Utes Announce Utah Varsity Tennis Clinics

Circle and Feather VectorThe University of Utah Men’s Tennis Program is excited to introduce the University of Utah High School Varsity Tennis Clinic. The Clinic will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4.30-6.00pm over two 6-week sessions at the Eccles Tennis Center.

Session 1: September 2 – October 9
Session 2: October 21 – November 27

Clinics will be under the instruction of University of Utah Men’s Tennis Coach Roeland Brateanu, Assistant Coach Daniel Pollock, and counselors from the men’s tennis team. The clinic will focus on winning match strategies for singles and doubles and developing skills important to being successful in high school varsity tennis. The clinic is limited to players in grades 9-12, and, although it is not required, it is recommended that participants have at least 2-3 years prior competitive tennis experience.

To ensure high quality practice, and that only 4 players are on the court at one time, enrollment is limited to 16 players per session.

The cost of the clinic is $360 per 6-week session and is due on or before the first day. Refunds will not be given after the first session has started and no discounts are available. To enroll or for more information, please email menstennis@utah.edu

For any additional information on private and/or group lessons, please click here.

In compliance with NCAA rules this clinic is open to any and all applicants, limited only by age and number of spaces available.

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ITA Announces New Division I Dual Match Format

ITA LogoThe Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced that it will implement a shorter dual match format for Division I college tennis effective at the beginning of the 2014-15 season. The new format features no-ad scoring, no warmup with opponents and one 6-game set of doubles instead of an 8-game pro set.

“I’m not a big fan of these changes, but we’ll have to see how this will all play out,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “

The ITA outlines the new format as follows:

No-ad scoring in singles and doubles.

Three doubles matches played with no-ad scoring, each match one set to 6, with a tie-break at 6-all.

Followed (after a 10 minute intermission) by six singles matches with no-ad scoring, each match 2 out of 3 sets, with  tie-breaks at 6-all.

No Warm-up with opponents (in doubles and in singles)

Clinch/Clinch: Once the doubles point has been clinched, the remaining doubles match shall be stopped.  And in singles, once the team match has been clinched, any remaining singles matches shall be stopped (unless otherwise agreed upon by both coaches prior to the start of the dual meet match).

“Our goal is to maintain the integrity of the game, and at the same time, make our team matches more exciting, grow the sport and gain new fans,” said Princeton head men’s tennis coach and ITA Division I Operating Committee member Billy Pate, “Collectively, we decided to move forward and leave personal agendas and preferences aside. We started this process with many diverse opinions and directions, and we have arrived with an almost unanimous decision by the Operating Committee to support a dynamic proposal concerning the dual meet format.”

Click here for more information on the new dual meet format.

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Utah Releases 2014/2015 Schedule

The University of Utah men’s tennis team has released its schedule for the upcoming 2014/2015 season.

“We are very excited about our schedule for this upcoming season,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “We are playing 15 matches against teams that are regular faces in the national rankings and we are super excited about being back in the ITA National Indoor Championships for the first time in four years. It’s a very exciting time to be a Ute!”

Utah’s schedule features an appearance in the ITA National Indoor Championships, where the third-seeded Utes will face second-seeded Elon in Athens, Georgia on January 23rd, 2015. If the Utes win, they will play the winner of first-seeded Georgia and fourth-seeded Michigan State in the second round, while a loss will result in a consolation match. The last time Utah received an invite to the ITA National Indoor Championships was in 2010.

In Pac-12 Conference play, Utah will host Washington, Oregon and Arizona while challenging USC, UCLA, Stanford and California on the road.

The Utes will host in-state matchups against Utah State on January 31, 2015 and Weber State on February 21, 2015. Utah will look to follow up last year’s Deseret First Duel home victory over BYU with a road match in Provo on March 6, 2015.

Other notable home matches include Denver on February 14, 2015 and New Mexico on March 13, 2015.

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Justin Archer Reaches Semis at ITA Summer Circuit

Justin Archer

Justin Archer

Rising Junior Justin Archer recently reached the semifinals of the ITA Summer Circuit. The segment was played at Sonoma State, July 26-28.

Archer got off to a strong start in the round of 32 with a win over Dylan King of Elk Grove, CA, 6-0, 6-3. Second-seeded Andy Huang of Fremont, CA defaulted because of lateness in the Round of 16, so Justin Archer advanced to the quarterfinals. Archer defeated sixth-seeded Donald E. Hall of Chico, CA 6-4, 6-4 to earn a spot in the semifinals. Third-seeded Cody J. Rakel edged Archer in the semifinals 6-3, 6-2 to end his run.

Click here for the tournament draw.

