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ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (9/16/2013)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Sept. 16, 2013. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 125 (0)
Doubles: 157 (0)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 231 (-1)
Doubles: 141 (+1)
Note: Lost in the opening round of the $75,000 Challenger in Istanbul, Turkey last week ... Staying this week in Turkey for the $75,000 hard court even in Izmir.

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 232 (+40)
Doubles: 72 (0)
Note: Working back up the rankings after reaching the semifinals last week at the $75,000 Challenger in Istanbul, Turkey ... Playing at the $125,000+H Kaohsiung Challenger in Taiwan this week.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 689 (+10)
Doubles: 483 (+36)
Note: Lost in first round of singles and doubles at Italy $10,000 Futures last week ... Playing another $10,000 Futures in Italy this week ... Cracked top 500 in doubles for the 1st time.

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (9/9/13)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Sept. 9, 2013. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 125 (-10)
Doubles: 157 (-2)
Note: Lost in the first round of the U.S. Open to Russia's Nikolay Davydenko in five sets ... Off this week.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 230 (-4)
Doubles: 142 (-1)
Note: Off last week ... Playing this week at the $75,000 Challenger in Istanbul, Turkey.

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 272 (+32)
Doubles: 72 (0)
Note: Off last week ... Lost in first round of doubles at the U.S. Open ... Singles points added for winning a $15,000 Futures title in Canada ... Playing this week at the $75,000 Challenger in Instanbul, Turkey.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 698 (-31)
Doubles: 519 (+62)
Note: Reached the doubles finals and second round of singles last week at a $10,000 Futures in Italy last week ... Playing another $10,000 Futures in Italy this week ... Doubles ranking is a career best. 

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (8/19/2013)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Aug. 19, 2013. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 114 (0)
Doubles: 157 (-1)
Note: Off last week ... Played this week at the ATP 250 event in Winston Salem, N.C. He lost to former world No. 3 James Blake in the opening round of singles. 

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 230 (+3)
Doubles: 141 (+1)
Note: Off last week ... Lost in the first round of qualifying at the U.S. Open. to Germany's Peter Gojowczyk 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 304 (-5)
Doubles: 72 (+1)
Note: Off last week ... Playing this week at a $15,000 Futures in Canada ... Playing doubles at the U.S. Open.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 674 (+9)
Doubles: 661 (+27)
Note: Last week, won his first doubles title since 2006, taking the title at a $10,000 Futures in Novi Sad, Serbia. Also reached the second round of singles ... Playing again this week in Novi Sad.

Williams Receives Wild Card to U.S. Open


Former college tennis No. 1 and Vol standout Rhyne Williams accepted one of the USTA's discretionary wild cards into the U.S. Open later this month in New York. 

Williams is no stranger to the USTA Billy Jean King National Tennis Center. He qualified for the main draw of the U.S. Open last year before losing to American great Andy Roddick in what turned out to be his final career tournament. Williams' lone collegiate major title -- the 2010 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships -- came on the indoor courts of the national facility. 

Williams has enjoyed the best season of his career as a professional tennis player in 2013. He enters the week ranked No. 114, a career best in singles. He won his first career ATP Challenger-level title in Dallas and reached the semifinals of the U.S. Men's National Clay Court Championships in Houston, an ATP 250 tournament. 

On the major stage, Williams has started to become a familiar face. He earned the USTA's wild card into the Australian Open in January and was a lucky loser at the French Open. He lost in qualifying at Wimbledon. This year's U.S. Open will be his fourth main draw appearance in the last five Grand Slams. 


ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (8/12/2013)

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

Take note that junior Mikelis Libietis has also made a surge up the rankings thanks to his summer success on the ITF Futures circuit. The reigning SEC Player of the Year is ranked a career best No. 726 in singles and he is at No. 832 in doubles. He will move higher in the rankings next week thanks to his semifinal singles appearance and doubles title in Jurmala, Latvia, over the weekend.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 114 (+2)
Doubles: 156 (+1)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 233 (+14)
Doubles: 142 (-3)
Note: Reached quarterfinals in singles of last week's $100,000 Aptos Challenger in California ... Off this week. 

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 299 (+15)
Doubles: 73 (+1)
Note: Qualified for singles at the Aptos Challenger but lost in the first round of the main draw ... Off this week.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 683 (+4)
Doubles: 688 (-6)
Note: Off last week ... Playing this week in Serbia. Reuniting in doubles with former Vol and doubles partner Boris Conkic, who will make his first professional tennis appearance in nearly two years. 

Libietis Reaches Third Futures Semifinal

Playing in his home country, Mikelis Libietis posted another easy victory Thursday to move to the semifinals of the Nordea Mens Futures in Jurmala, Latvia. 

Libietis beat unseeded Julius Tverijonas of Lithuania 6-4, 6-0 to advance to his third consecutive semifinal on the ITF Futures Circuit. He will face Italian Giammarco Micolani next. 

Libietis, the reigning SEC Player of the Year, is 12-2 in singles matches this summer as he prepares for his junior season at UT. He will move into at least the top 700 of the ATP World Rankings when all his pending points are added. 

