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Friday, August 22, 2014

Jared Donaldson Turns Pro


Jared Donaldson has announced he is turning pro.  Here is his statement:

"I dreamed of being a professional tennis player my entire life.  I do not play for money or fame.  I play tennis because I love to play the game.  Today, after much thought and deliberation, I made the decision along with my parents and coach to live my dream and pursue professional tennis as my career.  In addition to playing professional tennis, I will complete my high school education and I plan to postpone College for now, and return for a degree once I am finished on the professional tour."  

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Arconadas Make ITF Grade 1 International Hard Courts Semifinals a Family Affair; Gold Medal Match Set at Youth Olympic Games; Four US Players Reach Final Qualifying Round at US Open, Main Draw Unkind to Wild Cards

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©Colette Lewis 2014--
College Park, MD--

Playing on side-by-side courts at the Junior Tennis Champions Center where both train, Jordi and Usue Arconada admitted to sneaking a peak at the other's score in Thursday's quarterfinals at the ITF Grade 1 International Hard Court Championships.  Both had to be happy at what they saw, with Jordi, the No. 9 seed, defeating No. 3 seed Seong Chan Hong of Korea 6-4, 6-4, and Usue, the No. 3 seed downing unseeded Ingrid Neel 7-6(3), 6-1.

"I don't really like playing at the same time as she's playing," said Jordi, who turns 18 next month. "I lose focus a little bit too, because she's my sister, but it's fine I guess."


Usue, who will be 16 in October, said she's been following her older brother's matches for so long that it's not distracting anymore, just a habit.

"I look over at the score a lot," said Usue. "I just want to see how he's doing, I always do that and it never causes me problems. I've been doing it since I've been little, and if he's playing next to me I'll be checking his scores."

Usue played an intense first set with Neel in hot and humid conditions on show court 17, but worked out how best to attack Neel's all-court game by the time the second set began.

"When I first came out in the match it was weird playing someone that took the ball really early like that," Usue said. "I knew she takes the ball early, likes to come in, sometimes serves and volleys--I knew all that about her, but you don't know how she's going to come out. But I knew I had to move her with angles. At the beginning I knew what to do, but I couldn't put in my game system. At the end of the first set, I started doing that better and in the second set, she just got a little out of it."

Jordi's game system worked to perfection agains Hong, and the matchup also played to his strengths.

"He has a weaker backhand, and I knew if I opened the court on the backhand and I rallied with him cross court, he was going to give me a couple of mistakes," Jordi said. "He let me run around the backhand and hit a couple of forehands inside in and come in.  Also, I could get him on the stretch and it was easier for me to come in. His serve doesn't do that much damage, so every return game I feel like I was close and had opportunities."

Serving for the match at 5-2, Jordi was broken at love, and at 5-3, several dozen young students at the JTCC came out to watch on the nearby bleacher.  At 30-all, Jordi admitted to some loss of concentration, and Hong held, but Jordi made good on his second chance to complete the win, allowing the youngsters to turn their attention to Usue's match.

Both Jordi (who plays for Argentina as he awaits US citizenship) and Usue(who plays for the US) said they are comfortable playing on their home courts, surrounded by their friends and fellow students.  Both will need that support on Friday, with Usue playing top seed Anna Kalinskaya of Russia and Jordi taking on No. 2 seed Tim Van Rijthoven of the Netherlands.

"I've never played him, but I've been to a lot of tournaments with him," Jordi said. "He has a very good serve and good forehand and he's backhand is pretty solid too, but I think it could be a good match for me."

Usue is less familiar with Kalinskaya, who is also 15 years old.

"I actually hadn't seen her before this tournament," Usue said. "I haven't even met her yet, but Raveena (Kingsley) played her today, so we'll see tomorrow."

Kalinskaya beat No. 7 seed Kingsley 6-2, 6-3, while Van Rijthoven needed nearly three hours to get past No. 7 seed Alexander Bublik of Russia 5-7, 6-1, 7-6(1).

