Monday, December 21, 2015

Discounted court time over holidays!

Get out of the house and work on that backhand cross court winner.  Whether you are traveling to Champaign-Urbana for holidays or want to get out the house to help keep those holiday pounds off your midsection, both twin city indoor tennis facilities are offering sweet discounts for court time.

With the students out of town and campus in standby mode, tennis players can practice or play for just $15 per hour at the Atkins Tennis Center, home of the Fighting Illini Tennis program. The reduced rate from the regular $21 per hour rate is available for time reserved between 1:30 and 5:30pm now until January 8, 2016. Atkins, located on the south side of University of Illinois campus at 1410 W. St Mary's Rd. in Urbana, will be open during the day on both Christmas and New Year's Eve.

The Champaign Park District's tennis facility is also offering a discounted fee for indoor court time. Now until December 31, court time will be just $12 per hour. The reduced price, normally between $17 and $23 depending on time, is applicable during all hours of operation and not restricted to a block of time. Like Atkins, the Dodds Tennis Center, located at 2802 Farber Drive in Champaign, will be open on both Christmas and New Year's Eve. The courts will close at 3pm.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Midwest Blast Starts Friday

"URBANA, Ill. – In its final weekend of fall action, the Illinois women's tennis team will host the Midwest Blast at the Atkins Tennis Center from Friday, Nov. 6 – Sunday, Nov. 8. This marks the first home appearance for the Fighting Illini of the 2015-16 campaign.

The three-day event will feature four Midwest teams including Missouri, Notre Dame, Purdue and Illinois. Competition style for the event will be a hidden dual format. On Friday, each squad will play a pair of doubles matches in addition to a round of singles contests. Saturday's action will include one round each of singles and doubles action. Teams will conclude play on Sunday with one round of singles matches."

Read more on the Illinois Athletics website . . .

Monday, September 21, 2015

Fighting Illini Ranked One Of The Top Teams In The Nation

Three #ILLINI ranked in the preseason national rankings! @JaredHiltzik @AronHiltzik @Vuki_SMASH23 󾭞

Posted by Fighting Illini Men's Tennis on Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015

Illini Women Get New Coach, Evan Clark Takes The Reigns

The Illinois women's tennis team has a new head coach. Evan Clark was named interim head coach for the 2015-16 season after head coach Michelle Dasso's contract was not renewed by athletic director Mike Thomas. He joined the Fighting Illini program nine months ago as Dasso's assistant.

Clark knows the game. In high school, he boasted a record of 31 wins and no losses and won the 2002 Missouri High School 4A State Singles Championship. The outstanding season performance earned him the Kansas City Star Tennis Male Athlete of the Year award. He later was captain of the UM-Kansas City men's tennis team from 2002-04 and finished his collegiate career as a member of the Arkansas men's tennis program.

His coaching experience includes stints UNC Wilmington, where he Clark led the Seahawks to the program's first women's Colonial Athletic Association conference championship. He also coached at the University of Missouri-Kansas City guiding the team to a 31-11 record. Prior to his time at UNC Wilmington, Clark served as the assistant coach for the University of Maryland's men's team from 2010-12.

In the video below courtesy of Illini Athletics posted on YouTube, here's more about the man who will lead the 2015-2016 campaign.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Eight Great Photos From The Futures of Champaign Tournament

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The Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament held at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Center featured a lot of 32 highly talented athletes from as far away as Mexico, India and Great Britain. The six-day event starting on August 8th, ended with the number four seed Kevin King as the tournament's inaugural champion.

King was well-rewarded for his efforts. After defeating Nathan Pasha in his opening match, he knocked off local favorite and recent University of Illinois alum Tim Kopinski in straight sets for a showdown with Junior French Open winner Tommy Paul. Prevailing after his three-setter with Paul, King faced Brit Richard Gabb the title match and clearly dominated play on his way to a 6-3, 6-1 victory.

King's championship bounty included 27 USTA ranking points, a check for $2,160 and a beautiful Smith & Bradley watch created just a few dozen miles away from the tournament site.

Below are eight of our favorite photos and links to more from PhotoNews Media's coverage of the $15,000 Futures event.

Alex Rybakov hits the ball back across the net

Alex Rybakov prepares to slice the ball back across the net in his quarterfinal tennis match against Richard Gabb. The left-hander pushed his British opponent to three sets falling 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3 at the Car-X Futures of Champaign tournament. Find more tournament pictures of Rybakov on our photo gallery.