In doubles, Libietis is playing for his second title of the summer. Libietis and Oskars Vaskis reached the title match with a 7-6 (13), 7-6 (8) victory over Martins Podzus and Benas Majauskas. 

Last month, Libietis and incoming freshman Markus Kerner won a title together in Estonia.

Libietis Wins to Start Final Summer Tourney

Reigning SEC Player of the Year Mikelis Libietis is looking to end his summer tennis schedule on a high note at the Nordea Mens Futures in Jurmala, Latvia. 

Libietis won his opening singles and doubles matches to start this week. He beat Frenchman Nicolas Rosenzweig 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 to advance to the second round, where he will face third-seeded and fellow Latvian Martins Podzus. Podzus is the only seeded player remaining in Libietis' half of the draw. 

In doubles, Libietis and partner Oskars Vaskis reached the quarterfinal after a 6-2, 6-3 win over Marcis Garuts and Deivids Juska. The Latvian pair are seeded fourth this week. 

Libietis has enjoyed an excellent few weeks on the ITF Futures Circuit. He has risen to a career-best No. 772 in the ATP world singles rankings and No. 830 in doubles. He won his first career Futures singles title in Estonia two weeks ago and also won a doubles title with incoming UT freshman Markus Kerner. He has a 10-2 singles record over the last four weeks. 

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (8/5/2013)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Aug. 5, 2013. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

Take note that junior Mikelis Libietis has also made a surge up the rankings thanks to his summer success on the ITF Futures circuit. The reigning SEC Player of the Year is ranked a career best No. 772 in singles and he is at No. 830 in doubles. He enters his final Futures stop of the summer this week in Jurmala, Latvia. With points to be added next week, Libietis is scheduled to become the third-highest ranked Latvian. 

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 116 (0)
Doubles: 157 (+4)
Note: Played the Citi Open last week week in Washington, D.C., where he lost to two-time NCAA champion Somdev Devvarman 7-5, 6-1 in the first round ... Not playing this week after attending the wedding of his older sister, Jennifer, over the weekend in Knoxville. 

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 247 (-2)
Doubles: 139 (-2)
Note: Wild card last week at the $100,000 Vancouver Challenger, where he lost in the first round in singles and doubles ... Also a wild card in this week's $100,000 Aptos Challenger in California. 

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 314 (+10)
Doubles: 74 (-5)
Note: Qualified in singles for the Vancouver Challenger but lost in the opening round last week ... Playing this week at the $100,000 Aptos Challenger after once again playing his way through qualifying. 

Matteo Fago
Singles: 687 (-1)
Doubles: 682 (-7)
Note: Lost in the first round of singles last week at a $15,000 Futures in La Spezia, Italy ... Off this week. 

Libietis Rolls Winning Streak to 8 Matches

Rising junior Mikelis Libietis extending his summer singles winning streak to eight matches by reaching the semifinals Thursday at the Lithanian President's Cup, an ITF Futures Circuit event in Vilnius, Lithuania. 

Libietis breezed past second-seeded Vladimir Ivanov 6-0, 6-4 in the quarterfinals to set up a match against unseeded Italian Giammarco Micolani. 

Libietis and Ivanov last faced on Saturday in the finals of the Kuressaare Futures in Estonia, a meeting Libietis won in three tiebreaker sets to win his first career singles Futures title. In the last three weeks, Libietis is 9-1 in singles and 5-2 in doubles. With his semifinal appearance this week (at least), Libietis will move into the top 800 in the ATP World Rankings  when the points are added. 

Incoming freshman Markus Kerner lost in the first round to top-seeded Hans Podlipnik-Castillo 6-1, 7-6 (2) earlier in the week. 

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (7/29/2013)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of July 29, 2013. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 116 (+5)
Doubles: 161 (-16)
Note: Last week reached the second round of BB&T Atlanta Open, an ATP 250 event. He lost to former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt 7-6, 6-4 ... No. 116 is a career best for Williams ... Played the Citi Open this week in Washington, D.C., where he lost to Somdev Devvarman 7-5, 6-1. 

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 245 (+8)
Doubles: 137 (-4)
Note: Reached the quarterfinals of the $50,000 Lexington Challenger last week in Kentucky ... Wild card this week at the $100,000 Vancouver Challenger, where he lost in the first round in singles and doubles ...   

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 324 (0)
Doubles: 69 (+2)
Note: Lost in the first round of singles at the $50,000 Lexington Challenger last week ... Qualified in singles for the Vancouver Challenger but lost in the opening round. Set to play doubles later today as the No. 2 seed. 

Matteo Fago
Singles: 686 (+2)
Doubles: 675 (+282)
Note: Career high in doubles after reaching the finals of a $15,000 Futures in Italy earlier this month and winning a round at the Orbetello Challenger ...  Lost in the first round of singles this week at a $15,000 Futures in La Spezia, Italy. 

Kaden Hensel
Singles: 1002 (-3)
Doubles: 764 (-2)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.

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