The other boys semifinal will be between Americans Michael Mmoh and Reilly Opelka, who met just two weeks ago in the round of 16 at Kalamazoo, with Mmoh taking a 6-4, 6-2 decision.  Top seed Mmoh earned his place with a 6-3, 7-5 win over No. 8 seed Victor Durasovic of Norway, while the unseeded Opelka's serve was way too much for No. 4 seed Chan-yeong Oh of Korea in a quick 6-1, 6-4 decision.

Unseeded Mia Horvit continued her fine play this week, beating Ellyse Hamlin 6-3, 6-3 to reach her first Grade 1 semifinal.  The 17-year-old Floridian lost her opening set of the tournament, but since then has not lost more than three games in any set.  She will play No. 2 seed Elena Ruse of Romania, who has followed up her semifinal appearance at Wimbledon last month with an increasingly dominant run on the JTCC hard courts. She cruised past No. 5 seed Tami Grende of Indonesia 6-2, 6-2 in Thursday's quarterfinal.

The girls semifinals are scheduled first on Friday, followed by the boys semifinals, due to both Horvit and Kalinskaya also being in the doubles semifinals.  The boys doubles semifinals do not have any singles semifinalists, so with the Canada Grade 1 starting Sunday, it's possible the boys final will be played Friday as well.

The boys top half semifinal has unseeded Tommy Paul and Nathan Ponwith against unseeded Brian Tsao and Evan Zhu.

The bottom half semifinal has No. 7 seeds Michal Dembek of Poland and Majed Kilani of Tunisia against No. 2 seeds Durasovic and Nicolae Frunza of Romania.

The girls doubles semifinals has the 2-, 3- and 4-seeded teams, with Gabby Andrews and Horvit, who beat top seeds Ruse and Arconada in the first round, the unseeded team. Andrews and Horvit will play No. 4 seeds Grende and Theresa Van Zyl of South Africa in one semifinal, while Kalinskaya and her partner Evgeniya Levashova of Russia, the No. 2 seeds, will play No. 3 seeds Vera Lapko of Belarus and Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia.

Complete draws are available at the tournament website.

The gold medal match for boys singles is set at the Youth Olympic Games in China, with No. 2 seed Orlando Luz of Brazil meeting No. 7 seed Kamil Majchrzak of Poland.  Majchrzak defeated top seed Andrey Rublev of Russia 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, while Luz beat No. 8 seed Jumpei Yamasaki of Japan 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.  The girls semifinals feature unseeded Shilin Xu of China against unseeded Akvile Parazinskaite of Lithuania and No. 7 seed Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine against No. 8 seed Iryna Shymanovich of Belarus.  Sofia Kenin and her Mexican partner Renata Zarazua will play for the bronze medal in girls doubles competition Friday. Complete results are here.

It wasn't a good day for Americans in the second round of qualifying at the US Open. Only two of the seven men in action--Ernesto Escobedo and No. 28 seed Rajeev Ram--advanced to Friday's final round of qualifying.  Escobedo defeated James Duckworth of Australia 6-2, 7-6(3) and will play No. 4 seed Facundo Bagnis of Argentina for a place in the main draw. Ram defeated fellow American Rhyne Williams 6-3, 6-2 and faces the winner of the Sanam Singh - Andreas Beck match.

Melanie Oudin and wild card Maria Sanchez were the only two US women to advance to the final round of qualifying. Oudin, seeded No. 26, defeated Stephanie Foretz of France 6-2, 7-5 and will play Australian Ashleigh Barty for a place in the main draw.  Barty defeated US Open National Playoff winner Caitlin Whoriskey 6-4, 6-0.  Sanchez defeated No. 20 seed Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-2, 6-4 to advance to a meeting with No. 16 seed Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belrus.

Complete qualifying draws can be found at usopen.org.

