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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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Happy Birthday - April 30: Sawicki and Garner

On April 30, we send Happy Birthday wishes to sophomore men's tennis player Bartosz Sawicki and legendary Vol baseball star Phil Garner, who has his No. 18 jersey retired at Tennessee. 




#VolsOnTour - ATP Rankings (3/31/14)

Here are the new ATP rankings as of March 31, 2014:

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 155 (-2)
Doubles: 223 (-2)
Note: Played in qualifying at the Sony Open, an ATP Masters 1000 event last week ... Off this week.

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 194 (+4)
Doubles: 72 (-4)
Note: Reached doubles quarterfinal of the Guadalajara Challenger last week in Mexico with Marcelo Demoliner ... Staying in Mexico this week at the Leon Challenger.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 209 (-25)
Doubles: 125 (-2)
Note: Current out of action with a hip injury.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 757 (+13)
Doubles: 483 (+3)
Note: Points added from reaching the doubles semifinals from an Italian Futures two weeks ago ... Playing this week in Santa Margherita Di Pula.

Adam Hubble
Singles: 1288 (0)
Doubles: 1295 (+5)
Note: Playing doubles this week in Melbourne, Australia.

#VolsOnTour - ATP Rankings (3/17/14)

With the spring American hardcourt tour swing underway, here are the new ATP rankings as of March 17, 2014:

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 153 (0)
Doubles: 221 (-2)
Note: Qualified for the $125K Irvine Challenger in Texas, picking up five points ... Playing singles qualifying at the Sony Open in Miami this week (ATP 500 event)

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 184 (+3)
Doubles: 123 (+1)
Note: Current out of action with a hip injury.

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 198 (+21)
Doubles: 68 (+5)
Note: Cracked the top 200 in singles for the first time after qualifying for Indian Wells two weeks ago and the $125K Irvine Challenger last week ... Also reached the doubles final at Irvine with former LSU star Michael Venus to reach a career best in doubles (68) ... Off this week.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 770 (+2)
Doubles: 486 (+10)
Note: Has played three events this year ... Playing this week in Santa Margherita Di Pula, Italy ($10K Future)

Adam Hubble
Singles: 1288 (+77)
Doubles: 1300 (-19)
Note: Played a series of Australian Challenger and Futures events to start the year.

Happy Birthday - Jan. 28: Greg Bergeron & John Collins

On Jan. 28, we wish Happy Birthday to Tennessee baseball associate head coach Greg Bergeron and recent Vol tennis graduate John Collins.

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Happy Birthday - Jan. 7: B. Fickey, K. Jeter, D. Owenby, J. Stokes

On Jan. 7, we celebrate the birthdays of Vols junior tennis player Brandon Fickey, sophomore left-handed pitcher Drake Owenby and junior men's hoops star Jarnell Stokes.

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Also celebrating a birthday today is former Tennessee volleyball player Kayla Jeter.

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Smith Advances in AO Playoffs

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Former Vol All-American John-Patrick Smith started his quest for a wild card to his home Grand Slam on Tuesday at Melbourne Park.

Smith opened the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Marc Polmans to advance to the quarterfinals. 

He faces Dane Propoggia in the next round. 

Smith, a native of Queensland, Australia, is the top-seeded player in the 16-competitor draw. He reached the semifinals in this event last year but still received a main draw wild card from Tennis Australia. 

Thanks to a strong ending to the 2013 season, Smith finished the year at No. 220 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings. He enjoyed his best year in doubles on the pro circuit, becoming the 13th Vol in history to reach the top 100 in the rankings. He's been as high as No. 72 and collected seven titles during the season, picking up wins with 10 different partners.

Rhyne Williams and Tennys Sandgren are both scheduled to play in the USTA Australian Open Wild Card Playoff later this month in Atlanta.

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (11/18/2013)

The 2013 season has come to an end for the four former Vols playing on the professional tennis circuit.

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Nov. 18, 2013. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 130 (-7)
Doubles: 162 (+1)
Note: Season stopped two weeks early because of a shoulder injury ... Now in offseason.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 187 (+48)
Doubles: 133 (+10)
Note: Surged up the singles rankings and into the top 200 after a strong finish to his 2013 season ... Won his first Challenger singles title to close the year at the Champaign Challenger and also made the doubles finals with Austin Krajicek ... Just six spots away from his doubles career high as well ...  Reached the singles semifinals the week before at the Knoxville Challenger.

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 222 (+2)
Doubles: 73 (+1)
Note: Closed the 2013 season much like he has the last two -- by making the quarterfinals of the Champaign Challenger ... 2011 SEC Athlete of the Year's season was highlighted by his doubles excellence, which included six Challenger titles with four different partners.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 738 (0)
Doubles: 461 (+3)
Note: Ended his season in September.

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (11/12/2013)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Nov. 12, 2013. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 123 (-3)
Doubles: 163 (-3)
Note: Called his season complete to rest his shoulder ... Pulled out of Knoxville Challenger because of the injury ... 2013 highlights include: reaching the main draw of three Grand Slams, playing his way to the semifinals of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, and winning his first Challenger singles title at the $100,000 event in Dallas.

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 224 (-4)
Doubles: 74 (+2)
Note: Won his sixth Challenger doubles title of 2013 when he became the first Vol to win a title at the Knoxville Challenger, winning it with Sam Groth ... Lost in first round of singles ... Playing the Champaign Challenger this week.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 235 (+8)
Doubles: 143 (+4)
Note: Points added for reaching the singles semifinals of the Knoxville Challenger, where he lost in a close match to eventual winner Tim Smyczek ... made it to the doubles semifinals ... Finishing the year this week at the Champaign Challenger.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 738 (0)
Doubles: 464 (+5)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (10/21/2013)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Oct. 21, 2013. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 125 (+1)
Doubles: 165 (-5)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week ... Next stop: $75,000 Charlottesville Challenger.

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 207 (+1)
Doubles: 72 (-1)
Note: Career high in singles ... Off last week ... Off this week ... Next stop: $75,000 Charlottesville Challenger.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 249 (-2)
Doubles: 158 (-1)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week ... Next stop: $75,000 Charlottesville Challenger.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 722 (-20)
Doubles: 476 (-1)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.

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