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Graeme Cox Successfully Defends National Title

Volunteer Assistant Graeme Cox

Volunteer Assistant Graeme Cox, USTA 40s & Over Indoor National Champion

Utah men’s tennis Volunteer Assistant Coach and former player Graeme Cox successfully defended his 40s and over Indoor National Championship in singles and reached the finals in doubles.  The tournament was played in Park City, UT at the Park City MARC.

“Congrats to Graeme Cox on defending his national title,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “We couldn’t be happier to have such a great and experienced player on our coaching staff.”

Fourth-seeded Graeme Cox’s singles championship run featured seven matches in 3 days and included a 6-3, 6-1 semifinal victory over the No. 1 ranked player in the nation  Michael Chang of Anaheim, CA. Cox defeated third-seeded Jared Jacobs of Scottsdale Arizona  6-0, 6-4 in the finals to clinch his defense of the national title.

In doubles, Graeme teamed up with former University of Utah men’s tennis player Brandon Owen to earn a second place finish. After reaching the finals with a 6-4, 7-6 victory over Jared Jacobs and Jesse Ponwith of Scottsdale Arizona, Cox and Owen were narrowly defeated by the first seeded tandem of Neel Grover of Laguna Beach, CA and Kline Sack of New York, NY 6-1, 7-6(4).

Congratulations to Coach Graeme Cox and Brandon Owen on earning gold and silver balls. Great job Utes!

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Mehdi Abid, Top 100 ITF, Signs NLI with Utes

Top ranked junior Mehdi Abid, Tunisia, joins the Utes

Top ranked junior Mehdi Abid, Tunisia, joins the Utes

Head Coach Roeland Brateanu and the University of Utah men’s tennis team announced on Wednesday the commitment of Mehdi Abid.

“We are very happy with Mehdi’s commitment to our program,” said coach Brateanu. “He’s is a difference maker in both singles and doubles and we expect him to make a big and immediate impact on our starting line up.”

Abid, born and raised in Tunis, Tunisia, has been ranked as high as No. 82 in the ITF Junior World Rankings carrying two singles titles and an impressive six doubles championships. In January 2013 he achieved his best results, winning the grade 2 ITF event in India in singles, followed by a doubles crown in the grade 3 event the week after. Abid earned his best win of his career of Thomas Miedler (Austria), who has ranked as high as No. 14 in the world.

Abid has also had success on the ATP Futures circuit earning his first ATP points in Egypt in September of 2013. He has a career high ranking of 1668 and is a member of Tunisian Davis Cup team.

“I’m very happy and excited to be a Ute and represent the University of Utah, “said Abid.

Abid becomes the 5th newcomer for first year head coach Roeland Brateanu, joining Johan Jonhagen (Sweden), Santiago Sierra (Mexico), Jamey Swiggart (Colorado – transfer from Idaho State) and Parker McGuiness (Texas – transfer from North Carolina State).

“We have worked very hard over the summer to put a team together and things are definitely looking great,” continued Brateanu. “It’s been a great week adding McGuiness and Abid, but the best thing is that we are not done shopping yet. We will continue to work hard and try to add one or two more players to our roster for the spring semester. It’s an exciting time to be a Ute and I can’t wait to get started with this team.”

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Parker McGuiness Transfers to Utah

After 1 year at NC State, Parker McGuiness joins the Utes.

After 1 year at NC State, Parker McGuiness joins the Utes.

The University of Utah men’s tennis team announced today that 5-star recruit Parker McGuiness from McKinney, Texas has transferred to join the Utes for the 2014/2015 school year.

“We are very proud to announce Parker’s commitment,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “He is a very talented player with a bright future and brings one year of experience of playing on a top 25 team in the nation to our program. Coach Pollock and I have very high expectations of him and can’t wait to start working with him.”

McGuiness joins the Utes after playing at North Carolina State for one season where he accumulated a 7-5 (3-2 ACC) singles record and a 6-3 record in doubles. He notched wins, amongst others, over Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida State and TCU.

Prior to joining the Wolfpack, he was a 5-star recruit who ranked as high as No. 67 in the nation and No. 3 in the state of Texas according to tennisrecruiting.net. McGuiness won the Cotton Bowl in december 2012 and was a quarterfinalist at the 2013 Capsher Texas Grand Slams.

“I’m very excited to play for the University of Utah,” said McGuiness. “I look forward to having a great year on the tennis court and in the classroom.”

McGuiness is the fourth player to commit to the U since the hiring of new head coach Roeland Brateanu in early May. Johan Jonhagen (Sweden), Santiago Sierra (Mexico) and Jamey Swiggart (Colorado) will also join the program this season.

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