Illini Tennis

Just to put this season into perspective:

Illinois finished the season with a record of 23-3. Their three losses came to Florida, Baylor, and Ohio State. They later avenged the loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament final.

Florida and Baylor are currently ranked #1 and #2 in the country and are playing today to decide the national championship.

Illinois' best wins this season were over Virginia, Southern California, and Ohio State. All four of those teams made it to the round of 16 in tournament. Ohio State beat #10 Wake Forest and then lost to #7 TCU. #12 Southern Cal beat #5 Virginia in the round of 16 and then lost a close 4-3 match to #4 Texas.

I think Illinois definitely deserved to be seeded higher than #16. Regardless, it was a successful season.

Florida went on to win 4-1 over Baylor for the title. Those two teams gave us two of our three losses this year. In singles, all three of our guys have moved on to the round of 32. I believe we have the only B10 competitors left in the tournament.
Kovacevic and Montsi both attained All-American status by winning their second-round matches. Zeke Clark fell just short and joins a long list of great Illinois players who narrowly missed becoming All-Americans.

Kovacevic won again today and is into the quarterfinals
Didn’t see a Illini tennis players in the pros thread, so here made the most sense to post that Kevin Anderson won the Hall of Fame Open in Newport RI this past weekend. It was his 7th ATP title and brought his career earnings up to $17.3M. Not too shabby.

Rajeev Ram won that tournament twice. They should rename it the "Illini Open." :)
Rajeev has done very well as a doubles specialist
I found it interesting that of the four on the court, the announcer mentioned Ram was the only one of them who ever made it into the top 100 in singles. Ram has won 2 singles titles — the Hall of Fame Championship (2009 and 2016). Seems his doubles career took a big leap forward when he started pairing with Joe Salisbury. Not sure when exactly that happened, but both of his Grand Slam men’s doubles championships have come playing with him.