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Members of the Ole Miss men's tennis team landed in the Big Apple late Tuesday afternoon for the year's second national championship, the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor.
An elite field of men's and women's tennis players from all divisions and schools across the country have descended on the nation's largest city and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, where competition will take place Nov. 7-10.
It's a highlight of the fall for players to earn a spot in the national indoor, because it's played at the site of the US Open. Ole Miss is well represented in this year's tournament with Nik Scholtz in singles and William Kallberg and Stefan Lindmark in doubles.
Scholtz received an at-large bid as a finalist from the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships, while Kallberg and Lindmark earned their trip to New York by winning the Southern Region Doubles title. Scholtz is making his second consecutive appearance in the field, while the Swedish duo competes for the first time in the prestigious tournament.REBELS AND THE NATIONAL INDOOR
Ole Miss has a long-standing history at this event going back more than a decade. The Rebels have had a representative at the National Indoors 11 of the last 12 years. Scholtz will be the fifth player in the Rebels' history to play in the event more than once.
Former three-time All-American Erling Tveit qualified for the event three times and reached the quarterfinals in singles in 2006 and teamed with Jonas Berg to win the doubles consolation in 2007. The following year (2008), Berg teamed up with Bram ten Berge to reach the semifinals. In 2010, twins Marcel Thiemann and Chris Thiemann finished runner-up at the national indoor. A REMATCH
Scholtz gets a rematch from the All-American Championships in October, as he faces the third seed, Julian Lenz of Baylor. This will be the third meeting between the two players. Scholtz won the first meeting last year when the two played No. 1 singles in the Rebels' 4-2 win over the Bears in the regular season. Lenz took out Scholtz in the second round of the All-American earlier this fall. This will be the first meeting between the two indoors.
"Everyone in the field is good. If you're in this tournament, you're either a top 10 player or you won your region," Scholtz said. "Success in life always requires a little bit of luck as well, but I definitely have to serve well and return well. Physically I feel great. I just have to go out there and leave it all on the court and the results will follow. If you focus on playing your best and giving it everything you have on every point, the results will come."LEFTY DUO
Kallberg and Lindmark are the sixth Ole Miss doubles team in the last seven years and fourth in a row to make the field. The lefty duo, with their 6-1 record, hope they can make a run in New York to gain some momentum for the spring season.
"It would be really good for the spring season and the team, because then perhaps we could play No. 1 doubles," Lindmark said. "That would be a lot of fun."
The Stockholm, Sweden natives will face Florida State's Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez, who own a 9-1 record and won the Southeast Regional.
Players will attend a tournament banquet Wednesday night and then play begins Thursday morning at 8 a.m. CT. Be sure to follow all the action including live scores
and a live chat
on the ITA's Tournament Central page
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As junior Nik Scholtz represents his native country of South Africa in Davis Cup this weekend, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the history of Rebel players who have participated in Davis Cup. Below is a list of countries that have been represented in Davis Cup by Ole Miss men's tennis players with the year they first played, how many nominations they've earned and the number of ties they have played in.INDIA
- 1995 NCAA Doubles Champion, All-American, SEC Player of the Year, 12-Time Grand Slam Champion
- First played in 1995
- Has earned 35 nominations and played in 35 ties
- Four-Year Letterwinner (2000-03)
- First played in 2002
- Earned 20 nominations and played in 27 ties
- 1995 NCAA Doubles Champion, Two-Time All-American, All-SEC First Team
- First played in 1996
- Earned 16 nominations and played in 20 ties.
- 2005 All-SEC Second Team
• First played in 1999
• Earned 20 nominations and played in 33 tiesMOROCCO
- 1991 National Clay Court Champion, 1992 All-American and All-SEC
• First played in 1989
• Earned 12 nominations and played in 12 ties NEW ZEALAND
- 2000 NCAA Doubles Semifinalist, All-American, Two-Time All-SEC
• First played in 2000
• Earned five nominations and played in four tiesNORWAY
- Three-Year Letterwinner (2004-05, 2007)
• First played in 2002
• Earn four nominations and played in three tiesAdrian Forberg Skogeng
- Four-Year Letterwinner (2010-13)
• First played in 2010
• Earned two nominations and has played in one tie Erling Tveit
- Three-Time All-American, 2008 NCAA Doubles Finalist,
2006 NCAA Singles Semifinalist, Four-Time All-SEC
• First played in 2003
• Earned 13 nominations and has played in 20 tiesSOUTH AFRICA
• First played in 2012
• Has earned two nominations and played in one tie
Each home football game Ole Miss recognizes a student-athlete who has excelled both on the field or court and in the classroom as the "Hero in the Classroom."
