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Markus Kerner Set for Davis Cup Debut

Men's tennis signee Markus Kerner is scheduled to play his first Davis Cup match this weekend, representing Estonia in its relegation play-off match against Bulgaria. 

Kerner was listed on Estonia's team for its tie earlier this year against Ireland, but did not play. He is set to play singles against Dimitar Kuzmanov and Tihomir Grazdanov, two players ranked in the top 650 in the ATP World Rankings. Kerner, one of the Vols' two signees during the fall period, enters the weekend ranked No. 1343. 

The Davis Cup is an annual international competition that pits country against country in team competition. Nine Vols have represented their nations in the Davis Cup over the years, including current sophomore Mikelis Libietis, who took the court for Latvia in 2011. Associate head coach Chris Woodruff played for the United States in 2000, winning a deciding match against Zimbabwe.

Former Vol Tennys Sandgren is also part of the Davis Cup action this weekend. He is serving as a hitting partner for the U.S. team as they get ready to play Serbia in Boise, Idaho. 

Vol Calls - Monday Night at 8 p.m.

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"Vol Calls" at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central will feature a live report from Oklahoma City as the Lady Vols basketball team prepares to meet Louisville Tuesday night for the right to advance to the NCAA Women's Final Four. 

After Spring Break last week, Spring Football practice cranks back up on Tuesday and Bob Kesling and Brent Hubbs will talk to new assistant football coach Robert Gillespie. 

In addition, UT first baseman Scott Price and sophomore tennis star Hunter Reese will be on-site guests at Calhoun's On the River in downtown Knoxville.  

Be sure to listen to the Vol Network on UTSports.com/AllAccess

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (4/1/2013)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of April 1, 2013. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 145 (+1)
Doubles: 195 (+4)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 211 (+7)
Doubles: 154 (-4)
Note: Last week reached his first career semifinal, making the final four on the clay courts at the $35K Challenger in San Luis, Mexico ... Singles ranking of 211 is a career best ... Serving as a hitting partner for the U.S. Davis Cup Team this week in Boise, Idaho.

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 249 (-10)
Doubles: 95 (+7)
Note: Off last week ... Playing the final round of qualifying at the $35K+H Leon Challenger in Mexico to start a series of hard court tournaments in the high atmosphere hard courts ... Doubles ranking is a career best.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 865 (-17)
Doubles: 976 (+126)
Note: Off last week ... Awarded wild card into this week's $15K Futures on clay in Italy ... Doubles points added from reaching the semifinals of a Futures in Turkey earlier this month.

Happy Birthday - March 22, Martin, Summerhill, Woolridge, Williams

There are a slew of Vol athletes that will celebrate a birthday today.

Happy Birthday to former defensive lineman Ben Martin and current Vol running back Deanthonie Summerhill of the football team.
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Today also marks the birthday the one they call 'Swiperboy' Renaldo Woolridge formerly of the basketball team.
    

In addition All-American Rhyne Williams of the men's tennis team will celebrate his birthday.

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ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (3/19/13)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of March 4, 2013. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 146 (-13)
Doubles: 199 (-11)
Note: Played qualifying at the BNP Paribas Open last time out, losing in the opening round ... Received wild card to play in this week's ATP Masters 1000 Miami event, the Sony Open ... Faces Santiago Giraldo in the opening round.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 218 (-2)
Doubles: 150 (-4)
Note: Lost in the first round of last week's $15,000 Futures in Calabasas, Calif. ... this week playing in a similar event in Costa Mesa, where he is seeded second and taking on former LSU star Michael Venus.

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 239 (-5)
Doubles: 102 (-4)
Note: Off last week ... Back in action on the indoor hard courts at the Rimouski Challenger in Canada ... Playing Jimmy Wang in the first round ... Also seeded third in doubles.

Happy Birthday - March 10: Tennis' Ed Jones

On March 10, we wish Happy Birthday to tennis senior Edward Jones.
Edward Jones

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (3/4/13)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of March 4, 2013. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 133 (0)
Doubles: 188 (-9)
Note: Off last week ... Playing qualifying this week at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, where he played his way into his first career ATP main draw a year ago ... Has risen 60 spots in the rankings since January. 

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 216 (-1)
Doubles: 146 (-9)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 234 (0)
Doubles: 98 (+5)
Note: Back in doubles top 100 after winning a $15,000 Futures title two weeks ago with Sam Groth ... Off last week ... Has returned to Knoxville after spending the last three months in Australia. 

Matteo Fago
Singles: 851 (0)
Doubles: 1106 (+2)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.

Happy Birthday - March 3: Colton Norton

On March 3, we send Happy Birthday wishes to tennis junior Colton Norton.

Colton Norton  

Vols up to No. 8 in ITA Team Rankings

Thanks to a difficult road schedule to start the season, the Vols debuted at No. 8 in the first ITA computerized national team rankings of the college tennis season on Tuesday.

The Vols (12-3) already have wins over No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 17 Illinois (twice) and No. 22 Wake Forest. Tennessee opens SEC play Friday against rival No. 9 Georgia on the road in a match normally reserved for the season finale. 

New individual rankings were released. Sophomore Mikelis Libietis, who has a team-leading 24 wins this season, leads the way at No. 13, followed by No. 33 Hunter Reese and No. 76 Brandon Fickey. The ranking for Fickey is a career best.

In doubles, two of the Vols' three doubles teams are now in the national rankings. Libietis and Jarryd Chaplin slipped to No. 40, while Edward Jones and John Collins debuted at No. 34. 

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (2/11/13)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Feb. 11, 2013. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 159 (+32)
Doubles: 175 (+17)
Note: Won his first Challenger singles title, losing only one set en route to winning the $100,000 Challenger of Dallas ... Also reached doubles final with Tennys Sandgren ... New career-best ranking in singles and doubles ... Off this week.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 217 (0)
Doubles: 139 (+17)
Note: Reached the doubles final with Rhyne Williams at the $100,000 Challenger of Dallas to achieve a new career best doubles ranking ... lost in the first round of doubles ... Off this week.

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 238 (+2)
Doubles: 104 (-8)
Note: Reached the second round of the $50,000 West Lakes Challenger ... Off this week ... Playing next week in Sydney before returning to the U.S.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 854 (-3)
Doubles: 1120 (-3)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.

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