament but lost in the first round.
     
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    Lomacki giving Julian Lenz all he wants. Lomacki took the 1st set 6-3 and was up a break in the 2nd before Lenz came back to take the set 7-5. Now 3-3 in the 3rd.
     
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    The Canes finished their run in the 2014 ITA All-American Championships. While they were not able to get into the later rounds, there was still some positive results to look at. Freshman Piotr Lomacki became the first men’s player from Miami to play in the main draw since 2008. He had an unfortunate draw in having to play the top seeded Julian Lenz of Baylor in the first round. He played extremely well, taking the first set and getting ahead in the second but Lenz took over from there. In consolation, he then had to play No. 16 Dane Webb of Ohio State. He was defeated in two tough sets. After seeing his play during the last month, Lomacki just may be our No. 1 when the team season comes around.
    As for the ladies, Stephanie Wagner lost in the round of 16 to No. 2 Robin Anderson of UCLA. Wagner/Lina Lilekite won through the qualifying rounds to get to the main draw. They lost in the first round but then made it to the finals of the consolation. No.3 Clementina Riobueno/Monique Albuquerque was upset in the quarterfinal by the No. 5 seed in a very close third set tie break. With two tough doubles teams, the women’s team is going to be tough to beat in the team season.
     
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    What do you think about the new Freshmens?
     
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    Piotr Lomacki looks like he's going to be very good. Had a great ITA tournament. He had an ATP ranking of No. 788 before he joined the Canes. Of the others, not too sure yet. I'm hoping Christian Langmo and Alexander Fahnehjelm will step up and help out in the lineup but not too sure. Nile Clark showed some promise in the Bedford Cup last month but he's still a big question mark as well. There are only three really reliable upperclassmen on the men's team right now so three of these guys are going to have to step up or it's going to be another long year for the Canes. To be perfectly honest, I don't see them making the NCAA tournament again next year. It will be a surprise if they do make it for the first time since 2011.
     
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    The women's team had ten players from nine different countries but the one American, Victoria Zukowski trasferred to Penn in September. So there are zero Americans on the team. Interesting.
    The men's team has ten players, including four foreigners.
     
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    Canes ladies had a good day today at the Bedford Cup in Jax, Fla. Fuentes beat FSU senior Borthwick in the first round. Zhang and Lohan also advanced. Zhang/ Lohan also advanced to the doubles semifinals of their group. Good showing so far by the freshmen.
     
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    Canes freshman Sinead Lohan wins two titles at the Bedford Cup State of Florida Championships. The singles final for Flight A was held this morning and Lohan defeated Florida’s Peggy Porter 6-2, 6-4 in the final. In the afternoon,Lohan and Wendy Zhang took the doubles title in Flight A by beating Florida’s Stojic/Wookcock. Great weekend for the Canes freshmen.
     
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    Canes have a rough Day 2 for the guys. Seven of the eight Canes lost today. Only freshman Lomacki advanced. All three doubles teams also lost in the first round. Gonna be a long year for the Canes.
    The women did better but still had some disappointments. Two of the four seeded Canes lost in the first round. Only Wagner and Riobueno advanced along with two freshmen. The No. 3 ranked and top seed Riobueno/Albuquerque were upset in the round of 16.
     
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    is she related to Lindsey ? we need more American players on the squad
     
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    Lomacki takes out 4th seed Wagland and advances to the quarterfinals. Wagner and Lohan also in the women's QF. Wagner/Lileikite in the women's doubles SF as well. Go Canes!
     
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    Had a little fun with Game of Thrones. Matched up the major houses of GOT with college tennis teams. Miami-version of course.

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    The Canes wrapped up the Clay Court Invitational in Orlando on Sunday. ESPN actually broadcast 20 hours of it. Sadly couldn't find a link to it over here but those who saw it said it was pretty good. The Canes women did great; one champion, three finalists, and one semifinalist. The guys had one guy make it to the round of 16, although Lomacki didn't play this time around.