Tommy Paul playing at the Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament

Tommy Paul, winner of this year's French Open Juniors, lunges for wide forehand shot from the other side of the net in his quarterfinal match against #4 seed Kevin King. Paul fell in his bid for a semifinal spot after an exciting three set contest 6-1, 2-6, 7-6(8) to King. See eight more photos of Paul in action here ...

Kevin King reacts after hitting the ball long in the second set during his quarterfinal match against fellow American Tommy Paul at the Car-X Future of Champaign tennis tournament. King defeated Paul, after splitting the first two sets 6-1 and 2-6, in an exciting third set comeback for a final score of 7-6(8). See 12 more photos of King in action from this match and his title match effort.

Konrad Zieba hits a blazing forehand shot in his match against Sanam Singh at the Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament. Zieba forced a third set decision falling 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2, to Singh on Wednesday. See more of Zieba's match photos ...

Sanam Singh lines up a backhand

Sanam Singh lines up a backhand shot during his Car-X Futures of Champaign match on Wednesday. After dropping his first set, Singh surged back to a third set victory 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 over Northwestern University junior Konrad Zieba. Check out more photos of Singh here.

Richard Gabb hits a backhand

Richard Gabb hits a backhand shot during his championship match against #4 seed Kevin King at the Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament. Gabb fell in his bid to win the inaugural tournament title falling 3-6, 1-6 on Sunday afternoon. For his effort he earned 15 points in the USTA standings and $1,272 in prize money. See seven more photos in this gallery.

Daniel Garza hits a leaping forehand winner

Daniel Garza hits a leaping forehand winner during his quarterfinal match against Ramkumar Ramanathan at the Car-X Future of Champaign tennis tournament. Garza was eliminated from the Elite 8 in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. See 10 more great photos of Garza in action.

Ramkumar Ramanathan chases down a ball in the ad court.

Ramkumar Ramanathan chases down a ball in the ad court during his match against Daniel Garza at the Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament. Ramanathan battled back from a 1-4 second set to pick up a 6-3, 6-4 win over Garza Friday afternoon at the Atkins Tennis Center on the University of Illinois campus. He will face Kevin King in a semifinal match on Saturday.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Park District League Dates Announced

Earlier this month the Champaign Park District announced the dates and times for their fall tennis leagues. Park District leagues are structured and competitive. To join players must be evaluated by Yuri Sohn, the head professional. Fall/winter leagues are divided into two seven-week sessions and all matches are played at the Dodds Tennis Center. For more information contact Yuri via email at or by phone at 217-819-3993.

(Generally Men’s 2.5-3.0/Ladies 3.0-3.5)

9/13-10/25    Su 1:30-3p
11/1-12/20*  Su 1:30-3p 
No League: 11/22*
Member Fee: $99 / Guest Fee: $114

(Generally Men’s 3.0-3.5/Ladies 3.5-4.0)
Court times are scheduled on an individual match basis.
Session I: 9/13-10/25   
Session II:11/1-12/20
Member Fee: $99 / Guest Fee: $114

(Generally Men’s 3.5-4.0/Ladies 4.0-4.5)
Court times are scheduled on an individual match basis.
Session I: 9/13-10/25   
Session II:11/1-12/20
Member Fee: $99 / Guest Fee: $114

(Generally Men’s 4.0-4.5/Ladies 4.5-5.0)
Court times are scheduled on an individual match basis.
Session I: 9/13-10/25   
Session II:11/1-12/20
Member Fee: $99 / Guest Fee: $114

When And Why You Should Restring

Tennis racquets and a Formula 1 race car have something in common. Both require regular maintenance to operate at a peak performance level. At the recreational level, the general rule of thumb passed around is have new strings installed based on the number of times a week you play during the year. If you play twice a week, then you would want to take your racquet in for new strings twice a year. If you are playing four times a week, then your stick goes in for a string job four times during the year.

However, making the jump from a fun activity to a competitive passion, Lucien Nogues, the face of Babolat's team of string and racquet experts, gives tips on when serious players should consider restringing in this YouTube video to get the optimal level of pace, placement and spin. In the directory at the bottom of the page you will find a list of business and individuals in Champaign County who offer stringing services.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

It's Good To Be King In Champaign

Under the glaring hot summer sun in Urbana, #4 seed Kevin King pushed past Richard Gabb to win the inaugural Car-X Futures of Champaign singles tennis title. Below are five photos from King's match at the Atkins Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon. Follow this link to see more tournament photos.

