On the very first day of practice in September, University of Wisconsin men’s tennis head coach Danny Westerman didn’t like the way his team was warming up.It’s not that it was wrong, Westerman said, it just wasn’t what he was looking for.Now, the head coach doesn’t even have to watch the team do their pre-match warmups. The growth his players have shown has been rewarding for Westerman in his first season.“These guys know the rhythm,” Westerman said in a press conference Monday. “They don’t need me to do all the little things like we did in the fall, so the growth is really the fun part.”Not only has the season been fun for Westerman and his players, it has also been very successful.Goldsobel: Intensity has propelled Wisconsin tennis thus far, will continue to do soIn the midst of a frantic, energetic Friday night, Lamar Remy made his presence felt by all in attendance at Read…The team has already reached 14 wins this season and sit at sixth place in the conference. While six losses is maybe more than Westerman would like at this point in the season, he’s not disappointed with the team’s effort.“All six losses are all from NCAA-bound teams, four of those are in the top 20 and two of those are in the top 3 so our losses are not bad losses,” Westerman said. “So our guys are still pretty upbeat.”A large part of the reason Westerman feels his team has been so successful in his first season is because of the experience he brings as a UW alumnus.Men’s tennis: Badger at heart, Westerman finds success coaching those in familiar positionSome 18 years ago, a young man walked onto the University of Wisconsin campus unaware of just how connected his Read…Westerman, who earned a business degree in marketing in 2002 and an MBA in 2005 from the Wisconsin School of Business, said his ability to relate to his players’ experiences have boosted the team’s energy and overall morale.“It may be a little generic, but I feel like I relate to the guys pretty well,” Westerman said. “I think understanding them, being a player’s coach, being honest with them, I think they respect that.“I think it’s a huge advantage when you talk to parents of recruits and I think it’s a huge advantage when you talk directly to the recruits.”With just two road matches left against No. 70 Indiana and No. 59 Purdue before the Big Ten Tournament, Westerman said he is already excited about the future.While his goals may not be attainable in his debut season, the head coach has no doubts about what is in store for the program’s future.“It’s a dream of mine, and I think it’s an attainable dream, to compete for Big Ten titles here. If you’re winning a Big Ten title, you’re probably competing for a Final Four finish,” he said.
MOST READ “He’ll be unconscious inside two rounds, really one round, only for the 10-second count I will give him maybe surviving into the second,” said McGregor, who enters the boxing world with a 21-3 MMA record. “But if it’s 10-ounce gloves, maybe four rounds. But under four rounds he’ll be unconscious.”READ: Mayweather, McGregor clash over racism FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But if McGregor plans to fight the same way he worked out for the media on Friday at UFC’s exquisite headquarters in southwest Las Vegas, Mayweather shouldn’t have any problem improving to 50-0.The 29-year-old Irishman simulated a 12-round boxing match by dancing around punching bags for roughly 47 minutes, at times looking like an out-of-sync boxer with wide swings that left his guard down, awkward combinations and unnecessary shuffling. Other times he looked like an MMA fighter eager to charge his opponent, something he obviously can’t do in a boxing match. But with as much hype and promotion being thrown into the ring with both fighters, McGregor left plenty of intrigue and insists he didn’t show half the boxing skills he honed has a youth in Ireland, simply teasing anyone in attendance and everyone else who may have tuned into any livestreaming on social media.READ: Mayweather-McGregor is a stale act already “I don’t know how many times I’ve shocked the world, and I’m going to shock it once again,” McGregor said. “It’s not going to end well for Floyd. It’s not going to end well for all the people doubting me.”The 29-year-old Irishman insists nothing has changed in his training, other than the fact he can’t use his legs or take his opponent to the ground, and he’s the same hard-working fighter that won two Ultimate Fighting Championship titles.“I show up to the gym, I work hard, and through my hard work I gain my confidence – that’s been the same since day one,” said McGregor, the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion and former UFC Featherweight Champion. “The fundamentals are still there, I show up, I work hard.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Los Angeles takes another step toward 2028 Games Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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What hasn’t been a mystery is the air of confidence he displays, combined with a clear disdain for his opponent that has him assured he will hand Mayweather his first professional loss.“You can’t prepare for me, you can’t prepare for me, you can’t prepare for the movement, you can’t prepare for any of it,” McGregor said. “He can sit here and watch this (workout), and I’m sure he has been watching that. Let him watch, let him try and study, but you cannot prepare for this. There is nobody in the game that moves like me, that strikes like me and that has the confidence like me.“This is a fight that has been in my crosshairs since Floyd’s been opening his mouth, simple as that. I see a beaten man in his eyes, in his body language, in everything he does. I’m going to knock him out bad, he’s too small. I know he’s fast, I know he’s got good reflexes, I know he’s experienced. I don’t care. I hit you, you fall, and that’s it. He will be unconscious.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor has his hands wrapped before a media workout Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match Aug. 26 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor is convinced he will beat Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26, inside of four rounds.And if the Nevada Athletic Commission approves the fighters’ request to use eight-ounce gloves, he said he will beat Mayweather in the first six minutes of the fight.ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her LATEST STORIES View comments