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Reese, Sandgren Fall at U.S. Open Doubles

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NEW YORK -- Senior Hunter Reese and former Vol Tennys Sandgren both came up on the short end of their U.S. Open debuts Tuesday night.

Reese and recent Ohio State graduate Peter Kobelt lost to the 10th-seeded French team of Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-1. It was the first time the two collegiate players had shard a court since squaring off against each other in the 2014 NCAA doubles final in May.

Sandgren, in his first tournament back since hip surgery in March, played with former Ohio State standout Chase Buchanan in a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Mate Pavic of Croatia and Andre Sa of Brazil. 

John-Patrick Smith and Texas A&M great Austin Krajicek will not play their opening doubles match until later this week.

Coach Winterbotham Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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#VolsOnTour - ATP Rankings (8/11/14)

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Current Vols Hunter Reese and Jack Schipanski finished up their month-long Futures road trip last week, reaching the doubles semifinals of the Edwardsville (Ill.) Futures. The semifinal appearance means the first doubles ATP points for Reese.

Here are the new ATP rankings as of Aug. 11, 2014:

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 179 (-1)
Doubles: 70 (+1)
Note: Reached the doubles semifinals of the Aptos $100K Challenger with Austin Krajicek ... Off this week in preparation for the U.S. Open.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 212 (+33)
Doubles: 295 (+3)
Note: Jumped up more than 30 spots in the rankings after reaching the singles semifinals at the Aptos $100K Challenger ... Off this week.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 293 (-19)
Doubles: 209 (-3)
Note: Currently out of action rehabbing from hip surgery ... Scheduled to make his return in U.S. Open qualifying.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 835 (+85)
Doubles: 471 (+34)
Note: Points added from singles semifinal and doubles final at an Italy Futures $10K ... Off this week.

#VolsOnTour - ATP Rankings (8/4/14)

Here are the new ATP rankings as of Aug. 4, 2014:

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 178 (-6)
Doubles: 71 (+7)
Note: Won the doubles title at the $100K Vancouver Challenger with Austin Krajicek, his second doubles title of 2014 and his 19th doubles title as a professional ... Playing this week at the $100K Aptos Challenger.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 245 (-5)
Doubles: 298 (+47)
Note: Jumped back into the top 300 in the doubles rankings after reaching the semifinals of the $100K Vancouver Challenger with Chase Buchanan ... Playing this week at the $100K Aptos Challenger.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 274 (0)
Doubles: 206 (0)
Note: Currently out of action rehabbing from hip surgery.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 920 (+13)
Doubles: 505 (-4)
Note: Reached the singles semifinals and doubles finals at the $10K Pontedera Futures in Italy ... Off this week.

#VolsOnTour - ATP Rankings (7/28/14)

A few current Vols are in action this week. Rising senior Hunter Reese and sophomore Jack Schipanski are playing at the Decatur (Ill.) Futures, as is recent grad Jarryd Chaplin.

Here are the new ATP rankings as of July 28, 2014:

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 172 (+6)
Doubles: 78 (+6)
Note: Qualified for the BB&T Atlanta Open, his second ATP event to qualify for this year. He lost in the first round but the 12 points for qualifying was enough for a new career high ... Playing this week at the $100,000 Vancouver Challenger. 

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 240 (-23)
Doubles: 345 (+29)
Note: Lost in first round of singles and reached doubles quarterfinals at the $50,000 Lexington Challenger ... Playing this week at the $100,000 Vancouver Challenger.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 274 (-26)
Doubles: 206 (0)
Note: Currently out of action rehabbing from hip surgery.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 933 (+3)
Doubles: 502 (-66)
Note: Off last week ... Playing this week at the ITF Futures event in Pontedera, Italy.

#VolsOnTour - ATP Rankings (7/21/14)

Here are the new ATP rankings as of July 21, 2014:

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 178 (-4)
Doubles: 84 (-3)
Note: Played World TeamTennis last week as a substitute for the Austin Aces, going 1-1 in singles and 1-1 in men's doubles. Austin went 1-1 in the two matches ... Playing final round of qualifying singles and main draw doubles with Chris Guccione this week in the Atlanta ATP 250 event.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 217 (-16)
Doubles: 374 (+59)
Note: Reached second round singles and doubles semifinals last week at the $50,000 Binghamton Challenger ... Playing this week at the $50,000 Lexington Challenger ... Both tournaments are part of the USTA qualifying event for a main draw wild card to the U.S. Open. 

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 248 (-24)
Doubles: 206 (-14)
Note: Currently out of action rehabbing from hip surgery.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 936 (-3)
Doubles: 435 (-3)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.

#VolsOnTour - ATP Rankings (7/14/14)

There's one current Vol in tournament action this week: Hunter Reese. The rising senior accepted a main wild card to the Tulsa Futures this week and looks to collect his first ATP point. He and Mikelis Libietis won the ITA All-American Championships on Tulsa's courts last October. 

Here are the new ATP rankings as of July 14, 2014:

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 174 (+3)
Doubles: 81 (+1)
Note: New career high in singles of 174 after reaching second-round qualifying at the Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, R.I. ... Made first ATP doubles semifinal with Austin Krajicek ... Off this week.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 201 (-3)
Doubles: 433 (-189)
Note: Off last week ... Playing singles and doubles this week at the $50K Binghamton Challenger.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 224 (-3)
Doubles: 192 (+7)
Note: Currently out of action rehabbing from hip surgery.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 933 (+6)
Doubles: 432 (+2)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.

Happy Birthday - July 9: Mikelis Libietis

On July 9 we send Happy Birthday wishes to tennis player and 2014 NCAA Doubles Champion Mikelis Libietis

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#VolsOnTour - ATP Rankings (7/7/14)

Here are the new ATP rankings as of July 7, 2014:

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 177 (+8)
Doubles: 83 (-2)
Note: New career high in singles of 177 after reaching the semifinals of the $50K Winnetka Challenger, an event he won in 2012 ... Playing this week at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, R.I.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 198 (-5)
Doubles: 244 (+2)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 221 (-3)
Doubles: 199 (-19)
Note: Currently out of action rehabbing from hip surgery.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 939 (-23)
Doubles: 434 (-10)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.

A busy day for birthdays in the Tennessee Athletics family on June 14. 

Celebrating today is the women's basketball legend Pat Summitt.

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Men's basketball head coach Donnie Tyndall and women's volleyball head coach Rob Patrick are also celebrating their birthday today.

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We also send happy birthday wishes to rising junior thrower Cassie Wertman, rising sophomore tennis player Sean Karl and rising senior tennis player Andrew Dromsky


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Also celebrating is former Vols football lineman Anthony Herrera, who played for the Minnesota Vikings from 2004-11. 


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