The Michigan Men's and Women's tennis teams both played today with different results. The men lost 4-2 to #22 Illinois and the women beat Yale 4-0. With the win the Michigan women advance to the ITA National Indoor Championships for the fifth year, which is comprised of 16 teams.
Michigan Tennis Splits on the Day
I felt bad for you because no one had commented on this thread. So, I'll give you a go blue.
An upvote for you, good sir. Go Blue!
Always love hearing about all things wolverines. During my time in Ann Arbor, I dealt with a lot of the non revenue sports participants. Their love of all things UM was real, so it made me always care about them.
Since it's an update about tennis, I worked the front desk of the tennis center for a couple of years as well as the grounds crew during summers. So truly an upvote for this and a hardy Go Blue!!!!
Just so we're clear, the upvote was for the women and their shutout.
Has anyone been to indoor matches at Michigan? I was thinking about going and maybe taking my 3 year old but wasn't sure what the setup is. Bleachers right next to the courts or are they behind glass like some country clubs?
There is a home match against UNC this upcoming weekend, sunday at Noon. The Varsity Tennis Center is located on south State, well past Yost and the Salvation Army by the railroad tracks. It is next to the newly remodeled natatorium with a large, shared, free parking lot. Admission is free except for Big Ten tournament matches - the sites rotate every year.
There are six rows of nice, permanent folding-seat chairs about 20' above the court surface, with open-air connection between the public area and the players' area. Each court has an electronic scoreboard, and webcams broadcast all home matches on mgoblue.com. Concessions are sold and there are plenty of restrooms, drinking fountains, portraits of past teams, standings, trophies, etc. There are four or five courts per side. Although all three doubles matches are on the same side, the singles matches are split 1,3,5 and 2,4,6 between the two sides to encourage people to walk around and watch both sets of matches.
Total match time start to finish is no more than three hours. We start with three doubles matches to 6 points, and the team that wins best of 3 gets one match point. After a break, six singles games from court 1 to court 6 are played with best-of-3 sets to 6. Each singles game is worth one match point. The first team that scores 4 match points wins the match.
Sometimes the remaining games go to super-tiebreaker sets if the players are tied at one set each and the match has been decided already. In that case, a tiebreaker is played to 8 points, which is a little nutty but nothing like the no-let rule for men's college tennis. A serve that bounces off the net and lands in the service box is legal as daylight! Woe to the unfortunate gentleman that must dash forward for the desperation groundstroke.