    MEN
    Wilfredo Gonzalez: First Round, Lost Consolation
    Henrique Gonzalez: Round of 16
    Bernard Tefel: Second Round (32)
    Andrew Harrington: Second Round (32)
    Christian Langmo: Second Round (32)
    Nile Clark: Second Round (32)
    Kevin Bondar : Lost Qualifying, Lost Consolation

    WOMEN
    Monique Albuquerque: Group A First Round, Won Consolation Round
    Clementina Riobueno: Group B Quarterfinal
    Stephanie Wagner: Group A Final
    Lina Lileikite: Group A Semifinal
    Wendy Zhang: Group B Champion
    Sinead Lohan: Group B Final
    Silvia Fuentes: Group C Final
    Julia Bohnenkamp: Group C First Round, Lost Consolation Round

    This site won't let me post the links to the results I post so here it is. Oh, I took the link to this site off my front page as well.
     
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    Miami Hurricanes freshman Piotr Lomacki is playing in the USA Futures 30 in Birmingham, Alabama this week. The tournament began today and Lomacki was one of the first to take the court. In his first round match, Lomacki upset the No. 8 seed Mikhail Fufygin of Russia 7-5, 6-2 to advance to the 2nd round! His next opponent will be either No. 1230 Osma Zoghlami or unranked Sora ***uda of Japan. In doubles Lomacki was teamed up with France’s Authur Surreaux and they were seeded No. 2, but they were upset in the first round by Randy Blanco and Jun Nan Tao. Good luck to Lomacki in the 2nd round!
     
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    World No. 6 Andy Murray has cut ties with former Cane Dani Vallverdu as his coach. A bit surprising but there were rumors that Vallverdu and the rest of the coaching staff were not happy about Murray hiring Mauresmo as his coach and there had been tensions about it. Sad to see since it looked like Murray and Vallverdu would be together for the long run.
     
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    He didn't stay unemployed for long - Berdych picked him up today as his new coach - article
     
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    Great news! I've been trying to find out where he would end up. Berdych to win a Grand Slam in 2015?! lol
     
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    Excuse my ignorance but I just read the Brian Gottfried Article in the old pro section and he mentioned a Mark Dickson anecdote and how Dickson was now an asst coach at Miami. Is this the guy I remember used to bounce the ball a lot before serving? I mean about 50 times?
     
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    Probably is! I don't remember his ball bouncing that much but he was active at about the same time. Had a pretty good career for a while. He's in his fourth year with the Canes.
     
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    The ITA released the first rankings of 2015 on the 6th. The men’s team came in at No. 52 after finishing last year at No. 55. The women’s team was ranked at No. 12. I was hoping for a top ten spot but this year’s women’s team competition is very close and they could easily jump up in the top ten once the season gets underway.
    In the men’s singles, freshman Piotr Lomacki was ranked at No. 56. He had a few wins over some ranked players during the fall season so this was no surprise. He will continue to climb this season. He was the only player to be ranked in the singles or doubles rankings from the men’s team.
    The women had a great showing in the rankings where FIVE players made it into the singles rankings: Stephanie Wagner (No. 7), Sinead Lohan (No. 39), Wendy Zhang (No. 58), Clementina Riobueno (No. 88) and Lina Lileikite (94). In the doubles rankings, they had three ranked teams; Lileikite/Wagner (No. 8), Riobueno/Albuquerque (No. 15) and Lohan/Zhang (No. 37). What’s great about this is that of these players, only Riobueno and Lileikite are seniors. This team is going to do amazing things in the very near future.
     
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    Lomacki playing some futures in Germany. He just lost to Yannick Maden in 3 sets.
     
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    Canes Men's Tennis 2015 Preview and Predictions Part 1

    This is a bit long but it's the preview I posted on CanesInsight for Canes tennis.

