Tonight, in the midst of some serious channel-surfing, I came across an unexpected treat on ESPNU: the NCAA Finals. No, not a repeat of the Memphis-Kansas men's basketball finals, but the men's tennis championships. (This is a tennis blog, after all!)
Georgia beat Texas for the title, an awesome result for the 'Dawgs, especially after they've lost some top players over the year. Being a Southern guy by birth, I was, of course, rooting for the boys from Athens to come through. It would've been nice to see my alma mater, South Alabama, get that far, but they fell kind of early on. Back in my day, the South men's team had reached the Elite 8 one year and had numerous All-Americans.
UCLA won it's first title on the women's side, beating their in-state rivals California. And just in case you didn't know, Sampras coaches that team!
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.