Men’s tennis star Josef Dodridge breaks into national ranking

first_imgWith so many sports happening during the fall, it can be easy for fans to overlook the University of Wisconsin tennis program, but Josef Dodgridge is trying to make it impossible.Dodridge, who is a senior entering his final season with the UW, has been working toward reaching the top of the collegiate competition ever since stepping onto Wisconsin soil four years ago. Coming from across the pond, the Brit already had been achieving a lot of success during his secondary years of school.Tennis: Wisconsin men’s, women’s teams prep for Big Ten TournamentBoth tennis programs of the University of Wisconsin will see first day action at their respective conference tournaments, set to Read…Before coming to the UW, Dodridge was one of the top players in England, and was ranked number one for his age category at 16 years old. One of the major reasons why former men’s tennis head coach Greg Van Emburgh recruited this young Brit was due to the wealth of talent and knowledge he could bring to the team due to his experiences playing in a more competitive European setting.“[Dodridge] was the number one British player in the 16’s and has always been one of the top players in England,” Emurgh told UW Athletics. “He had tremendous work ethic and is a great competitor with experience in many international tournaments. I am very confident his game will continue to grow and become a difference maker for our program.”During his first season with the Badgers, Dodridge spent much of his time playing in the No.1 singles spot for UW, going 6-6 during his time in that spot. It was during this season that Dodridge was also introduced to his eventual doubles partner Chema Carranza.The two would start the season off well, posting an 8-8 record that season and earning themselves the No.1 position for UW in doubles. By the time their spring season ended, the two would be ranked No.76 nationally, which is really impressive when you consider the fact both people were only in their first season of collegiate hockey.By the time his sophomore season had rolled around, Dodridge was becoming more comfortable with his role on the team and was really starting to make his name known among the American tennis world. During his sophomore year, the unranked Badger would manage to crush the No. 23 Matic Spec of Minnesota, No. 36 Ben Lott of Drake and No. 34 Thomas Colautti from Princeton.Even though he managed to take down some of the best opponents in men’s tennis, it was not enough for Dodridge to earn a ranking himself, and he would end the season with a 10-9 record. He would also spend his first season with a different doubles partner than the one he had before, but he and new partner Lamar Remy would still manage to find a winning grove between the two of them.Men’s tennis: Wisconsin finding success as noisy neighbor of Big TenIn contrast to the usually tame atmosphere of collegiate and professional tennis, the Wisconsin men’s tennis team is set to enter Big Ten play as Read…Dodridge and Remy would spend their first full year together anchoring down the No.1 spot in doubles for Wisconsin and would find relative success with one another. They would end the season with a 14-7 record, which would double the number of wins that Dodridge had earned during his freshman year.Now an upperclassmen and a leader among his team, Dodridge’s junior year would be a crucial one for him as he would not only attempt to replicate the success that he had found during his first two years at Wisconsin, but to also try and go above and beyond that success. It seemed as though Dodridge would find himself in many of the same positions he found himself in during the first two years of his career, entering the season unranked and facing the challenge of having to take on many ranked opponents.Dodridge managed to defeat Konrad Zieba of Northwestern, who was ranked No. 53 during the time of their match. Throughout the season, Dodridge would garner a career high of 24 wins, ending the season with a record of 24-18 overall and spending much of that time as Wisconsins No.1 singles player.Dodridge’s performance would help the team climb to the No. 28 spot overall that season, which would be the the first time that Wisconsin would end their season ranked this highly since 2010, when the Badgers ended their season ranked No. 23 nationally. Dodridge and his former doubles partner Carranza would also be reunited during their junior seasons, earning the No.1 position for men’s doubles at Wisconsin.The duo would start the season off well, but would really begin to impress people during the post season, when they would begin an impressive run in the Big Ten. Eventually the duo would wind up coming in second place in the Big Ten tournament, and would end the season with a final record of 18-11 overall and 7-2 in Big Ten play.Now entering his final season, Dodridge has one more chance to shine while here at UW, and he has managed to do something that he has never done in his career up until this point: Become a ranked player. The Oracle ITA preseason poll ranked the young Brit at the No. 93 spot overall, which is a first in his career.Men’s tennis: No. 36 Badgers gain valuable experience playing against nation’s bestThe match started rowdy, full of energy and exciting, but as quickly as those emotions filled members of the Wisconsin Read…Dodridge had been managing to make waves early this season as he has been winning or placing highly at many of the pre-season invitationals that he has attended. During the Harvard Chowder Fest Invitational, Dodridge not only brought home the gold in singles, but he and partner Carranza also brought home the gold in doubles as well.Because of his international ranking, Dodridge has not played a singles match since the Harvard tournament. He has already earned his spot in the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships, which means he now has time to focus on finding the same success for him and his partner Carranza in their doubles game.The Badgers have three more invitationals left in their fall season before taking some time off to prepare for the regular season come spring. Wisconsin is currently scheduled to head to Michigan next for the ITA Regional, during which Dodridge will finally be able to compete again in singles as well as doubles.Following Michigan, the Badgers will head to Minnesota for the school’s invitational, followed by the Wake Forest Invitational at the beginning of November. Wisconsin men’s tennis will begin their regular season against DePaul in January and there are great odds that Dodridge will be leading the team in the No.1 singles and doubles spot for that meet.last_img read more