The US Open main draws were released today, and boy, the American wild cards got no favors.  Taylor Townsend was drawn to meet No. 1 Serena Williams, NCAA champion Danielle Collins was drawn against No. 2 Simona Halep and US National champion CiCI Bellis was drawn against No. 12 seed Dominika Cibulkova. Grace Min will play No. 17 seed Ekaterina Makarova. Nicole Gibbs, who faces Caroline Garcia, and Madison Brengle, who plays Julia Glushko, are the only two women's wild cards who did not draw seeds.

In the men's draw, NCAA champion Marcos Giron drew No. 13 seed John Isner, Jared Donaldson will play No. 20 Gael Monfils in the first round, Ryan Harrison's first round opponent is No. 7 seed Grigor Dimitrov and Wayne Odesnik drew No. 10 seed Kei Nishikori.

Only wild cards Noah Rubin and Tim Smyczek managed to avoid drawing seeds, with Rubin playing ATP No. 66 Federico Delbonis of Argentina and Smyczek drawing a qualifier.

Complete draws are at usopen.org.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Top Seeds Reach Quarterfinals at ITF Grade 1 International Hard Courts; Kozlov, Altamirano Among US Open Qualifying Winners

©Colette Lewis 2014--
College Park, MD--

The exit of seeds that marked the first two days of play at the ITF Grade 1 International Hard Courts slowed in the third round, with only one seeded player losing in each of the draws.

Of the two unseeded winners, Reilly Opelka had the easier time, ousting No. 11 seed Alejandro Tabilo of Canada 6-3, 6-4, while Ellyse Hamlin needed three hours to overcome No. 13 seed Siqi Cao of China 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.


Opelka said he was serving exceptionally well against the powerful left-hander, who began to show signs of frustration after Opelka won the first set.

"I served unbelievable today," said the 6-foot-9-inch Opelka. "He didn't touch many serves and as soon as I broke him early in the second set, I think that's why he got so frustrated. I put a lot of pressure on him."

Opelka understands that his serve can control a match when it's on.

"Every day's different as far as how I'm serving," said Opelka, who received a wild card into the US Open Junior Championships later this month. "I think for example today, if I hit my spot on my serve, it shouldn't come back. I was just trying to pay attention to my serve, all the details, keep a high percentage of first serves.  I'd say I served probably 80 percent."

Opelka's opponent in Thursday's quarterfinals will be No. 4 seed Chan-Yeong Oh of Korea, who beat a cramping Anudeep Kodali 6-4, 7-5.

The other boys quarterfinal in the top half of the draw will feature top seed Michael Mmoh against No. 8 seed Viktor Durasovic of Norway. Mmoh overcame a serious challenge from No. 14 Benjamin Hannestad of Denmark 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, while Durasovic got past New Balance High School champion Matt Kuhar 6-4, 7-6(3).

No. 9 seed Jordi Arconada, who trains at the Junior Tennis Champions Center, the host site of the tournament, will play No. 3 seed Seong Chan Hong of Korea in Thursday's quarterfinals.  Arconada defeated unseeded Denis Shapovalov of Canada 6-4, 6-4, while Hong took out unseeded Tommy Paul by the same score.

No. 2 seed Tim Van Rijthoven of the Netherlands has had to win a tiebreaker in each of his three wins this week, today's to close out No. 13 seed Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia 6-2, 7-6(6).  The tiebreaker was a high quality affair, with Van Rijthoven dictating most of the points with his forehand. At 5-all, he earned a match point with a stunning inside in forehand winner, but gave the mini-break right back when he netted a forehand. The next two points were again on Van Rijthoven's forehand and this time, there were no errors, just two consecutive winners for the match.

Van Rijthoven will play No. 7 seed Alexander Bublik of Russia, who survived No. 10 seed Sameer Kumar 6-1, 2-6, 6-4.  Bublik served for the match at 5-3 but was broken at love. With Kumar serving to stay in the match, he was able to save one match point with an ace, but he missed a backhand volley on the second to give the tall, thin Russian the victory.


In the girls third round, only Hamlin's win over Cao went three sets. Hamlin has dropped the first set in all three of her matches this week, but was much happier with her overall level today than in her other two victories.

