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Anderson’s US Open final appearance marks milestone for Illinois tennis

Anderson’s US Open final appearance marks milestone for Illinois tennis

By Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor

September 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

Former Illini tennis player Kevin Anderson's unlikely run to the US Open final was significant in more ways than one. For starters, the 31-year-old South African native broke through for his first career Grand Slam final. That feat alone is impressive, and although Anderson has been successful...

Anderson’s U.S. Open performance will have a major impact on the tennis world

September 14, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

Kevin Anderson's run to the U.S. Open Final is hands down one of the greatest accomplishments by an Illinois athlete ever. The University has had great athletes go on to do great things in their respective sports, but none of their accomplishments — except Paralympian Tatyana McFadden's career domi...

Drake to take on Illinois in NCAA first round

Drake to take on Illinois in NCAA first round

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

May 3, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

For the Illinois men’s tennis team, last year’s campaign ended in the second round of the NCAA tournament against Mississippi State. This year, the Illini will look to improve on that season starting May 12 against Drake. The Bulldogs hail from Des Moines, Iowa, where they’ve been for 136 years....

Men’s tennis falls in Big Ten semifinals

Men’s tennis falls in Big Ten semifinals

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

May 1, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

In a span of two days, the Illinois men’s tennis team experienced an all-too-familiar swing of emotions. The Illini avenged their regular season loss to Purdue in the quarterfinals, but could not complete a season sweep of Michigan — losing in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. “We’ve...

Illinois men’s tennis team sets sights on Big Ten title

Illinois men’s tennis team sets sights on Big Ten title

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

April 26, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

The Big Ten tournament starts Thursday, but for the Illinois men’s tennis team, it doesn’t start until Friday. The Illini earned the third seed in the tournament, good enough for a first round bye, meaning they will await the winner of No. 6 seed Purdue and No. 11 seed Nebraska in the quarterfin...

Illini Of The Week: Aleks Vukic

Illini Of The Week: Aleks Vukic

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

April 26, 2017


Filed under Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

When Illinois men’s tennis head coach Brad Dancer first met Aleks Vukic, it wasn’t love at first sight. In fact, the first time Dancer ever saw Vukic play, he lost. “I watched (former Illini) Jared (Hiltzik) beat up on him pretty good,” Dancer said. “I gave him a business card and said ‘hey,...

Vukic beats No. 1 player; team falls to Ohio State

Vukic beats No. 1 player; team falls to Ohio State

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

April 23, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

The Illinois men’s tennis team looked ready to upset No. 2 Ohio State with the stands packed Sunday. The Illini were ready to go from the first serve, winning the doubles point behind strong performances from the doubles partners Aleks Vukic and Vuk Budic at the No. 2 spot and Gui Gomes and Aron Hil...

Illinois men’s tennis team still has room to improve despite win

Illinois men’s tennis team still has room to improve despite win

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

April 22, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

Good wasn't good enough for the Illinois men’s tennis team Friday. At the end of the year with both the Big Ten and the NCAA tournaments looming, head coach Brad Dancer was not satisfied with Illinois' play despite its 4-0 win over Penn State. Dancer rounded up the team after the match ende...

Illinois men’s tennis looks to keep winning streak alive

Illinois men’s tennis looks to keep winning streak alive

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

April 19, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

It has been a season of inconsistency for the Illinois men’s tennis team. Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, the Illini are riding a season-high, five-match winning streak. Despite the success, head coach Brad Dancer continued to say what he’s said all year whether his team wins o...

Illinois men’s tennis get pair of road wins in Hiltzik’s return

Illinois men’s tennis get pair of road wins in Hiltzik’s return

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

April 16, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

It’d been 21 days since Aron Hiltzik played in a match for the Illinois men’s tennis team, but it didn’t take him long to make an impact. The junior clinched the winning singles point Saturday, giving Illinois its first road win over a ranked team this year, defeating No. 14 Michigan 4-2 in Ann Arbo...

Illinois men’s tennis looks to continue win streak on the road

Illinois men’s tennis looks to continue win streak on the road

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

April 12, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

The Illinois men’s tennis team understands how inconsistent it has been this year. The Illini haven't had a record of four or more games over .500 all year and suffered a four-game losing streak after they reached 9-5. After the Illini won their last three matches, head coach Brad Dancer said his team ha...

Illinois men’s tennis reveals the secret of the grunt

Illinois men’s tennis reveals the secret of the grunt

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

April 12, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

There are certain sounds that go along with different sports. The swish of a basketball dropping through the hoop, the crack of a baseball flying off a bat or the smack of football players crashing into each other are all commonplace sounds in those sports. However, in tennis, there’s a sound that ...

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