Tournament winner Kevin King

August 16, 2015 - Urbana, IL - In front of a crowd of 20 spectators, Kevin King hits a forehand shot during a prolonged rally with Great Britain's Richard Gabb during second set action in their championship match at the inaugural Car-X Futures of Champaign. King defeated Gabb, 6-3, 6-1.

Tennis player Kevin King serves

King pounds a serve in the second set.

Kevin King questions an out call

King questions an out call by the chair umpire during a rally midway in the second set.

Kevin King hits a backhand

King hits a backhand during a long second set rally doing his best wear down Gabb under the hot August sun.

Kevin King shakes hands with tournament director Christine Stromberg

With huge smile on his face, Kevin King shakes hands with tournament director Christine Stromberg (left) after winning the inaugural Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament title on Sunday. King celebrated his 6-3, 6-1 victory over Great Britain's Richard Gabb with a check for $2,160, a new watch and 27 USTA points on Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Illini Duo Advance At Champaign's Car-X Futures

Aron Hiltzik and Tim Kopinski advanced to second round of the Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament on Wednesday morning. Doing battle on their home court as they have many time before, the pair enjoyed victories against formidable opponents on the Fighting Illini hard courts.

Kopinski squared off against former teammate Farris Gosea in the day's opening match. Losing his first service game and giving Gosea a 2-1 early break, the Stagg High School alum stormed back to win the first set 6-2. Unable to continue due to problems with his shoulder, Gosea retired in the second set up, 1-2.

Tim Kopinski races toward the ball

Former Fighting Illini tennis star Tim Kopinski races toward the ball during the first set of his match against former teammate Farris Gosea. Kopinski advanced to the next round after Gosea retired, 6-2, 1-2. Follow this link to see more Car-X Futures photos.

Aron Hiltzik makes a routine backhand shot during second set action in his first round match against William Bushamuka at the Car-X Futures of Champaign tennis tournament. Hiltzik, a sophomore for the Fighting Illini tennis team, prevailed over the University of Kentucky star 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-4 in an all out battle to advance to the second round on Thursday.

Meanwhile, one court over, Aron Hiltzik had his hands full against the University of Kentucky power hitter William Bushamuka. The IMG Academy trained Bushamuka and Hiltzik traded games like the jabs of seasoned boxers during and emotional first set. Back-to-back double faults late in the tie break by the Wildcat sophomore solidified Hiltzik's win.

Calling out in French out of frustration after hitting the ball out of bounds on the deuce side, Bushamuka was slapped with a warning for uttering something that sounded like - according to the head official - an obscenity in English. He responded to the infraction by rolling to a 6-1 second set victory over Hiltzik, who came back to punch his ticket to the second round in 6-4 final set win.
Kopinski will face #4 seed Kevin King at 11:00am on Thursday. Hiltzik will take the court at 9:30am to face #1 seed Ramkumar Ramanathan.

Eight Terrible Ways To Make A Line Call

It can get quite boring calling "out" over and over in a match. There is the temptation to spice up the call to pad our egos or to soften the blow to an opponent's shot that lands just outside the court boundaries after a heated rally. Here is an absolutely hilarious video that popped up on our Facebook feed with eight of the worst, sometimes annoying ways to call a ball out.

How NOT to Make a Line Call

Tennis Court Etiquette 101: Here are the top 8 WORST ways to make a line call. (I bet you've been guilty of at least one!)

Posted by Essential Tennis on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

What's the most ridiculous "out" call you have had an opponent repeatedly say during a match? Tell us in the comments below.

Car-X Futures 2nd Round Results

Sanam Singh hits a forehand

Sanam Singh hits a forehand during his Car-X Futures of Champaign match on Wednesday. After dropping his first set, Singh surged back to a third set victory 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 over Northwestern University junior Konrad Zieba in their first round match. The #2 seed in the singles bracket, Singh was eliminated from competition after falling 6-3, 7-5 to Alex Rybakov a day later.

Here are results from today's second round matches at the Car-X Futures of Champaign tournament.