"She came out hitting a big ball and I just wasn't hitting it big enough back," said Hamlin, who has committed to Duke for the fall of 2015. "She got control and kept pushing, pushing, pushing. I think she got a little bit tired at the end of the second set, which really helped me, even though I was definitely feeling it. But I think I kept my energy up and was really positive with myself and that helped."

Hamlin said she was focusing on her own strengths after getting away from that.

"I really had to play true to myself," said Hamlin. "I hadn't really been doing that lately, so this match I felt I was a lot better with that. Going after stuff, even if I was back behind the baseline, I was just trying to keep playing my game, and that ended up happening and I ended up winning. I don't know how, to be honest."

Hamlin will play unseeded Mia Horvit for a place in the semifinals, after Horvit defeated qualifier Jessica Livianu 6-1, 6-2.

"I played her in the 14s clays and I actually lost the first set, lost it 6-0 actually. I ended up pulling it out in the third," Hamlin said of her 0-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) third round win three years ago. "She's a really good competitor and I'm good friends with her, so it should be a good match."

In contrast to Hamlin's three-hour win, No. 2 seed Elena Ruse of Romania breezed by unseeded qualifier Andrea Kevakian 6-0, 6-0 to set up a quarterfinal match with No. 5 seed Tami Grende of Indonesia, who defeated Andie Daniell 6-2, 6-2.

Top seed Anna Kalinskaya of Russia moved into the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 7-5 win over unseeded qualifier Abigail Desiatnikov and will play No. 7 seed Raveena Kingsley, another JTCC student.  Kingsley beat unseeded Claire Liu 6-1, 6-3 and has lost only eight games in her three victories.

The third JTCC player into the quarterfinals is No. 3 seed Usue Arconada, younger sister to Jordi, who beat qualifier Maria Mateas 6-3, 6-1. Arconada will play unseeded Ingrid Neel, who downed unseeded qualifier Dominique Schaefer 6-4, 6-1.

The second round of doubles was completed this afternoon just before a rain storm arrived in the area.  See the tournament website for today's complete results and Thursday's order of play.

Another long day at the US Open qualifying saw the completion of the first round.   Stefan Kozlov defeated Mitchell Frank in a battle of American wild cards 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 and Kalamazoo finalist Collin Altamirano picked up a 6-2, 6-4 win over Luca Vanni of Italy.  Other US winners were Rajeev Ram(28), Rhyne Williams, Austin Krajicek, Melanie Oudin and Caitlin Whoriskey.  Whoriskey, who won the US Open National Playoff Monday in New Haven, came back to defeat WTA No. 106 and No. 5 seed Danka Kovinic of Montenegro 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Former University of Virginia star Sanam Singh, who won the men's National Playoff on Monday, defeated Flavio Cipolla of Italy 6-1, 7-6(3).

Complete draws can be found at usopen.org.

Wild Cards for 2014 US Open Junior Championships



MAIN DRAW US OPEN JUNIOR WILD CARDS

BOYS:
Tommy Paul (clay courts champion)
John McNally (16s national champion)
Ernesto Escobedo
Nathan Ponwith
Reilly Opelka
Deiton Baughman
Aron Hiltzik
Eduardo Nava

GIRLS:
Katerina Stewart (clay courts champion)
Kylie McKenzie (16s national champion)
Claire Liu
Kelly Chen
Brooke Austin
Ingrid Neel
Francesca Di Lorenzo
Ena Shibahara

US OPEN JUNIOR QUALIFYING WILD CARDS

BOYS:
Connor Hance
Gianni Ross
Patrick Kypson
Jacob Brumm
Sam Riffice
Toshiki Konayashi (Japan HS Champion)

GIRLS:
Ellie Halbauer
Caroline Dolehide
Kayla Day
Ryan Peus
Anna Sanford
Mayu Okawa (Japan HS Champion)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Top Seed Mmoh Saves Match Point in Win over Riffice at ITF Grade 1 Hard Courts; Escobedo, Stewart, Chirico, Black Win Opening Round Qualifying Matches at US Open


©Colette Lewis 2014--
College Park, MD--

Top seed Michael Mmoh, who is only 16,  well knows the feeling of being the young player with no pressure and nothing to lose against older and more established players.  In his second round ITF Grade 1 International Hard Courts match against 15-year-old Sam Riffice however, Mmoh was cast in the role of the veteran target, and but for a missed backhand volley by Riffice on match point, he would have made an early exit, rather than posting a 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(6) victory.