Rebel men's tennis senior Johan Backstrom was honored at last Saturday's home opener against Southeast Missouri. He was featured in the game program and on the video board during the third quarter of the game.
At six-foot-five, Backstrom has played a pivotal role on the hard courts for the Rebels while also excelling in the classroom. He is the exemplary student-athlete.
Backstrom helped lead Ole Miss to a top-10 final national ranking, their 10th SEC West title, and the team's 20th consecutive NCAA appearance in 2013. With a 20-14 record in doubles, he ended the year ranked No. 58 in the nation with teammate Stefan Lindmark. Backstrom also posted 24 wins in singles including clinching wins over both No. 6 Tennessee and No. 12 Baylor.
Aside from the tennis courts, Backstrom has a current 3.89 GPA in Banking and Finance. In 2013 he earned ITA Scholar-Athlete, Capital One Academic All-District, and SEC Academic Honor Roll honors. He has been named to the Chancellor's Honor Roll every semester at Ole Miss.
Backstrom has helped the Rebels earn the Chancellor's Cup (given to team with the highest cumulative GPA) and the ITA All-Academic Team Award (requires a minimum GPA of 3.2) every year he's been here.
Stay tuned for more posts on forthcoming student-athletes recognized as the "Hero in the Classroom."Follow me on Twitter: @krebel
The final tennis Grand Slam of the year, the U.S. Open, begins today at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. For fun, let's take a look at the Rebels' history in America's major.
Twelve-time grand slam champion Mahesh Bhupathi marks his 17th U.S. Open appearance this year. He be in doubles later this week as well as mixed doubles. Bhupathi, who became the first NCAA Champion in men's tennis history at Ole Miss when he captured the 1995 title, has won two titles at the U.S. Open. In 2002, he teamed with Max Mirnyi to win the doubles title and then in 2005, he won the mixed doubles crown with Daniela Hantuchova. Above, Bhupathi is pictured with '95 partner Ali Hamadeh and Ole Miss head coach Billy Chadwick. The duo received a wild card into the '95 U.S. Open and advanced to the second round.
In 2009, Mississippi native Devin Britton became the youngest ever NCAA Singles Champion and the first Rebel to win the singles crown. Just a year removed from reaching the finals of the U.S. Open Junior Championships, Britton received a wildcard into the U.S. Open main draw where he matched up against 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer, in the first round. Britton also competed in mixed doubles that year.SEBASTIEN DeCHAUNAC
Two-time All-American Sebastien DeChaunac competed in the U.S. Open singles main draw in 2001, where he lost to former world No. 1, Marat Safin, in three sets.ALI HAMADEH
Ali Hamadeh teamed up with Mahesh Bhupathi to win the 1995 NCAA Doubles Championship and later that summer the pair took to the big stage of the U.S. Open, where they advanced to the second round.JOHAN LANDSBERG
A fiery Swede who advanced to the NCAA Doubles semifinals in 1995, Johan Landsberg played in four U.S. Opens in doubles, reaching the round of 16 in 2002.
The Rebels' first All-American (1988), Dave Randall reached the quarterfinals in doubles at the 1993 U.S. Open.
The collegiate tennis season ended about a month ago with the Ole Miss men's tennis All-American duo of Jonas Lutjen and Nik Scholtz reaching the NCAA Final Four in doubles. After a few days in Oxford, the two headed to opposite parts of the world, Lutjen to begin his pro career, and Scholtz to play in some Futures tournaments, as collegiate players often do in the summer months. The results so far indicate why they became one of the top doubles tandems in the nation.
Scholtz, who will be a junior next season, traveled to Turkey for Futures events, and teamed up with Rebel alum Tucker Vorster, also an outstanding doubles player, to capture two titles in three weeks. Their most recent title came Friday in Instanbul, where the South African duo defeated the No. 2 seeded team of Alexander Krasnorutskiy and Anton Manegin from Russia 7-6(1), 6-4. Scholtz and Vorster also won the doubles in Konya, Turkey.