Justin S. SHANE (USA) def Mico SANTIAGO (USA) 6-4, 6-3
Ramkumar RAMANATHAN (IND) [1] def Aron HILTZIK (USA) 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-4
Alex RYBAKOV (USA) def Sanam SINGH (IND) [2] 6-3, 7-5
Daniel GARZA (MEX) def Takanyi GARANGANGA (ZIM) [7] 6-0 6-2
Kevin KING (USA) [4] def Tim KOPINSKI (USA) 6-4, 6-4
Tommy PAUL (USA) [6] def Evan KING (USA) 6-4, 6-1
Reilly OPELKA (USA) def Aleksandar VUKIC (AUS) 6-3, 7-6(6)
Richard GABB (GBR) def Tom JOMBY (FRA) [5] 6-0, 6-1

Monday, August 10, 2015

Illini Connection Advance After First Round Play At Car-X Futures

Former University of Illinois standout Tim Kopinski won his opening qualifying match at the Car-X Futures of Champaign tournament via a straight set victory over fellow American Patrick Fitzgerald. With home court advantage, Kopinski cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 victory on Saturday.

Incoming Illini freshman Aiden Jiang, of China, defeated Marco Lopez (CHI) by the same margin, 6-4, 6-0.

First Round Qualifier Results
Josh Hagar, United States, def. Brian Page Jr., United States, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

Tom Fawcett, United States, def. Alexander Jesse, United States, 6-2, 6-2

Aidan Talcott, United States, def. Joseph Van Metter, United States, 6-3, 6-1

Konrad Zieba, United States, def. Michael Lippens, United States, 6-3, 6-2

Will Stein, United States, def. Marko Stanic, Bosnia, 6-0, 6-1

JC Aragone, United States, def. Sergey Belov, Russia, 6-2, 6-4

Quentin Monaghan (15), United States, def. Jeremy Schneider, United States, 6-1, 6-1

Austin Hussey, United States, def. Forest Edwards, United States, 6-3, 6-3

Strong Kirchheimer, United States, def. Brian Boggs, United States, 6-1, 6-0

Christopher Diaz, United States, def. Ghandi Bhakthavachalm, United States, 7-6(5), 6-0

Pengxuan Jiang, China, def. Marco Lopex, Chile, 6-4, 6-0

Tim Kopinski, United States, def. Patrick Fitzgerald, Australia, 6-2, 6-0

Arnav Mohanty, United States, def. Hugo DiFeo(14), Canada, 3-2 ret.

Ned Whittaker, Australia, def. Henry Patrick Cacciatore, United States, 6-3, 7-5

Jonathan Ho, United States, def. Angel Peredo, Mexico, 6-1,6-2

Sebastian Eguez, Bolivia, def. Mesa Mei, United States, 6-4, 6-2

Alexander Gornet, United States, def. Isaiah Strode, United States, 6-2,3-6,6-1

Agustin Moreno, Mexico, (16) def. Julian Bradley, Ireland, 6-3,3-6, 6-3

Champaign-Urbana Host Futures Tournament This Week

The Car-X Futures of Champaign professional tennis tournament opened with qualifying play for 32 singles players and 16 doubles pairs vying for USTA ranking points and a portion of the $15,000 purse. The singles champion, who will be crowned after next Sunday's championship match, will receive $2,160 in prize money.

One of six men's USTA Pro Circuit events held in Illlinois, the tournament will feature competitive action between a mix of high school age and former collegiate athletes.

Main draw play will begin at 9am on Tuesday. Below are the results from second round qualifying round of play held today.

QR2 Results 8/10/15:JC Aragone (USA) def. [1] Dennis Nevolo: 6-2, 3-6, 6-4[11] Hunter Callahan (USA) def. Aidan...
Posted by Champaign Challenger & Futures USTA Pro Circuit Events on Monday, August 10, 2015

Baillon At Home With Her Illini Family

Madie Baillion was a dominating force as a high school tennis player. The St. Thomas More alum and high school all-stater played her first collegiate year at Illinois State University before being coaxed back to Champaign-Urbana as a member of the University of Illinois program a year ago. In her first season wearing the Orange & Blue, Baillon she posted 20 match wins against nine losses.

"Madie gained a lot of match experience ... at ISU and understands the demands of a collegiate schedule," UI coach Michelle Dasso told the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette a year ago this past May. "Her doubles skills and results were extremely impressive and we are excited to welcome her back home to the Illini family."