After Mmoh had cruised through the first set, Riffice used his forehand to pressure Mmoh into errors and returned well, forcing a third set.  Mmoh was up 4-2 in the third set, and even had his chances to break again at 4-4 in the third, but Riffice saved two break points and held to take a 5-4 lead.

Riffice continued to keep the pressure on Mmoh in the tiebreaker, as dozens of players and fans gathered around court 19 to watch the conclusion of the match.  Without a chair umpire, knowing the score required tracking every point, with Mmoh leading 4-2 at the change of ends.  He lost his advantage with a double fault and Riffice took a 5-4 lead.  A good first serve by Mmoh made 5-all, but he missed his first serve and made an error off Riffice's return of his second.  Match point for Riffice on his serve, and it was a great point, with big hitting and Riffice coming in to close out a volley.  He made one fine backhand volley that the ultra quick Mmoh got back, giving Riffice no time to think. Close to the net, with an open court in front of him, Riffice reacted with another backhand volley, but somehow it found the net.

Riffice netted a forehand to give Mmoh his first match point, and a good first serve brought a wide return from Riffice and Mmoh had survived.

"I thought it was over, to be honest," said Mmoh. "It was a bit of a scare."

After reaching the semifinals of Kalamazoo and taking champion Noah Rubin to 7-5 in the third set, Mmoh was in Riffice's position less than two weeks ago.

"I've been in his position, and it's a good position to be in," Mmoh said. "You're just free, hitting like, whatever, and in my position you get really nervous. When you're nervous, he's not--every short ball, he's just like ripping it."

But Mmoh understands he needs to get accustomed to being expected to win.

"It's good, I think, because if you make it to the top, you're obviously going to be in a similar situation, but it takes some getting used to."

Mmoh, who acknowledged that Riffice played well and has a great future, said his close call may help him the rest of the week, and most immediately, in his third round match again No. 14 seed Benjamin Hannestad of Denmark.

"The guy I'm playing next is tough," Mmoh said. "But I think after today, I'll be a lot more loose, more aggressive."

After four boys seeds exited in the first round on Monday, only one lost today, with Anudeep Kodali defeating fellow Bollettieri student Robert Levine, the No. 16 seed, 6-3, 6-1.


In the girls draw, only six of the 16 seeds have survived, with five more losing today.  Fourteen-year-old Claire Liu defeated No. 12 seed Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia 6-4, 7-5, but she wasn't the youngest player to make the final 16. That distinction belongs to 13-year-old qualifier Abigail Desiatnikov, who overcame No. 14 seed Raquel Pedraza 1-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Pedraza served for the match at 5-4 in the third, but didn't get to match point, and Desiatnikov closed it out from there, using some anger at a line call as motivation.

"I was really frustrated because at 4-4, there was a ball that I thought to my eyes was way in and she said out," said Desiatnikov. "But I just kept going, and at 5-4, I said just make good margins, keep the ball deep to her backhand, which is her weaker side. Play smart and if you get tight, just shake it off."

Desiatnikov stepped up her forehand in the final two games to keep her momentum going.

"I was on a roll from the two previous games and I was really feeling my forehand."

Desiatnikov couldn't find any fault with the way she played to open the match.

"I honestly hit like five errors at the most in the that first set," said Desiatnikov, who said her goal before the tournament was to make the third round. "She was just hitting forehand winners left and right. I wasn't even mad, it's what can I do?  So I said, just get the ball in, a little deeper, and I pulled it through."

