2018-2019 Illini Tennis

#76
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 always a national top 5 in his age while Wolf wasn’t but got there. He has definitely passed other guys like McNally and Gianni Ross who were more highly rated juniors.

It was pretty fun at Western & Southern Open sitting in front on Ty Tucker and cheering for Delbonis against McNally and being one of about eight people out of 3,000 cheering for Carreno Busta against Wolf.

Any way, I can tell you feeling at Atkins is they are still chasing Ohio State.
 
#77
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 always a national top 5 in his age while Wolf wasn’t but got there. He has definitely passed other guys like McNally and Gianni Ross who were more highly rated juniors.

It was pretty fun at Western & Southern Open sitting in front on Ty Tucker and cheering for Delbonis against McNally and being one of about eight people out of 3,000 cheering for Carreno Busta against Wolf.

Any way, I can tell you feeling at Atkins is they are still chasing Ohio State.

Thank you for the info! Any details on what happened with Keenan?

I would have loved to be in Cinci cheering against Wolf and McNally!

Coaching staff still feels like Ohio State is the favorite in the Big Ten even with all the departures?
 
#78
Thank you for the info! Any details on what happened with Keenan?

I would have loved to be in Cinci cheering against Wolf and McNally!

Coaching staff still feels like Ohio State is the favorite in the Big Ten even with all the departures?
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 my read of comments made.

I haven’t asked specifics about Mayo. It seemed to me drive probably wasn’t a fit for program requirements.
 
#80
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.
Kovacevic, Brown, Montsi and Zeke all played in the main draw at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa. Kovacevic was defeated in the round of 16 today. Still, I'm pretty impressed with all four of them. I think those 4 are locked into the starting lineup, along with Budic. Would like it if one or two more guys stepped up this season.
 
#81
Kovacevic, Brown, Montsi and Zeke all played in the main draw at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa. Kovacevic was defeated in the round of 16 today. Still, I'm pretty impressed with all four of them. I think those 4 are locked into the starting lineup, along with Budic. Would like it if one or two more guys stepped up this season.
I watched Clark vs. Sarrio online yesterday. Clark is a bulldog who will not give up on a point. If he was 6 or 8" taller he would be ranked in the top ten.
 
#82
Kovacevic on Tennis Channel in 3rd set at Knoxville Challenger vs seasoned vet Bradley Klahn.