NFL Week 14 Weather Updates: Cold temperatures, wind, rain could impact fantasy start ’em, sit ’em decisions

first_imgWeek 14 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerNFL Week 14 weather updatesThe Patriots-Dolphins and Saints-Bucs both figure to see winds around 15 mph (maybe a little higher in Miami) and some rain (higher chance in Tampa). While that’s obviously suboptimal for all teams, it’s not as if the games will be played in monsoons. All four kickers get slight downgrades, but there’s no need to bench any QBs or WRs if you don’t have similarly talented backups (which is highly unlikely for guys like Drew Brees, Michael Thomas, Mike Evans, and Rob Gronkowski, among others) Tom Brady was already on start/sit bubbles, so if you have a similar backup, go ahead and use this weather forecast as a tie breaker.There’s also about a 25-percent chance of rain on Monday in Seattle for the Vikings-Seahawks, but that’s not high enough to be worried about any players.WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endThe coldest spots figure to be Chicago for the Rams-Bears and Green Bay for the Falcons-Packers. With visitors from either a warm-weather or domed locale, obviously the sub-freezing temps could have an effect, but it’s not enough to bench any key players. The Giants-Redskins, Panthers-Browns, Jets-Bills, and Ravens-Chiefs will see similar temperatures. There were some snow worries in Green Bay last week, but for the most part, fantasy football owners were once again fortunate with manageable weather conditions. The Week 14 NFL weather forecast is similar, with only mild wind and rain concerns in spots like Miami (Patriots-Dolphins) and Tampa (Saints-Buccaneers). And while there will be several games featuring temps hovering around or slightly below the freezing mark, it doesn’t look like there will be any snow to affect fantasy start ’em, sit ’em calls.Of course, you don’t have to worry at all about the weather if you have players playing in stadiums with a roof. There are three such games this week, so enjoy ideal conditions if you have guys from the Colts-Texans, Lions-Cardinals, and Eagles-Cowboys games.last_img read more

James Yap says Ginebra fun to beat: ‘So many people will hate you’

first_imgThroughout his career, James Yap has always been a poster boy.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “Whenever you face Ginebra, you always go up against six people and that includes the fans,” said Yap in Filipino Thursday at Mall of Asia Arena after Rain or Shine sunk Globalport, 103-97, in the quarterfinals rubber match.“I think I’ve said this before, Ginebra is so fun to beat because there are so many people who will hate you.”Yap is no stranger to breaking the hearts of the Ginebra fateful. He did that several times in the past including two playoff series in the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup and 2014 Philippine Cup where Purefoods ended up taking the championship.This time, however, Yap is carrying a new team for the first time in the semifinals and he is still excited to face his old nemesis in the playoffs.“So it will be love, love, love for me and coach Caloy [Garcia] because this will be the first time for us,” said Yap who had a season-high 27 points in the game against the Batang Pier. “I’m sure coach Caloy is happy, and so am because we’re in the semifinals because when I got here the farthest we’ve come is the quarterfinals.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He was the undisputed face of the PBA in the early part of his career, winning two MVPs in 2006 and 2010 as part of the Purefood franchise.And even when he was traded to Rain or Shine in 2016, he remains a presence in the league despite his diminished role.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’This positive notoriety that Yap has built in his 14-year career has always made him a crowd darling, but that doesn’t mean he will hesitate to play the role of the villain.The Elasto Painters are set to face Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, arguably the most loved franchise in the PBA, in the Commissioner’s Cup semifinals and Yap is ready to wear his cloak of antagonism. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The heavyweight battler bringing back ‘the old Pacquiao’ View commentslast_img read more