Update: Rain pushes NCAA Champ Brienne Minor's US Open Match to Today [w/NYT article link]

Update: Rain pushes NCAA Champ Brienne Minor's US Open Match to Today [w/NYT article link]

Submitted by Michigasling on August 30th, 2017 at 10:35 AM

Rain in Queens delayed most of yesterday's matches, so Michigan's Brienne MINOR will play her opening match today.  For those who want to follow, her match is scheduled in the 11:00* slot on Court 10, she's following 1 1/3 men's single's matches (one was postponed after the second set yesterday).

It probably won't be a streamed match,* but it's getting a lot of interest, even for non-Wolverines.  Brienne is the first African-American woman to win the NCAA Division 1 singles championship, and her opponent, Tunisian Ons Jabeur, is the first Arab woman ever to make it to a third round singles match in a major, this year's French open.

Great NY Times article about Brienne (with internal link to article about Jabeur):


*EDIT: The US Open website streaming link is now live and links to matches currently on ESPN3, so there's hope.  See posts below for Brienne match time estimates.

TERRIBLY HUMILIATING EDIT #2:  How did I invent a different last name?  I've got to start getting some sleep and not sneak in stuff like this at work.  I mean, her last name is even in the Times LINK!  Jeez.

Michigan Tennis players (current & former) at US Open

Michigan Tennis players (current & former) at US Open

Submitted by Mocha Cub on August 27th, 2017 at 11:11 PM

As a lot of you know, Women's Tennis player Brienne "Bri" Minor has been awarded a wildcard into this year's US Open, which starts play tomorrow. She is not scheduled to play until Tuesday. However, I don't think I've seen anyone post about former Men's Tennis player Evan King (2009-2013). Evan made it into the main draw at the Open the tough way, by winning 3 matches in qualifying. He will be playing tomorrow morning at 11 am. Their match schedule is below:



Court 11, 11 am - Evan King vs. Pablo Carreno Busta (seeded 12th, ranked 19 in the world), will be shown on ESPN3 online



Court 10 - Brienne Minor vs. Ons Jabeur (ranked 99 in the world), also shown on ESPN3 online, some coverage might be shown on ESPN2 depending on breaks in the action.

*Bri's match is the second on court that day (will follow a men's match) so she could play around 12:30 pm, but likely later depending on how long the match before goes


Go Blue!

$5,000 to $6,000 a person for Rome Trip

$5,000 to $6,000 a person for Rome Trip

Submitted by LLG on June 16th, 2017 at 10:01 AM

"Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said the football team’s trip to Rome in late April will wind up costing between $750,000 and $800,000, all of which was covered by an unrestricted financial gift by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous."

Also of note:

"The Michigan men’s tennis team went to France for a week and played in tournaments and dropped by the French Open. The women’s basketball team is going to Italy in August."


UM tennis player Brienne Minor made school, NCAA history

UM tennis player Brienne Minor made school, NCAA history

Submitted by Dolphonkey on June 13th, 2017 at 9:16 AM

Searched, didn't see this anywhere else. 

Brienne Minor won the NCAA womens single title last month playing for the Maize n Blue. Already damn impressive work.

But this one's special--she's the very first Wolverine to win a women's NCAA tennis singles title. 

But wait, there's even more:

The 19-year-old is the first African American woman to win the NCAA singles championship. She is the first black player to win the singles title for either men or women since Arthur Ashe in 1965.


The whole piece is a nice glimpse of the kind of student (and family) we love to have in our Michigan family. Hats off to you, Brienne.



[EDIT: I can't tell if the WashPo story is incorrect or just poorly worded: "Minor captured the NCAA singles title and became Michigan’s first national champion in the sport." First commenter pointed out we've had a few men's singles champs. Regardless, corrected my post.]

[LOCKED] Semi-OT: NCAA to relocate championships from North Carolina for 2016-2017

[LOCKED] Semi-OT: NCAA to relocate championships from North Carolina for 2016-2017

Submitted by DubbaEwwTeeEff on September 13th, 2016 at 10:02 AM


Looks like the NCAA is following pro sports' examples and pulling events out of North Carolina due to their sexual orientation and gender identity laws.

Affected championship games:

  • 2016 Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, College Cup (Cary), Dec. 2 and 4.
  • 2016 Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships (Greensboro), Dec. 2 and 3.
  • 2017 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, first/second rounds (Greensboro), March 17 and 19.
  • 2017 Division I Women’s Golf Championships, regional (Greenville), May 8-10.
  • 2017 Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships (Cary), May 22-27.
  • 2017 Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship (Cary), May 26 and 28.
  • 2017 Division II Baseball Championship (Cary), May 27-June 3. 

The release does mention that if a North Carolina team earns the right to play a championship game in their home state, it will be held there.

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OT: Maria Sharapova banned from tennis for two years

OT: Maria Sharapova banned from tennis for two years

Submitted by The Mad Hatter on June 8th, 2016 at 12:04 PM

Apparently she had been taking something (meldonium) for several years and wasn't aware that it was recently added to the banned substances list.

A two year suspension seems harsh, especially for a player her age.   


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OT: Roberta Vinci Beats Serena Williams in US Open Semis

OT: Roberta Vinci Beats Serena Williams in US Open Semis

Submitted by bluebyyou on September 11th, 2015 at 3:07 PM

Sorry to post this on a Friday before a game, but a major and totally surprising piece of sports news.

Roberta Vinci, a  32 year old (300:1 odds) Italian beat Serena Williams in the US Open, denying Williams the chance of a calendar Gran Slam, last done in 1988 by Steffi Graf.



OT - Tennis anyone?

OT - Tennis anyone?

Submitted by LJ on July 30th, 2015 at 9:29 AM

I've recently moved back to the A2 area after a few years away, and sadly most of my tennis hitting buddies have since moved out of the area.  The tennis meetup sites don't seem to have a lot to offer around here, so I figured I'd reach out to the MGoBlogosphere.  Anyone interested in meeting up for a hit?  I'm in the NTRP 4.0-4.5ish range.  If there's any interest, I'll post an email in the thread so we can get in touch.