    The Miami Hurricanes men’s tennis team season starts on January 18 at The Schiff. The Canes are coming back from a season where they finished at No. 55 in the rankings, missed the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive season, had no All-Americans on the team for the fifth consecutive year, and there were no entries in the NCAA singles or doubles tournaments. They also lost three seniors and one transferred to Arkansas during the off season. The time for the Canes to bounce back is overdue.
    It’s also a critical season for head coach Mario Rincon. Rincon has been with the team since 2004. During that time the Canes have tied for 1st place in the ACC regular season once (2006), and made the NCAA tournament five times including two Sweet Sixteens. However, the team has missed four of the last five NCAA tournaments, including the last three. There has not been an All-American from the team since Dani Vallverdu in 2009, and they have not been able to advance past the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament since 2009.
    By all accounts, the players seem to get along great with coach Rincon and the team has also excelled academically while Rincon has been here. But the results on the courts have been lacking lately. On Talk Tennis, a tennis forum for college tennis fans, there was a poll for coaches on the hot seat. Unfortunately, Rincon came in first. Clearly the heat is on for the team to get back into the top teams of the country.
    The news is not all bad. The 2014 freshman class was ranked No. 8 in the country and the new players showed some promise during the fall season. Piotr Lomacki in particular showed great potential and is ranked No. 56 in the year’s first singles rankings. Senior Wilfredo Gonzalez had a bit of a rough start but seemed to be raising his level as the fall season went on. Freshman Nile Clark and Christian Lango also showed some potential and show break into the singles line up for the Canes right off the bat. The coaching staff also added Billy Federhofer as a volunteer assistant coach. Federhofer played for the Florida Gators during his college career and was ranked No. 4 in the national doubles rankings. He is from Miami and has been giving tennis lessons since 2009. He should be a great addition to the staff.
    The Canes have a tough schedule. The ACC is one of the toughest divisions in college tennis, with 2013 National Champion Virginia winning the division titles consistently for the last ten years or so. Here is there schedule, their opponents’ ranking and my prediction for each dual match.

    Date Opponent Win or Loss (Season Record)
    Jan 18 Florida Atlantic Win (1-0)
    Jan 19 #70 UCF Win (2-0)
    Jan 24 at Baylor vs. #46 Drake Win (3-0)
    Jan 25 at Baylor #6 Baylor or #62 Tulane Loss (3-1)
    Feb 07 Florida Gulf Coast Win (4-1)
    Feb 07 Liberty Win (5-1)
    Feb 13 Kennesaw State Win (6-1)
    Feb 14 #53 Pepperdine Loss (6-2)
    Feb 28 Bethune-Cookman Win (8-2)
    Feb 28 Bethune-Cookman Win (9-2)
    Mar 06 #54 George Washington Win (10-2)
    Mar 08 #75 Georgia Tech Win (11-2)
    Mar 13 at #6 North Carolina Loss 11-3
    Mar 15 at #12 Duke Loss (11-4)
    Mar 20 #24 Clemson Loss (11-5)
    Mar 27 #14 Notre Dame Loss (11-6)
    Mar 29 Boston College Win (12-6)
    Apr 03 at #35 Florida State Win (13-6)
    Apr 05 at #39 Louisville Loss (13-7)
    Apr 10 at #20 Wake Forest Loss (13-8)
    Apr 12 at #28 NC State Loss (13-9)
    Apr 17 #38 Virginia Tech Win (14-9)
    Apr 19 #3 Virginia Loss (14-10)

