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ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (11/5/12)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Nov. 5, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.


Rhyne Williams

Singles: 240 (+13)

Doubles: 217 (-5)

Note: Singles ranking a career best after reaching the quarterfinals of the $75K Charlottesville Challenger ... Playing singles and doubles this week at the Knoxville Challenger.


John-Patrick Smith

Singles: 247 (+14)

Doubles: 106 (+12)

Note: Reached a career-high doubles ranking of 106 after winning the doubles title at the $75K Charlottesville Challenger with John Peers. The two have won 5 Challenger-level doubles titles together this season ... Playing singles and doubles at the Knoxville Challenger this week.


Tennys Sandgren

Singles: 256 (+1)

Doubles: 162 (+1)

Note: Lost in first round singles and doubles last week at the Charlottesville Challenger ... Playing singles and doubles this week at the Knoxville Challenger.


Matteo Fago

Singles: 880 (+2)

Doubles: 1583 (-2)

Note: Off last week ... Off this week.


Adam Hubble

Singles: 1299 (-5)

Doubles: 166 (-1)

Note: Lost in the first round doubles of the Charlottesville Challenger ... Playing this week in Knoxville, where he is in main draw doubles and trying to qualify in singles ... Reached the doubles final in Knoxville last year.

ON TOUR: Smith, Peers Win Title in Charlottesville

John-Patrick Smith picked up some more hardware Sunday before heading back to his home courts this week for the Knoxville Challenger.

Smith and former Baylor standout John Peers collected their fifth Challenger-level doubles title of the year together, beating wild cards Jack Sock and Jarmere Jenkins 7-5, 6-1 at the $75,000 Charlottesville Men's Pro Challenger at the Boar's Head Sports Club. 

The Aussie college duo bagged 90 tour points and split $4,650 between them. 

The title was Smith's first at the $75,000 level. He has won seven doubles titles this year, in addition to two singles titles. 

The 2011 SEC Athlete of the Year will climb to approximately 106 in the ATP World Doubles Rankings. A semifinal appearance in Knoxville should get Smith into the top 100 for the first time in his career. Eleven Vols in history have reached the top 100 in either or both singles and doubles.

ON TOUR: Smith, Peers Play for Fifth Title

While Rhyne Williams and Tennys Sandgren have already returned to Goodfriend Tennis Center to prepare for the Knoxville Challenger, fellow former Tennessee All-American John-Patrick Smith still has some unfinished business in Charlottesville, Va.

Smith and John Peers will play for their fifth Challenger doubles title of the year together when they face wild cards Jack Sock and Jarmere Jenkins on Sunday in the finals of the Charlottesville Challenger at the Boar's Head Sports Club.

The match begins at 1 p.m. and video will be streamed live by the USTA on its Pro Circuit Page.

Smith and Peers, both from Australia, have formed a solid team on the ATP Challenger circuit this season. In addition to their four Challenger titles, they have also reached two additional finals. They beat Jesse Levine and Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-3 in their semifinal match Saturday and have only dropped one set this week. 

ON TOUR: Smith Joins Williams in Quarterfinals

Two former Vols are among the final eight players left in singles at the Charlottesville Men's Pro Challenger at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va. 

John-Patrick Smith punched his ticket to the quarterfinals Thursday by holding his nerve late in both sets for a 6-4, 6-4 win over sixth-seeded Bobby Reynolds of the United States.

Reynolds had served for the second set at 5-4, but Smith broke to get back on serve. Reynolds forced a tiebreaker, and with the score tied 3-3, Smith won the final four points to clinch the match. 

Smith faces defending champion Izak Van Der Merwe of South Africa next. 

Rhyne Williams, who won his second-round match Wednesday, plays second-seeded Alex Bogomolov Jr. of Russia in the quarterfinals.

ON TOUR: Williams Defeats Johnson in Rivalry Rematch

In their first meeting on the professional circuit, Rhyne Williams got the best of former USC Trojan Steve Johnson in a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory to advance to the quarterfinals at the Charlottesville Men's Pro Challenger in Charlottesville, Va.

Williams and Johnson had not faced each other since the two played each other twice in national title matches during the 2010-12 college season, with Williams winning the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in three sets and Johnson pulling off the similar feat at the NCAA Singles Championships that spring. 

On Wednesday, it was predictably more of the same, a heated match fully of big serves and strong play off the forehand side. Williams, who had 13 aces, took a 4-1 lead in the final set and eventually served out the victory. 


In other Vol action, Adam Hubble and Andrei Daescu lost 3-6, 6-3, [10-8] in their opening doubles match to American wild cards Jarmere Jenkins and Jack Sock. 

Today, John-Patrick Smith will try to join Rhyne Williams in the singles quarterfinals. He takes on sixth-seeded Bobby Reynolds, a Challenger Tour veteran currently ranked No. 152. The match is the second match on court and should start no earlier than 12:30 p.m. Live video will be available from the USTA Pro Circuit at this link

ON TOUR: Williams, Smith into Second Round in Charlottesville

Rhyne Williams and John-Patrick Smith both moved on to the second round of the Charlottesville Men's Pro Challenger at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.

Williams picked up his first win of the week via an upset, beating fifth-seeded Ryan Sweeting 6-4, 6-4 thanks to a strong serving performance. He faces a very familiar foe in his second-round match Wednesday: two-time NCAA singles champion and former USC Trojan, Steve Johnson.

