Projected round of 64 mens matchups -regionals

TCU is a good team to win for college tennis. Their fans care. It’s their first team non-rifle national title in any sport since 1983. TCU fans are giving Texas tons of grief over it to. Good to see some of that banter come to college tennis.
 

stoxtrader

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well, A&M just took the dubs point

UGA cannot be loving this position - beat a team three times, and now you have to fight back to prevent them from being national champs

i feel like Stoiana is going to get it done tonight - and if she does, that leaves very little margin for UGA elsewhere
I know Mary and she works very hard on her mental game. She will take a Nadal-like approach of following the process and one point at a time. That's helpful in these moments where I'm sure they both have nerves. I worry about all the players going straight into the singles tournament tomorrow. I know they're young, but pretty brutal to have to do this 8 days in a row in this heat.
 

mikej

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I know Mary and she works very hard on her mental game. She will take a Nadal-like approach of following the process and one point at a time. That's helpful in these moments where I'm sure they both have nerves. I worry about all the players going straight into the singles tournament tomorrow. I know they're young, but pretty brutal to have to do this 8 days in a row in this heat.
the singles tournament barely matters for anyone who isn't going to get a USO wildcard - it's always an odd event with big differences in who cares and who is rested, resulting in plenty of upsets - but, not many lose sleep over not being a singles champion
 

stoxtrader

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the singles tournament barely matters for anyone who isn't going to get a USO wildcard - it's always an odd event with big differences in who cares and who is rested, resulting in plenty of upsets - but, not many lose sleep over not being a singles champion
I thought it was weird the defending champ pulled out from defending her crown. Mary wants it for sure. She got into the Qualifiers last year and lost in the first round, but if she runs the table I think they'll put her in the Main Draw. If not my guess is they'll put her in the Qualifiers again? Unless she can win a spot through play in the summertime. I grew up by her (about an hour outside of NYC) in CT so it would be a massive home crowd if she earned a spot.
 
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ClarkC

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I thought the NCAA delayed the singles tournament by a day so everyone would have a day of rest, even if they played in the team final. I know that was announced at one time. Did that make too much sense?
 

mikej

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with TAMU fighting back in several second sets, this TB on 6 feels big

UGA wins it and continues to build momentum, maybe only needing to reverse one 1st set loss

lose it, and 5 lost 1st sets seems a long way from a title
 

mikej

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Stoiana comes back from 1-4 in the 2nd to put TAMU up 3-1

match might end up 6-1 if it were played out
 

stoxtrader

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Love the feistiness of Perez. Mary really dares her opponents to hit the perfect shot by coming in more aggressively than just about all of them from what I've seen. She's actually had that mindset since high school.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
TAMU wins the women's title. Doubles point and off to a fast start in singles. THEN, Georgia started turning around a lot of matches, winning some second sets or narrowing TAMU set leads, maybe looking like they could make it match - especially when they briefly tied it at 1-1. But, then TAMU essentially turned around Georgia's turnaround.
 

stoxtrader

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I thought the NCAA delayed the singles tournament by a day so everyone would have a day of rest, even if they played in the team final. I know that was announced at one time. Did that make too much sense?
From what I see it starts tomorrow. No delays. There's 3 A&M players who need to get over the team win quickly (which is likely the biggest win of their life), especially Mary (as she has bigtime aspirations and there are serious USO implications). If she could pull it off it would be a remarkable 9 days, but no matter what she will finish as #1 and POY.
 

mikej

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From what I see it starts tomorrow. No delays. There's 3 A&M players who need to get over the team win quickly (which is likely the biggest win of their life), especially Mary (as she has bigtime aspirations and there are serious USO implications). If she could pull it off it would be a remarkable 9 days, but no matter what she will finish as #1 and POY.
She was amazing - kind of doubt she’ll follow it up by winning the singles, but that’s ok - one wildcard isn’t going to make or break her future
 

mikej

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Damning thread here with replies about the coverage. Exactly what I was talking about. A lot of TCU and A&M fans who were tuning in to college tennis for 1st time to watch their team win a natty. The broadcast did not win any new fans for the sport it seems like. A few said they gave up trying to watch.
One of the ESPN networks had competitive air guitar on yesterday, but tennis NCAAs deferred to paid ESPN+