    It’s going to be tough. This record would leave the Canes at about the same spot as last year; a ranking in the 50s and no NCAA tournament. The key is going to be the middle of the ACC programs that are ranked from No. 20 to No. 50. Last year, the Canes upset NC State and Wake Forest to suddenly have a chance, but then they went into a tailspin and lost seven of their last eight to lose any chance of staying up in the NCAA selection range. The matches against No. 20 Wake Forest, No. 24 Clemson, No. 28 NC State, No. 35 Florida State, No. 38 Virginia Tech, No. 39 Louisville and No. 53 Pepperdine are key. The Canes will have to win two or three or these at least to have any chance. Even that might not be enough but it’s hard to imagine as things are right now for the team to pull off that many upsets while avoiding being upset by lower ranked teams as well. The team is still young and it may be too much to ask for this season. I hope and pray they prove me wrong.
    The dual match is a 7-point system. The competition starts with three doubles teams playing simultaneously. The team that wins two of the three doubles matches wins the doubles point and leads 1-0 going into the singles matches. The singles are also played simultaneously. Each singles match is worth one point. The first team to win three or four singles matches to get to four points wins the dual match.

    Here are my predictions for the lineup Coach Rincon will put out for the team season and their records from the fall season.
    Singles Lineup
    No. 1 Piotr Lomacki (Singles 10-5, Doubles 1-4)
    Lomacki was the most outstanding player for the Canes during the fall season. He had ten wins in singles, defeated No. 50 and No. 59 players in the country and gave even higher ranked players a good challenge. He also advanced to a Futures semifinals. For a while I thought Coach Rincon might put him in the No. 2 spot behind Gonzalez for the start of the season, but it’s hard to imagine Lomacki anywhere else right now.
    No. 2 Wilfredo Gonzalez (Singles 4-7, Doubles 3-7)
    There’s no doubt that Gonzalez had a rough fall season but it was definitely picking up at the end. He defeated the No. 56 player in the last event of the season and also won the silver medal at a tournament for players from Central American countries. The Canes need Gonzalez desperately if they are going to get to the NCAA tournament this year. This is his senior year and I’m sure he is motivated to finally make it at least one time during his career at Miami. He could do some damage at the No. 2 spot.
    No. 3 Henrique Tsukamoto (Singles 7-6, Doubles 3-8)
    Tsukamoto goes here in the No. 3 spot but he could easily be knocked down the lineup by a couple of others. He played pretty good in the No. 5 and No. 6 spots last year but played as high as the No. 4 only twice last season. Coach Rincon might keep him down at the Mo. 4 or No. 5 spot to have a better chance for a point while giving a freshman with good potential better experience.
    No. 4 Bernard Tefel (Singles 7-8, Doubles 3-9)
    The No. 4~6 spots in the lineup are so crucial, especially for a team like Miami that has a freshman No. 1 and a weak doubles lineup. The next three guys will pretty much have to bring in the points if the Canes are going to have a chance. Tefel had a better fall than I expected. He had trouble against the top players but did leave some results in the consolations rounds. The Canes could have used William Albanese in this spot this year, but with Albanese transferring to Arkansas, it’s up to Tefel to lead the way here.
    No. 5 Nile Clark (Singles 9-9, Doubles 3-10)
    Clark had a good fall season and I think he has earned a spot in the lineup. But he needs to deliver right away or could easily be replaced by a couple others fighting for a lineup spot.
    No. 6 Christian Langmo (Singles 4-7, Doubles 2-8)
    Langmo was a bit of a disappointment during the fall season. He had blue-chip status in high school before his ranking went down just below the cut off mark, but he was back on the rise when he came to Miami. I still have hope that he will work himself up to the No. 3 or 4 spot but like Clark, the pressure is on him to get some points in the dual matches or he could be replaced by one of the other four fighting for a spot. This is the guy I hope has a great spring season. For the sake of Miami’s future, they need him to bring in some wins.
    Waiting in the wings:
    Alexander Fehnehjelm (Singles 1-4, doubles 2-3)
    I take a bit of pride that I can type the player’s name without doing a spell check now. Fahnehjelm came over from Europe with Lomacki and he was another one I had hopes for but he had a bit of a rough fall and missed some opportunities to grab his spot in the lineup. That could easily change though.
    Andrew Harrington: (Singles 7-7, Doubles 6-6)
    Very tempting to put Harrington in the lineup but I just couldn’t put him in over the others right now. He had a fair fall and had a very good win against a ranked player towards the end of the fall season. Harrington could turn out to be this year’s Albanese and play the No. 5 or 6 spot with consistent results.
    There is also Daniel Shebshayevich (Singles 0-2, Doubles 1-0) and Kevin Bondar (Singles 2-4, Doubles 1-1) on the roster but the Canes will need to see quite a big improvement from them to include them in the lineup. Coach Rincon might put them in there when they go up against Florida Atlantic or Bethune-Cookman, but that may be it for them.