Qualifier Dominique Schaefer defeated No. 9 seed Sara Tomic of Australia 6-3, 6-4, Mia Horvit downed No. 11 seed Emily Arbuthnott of Great Britain and qualifier Andrea Kevakian beat No. 16 seed Madison Bourguignon 7-6(3), 6-3.

Top seed Anna Kalinskaya of Russia and No. 2 seed Elena Ruse of Romania both advanced in straight sets, with Kalinskaya playing Desiatnikov and Ruse meeting Kevakian.

The first round of doubles saw both top-seeded teams go out.  In the girls draw, Usue Arconada and Ruse lost to Gabby Andrews and Horvit 6-1, 3-6, 10-8, and in the boys draw, Tommy Paul and Nathan Ponwith beat Seong Chan Hong and Chan-Yeong Oh of Korea 6-7(4), 7-5, 10-7.

For complete draws and Wednesday's order of play, see the tournament website.

The first day of US Open qualifying produced several excellent wins for teenage wild cards.  Ernesto Escobedo defeated No. 24 seed Somdev Devvarman of India 6-3, 6-2, Tornado Alicia Black got past Naomi Broady of Great Britain 7-6(6), 7-6(2), Louisa Chirico downed Maria Irigoyen of Argentina 6-2, 6-2, and Katerina Stewart beat Yuliya Beygelzimer of Ukraine 6-3, 6-1.  Other US players who picked up first rounds wins were: wild card Maria Sanchez, Irina Falconi and Michael Russell.

The rest of the first round qualifying matches are Wednesday, with nine US men and six US women on the schedule.

Mitchell Frank plays Stefan Kozlov in a battle of wild cards on Court 17, Francis Tiafoe is also on that court against No. 11 seed Tatsuma Ito of Japan, while Melanie Oudin(26) plays there against Sesil Karatantcheva of Kazakhstan.

The other five US women on Wednesday's schedule are No. 7 seed Anna Tatishvili(7) against Nao Hibino of Japan, and four wild cards: Jennifer Brady against Carina Witthoeft of Germany, Caitlin Whoriskey against Danka Kovinic(5) of Montenegro, Samantha Crawford against Heidi El Tabakh of Canada and Asia Muhammad against Ksenia Pervak(18) of Russia.

The six other US men in action Wednesday are Rajeev Ram(28) against Martin Fischer of Austria, Rhyne Williams against Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain, Austin Krajicek against Norbert Gombos(13) of Slovakia, Taylor Fritz against Jan Mertl of the Czech Republic, Mackenzie McDonald against Ricardas Berankis(8) of Lithuania and Collin Altamirano against Luca Vanni of Italy.

Qualifying draws are available at usopen.org.  Qualifying matches are being televised on the CBS Sports Network.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Nine Seeds Fall in First Round at ITF Grade 1 Hard Courts; 29 Americans in US Open Qualifying; Jorovic Loses Opening Round at Youth Olympic Games


©Colette Lewis 2014--
College Park, MD--

I arrived at the Junior Tennis Champions Tennis Center in College Park this afternoon in time to catch quite a few first round singles matches, but I missed most of the upsets, either because they were early matches or were at the second site at the University of Maryland.

No. 4 seed Evgeniya Levashova of Russia was beaten by Ellyse Hamlin 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 and No. 8 seed Vera Lapko of Belarus lost to Ingrid Neel 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. (If I don't reference a player's country, they are from the US).  Jessica Ho, the No. 6 seed, retired after losing the first set to qualifier Jessica Livianu.  Two upsets I did see were Andie Daniell's 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 win over No. 10 seed Olivia Hauger and Jessica Golovin's 7-6(5), 7-5 victory over No. 15 seed Emilie Francati of Denmark.

No. 5 seed Nicolae Frunza of Romania lost to qualifier Kyle Seelig 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-1 and No. 6 seed Pedro Iamachkine of Peru was beaten by Reilly Opelka 6-4, 7-6(3).  No. 12 seed Jake Delaney of Australia went out to Jack Barber 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Tommy Paul defeated No. 15 seed Teeradon Tortrakul of Thailand 6-3, 6-4.