Williams and Johnson faced twice in championship matches during the 2010-11 season, with Williams winning in three sets in the finals at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in New York and Johnson pulling off a similar feat on the outdoor courts at the NCAA Singles Championships in Palo Alto, Calif.

The rematch will be streamed live by the USTA on its Pro Circuit Site. It will begin at about 11:30 a.m.

Meanwhile, Smith advanced to the second round of singles via a USC rematch as well. He took on Robert Farah, the Trojans' former No. 1 who had beaten Smith in the finals of the 2010 NCAA team championships. Winning an stellar 89 percent of his first serves and breaking five times, Smith won this round against Farah 6-3, 6-1. 

He plays sixth-seeded American Bobby Reynolds on Thursday. Smith beat Reynolds on his way to winning the Winnetka Challenger in July.

In doubles, Smith and fellow Aussie John Peers won a pair of tiebreakers to beat Williams and Tennys Sandgren 5-7, 7-6 (5), [10-2]. Smith enters this week approximately 127 points from reaching the top 100 in doubles. There are 90 ATP points on the line this week.

Former Vol Adam Hubble will also be in action Wednesday as he and former Oklahoma Sooner Andrei Daescu play doubles against wild cards Jarmere Jenkins and Jack Sock.

Happy Birthday - Oct. 14: Matteo Fago & Hannah Steadman

Happy Birthday on Oct. 14 to former Vols tennis star Matteo Fago and current soccer goalkeeper  Hannah Steadman

Matteo Fago  Hannah Steadman

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (10/8/12)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Oct. 8, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.


John-Patrick Smith

Singles: 227 (+3)

Doubles: 124 (+13)

Note: Won the doubles title at the $35,000+ Belem Challenger in Brazil last week with Baylor standout John Peers, good for their fourth Challenger-level title together this year ... Doubles ranking is a career best ... Playing this week at the $35,000+ Challenger in San Juan, Argentina.


Tennys Sandgren

Singles: 257 (+21)

Doubles: 171 (+46)

Note: Won the doubles title at the $100,000 Sacramento Challenger last week with Rhyne Williams, their first Challenger-level title ... has won six doubles titles this year ... Career best in both singles and doubles ... Playing this week at the $100,000 Tiburon Challenger in California.


Rhyne Williams

Singles: 277 (-3)

Doubles: 220 (+98)

Note: Won the doubles title at the $100,000 Sacramento Challenger last week with Tennys Sandgren, their first Challenger-level title ... Playing this week at the $100,000 Tiburon Challenger in California.


Matteo Fago

Singles: 938 (+1)

Doubles: 1563 (-2)

Note: Closing in on career-best singles ranking of 908 (10/2/2006) ... Off this week.


Adam Hubble

Singles: 1284 (+6)

Doubles: 170 (+4)

Note: Reached the doubles quarterfinals at the $100,000 Sacramento Challenger last week with Andrei Daescu ... Playing the $100,000 Tiburon Challenger this week in California.

Vol Pros Roll in Challenger Doubles

Three former Vols on the professional tennis circuit won Challenger-level doubles titles over the weekend in California and South America respectively. 

Rhyne Williams and Tennys Sandgren teamed up to win the $100,000 Sacramento Challenger doubles title, the first tournament win at the Challenger level for either player. The two won a trio of straight-set matches before beating 2010 NCAA singles champion Devin Britton and 2011 NCAA doubles champion Austin Krajicek in a closely contested final 4-6, 6-4, [12-10]. 

Sandgren, who also reached the singles final in Sacramento, is at a career-best No. 257 in singles and broke the top 200 in doubles at No. 171. He has won six doubles titles this year. Williams is not far away from the top 200 in doubles at No. 220.

Meanwhile, 2011 SEC Athlete of the Year John-Patrick Smith and former Baylor standout John Peers cruised to their fourth Challenger title together of the year, winning the $35,000 Belem Challenger in Brazil. 

Smith is rapidly closing in on the top 100 in doubles, checking in at a career-best No. 124. Like Sandgren, Smith has won six doubles titles this year. 

NOW ON TWITTER:
Now that Tennys Sandgren and Rhyne's coach and former Vol Christopher Williams have joined Twitter recently, here's a look at how you can follow the current touring pros...

Tennys Sandgren: @Tennys Sandgren
John-Patrick Smith: @jpatsmith
Rhyne Williams: @RhyneWilliams
Adam Hubble: @hubbleadam
Christopher Williams: @cpatwilliams


ON TOUR: Hubble Advances at Sacramento

In his first tournament on U.S. soil this year, former Vol Adam Hubble and Oklahoma Sooner standout Andrei Daescu earned a first-round victory in doubles Tuesday at the $100,000 Sacramento Challenger.

Hubble and Daescu, seeded fourth this week, now play the Aussie team of Chris Guccione and Samuel Groth.

In singles, Rhyne Williams lost to familiar foe Rik de Voest of South Africa 5-7, 7-6, 6-4. They have played each other four times in their careers, with the series tied 2-2. Williams had defeated him in 2011 US Open qualifying and most recently at the Winnetka (Ill.) Challenger in July, a tournament won by John-Patrick Smith.


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