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    And now for the doubles. Oh boy. This is going to hurt. The doubles point is so vital when playing a dual match. Three matches are played and whichever team wins two of the three gets the one doubles point. Last year, the Canes surprisingly won 12 of 25 doubles points. However, against ACC competition, they won only two of twelve doubles points. That’s got to get better. But the Canes again struggled with doubles this fall, with no combination being able to win more than three matches. It’s hard to guess what Coach Rincon will go with but here’s my guess after looking at the fall results.
    Doubles No. 1 Tefel-Harrington (2-3)
    Doubles No. 2: Gonzalez-Langmo (1-3)
    Doubles No. 3 Lomacki-Tsukamoto(Clark)
    These three teams are a complete shot in the dark. It’s anybody’s guess how Coach Rincon will make his doubles teams but from the results this fall, this seems to be the best bet right now. Lomacki did not play much doubles and only played with Gonzalez but you’ve got to play your No. 1 player somewhere. Gonzalez seemed to play better with Langmo. This is from the results of the matches and how competitive they were in those matches. Coach Rincon might decide to go with the Lomacki-Gonzalez pair in the end, but he might have a surprise matchup, such as Lomacki with Tsukamoto or Clark.

    So there it is. It will be a shocker if the Canes make the NCAA tournament this year. It usually takes two or three years and a few good classes to build up a team and with four players gone from last year and adding five freshmen, it seems that the Canes will be going through a growing phrase this year. The only question is, with the majority of college tennis fans putting Coach Rincon on the hottest of hot seats, Coach Rincon may not be able to afford a growing season this year. There are reports that the team is excited and raring to go. If they can get the season going in the right direction, win when they are supposed to win and grab a few from the middle-of-the-pack ACC teams, they just might be able to advance to their 26th NCAA tournament and first since 2011.
     
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    Good work. I was particularly entertained by the following:

    Sorry, I could not resist. I am hoping the Canes can resurrect their program enough to strengthen the ACC (but not enough to beat Virginia!)
     
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    haha I can also spell Shebshayevich without batting an eye. I hope the Canes can return quickly, but it may take a while.
     
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    OK, this came out of nowhere. The Cane just added Niclas Genovese of Switzerland to their spring roster.

    Genovese, a native of Zug, Switzerland comes to Coral Gables with an extensive playing career as well as strong resume as a hitting partner.
    A quick look found Genovese unranked in the ITF and he hasn't played a Futures match since July 2013. His highest ranking in the ITF Juniors was 1288 back in 2012. I have no idea what to expect of this guy or where he will end up in the lineup.
     
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    do you think you guys measure up well with Florida gators, your rivals ? Gators seem to be better than last year and seem like legit 11-20 ranked team.
     
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    No. They absolutely killed us when we played them at the Florida Invitational in November. We are still a couple of classes away from even beginning to be competitive with the top 15 teams.
     
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    It looks like Shebshayevich isn't on the roster anymore.
     
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    Yeah, noticed that yesterday. And I finally got the hang of spelling his name too.
     
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    Former Cane Michael Russell (1997 ITA Champion) won his third qualifying round today to make it into the main draw of the Australian Open! This will be his tenth Grand Slam Down Under. Amazing for a 36-year-old guy! Good luck to him! I'd post a link to the draws but this site doesn't allow anything to be posted apparently.
     
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    Great for Michael!!! Love him
     
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