Top boys seed Michael Mmoh won his first round match over Emil Reinberg 7-6(1), 6-4 and top girls seed Anna Kalinskaya of Russia got though a tough first round, beating Kelly Chen 6-1, 6-4.

The viewing is excellent for all eight courts at the JTCC, and there are name cards on court identifying every player and their country. But matches are not chaired at this stage, and after four months of watching only chaired matches at the NCAAs, Wimbledon, the Clay Courts and Kalamazoo, I'd forgotten just how contentious player line calling can be, and how much time is spent arguing about calls and seeking out a roving umpire.

No. 2 seed Tim Van Rijthoven of the Netherlands was agitated about line calls throughout his 6-3, 7-6(3) win over wild card Brian Cernoch, but Cernoch, a 14-year-old who trains at the JTCC, didn't let the delays and questioning bother him. The pace both boys displayed led to some very entertaining points, drawing frequent applause on the stadium court 17, but it was the 17-year-old who was a bit less error-prone on the big points.

Another surprise was the sheer number of college coaches at the tournament. I had expected most would wrap up their recruiting at the National championships two weeks ago, or at least take a break before the US Open junior qualifying, but that certainly didn't seem to be the case, with many major schools represented on site today.

Two sites will still be used on Tuesday, with the start of doubles play again requiring additional courts.    For complete results and the order of play for Tuesday, see the tournament website.

 The draws for the US Open qualifying, which begins on Tuesday, are out.

There are 14 US men and 15 US women hoping to win three matches and one of 16 places in the main draw.   The 14 US men are:

Chase Buchanan
Ernesto Escobedo(WC)
Taylor Fritz(WC)
Rhyne Williams
Rajeev Ram(28)
Mackenzie McDonald(WC)
Collin Altamirano(WC)
Tennys Sandgren
Alex Kuznetsov
Francis Tiafoe(WC)
Austin Krajicek
Michael Russell(14)
Mitchell Frank
Stefan Kozlov(WC)

Five of the above are in action on Tuesday, with Escobedo playing No. 24 seed Somdev Devvarman(UVA), Buchanan facing top seed Malek Jaziri of Tunisia, and Sandgren, who is back after hip surgery, meeting No. 10 seed Peter Polansky of Canada. Russell plays Enrique Lopez-Perez of Spain and Kuznetsov faces Taro Daniel of Japan. 

The 15 US women are:
Jennifer Brady(WC)
Katerina Stewart(WC)
Tornado Alicia Black(WC)
Caitlin Whoriskey(WC, won US Open National Playoffs, along with Sanam Singh(UVA), who won the men's qualifying wild card)
Melanie Oudin(26)
Asia Muhammad(WC)
Ana Tatishvili(7)
Julia Boserup
Samantha Crawford(WC)
Bernarda Pera(WC)
Irina Falconi
Louisa Chirico
Allie Kiick(28)
Sachia Vickery(31)
Maria Sanchez(WC)

Nine women are on Tuesday's schedule, with Falconi playing Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic, Stewart facing Yuliya Beygelzimer of Ukraine, Boserup meeting Tatjana Maria of Germany, Chirico against Maria Irigoyen of Argentina and Black against Naomi Broady of Great Britain.  Pera faces No. 13 seed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia, Kiick plays Paula Kania of Poland, Vickery meets Arina Rodionova of Australia and Sanchez plays Erika Sema of Japan.

Tuesday's order of play is here.  Draws are here.

The first round of the girls singles at the ITF Grade A Youth Olympic Games in China produced a major surprise, with top seed and world No. 1 Ivana Jorovic of Serbia going out to Simona Heinova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 7-6(3).  Sofia Kenin, the sole US representative in the girls draw, lost her first round match to Iryna Shymanovich of Belarus, the No. 8 seed, 6-2, 7-6(4). Alex Rybakov and his partner Luis Valero of Colombia lost in the first round of doubles to No. 4 seeds Francisco Bahamonde and Matias Zukas 7-6(8), 6-3.