Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Evidently, the tennis boom that sent kids scrambling to public courts and country clubs across the good ole USA is way over. Check it out.

Virginia's Somdev Devvarman became only the fourth player in the last 50 years to win back-to-back NCAA men's singles championships Monday by beating Tennessee freshman J.P. Smith 6-3, 6-2.

Devvarman took just 61 minutes to join Georgia's Matias Boeker (2001-02), Mikael Pernfors (1984-85) and Southern California's Dennis Ralston (1963-64) with the rare repeat title in the past half-century. Nine others won consecutive titles between the sport's start in 1883 and Ralston's back-to-back titles.

HmmmmSomdev, Matias and Mikael.

Over on the distaff side, Georgia Tech's Amanda McDowell defeated 2005 champion Zuzana Zemenova 6-2, 6-3 to win the women's singles title. That would make it an ACC sweep.

The Southern California team of Robery Farah and Kaes Van't Hof beat Mississippi's Jonas Berg and Erling Tveit 7-6 (10), 7-6 (6) in the men's doubles final.

Tracy Lin and Riza Zalameda, who led UCLA to the women's team title, captured the doubles championship over Fresno State's Melanie Gloria and Tinesta Rowe 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

Let’s recap: Devvarman, Pernfors, Boeker, Zemenova, Farah, Van’t Hof, Lin, Berg, Tveit, Zalameda

Looks like tennis recruiting has “expanded” just like NCAA soccer.

(AP Photos/Sue Ogrocki)

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