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  • Nadal, Murray set up French Open semifinal matchup Jun 4, 2014 7:19 PM
    Rafael Nadal rallied to beat David Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1 on Wednesday in the French Open, setting up a semifinal Friday against Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.

  • Sharapova, Djokovic advance to French Open semis Jun 3, 2014 6:33 PM
    Maria Sharapova will meet Eugenie Bouchard in the semifnals of the French Open. On the men's side, Novak Djokovic advanced to face Ernests Gulbis in the semis at Roland Garros.

  • Brown finishes with a flourish at Lake Zurich Jun 2, 2014 10:42 PM
    When Dave Brown lost his final tennis match of the season, thus ending his high school sports career at Lake Zurich, he paused, reflected and shed a few tears. The 2013-14 school year certainly was a memorable sporting slate for Brown, 18, a senior who is heading to Grand Rapids, Mich., in the fall to resume his tennis career at Calvin College. Brown was the Bears’ lone three-sport male athlete, with six varsity letters earned over the past three years — three from tennis, two from basketball and one from cross country.

  • Vulnerable? Bad back? Nadal keeps winning in Paris Jun 2, 2014 6:34 PM
    Maybe, just maybe, Rafael Nadal was a tad vulnerable, the thinking went before this French Open. Well, leave it to the eight-time French Open champion’s upcoming quarterfinal opponent — 2013 runner-up David Ferrer, one of the men who beat Nadal on clay this spring — to set the record straight. “Rafael,” Ferrer said, “is always the favorite.” Nadal certainly looked the part in the fourth round Monday, when he won 18 points in a row during one stretch en route to beating 83rd-ranked Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 for a record 32nd consecutive victory at the French Open.

  • Stevenson’s Harvey/Komarov win doubles crown May 31, 2014 8:55 PM
    A year after having their hopes dashed by the eventual winners from Hinsdale Central, Stevenson’s Colin Harvey/Andrew Komarov found the promised land after three days of brilliant tennis. The Patriots duo defeated Lope Adelakun-Chase Hamilton of Hinsdale Central in straight sets at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights on Saturday to net their elusive triumph.

  • Boys tennis: Saturday, May 31 results May 31, 2014 11:51 PM
    Results of area high school boys tennis meets for Saturday, May 31.

  • What to look for Sunday at the French Open May 31, 2014 5:25 PM
    No. 2 Novak Djokovic will try to stretch his streak of Grand Slam quarterfinals to 20 in a row. And No. 10 John Isner can become the first U.S. man to get to the quarterfinals at Roland Garros since Andre Agassi in 2003.

  • Boys tennis: Friday, May 30 results May 31, 2014 12:46 AM
    Results of area high school boys tennis meets for Friday, May 30.

  • Libertyville’s Tsorotiotis corrals semifinal spot May 30, 2014 10:48 PM
    It was high noon at the boys tennis state tournament, and much later, when the clock struck 3, Stefano Tsorotiotis was still standing. The Libertvyille freshman stunned 1-2 seed Peter Tarwid with a three-hour marathon thriller, sending the Wildcats’ standout into Saturday morning’s semifinals against Eddie Grabill (35-2) of Hinsdale Central when the final day of play begins at 9 a.m. at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights.

  • Buffalo Grove tandem bows out of state tourney May 30, 2014 10:32 PM
    There can be no doubting that Buffalo Grove’s doubles team of Peter Georgiades and Anton Levitin played beyond its wildest expectations during the first day of the state tournament. Georgiades and Levitin went all the way though to the round of 16 on their home court, but their hopes were dashed Friday in Palatine by Edwardsville in two long sets. After falling in their quarterfinal to 5-8 seed David Zakhodin/Miguel Perez of Glenbrook North at Buffalo Grove, the Bison (30-6) were eliminated with a 7-5, 7-6 (5) loss to the Tigers.

  • St. Charles East’s Koenen upset in quarterfinals May 30, 2014 9:58 PM
    Jasper Koenen’s route into championship bracket of the boys tennis state tournament was blocked by Eddie Grabill. The Hinsdale Central junior ended the title hopes for Koenen (29-1) on Friday at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights.

  • Five things to look for Friday at the French Open May 30, 2014 1:01 AM
    5 things to watch at the French Open Friday include the surprising play of Chicago teen Taylor Townsend. She’ll try to get another victory on Friday against 14th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain

  • Even in loss, Chicago’s Townsend makes a splash May 30, 2014 5:00 PM
    Chicago teenager Taylor Townsend made quite a splash on the red clay at the French Open, and she enjoyed it so much she’s ready for next year. “The people are so supportive, and I really have had a great time playing in front of them,” Townsend said Friday after a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.

  • Boys tennis: Thursday, May 29 results May 30, 2014 12:02 AM
    Results of area high school boys tennis meets for Thursday, May 29.

  • Youngsters get taste of state May 29, 2014 10:11 PM
    For most of the DuPage County boys tennis players who advanced to this year’s state tournament, it was all about gaining experience for the future. An underclassmen-heavy group learned Thursday at various sites around the Northwest Suburbs it can succeed at the state tournament, but success is far from guaranteed.

  • Norasith, Hougland surviving in the backdraw May 29, 2014 9:09 PM
    South Elgin’s Andre Norasith and Hampshire’s Elisha Hougland provided a lession in resiliency on Thursday. Both fired back with three consecutive victories after opening-round losses on the first day of the boys tennis state tournament to earn a second day of competition.