I also watched a soccer variant the other day with three teams / goals on a circular field, female amateur teams, goals about every 60 seconds

So, right, we don’t need to worry about an influx of new fans anytime soon with the current level of support from ESPN
 

andfor

Legend

Damning thread here with replies about the coverage. Exactly what I was talking about. A lot of TCU and A&M fans who were tuning in to college tennis for 1st time to watch their team win a natty. The broadcast did not win any new fans for the sport it seems like. A few said they gave up trying to watch.
I had a good time watching the broadcast, and enjoyed the CrackedRacquets commentary/play-by-play.

But for first time tennis viewers and non-tennis fans tuning in, I can see why their eyes would cross and heads explode trying to figure out what is going on let alone who is winning etc. There's got to be a more elegant way to broadcast and put up realtime scoreboards for college tennis.
 
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bobleenov1963

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As a Stanford fan, this just reinforces how difficult it is to win NCAAs. I mean the Buckeyes are better than the Card line for line except at the top. And they are still waiting. Not saying the Card aren't underperforming but even if they were performing there's no guarantee. Lots of things have to fall in place. Gruskin called this one of the all time great Buckeye squads. High praise indeed. Sad they'll be leaving without the big prize.
UVA won six of the last 11 championship (including 2024). What you said "things have to fall in place", I called good coaching and preparation by UVA coaches. So sick of the Buckeyes falling short every year and it clearly falls on Tucker.

Remind me of a commercial "How do you spell relief?" "R-O-L-A-I-D-S"....

How do you spell Tucker? "C-H-O-K-E-R"...
 
Damn I really wish there was a way to know how much any one player actually cares about these matches. Like rn Kingsley may lose to Friend of Arizona which would be a huge upset but how much does kingsley actually care about this given that he just lost a hearbreaker 2 days ago? I guess the top 8 getting challenger wildcards means something.
 

andfor

Legend
Damn I really wish there was a way to know how much any one player actually cares about these matches. Like rn Kingsley may lose to Friend of Arizona which would be a huge upset but how much does kingsley actually care about this given that he just lost a hearbreaker 2 days ago? I guess the top 8 getting challenger wildcards means something.
Friend is a good player though. Yes, there's challenger WC incentives to being ranked top 16. I think that's the number, could be different.
 
Damn I really wish there was a way to know how much any one player actually cares about these matches. Like rn Kingsley may lose to Friend of Arizona which would be a huge upset but how much does kingsley actually care about this given that he just lost a hearbreaker 2 days ago? I guess the top 8 getting challenger wildcards means something.
Toby Samuel just lost as another example in a pretty big surprise to Masjuan of UCSB.
 
UVA won six of the last 11 championship (including 2024). What you said "things have to fall in place", I called good coaching and preparation by UVA coaches. So sick of the Buckeyes falling short every year and it clearly falls on Tucker.

Remind me of a commercial "How do you spell relief?" "R-O-L-A-I-D-S"....

How do you spell Tucker? "C-H-O-K-E-R"...
I refuse to believe you are an actual Ohio State tennis fan, who is big enough of a fan to travel to NCAAs, but still wants Tucker fired.
 