One of just nine players to earn All-America honors in both singles and doubles, Scholtz also reached the final of the singles in Instanbul, where he lost a close match Saturday to the No. 2 seed.
After joining Scholtz as
two of only six players to finish the 2013 season top 20 in singles and top 10 in doubles, Lutjen got his pro career off to a good start in Mexico, teaming up with fellow countryman and Southern Cal sophomore Yannick Hanfmann to capture the doubles title a week ago in Quintana Roo. They beat the No. 1 seed in the semifinals and the No. 2 seed in the final. The win marked Lutjen's first pro doubles title.
Following their wins, Lutjen is back in Germany to continue his pro career, while Scholtz heads back to the Motherland for a well-deserved break, before returning to Oxford in the fall.
The final 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National
Rankings were released Tuesday and Ole Miss is back in the top 10 for the 15th
time in the last 20 years ending the year at No. 10.
After further research, it should be noted what an accomplishment
that is. The Rebels are one of just four
teams to finish the season ranked top 10 at least 15 times in the last 20
years. UCLA (19), Georgia (17) and
Stanford (16) are the other three.
Here is a breakdown of the Rebels' final ranking the last 20
The Rebels return four of the top six in 2014 including
All-American Nik Scholtz and fellow All-SEC honoree William Kallberg, so perhaps
another top-10 finish is in the cards.
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Sunday's semifinals against the Texas duo of Chris Camillone and David Holiner will feature live scoring, and if the match is played outdoors, live video. The match will start not before 3 p.m., and to access live scoring and video, go to OleMissSports.com
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This marks the second year in a row and seventh time overall for Ole Miss to have a doubles team in the NCAA Final Four. Scholtz and Lutjen are the fourth team in the last six years, with twins Marcel Thiemann and Chris Thiemann the most recent, who reached the semifinals last year.
Mahesh Bhupathi, a 12-time Grand Slam Champion in doubles and mixed doubles including the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open, combined with Ali Hamedeh to win the NCAA Doubles title in 1995, the first NCAA doubles title in program history.
Ole Miss Men's Tennis In NCAA Doubles Final Four:
Mahesh Bhupathi and Ali Hamadeh win the doubles title. They ended the year ranked No. 3 in the nation and earned a wildcard into the US Open. Teammates Johan Landsberg and Remi Feneon also reached the semifinals. Landsberg went on to play professional tennis on the ATP Tour and was ranked top 50 in the world in doubles.
James Shortall and Vikrant Chadha lost in three sets in the semifinals and ended the year ranked No. 12 in the nation.
Erling Tvelt and Jonas Berg reached the final and lost 7-6(10), 7-6(6). They ended the year ranked No. 3 in the nation. Matthias Wellermann and Bram ten Berge also reached the semifinals and had match point in the third set tiebreaker before losing 12-10. A win would have guaranteed the Rebels their second NCAA doubles title in program history. The following year, Berg combined with Bram ten Berge, and they won the ITA All-American Championship and ascended to No. 1 in the nation.
After two previous first-round exits, twins Marcel Thiemann and Chris Thiemann advanced to the Final Four as an unseeded team and ended the year ranked No. 11 in the nation.
Despite losing the All-American twin duo of Marcel and Chris Thiemann and playing in the toughest conference in America, Ole Miss finished the 2013 regular season with a ranking of No. 7 in the nation.
The regular season was highlighted by Ole Miss' 4-3 win over No. 3 ranked Georgia. The loss was the Bulldog's only SEC loss of the year. The Rebels also own two wins over No. 6 Tennessee, two wins over No. 12 Mississippi State and a win over No. 13 Baylor.
The Rebels claimed their 10th SEC Western Division title, giving them the title in 10 of the 12 years it has been awarded. In addition, Ole Miss also finished in the top four overall in the SEC for the 17th time in 19 years.