In the YouTube video featured below, Baillon talks about her decision to transfer to the Fighting Illini.

Hear what #Illini junior Madie Baillon has to say about transferring to Illinois after a season in the Orange and Blue.Link:

Posted by Fighting Illini Women's Tennis on Monday, August 10, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Joe Rottman Wins CPD Summer Slam Open Title

Giving up just one game in the title match against Jason Zumwalt, Joe Rottman rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 win to take this year's Champaign Park District Adult Summer Slam open title. The number #1 seed lost just eight games during his three tournament matches at the two-day tournament.  Rottman has won the open title now four times out of the past five years.

After a first round bye, Rottman squared off against Gabriel Petrica, a graduate teaching assistant on the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois. Petrica could not buy win against in the first set dropping it in a 6-0 decision. In a much better second set, he could not push the match to a tiebreak falling 7-5.

Rottman sailed to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Tim O'Brien in their semi-final showdown securing his fifth consecutive championship match appearance.

Sunday's title match was not the first time Rottman and Zumwalt exchanged blistering forehands. Last summer, the pair met in the semi-finals at the Slam where Rottman prevailed 6-1, 6-0. Four years ago in the 2011 title match, Zumwalt made four-time champion earn every point in a 6-4, 7-5 finish.

Here are the results from the 2015 men's bracket:

Men's Open Singles
Championship Bracket:
F(1) Joe Rottman d. (2) Jason Zumwalt6-0; 6-1
SF(2) Jason Zumwalt d. Noah Jemison6-3; 6-4
SF(1) Joe Rottman d. Tim O'Brien6-0; 6-2
Q(2) Jason Zumwalt d. Gabe Mitchell7-5; 6-2
CF(4) Alex Amatyleon d. Daniel O'Brien6-0; 6-1
CSDaniel O'Brien d. Suresh Palani6-2; 6-2
CS(4) Alex Amatyleon d. Todd Mayfield6-1; 6-2
CQDaniel O'Brien d. John DelanoisDef (refsl)

Men's 45 Singles
Championship Bracket:
F(1) Eric Schacht d. Toby King6-2; 6-3
SFToby King d. (2) Joe Kim6-4; 6-2
SF(1) Eric Schacht d. Robert Vanhootegem6-1; 6-1
Q(2) Joe Kim d. Daniel Morris6-2; 6-3
CFDaniel Morris d. Charles Sikora6-4; 6-2
CQDaniel Morris d. Dean Brown6-4; 6-0

Men's 55 Singles
Championship Bracket:
F(1) Jeff Stevens d. (2) Lucian Ionescu7-6(1); 6-1
SF(2) Lucian Ionescu d. Jon Bratten6-1; 4-6; 1-0(7)
SF(1) Jeff Stevens d. gerald abbott6-3; 6-0
QJon Bratten d. Gary Day6-2; 6-1
CFJames Barnes d. Gary Day6-2; 7-5

Men's 65 Singles
Championship Bracket:
F(1) Scott Aikman d. (2) Michael Doss4-6; 6-2; 1-0(5)
SF(2) Michael Doss d. Michael Claffey6-0; 6-0
SF(1) Scott Aikman d. Steven Friend7-5; 6-2
CFMichael Claffey d. Steven FriendDef (refsl)

Men's Open Doubles
Championship Bracket:
F(2) Amatyleon/Ruedi d. (1) Peterson/Zumwalt7-5; 6-4
SF(2) Amatyleon/Ruedi d. Larck/Mitchell6-3; 6-2
SF(1) Peterson/Zumwalt d. O'Brien/O'Brien6-2; 6-2
CFLarck/Mitchell d. O'Brien/O'Brien6-1; 5-7; 1-0(3)

Mixed Open Doubles
Championship Bracket:
F(1) Ferguson/Rottman d. (2) Aten/Larck7-6(2); 6-1
SF(2) Aten/Larck d. Schacht/Schacht6-2; 6-2
SF(1) Ferguson/Rottman d. Chastain/Ichikawa6-0; 6-0
CFSchacht/Schacht d. Chastain/Ichikawa6-0; 6-3

Men's 45 Doubles
Championship Bracket:
RRVanhootegem/Kim d. Barnes/King6-3; 6-4
RRBratten/Potter d. Barnes/King6-4; 6-2
RRBratten/Potter d. Vanhootegem/Kim6-2; 7-5

Monday, June 15, 2015

C-U Ladder Rankings Released

The C-U Tennis Ladder released the latest round of standings today. The ladder is an informal singles league open to players of all ages and levels of play who live and work in Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding communities. There are no fees or membership dues. You and your opponent decide where and when you play, then report the final score to the ladder administrator.

