Tennessee's tennis program is going to have a strong local flavor next year. Vol head coach Michael Fancutt recently announced the signing of two in-state standouts -- Lenoir City's Bobby Cameron and Chattanooga's Johnny Thornton.
Cameron is ranked 29th in the world among juniors, sixth among American players. Fancutt called him ''one of the best junior players in the world'' and projected that he could follow in the footsteps of former Vol Chris Woodruff ''by winning the NCAA championship and going on to be one of the top pro tennis players in the world.''
Thornton, who attends McCallie High School, finished the 2002 season ranked No. 1 in the state in the 18 age group. Fancutt called him ''a true team player who will be a great addition to our squad.''
In other tennis news, the Vols were not among 64 teams selected to participate in the NCAA Tournament. It was the first time in 11 years the Vols were not invited.