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bobleenov1963

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I refuse to believe you are an actual Ohio State tennis fan, who is big enough of a fan to travel to NCAAs, but still wants Tucker fired.
You;re entitled to your own opinion but I was there when the Buckeyes failed to advance. I had big hope that the Buckeyes would take home the trophy this year but had doubt in my mind that Tucker would f! that up. My instinct was proven correct.
 

mikej

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I refuse to believe you are an actual Ohio State tennis fan, who is big enough of a fan to travel to NCAAs, but still wants Tucker fired.
I thought about asking him to post a photo the other day. With all the hatred of Tucker, and being a fancy big city guy…I’m not sure I believe he went to the Mecca that is Stillwater OK to cheer them on…
 

andfor

Legend
I thought about asking him to post a photo the other day. With all the hatred of Tucker, and being a fancy big city guy…I’m not sure I believe he went to the Mecca that is Stillwater OK to cheer them on…
Thought about asking for pics too, then I remembered that there's no way that Bob is giving up his Saturday tee time with Fortune 500 CEO's at Trump National D.C.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
Tucker would never be fired even if he never wins. He's made OSU into a perennial top 5 program. Sure all the near-misses hurt, but 99.9 percent of programs would be thrilled to be in OSU's position. And, it's not like he's stopped trying or that the Buckeyes have missed their shot forever.
 

jcgatennismom

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Yeah true. A lot of times they’ve just been beaten by a better outdoor team. The year they lost to Cal in the quarters in Tulsa could be classified as another choke.
It’s too bad that winning Indoors doesn’t have the same prestige of NCAAs. The big 10 teams spend most of March and April playing mostly weak conference teams-has the big 10 ever had more than 4 teams in top 25? Purdue, Penn State, and Wisc were ranked lower than a lot of MM teams. How can big10 teams truly be ready to play top teams at sites that are hot and humid if they only have a short trip to South or Texas over spring break before the heat? The SEC, big12, and ACC are much better prepared for those conditions as they have probably faced some hot and humid weekends playing conference in April or hosting early rounds in May.
 

JAJ

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It’s too bad that winning Indoors doesn’t have the same prestige of NCAAs. The big 10 teams spend most of March and April playing mostly weak conference teams-has the big 10 ever had more than 4 teams in top 25? Purdue, Penn State, and Wisc were ranked lower than a lot of MM teams. How can big10 teams truly be ready to play top teams at sites that are hot and humid if they only have a short trip to South or Texas over spring break before the heat? The SEC, big12, and ACC are much better prepared for those conditions as they have probably faced some hot and humid weekends playing conference in April or hosting early rounds in May.
I've been saying this for years. I'm not sure there's an ideal location but for sure, Lake Nona is probably the worst with respect to penalizing teams that play an indoor-heavy spring schedule. Lake Nona is a great location in terms of fan friendliness (and for me personally), but it's not a coincidence that teams from Texas and Florida seem to have an advantage. Watching JJ Wolf just wilt a couple of years ago (to Riffice, I think?) wasn't fun. If they could move the whole thing up even 2-3 weeks it would make a difference-probably not realistic. As would Hawkeye installation. This overrule stuff is getting out of hand.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
I think the only recent non-Southern site has been Champaign, Illinois. And, Champaign CAN be hot and humid in May, but obviously nothing like the South and usually not for 10 straight days. Wind can be an issue.

NCAAs on the West Coast would be interesting - it would, under normal circumstances, negate the weather advantage since it's often very pleasant weather. NYC at National Tennis Center would also be interesting. But, while there's plenty of courts, they're not really set up for six-court team matches.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
It’s too bad that winning Indoors doesn’t have the same prestige of NCAAs. The big 10 teams spend most of March and April playing mostly weak conference teams-has the big 10 ever had more than 4 teams in top 25? Purdue, Penn State, and Wisc were ranked lower than a lot of MM teams. How can big10 teams truly be ready to play top teams at sites that are hot and humid if they only have a short trip to South or Texas over spring break before the heat? The SEC, big12, and ACC are much better prepared for those conditions as they have probably faced some hot and humid weekends playing conference in April or hosting early rounds in May.
It's semi-prestigious, but yeah nothing like outdoors. But that's because outdoors is the actual NCAA championship. Indoors involves NCAA schools, but it's not an NCAA championship. If it were, would it matter? In track and field, indoor and outdoor are technically separate sports in separate seasons and a NCAA team championship is awarded for each. But while it's great to win an indoor title, it's not like winning an outdoor title for most top programs. Some even generally ignore indoors, as they're trying to prep for outdoors which involves some different events and a different sized track. But to answer my own question, I think it would matter somewhat.
 

jcgatennismom

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I think the only recent non-Southern site has been Champaign, Illinois. And, Champaign CAN be hot and humid in May, but obviously nothing like the South and usually not for 10 straight days. Wind can be an issue.