For more information on about Champaign-Urbana's tennis ladder follow this link. Below are the current league standings as of today.

Current Standings
(as of June 15, 2015)

1 - C. Kuo
2 - T. Wilson
3 - D. Maloney
4 - M. Bantz
5 - P. Imoukheuede
6 - C. Brooks
7 - B. Houston
8 - T. Ellis
9 - P. Testa
10 - T. McAlpin
11 - M. Brenner
12 - C. Nerone
13 - T. Larrison
14 - W. Romine
15 - P. Loechl
16 - J. Klug
17 - P. Hammie
18 - C. Chattic
19 - C. Gratkins
20 - D. Su

Summer Slam Deadline Tomorrow

The clock is ticking for competitive tennis players ready to put to the test their skills, experience and months of coaching June 20-21. Registration the Champaign Park District's annual adult USTA-sanctioned tournament ends tomorrow at 5pm for singles players. Doubles entries will be accepted at the tournament until noon on Saturday with the draw posted by 2 p.m.. First round doubles matches will be scheduled courts no earlier than 3p.m. on Saturday.

As of this posting only 15 players have signed up to play in the only adult USTA tennis tournament in held in the twin cities. According to the description on the website lunch will be provided on Saturday courtesy of the Bread Company located at 706 South Goodwin Ave. in Urbana.

For more information and to register online go to CHAMPAIGN SUMMER SLAM.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Dancer Named ITA Coach Of The Year

Congratulations to Illinois head coach Brad Dancer, assistant Marco Asse and Tim "Mr. Kool" Kopinski on receiving honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Dancer was named the ITA Midwest Region Coach of the Year.

"The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the 2015 Regional Awards Tuesday and the Illini took home a total of four Midwest Region awards. Head coach Brad Dancer was named the Midwest Region Coach of the Year, marking his first coach of the year accolade. Associate head coach Marcos Asse was named the Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year for the first time, while senior Tim Kopinski was named the Midwest ITA Senior Player of the Year and Midwest ITA/Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship & Leadership Award winner." Read more here . . .

Congrats Brad Dancer, Marcos Asse and Tim Kopinski on earning ITA Midwest Region Awards!! Story:

Posted by Fighting Illini Men's Tennis on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Illini To Host NCAA First Round Men's Bracket At Atkins

Illinois will host the 1st & 2nd rounds of the 2015 NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament May 8-9 at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex. Match and ticket information at Tournament Central:

Posted by Fighting Illini Men's Tennis on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Illinois Women's Team Signs Daniela Novak

Daniela Pedraza Novak has signed her NLI with Illinois! Welcome to the family, Daniela!Link:

Posted by Fighting Illini Women's Tennis on Thursday, April 30, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mayfield Wins Gold League Title

Todd Mayfield wrapped a successful tennis campaign dominating the Park District's second session Gold league season after knocking off Andy Wilke 6-3, 6-2, this week. 

It could be three-way tie for second place in the ranks below Mayfield. Both Rich Thompson and Jim Wilson could also own a share of the second-place with Young Kim (5-2) if they reign in their final match of the session. Thompson needs to face Tim Brozenec and Wilson will go toe-to-toe with Wyatt Martin in his last scheduled match of the season.

Here are the current standings and match scores courtesy of the Champaign Park District's elite tennis league.

Current Standing
1) Todd Mayfield (7 wins-0 losses)
2) Young Kim (5-2)
Tied for 3) Rich Thompson (4-2)
Tied for 3) Jim Wilson (4-2)
5) Wyatt Martin (2-4)
6) Tim Brozenec (1-4)
7) Andy Wilke (1-5)
8) Dan Maloney (0-5)

Round 1
Kim defeated Wilke 6-0, 6-0
Martin defeated Brozenec 6-7(4), 6-2, 1-0(7)
Mayfield defeated Wilson 6-4, 3-6, 1-0(6)
Thompson defeated Maloney 6-3, 6-1

Round 2
Thompson defeated Martin 6-2, 7-6(0)
Wilson defeated Wilke 6-4, 1-6, 1-0(8)
Mayfield defeated Brozenec 6-4, 6-3
Kim defeated Maloney 6-1, 6-0

