After knocking out the second overall seed in the quarterfinal of ITA Nationals tournament this weekend, seniors Chema Carranza and Joe Dodridge were in uncharted territory.
Saturday afternoon’s action saw the No. 33-ranked Badgers host the No. 32 Golden Gophers in an exhilarating matchup fitting for a meeting of two highly ranked teams. Though it came in ranked one spot below Minnesota, Wisconsin’s confidence was put on full display as it has been all season.
Despite a hiatus from touring, Tennis is keeping the ball volleyed on the match that is their career.
Friday, the No. 31 Wisconsin men’s tennis team (8-2) hosted its last two non-conference opponents in a double header. In the morning, the Badgers faced off against Eastern Illinois (2-9). They kept their remarkable undefeated doubles streak alive early on, as they took three courts at 6-1 a piece to preserve their streak.
This past weekend was a mixed bag for the Wisconsin men’s tennis team. Against the No. 43 Clemson Tigers (8-4 overall), the No. 31 Badgers (6-2) ran away with a 4-1 victory on Saturday.
Wisconsin men’s tennis has come into 2017 locked and loaded. The young group, led by lone senior John Zordani, has racked up an impressive four wins in five matches this season—including two 7-0 sweeps of South Dakota State and Middle Tennessee. The Badgers’ only loss came last week against a strong Pennsylvania team, when they fell in hostile territory to the Quakers, 4-3.
This past Saturday afternoon, when Marin Cilic rocketed a forehand winner down the line past a defeated Roger Federer to secure a spot in the U.S. Open men’s tennis final against Kei Nishikori, a stat popped onto the TV screen that made my jaw hit the floor.
Roger Federer is back in the game.
Stanislas Wawrinka’s run through this year’s Australian Open was impressive and included a dramatic, five-set win over defending champion Novak Djokovic. Wawrinka fought through heat, and a stacked slate of opponents in order to win the tournament. His final win even came against world No. 1, Rafael Nadal.
One month is up, and Communion is back for its second installment in Madison. With it comes Tennis, the nostalgic, pop-rock duo from Colorado. Although their home is in the mountains, the married couple’s first album was conceived on a trip that helped give the band national attention: an eight-month sailing trip down the eastern seaboard. I spoke with lead singer Alaina Moore about the trip, as well as their newest release, Small Sound.
It doesn’t get more adorable than the story of the starry-eyed lovers in the dynamic husband-and-wife duo Tennis. Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley met while studying philosophy in college. After eloping and going on a seven month sailing trip, the pair came back to form the always pleasant band, Tennis.
In the nearly-85-degree heat of the day, we decided it was only fair to dance to some astro-pop beach rock music under some trees in a backyard at the Brooklyn Vegan showcase. Enter, Django Django, a Jestons-meets-Beach-Boys threesome that is perfect for summer jamming. Afterwards we caught Tennis, a band whose frontwoman gives female rockers a good name. Her simultaneously strong and soothing vocals are the perfect compliment to the danceable rock group at her back.
Ah, summer. In the midst of our lackluster winter, it is probably normal to be languishing. But for those of you missing hot sun, warm breezes, inviting beaches and the Frankie Avalon-style escapades they entail, stop dreaming: Tennis is coming to town. Though this band hails from the frosty heights of Denver, Tennis brings a little slice of summer wherever they go with their surf and ‘50s rock-n-roll-centered sound.