NCAAs on the West Coast would be interesting - it would, under normal circumstances, negate the weather advantage since it's often very pleasant weather. NYC at National Tennis Center would also be interesting. But, while there's plenty of courts, they're not really set up for six-court team matches.
Cali would be great tho more expensive for hotels and travel for NCAA.
 

armchair

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Is Monday not in the singles draw? I just looked at the bracket and he's not there. What happened--or did I miss his name?
 

10S-NE1?

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Is Monday not in the singles draw? I just looked at the bracket and he's not there. What happened--or did I miss his name?

Don't know the reasoning but his name was no longer on the draw they have hanging at the facility. I did see him out there earlier today walking around though.
 

bluetrain4

G.O.A.T.
Spizziri just lost the first set to Moroni 6-1. Just two days after he beat him 6-0 6-2. Again showing what this tournament can be
Yeah, it's always been a true grind - physically, mentally, emotionally. There always seems to be a top singles player or two or three who went deep in the team tournament who fizzle out in the individual tournament. Still, others manage to overcome the slog and do well in both.
 

Sureshot

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Damn the texas boys are struggling, GAB is about to lose to Samir LMAO. As they should, how are you supposed to bring it after yesterday?
It’s a convenient crutch to use to explain away losses in the individuals. If there’s a will there’s a way as Micah Braswell proved in his win over a strong opponent in Jin. And his brother almost pulled off a stunner against Cassone who was well rested.
 
Roditi is all class - just saw the video on IG of how he reacted to mr. energy Cleeve Harper celebrating his win at #6, when he tied the team match at 2-2 - and don't get me wrong nothing I say below is a knock on Harper's energy, especially in his last college match

but,
Harper hits a deuce point winner along the baseline while Roditi is watching from the sideline, TCU player calls it out - simultaneously line judge overrules while Roditi walks on the court with his hand signaling 'in' - then waits for Harper to finish his WWE celebration, and gives him a nice fist bump at the net

this guy deserved a title, and finally got it
Roditi was very classy in the trophy presentation.....giving a tremendous amount of Respect to Tut Bartzen.
 
During the team season you watch a lot of line 5/6 matches so you can forget how crazy good these line 1 players are...I can't believe the quality of some of the points I'm watching in the Basavareddy Boulais match
 
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scmyers

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Just like during the regular season team matches, Buckeyes #3 JJ Tracy and #4 Jack Anthrop win and are through to 3rd round, while #1 and #2 Boulais and Kingsley are done. Boulais had a real tough matchup with the best player in NCAA, Basavereddy. Feel like Boulais got the most out of his talent while a Buckeye, maybe not a real #1 like Basavereddy or JPJ/Fearnley and Spizirri, but still fought til the end. Kind of not the case with Kingsley. I was hopeful that he could take the next step and fulfill some of the hype/promise he brought 5 years ago, but seems to not have reached those lofty heights. Still a very good career at OSU for both those guys, just couldn't carry Buckeyes to the promised land.
 
What do you think the season would have been like had Tracy and Anthrop played 1 and 2 while Boulais and Kingsley played 3 and 4?

Boulais strikes me as the type of player who can beat anybody, but also lose to anybody. I've seen it whiff sitter volleys and hit tweener winners in the same game. Kingsley slightly different story as I feel he has an incredibly high floor, but lower ceiling. He might have benefited from being lower in the lineup.

On the flip side: I feel Anthrop would have struggled mightily in top 2 whereas Tracy would had a good record, but not the great record he had at 3 where he lost maybe 2 matches
 
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