Round 3
Wilson defeated Kim 3-6, 7-5, 1-0(7)
Mayfield defeated Thompson 6-4, 6-3
Brozenec defeated Wilke 6-2, 7-6(4)
Martin defeated Maloney 7-5, 6-0

Round 4
Mayfield defeated Martin 6-1, 6-4
Kim defeated Brozenec 6-1, 6-3
Thompson defeated Wilke 6-1, 6-4
Wilson defeated Maloney 6-3, 6-0

Round 5
Wilson defeated Brozenec 7-5, 7-5
Wilke defeated Martin 7-6(5), 6-4
Kim defeated Thompson 6-1, 6-2
Mayfield defeated Maloney 6-2, 6-0

Round 6
Mayfield defeated Wilke 6-3, 6-2
Thompson defeated Wilson 6-3, 7-6(2)
Kim defeated Martin 6-1, 6-2
Brozenec needs to play Maloney

Round 7
Thompson needs to play Brozenec
Mayfield defeated Kim 6-2, 4-6, 1-0(6)
Martin needs to play Wilson
Wilke needs to play Maloney 

Jones, Friend Move To 3rd In Silver League

Mark Jones and Steve Friend didn't have to play a match to move from fourth place to third place in this week's Champaign Park District's Silver League standings. Charles Sikora dropped from a tie for second to fifth place after a tough loss to Randy Vanderwerf.

In this week's only other league action, Tom Wilson defeated Fiona Ngo, 6-3, 6-1

Below are the current standings and match scores as of April 14, 2015. 

Current Standing
1) Daniel O’Brien (5 wins-0 losses)
2) Randy Vanderwerf (4-1)
Tied for 3) Mark Jones (2-1)
Tied for 3) Steve Friend (2-1)
5) Charles Sikora (3-2)
6) Tom Wilson (2-2)
7) Fiona Ngo (0-5)
8) Michael Bantz (0-6)

Round 1
Vanderwerf defeated Ngo 6-3, 6-4
O’Brien defeated Wilson 6-2, 6-2
Jones needs to play Sikora
Friend defeated Bantz 6-4, 2-6, 1-0(4)

Round 2
Wilson needs to play Friend
Jones defeated Ngo 6-0, 6-1
O’Brien defeated Sikora 6-4, 6-4
Vanderwerf defeated Bantz 6-0, 6-0

Round 3
Vanderwerf defeated Jones 7-6(5), 6-1
Sikora defeated Friend 6-3, 6-3
O’Brien defeated Ngo 6-4, 6-2
Wilson defeated Bantz 6-3, 6-3

Round 4
Sikora defeated Wilson 6-4, 7-5
O’Brien defeated Vanderwerf 6-4, 5-7, 1-0(8)
Friend defeated Ngo 6-2, 3-6, 1-0(5)
Jones defeated Bantz 6-2, 7-6(?)

Round 5
O’Brien needs to play Jones
Wilson defeated Ngo 6-3, 6-1
Friend needs to play Vanderwerf
Sikora defeated Bantz 6-4, 6-4

Round 6
Ngo needs to play Sikora
Friend needs to play Jones
Vanderwerf needs to play Wilson
O’Brien needs to play Bantz

Round 6
Friend needs to play O’Brien
Vanderwerf defeated Sikora 6-0, 6-1
Wilson needs to play Jones
Ngo needs to play Bantz

Bronze Leagues Top Four Spots Stays Steady

Since our last recap on the Champaign Park District's Bronze League five matches were played creating a little movement in the mid-level area of the standings. The dust has barely moved as the top of the ratings remain virtually unchanged with yet to be defeated Gerald Abbot still in first and spoiler Chuck Nerone still in contention for the top spot in second place. Carl Jockusch rounds out the top three.

Tim McAlpin dropped to fourth place after finishing the week off 1-1. He knocked off Jeremy Michelson in a three-setter, 6-2, 6-7(2), 1-0(7) and fell in a decisive battle to the division's number one player, Gerald Abbott, 6-2, 6-1.

Michelson also faced two additional opponents posting victories in matches against Princess Imoukhuede and Brad Blumenshine. He defeated Imoukhuede 6-3, 7-6(7) and after a close first set, slipped by Blumenshine, 7-6(6), 6-1. The two wins moved Michelson up one spot in the rankings to sixth place.

