Illini Tennis

#2
With the announcement of non-revenue sports re-starting, they finally posted the 2020-21 rosters. Looking at the men's tennis roster, there appears to be some good news and potentially some bad news for this year's team.

Aleks Kovacevic is listed on the roster, which is a good sign that he might be coming back for one more year. Zeke Clark and Vuk Budic already said they were coming back, so it looks like their top five of Kovacevic, Brown, Clark, Montsi and Budic could stay intact. On top of that, Khlif is back after a redshirt year. The only player missing from last year's team is Gomes, but he had said he was moving on, so that is not a surprise.

The only player that is missing that should be there is Ryoma Matsushita, this year's top recruit. Does anyone know what's up with him, because I couldn't find anything. He is from Japan, but I think he was training in the United States.

I also learned that Dancer has a commitment from Gabrielius Guzauskas, a top-10 recruit for 2021. He is training in Florida, but he's originally from Downers Grove.

https://fightingillini.com/sports/mens-tennis/roster
 
#3
With the announcement of non-revenue sports re-starting, they finally posted the 2020-21 rosters. Looking at the men's tennis roster, there appears to be some good news and potentially some bad news for this year's team.

Aleks Kovacevic is listed on the roster, which is a good sign that he might be coming back for one more year. Zeke Clark and Vuk Budic already said they were coming back, so it looks like their top five of Kovacevic, Brown, Clark, Montsi and Budic could stay intact. On top of that, Khlif is back after a redshirt year. The only player missing from last year's team is Gomes, but he had said he was moving on, so that is not a surprise.

The only player that is missing that should be there is Ryoma Matsushita, this year's top recruit. Does anyone know what's up with him, because I couldn't find anything. He is from Japan, but I think he was training in the United States.

I also learned that Dancer has a commitment from Gabrielius Guzauskas, a top-10 recruit for 2021. He is training in Florida, but he's originally from Downers Grove.

https://fightingillini.com/sports/mens-tennis/roster
Thanks. I sure hope that Kovacevic is back. If healthy, he is a legitimate national champion candidate.
 
#4
With the announcement of non-revenue sports re-starting, they finally posted the 2020-21 rosters. Looking at the men's tennis roster, there appears to be some good news and potentially some bad news for this year's team.

Aleks Kovacevic is listed on the roster, which is a good sign that he might be coming back for one more year. Zeke Clark and Vuk Budic already said they were coming back, so it looks like their top five of Kovacevic, Brown, Clark, Montsi and Budic could stay intact. On top of that, Khlif is back after a redshirt year. The only player missing from last year's team is Gomes, but he had said he was moving on, so that is not a surprise.

The only player that is missing that should be there is Ryoma Matsushita, this year's top recruit. Does anyone know what's up with him, because I couldn't find anything. He is from Japan, but I think he was training in the United States.

I also learned that Dancer has a commitment from Gabrielius Guzauskas, a top-10 recruit for 2021. He is training in Florida, but he's originally from Downers Grove.

https://fightingillini.com/sports/mens-tennis/roster
I didn't see this announcement, can you share a link?
 
#5
I didn't see this announcement, can you share a link?
There wasn't any big announcement; that was a poor choice of words. I just saw that they released the volleyball schedules and I assumed that meant other non-revenue sports would be competing as well.

I did just read an article from a week ago (see link below) that said Dancer does not expect to compete in the fall but is confident they will start up in the spring. That's not really a big deal for tennis, since tennis is mainly a spring sport and many players focus on pro tournaments in the fall anyway.

https://247sports.com/college/illin...-Illini-Brad-Dancer-Minnesota-Iowa-151523375/
 
#6
Just guessing here (hopeful thinking?), perhaps Matsushita is playing in professional events in the fall while planning to join the team in the spring. Even before covid, the fall season was pretty meaningless and that goes double this year. I believe Vukic did this at least one year.
 
#7
Just guessing here (hopeful thinking?), perhaps Matsushita is playing in professional events in the fall while planning to join the team in the spring. Even before covid, the fall season was pretty meaningless and that goes double this year. I believe Vukic did this at least one year.
That's what I'm hoping
 
#8
With the announcement of non-revenue sports re-starting, they finally posted the 2020-21 rosters. Looking at the men's tennis roster, there appears to be some good news and potentially some bad news for this year's team.

Aleks Kovacevic is listed on the roster, which is a good sign that he might be coming back for one more year. Zeke Clark and Vuk Budic already said they were coming back, so it looks like their top five of Kovacevic, Brown, Clark, Montsi and Budic could stay intact. On top of that, Khlif is back after a redshirt year. The only player missing from last year's team is Gomes, but he had said he was moving on, so that is not a surprise.

The only player that is missing that should be there is Ryoma Matsushita, this year's top recruit. Does anyone know what's up with him, because I couldn't find anything. He is from Japan, but I think he was training in the United States.

I also learned that Dancer has a commitment from Gabrielius Guzauskas, a top-10 recruit for 2021. He is training in Florida, but he's originally from Downers Grove.

https://fightingillini.com/sports/mens-tennis/roster
Matsushita is a Duck: https://goducks.com/news/2020/10/5/mens-tennis-juniors-standout-matsushita-joins-ducks.aspx