  • Buffalo Grove duo makes the grade May 29, 2014 10:39 PM
    After match point, you had to know something good had just happened when Peter Georgiades practically broke the 100-meter record with his mad dash into the building at Buffalo Grove. The Bison senior couldn’t wait to get inside to tell a teacher that both he and doubles partner Anton Levitin had just stunned favored Thomas Hanley/Wyatt Mayer of New Trier in three sets to earn a spot in today’s round of 16. It’s the first time a player or team from BG has advanced that deeply in the boys tennis state tournament since 2008.

  • St. Charles East’s Koenen starts strong at state May 29, 2014 10:12 PM
    Jasper Koenen got off to a flying state tennis tournament start Thursday as he dominated three opponents in the heat and sun to easily advance into Friday’s round of 16 where he meets Brendon Harris of Edwardsville at tourney host Hersey High School in Arlington Heights.

  • Smooth sailing for VanDixhorn, Tsorotiotis and Stevenson tandem May 29, 2014 8:11 PM
    There was an air of inevitability about the first day of the boys tennis state tournament from almost the moment Ben VanDixhorn, Stefano Tsorotiotis and Colin Harvey and Andrew Komarov took the courts at three venues as they calmly dispatched three opponents to advance into Friday’s round of 16. While at Rolling Meadows on Thursday, Libertyville’s VanDixhorn (32-4) conceded just 10 games during his three matches, six coming at the hands of the terrific sophomore Mack Galvin (35-5) of Rolling Meadows during a 6-4, 6-2 decision which allowed the 3-4 seed to get home early for some much needed rest in anticipation of a 9 a.m. match with Noah Rosenblat (Deerfield) at tourney host Hersey in Arlington Heights. “I felt really good right from the start today, and my plan from the beginning was to get through as quickly as I could in order to get out of the sun and heat and begin to prepare for an important second day here,” said VanDixhorn. “It’s a little different for me than last year, when I came in as more of an unknown. This time around there’s a target on my back, but I feel like my training and our schedule has helped me both physically and mentally for three days of tennis.” The other half of the Cats’ one-two punch, Tsorotiotis (27-3) was equally dominant in action at Hoffman Estates High School. The freshman rolled over three foes and next meets Christian San Andres (Downers Grove South); Tsorotiotis eliminated him 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals of the Pitchford 32 earlier this season. All of the front draw in singles will be played at Hersey on Friday, while the first round of doubles in the championship bracket are at Buffalo Grove, with the winners moving over to Hersey to join the rest of the field. Stevenson’s Harvey/Komarov (25-3) asserted themselves quickly Thursday morning at Elk Grove, with straight-set victories over Naperville Central, Normal University, and finally Belleville West to book their place opposite 9-16 seed Jonah Philion/Miles Blum of Oak Park-River Forest. “We were pushed a little during our first two matches, and that’s something we haven’t seen in our first two trips to the tournament,” said Komarov, who with Harvey was a state runner-up last spring. “But it felt to get out of here early.” Stevenson’s Adam Maryniuk/Matt Harvey (21-4) put in a terrific day’s work during their maiden state voyage as a tandem by sweeping all three of their matches in Palatine to set up a key Friday morning contest against 1-2 seed Lope Adelakun-Chase Hamilton (20-0) of Hinsdale Central. The Patriots’ perfect first day in doubles, coupled with two victories from Benjamin Bush in singles, helped the club hold onto eighth place at day’s end with 16 points, while the defending champions from Hinsdale Central and North Suburban Conference champ Lake Forest have 24 points apiece. New Trier is right there with 22 points, followed by Downers Grove South (20) and Highland Park and Glenbrook North (18 each). The news was very good for Lake County schools when play was completed late in the afternoon, as Kevin Hunt (Carmel, 23-4) and the doubles teams from Vernon Hills (David Dobrik/Nikita Lunkov) and Warren (Samuel Gudeman/John Westerberg) all responded to first-round defeats with a vengeance to win three straight in the backdraw to stay alive another day. After a heart-breaking three-set loss to Batavia (Adam Maris-Ryan Sterling) the Cougars reeled off a trio of two-set wins at Wheeling and next face Chicago Latin in an 8 a.m. matchup at Prospect High School with the hope of more success ahead. “Batavia was a very deceptive, but very good team, and their ability to chip and lob and get almost everything back ultimately did us in,” said Vernon Hills coach Doug Gerber. “But we came back to win the first set in a tie-breaker, then fell behind 0-3 in the second set against another good team from Quincy, and I thought the reason for our success today was the guys just left that first match loss behind them and moved on very well.” Gudeman, competing at state for a third time, and his teammate Westerberg will open today with Normal Community. Hunt, a junior, meets Brandon Woznicka of Chicago Taft, who won three state matches last year. Warren’s Neil Shah/Scott Seiler (18-8) were eliminated on Thursday, as was Grayslake Central senior Miguel Tolentino, who ended his season at 25-11. Antioch sophomore Braden Ward (22-9) saw his hopes of playing a second day here disappear following back-to-back losses at Hoffman Estates to East Suburban Catholic Conference runner-up Jack Geissler (Joliet Catholic) and a two-time qualifier from Marmion Academy, John King. “Braden came out with a lot of energy and confidence in what I felt was a winnable match, but in that second set, a few points we should have won didn’t go our way, and (Geissler) began to get into a comfort zone, which is a dangerous thing to have happen to you here,” said Antioch coach Neil Lesinski. “Braden has had a terrific sophomore year, his improvement has come in every area of his game. But sometimes you have days like this.”

  • Boys tennis / State tournament scouting May 28, 2014 3:44 PM
    Here's an overview of this weekend's boys tennis state tournament hosted by Hersey.

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