Below are the current standings and latest match scores.

Current Standing  (as of April 20)
1) Gerald Abbott (5 wins-0 losses)
2) Charles Nerone (5-1)
3) Carl Jockusch (3-2)
4) Tim McAlpin (4-3)
5) Joe Grant (2-2)
6) Jeremy Michelson (2-5)
7) Princess Imoukhuede (1-3)
8) Brad Blumenshine (0-6)

Spring II, 2015 Bronze Singles League Current Scores
Round 1
McAlpin defeated Grant 5-7, 6-3, 1-0(5)
Nerone defeated Jockusch 4-6, 7-5, 1-0(8)
Abbott defeated Imoukhuede 6-2, 6-4
Michelson defeated Blumenshine 7-6(6), 6-1

Round 2
Jockusch defeated Blumenshine 6-3, 6-0
McAlpin defeated Imoukhuede 5-7, 6-1, 1-0(9)
Abbott defeated Nerone 6-1, 6-0
Grant defeated Michelson 6-1, 6-1

Round 3
Imoukhuede needs to play Grant
Abbott needs to play Blumenshine
Nerone defeated McAlpin 6-4, 6-2
Jockusch defeated Michelson 6-1, 6-0

Round 4
Abbott defeated Jockusch 6-1, 6-0
Nerone defeated Grant 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(8)
McAlpin defeated Blumenshine 6-3, 6-3
Michelson defeated Imoukhuede 6-3, 7-6(7)

Round 5
Nerone needs to play Imoukhuede
Jockusch defeated McAlpin 6-2, 6-7(4), 1-0(3)
Grant defeated Blumenshine 7-5, 6-1
Abbott defeated Michelson 6-1, 6-1

Round 6
Abbott defeated McAlpin 6-2, 6-1
Imoukhuede defeated Blumenshine 6-1, 7-5
Grant needs to play Jockusch
Nerone defeated Michelson 6-4, 6-0

Round 7
Nerone defeated Blumenshine 6-2, 6-1
Grant needs to play Abbott
Jockusch needs to play Imoukhuede
McAlpin defeated Michelson 6-2, 6-7(2), 1-0(7)

Heimbaugh Stays At The Top Of Sunday Singles League Standings

Jason Heimbaugh continues to lead the Champaign Park District's Sunday Singles Tennis League.  
Here is the latest rankings for after 12 rounds of play during the Spring second session. 
Current Standings  
1) Jason Heimbaugh (57/79 72%)
2) Laura Sonnichsen (46/67 69%)
3) Jim Runyan (57/90 63%)
4) Wendy Barker (9/18 50%)
5) Yogeshkumar Patel (26/57 46%)
6) Elizabeth Shack (26/63 41%)
7) Cathy Prendergast (22/58 38%)
8) Patti Hicks (4/62 7%)

TennisChampaign Prep Power Rankings

The Prep Power Rankings are determined by a simple tracking system assigning points to match wins and losses for area players in Champaign County from results submitted to us from area coaches. Updated ratings will be posted every two weeks until the end of the season.

Current ranking (as of April 20, 2015)

1  Nikhil Thope Central 115
2  Sunny Singh Centennial 105
3  Matthew Scaggs Centennial 90
4  Andrew Scaggs Centennial 60
4  Wyatt Small Centennial 60
4  Kevin Kim Centennial 60
7  Michael Yoo Central 45
7  Ben Mertens Central 45
7  Raimi Shah Central 45
7  Max Zheng Centennial 45
11  Hayden Dodds Central 35
11  Cole Sloniger Central 35
13  Ben Jefferson Central 25
14  Jorge Llamazares Central 15
14  Hans Dee Centennial 15
14  Carl Guo Centennial 15
15  Stringer STM 5
15  Tate STM 5
15  Gross STM 5
15  Waddell STM 5
15  Kramer STM 5
15  Argoudelis STM 5
15  Cameron Trial Urbana 5
15  Nate Horner Urbana 5
15  Henry Novak Urbana 5
15  Miguel Fernandez Urbana 5
15  Derek Peterson Urbana 5
15  Kenny Pierce Urbana 5

Attention coaches: Prep Power Rankings are based on match results submitted by you. To ensure your athletes are receiving the correct points, please forward match result as soon as possible to us at