All of Ole Miss' success this year has come in the toughest conference in collegiate tennis. The SEC features 11 of the top 25 teams in the country, with four in the top 10. The conference also boasts many of the top players in both singles and doubles. Seven of the top 25 singles players are from the SEC and Ole Miss' Nik Scholtz and Jonas Lutjen are ranked No. 15 and No. 20, respectively. In fact, Ole Miss is the only SEC school and only one of two schools in the nation (the other four-time defending national champion Southern Cal) to feature two top 20 ranked players. The SEC is even stronger in doubles, featuring seven of the top 10 teams including Scholtz and Lutjen at No. 4.
The 2013 regular season came to a conclusion as Ole Miss hosted the SEC Men's Tennis Championship at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center this past weekend. Thirteen of the nation's best teams descended upon Oxford for an exciting weekend of tennis. Following the tournament's conclusion, 12 of the 13 SEC teams are expected to make the NCAA Championships, which begin May 10.
The Rebels are in line to host the first and seconds round of the NCAA Championships. They have been selected to the NCAAs 20 consecutive years and hosted the first and second rounds 10 times.(Chris Lawyer, Media Relations Student Assistant)
Current national team rankings:
Baseball: No. 13 (Baseball America preseason)
Men's tennis: No. 13 (ITA)
Men's basketball: No. 16 (AP/Coaches)
Men's indoor track: No. 17 (USTFCCCA)
Women's tennis: No. 19 (ITA)
Football: No. 25 (NationalChamps.net "2013 Early Bird Preview")
No. 9 (247 Sports)
No. 11 (Rivals)
No. 12 (Scout)
No. 13 (ESPN)
As a freshman in college, Devin Britton took the nation by storm becoming the youngest NCAA Singles Champion in men's tennis history and just the third freshman ever to win the event. One of the other two in that select company is seven-time grand slam singles champion John McEnroe.
If you take a look at the top 100 on the ATP Tour, probably less than a handful played collegiate tennis. John Isner, who achieved a career-high No. 9 in the world and played four years at Georgia, is a rare exception to the rule.
Britton's goal is to get to that same stage one day. Since turning pro in the summer of 2009, he has played on the Futures and Challengers Circuit. This past year the results started to show the hard work and improvement that Britton has made in his game.
Playing in 24 tournaments in 2012, Britton achieved a career-high ranking of No. 129 in doubles and No. 404 in singles including 12 titles, 11 in doubles.
"I feel good about the progress I have made this year. I feel like the hard work is definitely starting to pay off," Britton said. "There is a lot of work left to be done though. I still have a lot of room for improvement. I look forward to keeping the numbers moving in the right direction in 2013."
To see how far Britton has come, you have to know where he started. Unlike his professional counterparts in other team sports, Britton didn't get to walk in on a Super Bowl contending team and experience a high level of success right away. He started his pro career ranked somewhere over a 1,000 in both singles and doubles. That's a long way away from the current No. 1 player in the world, Novak Djokovic.
Steadily improving since making his debut at the 2009 U.S. Open against the greatest player ever (Roger Federer), Britton began the 2012 season No. 741 in singles and No. 358 in doubles before his year-end rise.
"I think I have definitely matured a lot since I first hit the tour," he said. "It is easy to let the losses get to you out here. I think it takes time to learn how to handle the ups and downs of the tour. I have definitely gotten stronger physically and mentally along the way as well."
Britton has visited Ole Miss many times since he left, including attending this past Saturday's "Egg Bowl" win over arch-rival Mississippi State. His former coaches and teammates still keep up with him and are not surprised by his results.
"We always believed that it was just a matter of time before Devin was going to make a jump," said Rebel associate head coach Toby Hansson. "We are really excited for him and look forward to following his continued progress in 2013."
Britton's most recent title came at the JMS Challenger in Champaign, Ill., two weeks ago, where he teamed up with fellow NCAA Champion Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M) for their fifth title of the year.
"Austin and I grew up playing together at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla. I have known him forever, and we know each other's games very well," Britton said. "We complement each other well on the doubles court. He is also left-handed, which is a bonus.
"He won the NCAA doubles title for Texas A&M in 2011, so the only downside is having to see his maroon attire all the time," Britton continued, laughing. "I'm only kidding, but yes we will continue to play together next year. I am hoping we will get our rankings up enough to get into the French Open and Wimbledon next year."
There is limited time for Britton to reflect on this past season's accomplishments, because 2013 is right around the corner.
"The next step is to continue to improve. I have to bust it in December to get ready for a big 2013," he said.
