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    2018-2019 Illini Tennis

    https://fightingillini.com/news/2019/9/3/mens-tennis-fighting-illini-open-comes-to-atkins-tennis-center.aspx?path=mten All team members participated in either qualifying or main draw. Kovacevic got to semi. Final is Stanford player vs Tennessee player.
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    2018-2019 Illini Tennis

    I don’t want to say coaching staff. My connections are staff at Atkins but not Illini coaches. Also my kid played college tennis and competed with a current Illini player so I got to know that player’s father. I get the feeling the consensus is Illini are one player short right now. That’s just...
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    2018-2019 Illini Tennis

    Late to the party but ... Caleb didn’t like getting pulled once he slumped and challenged coaching staff. Didn’t go so well for him. Gui has the skill but drive might not be enough to get him where Illini need him. John McNally isn’t good enough yet to go pro. I’m amazed at Wolf. McNally was...
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    Biggest Recruiting Mistake

    Right on point. Here’s a great story from the Tribune. https://www.google.com/amp/www.chicagotribune.com/sports/highschool/chi-prep-1985-mr-basketball-ed-horton-story,amp.html
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    2017-18 Illini Tennis

    It’s unfortunate that Shiki, Hirsch and/or Jiang didn’t stick for more than 1 year. Hirsch as a senior would look pretty good at about #3 singles and #2 doubles right now.
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    2017-18 Illini Tennis

    I’m not sure anyone knows yet. My connection is not a coach but someone who is around team everyday. As a disclaimer, I also know the Horve family. I will be at ITA U of I is hosting next weekend and will get some info on next year’s team. Northwestern is hosting ITA this weekend. There are...
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    2017-18 Illini Tennis

    UTR is always rounded unless you have a subscription. FWIW, Kovacevic’s utr is skyrocketing and Zeke’s is second best on team. Kovacevic has had some excellent results since season ended. Gui should be ready.
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    2017-18 Illini Tennis

    Brown’s utr was 13.34 end of June 2017 but he had been as high as 13.88 in February 2017. Monsti’s utr is currently 13.62 with a high of 13.64 in past 12 months. I don’t expect Monsti to be in top 3 next spring but definitely a solid addition.
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    2017-18 Illini Tennis

    Big match (men’s) tomorrow in Columbus as Buckeyes host Michigan.
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    Penn State 74, Illinois 52 POSTGAME

    Yet I traveled 200 round trip miles in the sleet and snow to watch illini tennis last night. I wouldn’t leave my driveway to watch this basketball team. I stopped traveling to basketball two years ago. I’ve been to over 300 illini basketball games but why spend the time, money and emotion now...
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    2017-18 Illini Tennis

    Agreed all around. Incredible, electric atmosphere with really great tennis. Guys were so close. I was extremely impressed with Brown. He settled in after losing serve immediately and took care of a very good, experienced player. I’ve seen his opponent several times over the past 6-7 years at...
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    2017-18 Illini Tennis

    Illini kicked stuffing out of Cal in doubles winning 6-2 at 2 and 6-1 at 3. Vukic and Hiltzik were 5-5 after letting a big lead slip away.
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    2017-18 Illini Tennis

    Segouin is the real thing. He’s Canadian so not as much US exposure but he and Oliver Crawford were consistently 1 and 2 in class. Segouin has played the French Open junior and reached Eddie Herr final. What’s scary is as good as Illini are this year, Ohio State has John McNally at #3 right...
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    2017-18 Illini Tennis

    Illini 4 Oklahoma 1 Illini defeat #18 on their home court. Straight set wins by Hiltzik and Chakravarthi, 3 set win by Brown. Vukic was up 4-3 in 3rd and Clark was up in 3rd.
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    2017-18 Illini Tennis

    Illini 1 Oklahoma 0 Vukic & Budic drop #1 again but picked up by Chakravarthi & Brown at #3 7-6. First sets as follows: 1 Vukic 2 Hiltzik 3 Brown 4 OU over Kovacevic 5 OU over Clark 6 Chakravarhti