The Knoxville News Sentinel has reported that former University of Tennessee standout Tennys Sandgren will attend the Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs in Norcross, Georgia this weekend. The article, by Jimmy Hyams of the News Sentinel, notes that Rhyne Wiliams ”will be joined by another former UT All-American, Tennys Sandgren”. Sandgren lost to Rhyne Williams in the quarterfinals of the US Open Wild Card Playoffs in College Park in August.
So, is Tennys looking for a spot in the main draw Down Under and a rematch with Williams while in Georgia? The answer is no. It appears that Sandgren will be a hitting partner and provide support for former roommate Williams. According to Wild Card Playoffs communications czar Steve Pratt, the player list has not changed.
This might give us a chance to check in with Sandgren, who is an engaging player with a sense of humor.