Former NCAA Doubles Champion Mahesh Bhupathi has won 12 grand slam titles during his illustrious pro career, but the one thing he has yet to take home is the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals trophy. Four times a runner-up, Bhupathi will get another shot at the elusive trophy today with his current partner and fellow countryman, Rohan Bopanna, as the two take on the Spanish team of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez in the final.
Tennis Channel will air the final at Noon CT. This match will serve as an appetizer to the main course, the singles final featuring Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Bhupathi and Bopanna, who won the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy in Paris last week, reached the finals in London for the first time as a duo, beating Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek in three sets. Click here
for a recap of Bhupathi and Bopanna's thrilling semifinal win on Sunday.
On hand in London this week to watch their former teammate are a couple of Rebel standouts themselves--All-Americans Johan Landsberg and Ali Hamadeh, who teamed up with Bhupathi to win the 1995 NCAA Doubles title.
Rebel netter alum Mahesh Bhupathi punched his ticket to the ATP World Tour Finals in doubles with his partner Rohan Bopanna. The pair clinched the eighth and final spot in the season-ending event, which kicks off next week in London.
On Friday, the fifth seeded Indian duo
scored a 6-7, 6-3, 10-4 win over 4th seeds Mariusz
Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas
Open in Paris. The Polish pair were also in contention for the final
spot in London and the winner of Friday's quarterfinal was going to clinch the final spot.
Bhupathi and Bopanna have won 2 ATP titles this season.
Most people think of professional tennis as an individual sport. There is Davis Cup, which pits one country versus another in a team atmosphere and then there is World Team Tennis. It features some of the biggest names in the world playing together in an
innovative co-ed team format that offers exciting opportunities for
players, fans, communities and sponsors.
Former Rebel Devin Britton is experiencing WTT for the first time this year as a member of the Springfield Lasers, one of eight teams in the pro league. The Springfield Lasers are one of four teams in the Western Conference.
Unlike most tennis professionals, Britton has some experience playing on a team. In 2009, he was a member of the Ole Miss men's tennis team, helping lead the Rebels to an SEC Championship as well as the NCAA Elite Eight.
Last night, the Mississippi native helped lead the Lasers to a win against the Kansas City Explorers, sending numerous fans home with souvenir tennis balls. Here is a recap
from the Springfield News-Leader
If you watched the Olympic trials tonight from Eugene, Ore., you saw a pair of Rebels earn spots on the U.S.A. Track & Field team
in junior sprinter Isiah Young and former long jumper Brittney Reese. They will join India tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi and U.S.A. women's basketball assistant coach Jennifer Gillom among the Ole Miss representation in London. In our history, they will make it 11 Rebels to participate in the Olympics across all sports, and this will mark the seventh games to feature at least one Ole Miss athlete. Here is a breakdown of the all-time list.Women's Basketball
Jennifer Gillom (USA) - gold medalist, player 1988; assistant coach 2012
Peggie Gillom (USA) - gold medalist, assistant coach 2000
Van Chancellor (USA) - gold medalist, head coach 2004
Track & Field
Allan Ince (Barbados) - men's 400 meter hurdles 1988
Gary Kinder (USA) - men's decathlon 1988
Tony Dees (USA) - silver medalist, men's 100 meter hurdles 1992
Alvin Haynes (Barbados) - men's triple jump 1992
Savante' Stringfellow (USA) - men's long jump 2000
Brittney Reese (USA) - women's long jump 2008, 2012
Isiah Young (USA) - men's 200 meters 2012
Mahesh Bhupathi (India) - men's doubles 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012Follow me on twitter @CampbellKyle.
They say there's a first time for everything. Three years of hard work finally paid off for former Rebel men's tennis standout Devin Britton who captured his first pro title, the $15,000 Sacramento Futures, on Sunday. In a battle of former NCAA Champions, Britton saved two match points to defeat Jeff Dadamo (Texas A&M) 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-2.
Britton had won eight doubles titles, but was still searching for that elusive singles title until Sunday's triumph. Click here
to read an account of the match, including Britton's comments, from veteran journalist Paul Bauman
You'll note in the picture with the story that Britton, the youngest ever NCAA Singles Champion, is wearing an Ole Miss cap. Once a Rebel, always a Rebel!
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