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Thursday, June 13, 2024

TCU's Roditi and Tennessee's Ojeda Named ITA Coaches of the Year; Women's Kickoff Weekend Draft Complete; Wimbledon Junior Acceptances Include Svajda and Urhobo

The ITA Division I National Awards, which for many years were announced prior to the finals of the NCAA Team Championships, are on a different schedule now, with the ITA Regional Awards announced yesterday and the National Awards today. Below are the winners; while Texas's Eliot Spirzzirri and Texas A&M's Mary Stoiana didn't received any Regional awards, they are the National Players of the Year after finishing the season at No. 1 in the rankings. Congratulations to all coaches and players who earned acknowledgement of their great seasons.

ITA Division I National Awards

Wilson Coach of the Year: David Roditi, TCU

Assistant Coach of the Year: Devin Bowen, TCU
Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship: Alex Kiefer, Virginia
Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship: Ryan Fishback, Virginia Tech
Rookie of the Year: Cooper Williams, Harvard
Most Improved Player: Jake Fearnley, TCU
Player to Watch: Michael Zheng, Columbia
Senior Player of the Year: Micah Braswell, Texas
National Player of the Year: Eliot Spizzirri, Texas

Wilson Coach of the Year: Alison Ojeda, Tennessee

Assistant Coach of the Year: Jarryd Chaplin, Georgia
Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship: Connie Ma, Stanford
Cissie Leary Sportsmanship: Carol Lee, Georgia Tech
Rookie of the Year: Luciana Perry, Ohio State
Most Improved Player: Ange Oby Kajuru, Oklahoma State
Player to Watch: Amelia Honer, UC Santa Barbara
Senior Player of the Year: Amelia Rajecki, NC State
National Player of the Year: Mary Stoiana, Texas A&M

THe women's ITA Kickoff Weekend Draft was held today, with 42 teams choosing which of the 14 regional host sites they will travel to for the January 2025 regional competition that will determine the ITA National Team Indoor participants. 

As with the men's draft yesterday, the first regional to fill was Tennessee; the last to fill was Charlottesville, with Virginia hosting the final team in the field, No. 66 New Mexico. Texas A&M was the last site to be selected. In addition to Tennessee, the other two regionals to fill early, with all four teams among the Top 35, are Florida and North Carolina.

Three teams passed, as compared to the six men's teams that elected not to play the event: Notre Dame, Syracuse and Purdue. Northwestern and Illinois will be the cohosts of the Women's Team Indoor in February and therefore receive automatic entry. See the SLAM tennis draft page for the breakdown of each regional.

The acceptances for next month's Wimbledon Junior Championships, which I will be covering in person again this year, are out, with six US girls and eight US boys on the initial list of main draw acceptances. 

Every girl in the Top 10 of the ITF junior rankings has entered, including Australian Open girls champion Renata Jamrichova of Slovakia and Roland Garros girls champion Tereza Valentova of the Czech Republic. The US girls entered in main draw are Tyra Grant, Iva Jovic, Kristina Penickova, Kaitlyn Rolls, Thea Frodin and Akasha Urhobo. Urhobo received entry based on her Top 400 WTA ranking, with the 17-year-old from Florida having one of the best World Tennis Numbers in the field.  

Texas rising freshman Maya Joint of Australia, who is in the Wimbledon women's qualifying, has also entered the Junior Championships. Although she received entry based on her junior ranking, she will be seeded in junior event due to her WTA ranking, which is now 177.

The main draw cutoff was 50. Five US girls received entry into the qualifying, which had a cutoff of 84: Shannon Lam, Kate Fakih, Christasha McNeil, Monika Ekstrand and Maya Iyengar.

The boys field is missing two Top 10 players: No. 2 Joel Schwaerzler of Austria and No. 7 Joao Fonseca of Brazil, who is no longer competing in juniors. But aside from those two, every boy in the Top 23 has entered, including Roland Garros champion Kaylan Bigun and Australian Open champion Rei Sakamoto of Japan. The US boys on the main draw acceptance list are: Bigun, Cooper Woestendick, Jagger Leach, Max Exsted, Ian Mayew, Alex Razeghi, Jack Kennedy and Trevor Svajda. Like Urhobo, Svajda received entry based on his professional ranking. Boys inside the ATP 750 (Svajda is currently 662) received direct acceptance into the main draw of a junior slam. SMU rising sophomore Svajda currently has the best World Tennis Number of any player on the acceptance list. Mae Malige of France also received entry, as he did at Roland Garros, based on his ATP ranking inside the Top 750. He is at 718 in the ATP rankings right now. I don't remember a junior slam that had an acceptance for both a boy and a girl from the US based on their professional ranking. 

The boys main draw cutoff was 47. Five US boys were accepted into qualifying: Matthew Forbes, Kase Schinnerer, Nikita Filin, Noah Johnston and Rudy Quan.

Quan received entry into the qualifying based on his ATP ranking, which rose to 847 after his run to the quarterfinals of the Little Rock Challenger last month. Any boy with an ATP ranking between 750 and 850 is accepted into qualifying at a junior slam.
The cutoff for qualifying for the boys was 74.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

USTA Announces Summer Collegiate Team; Men's Kick-off Weekend Draft Complete; Ohio State Adds Transfers Li, Kim and Jansen; ITA D-I Regional Awards; Krajicek Endows Scholarship at Texas A&M

The USTA announced the Summer Collegiate Team today, with six American men and six American women chosen for support during competition this summer on the USTA Pro Circuit. With the exception of Perry and Williams, who ended the year as the top-ranked freshmen, and UNC's Fiona Crawley, who had so much success as a member of the team in 2023, these are the Americans with the best ITA season-ending rankings.

*Fiona Crawley, UNC (Sr.; San Antonio)
Connie Ma, Stanford (Jr.; Dublin, Calif.)
Kari Miller, Michigan (Sr.; Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Alexa Noel, Miami (Jr.; Summit, N.J.)
Luciana Perry, Ohio State (Fr.; Export, Pa.)
*Mary Stoiana, Texas A&M (Jr.; Southbury, Conn.)

Ozan Baris, Michigan State (Soph.; Okemos, Mich.)
​*Nishesh Basavareddy, Stanford (Soph.; Carmel, Ind.)
Micah Braswell, Texas (Sr.; Sarasota, Fla.)
*Eliot Spizzirri, Texas (Sr.; Greenwich, Conn.)
Cooper Williams, Duke (Fr.; New York)
Michael Zheng, Columbia (Soph.; Montville, N.J.)

​*members of 2023 Summer Collegiate teams

From today's USTA release:
Each of the players was selected based on a number of criteria, including rankings, individual collegiate tournament results or Intercollegiate Tennis Association honors. Players on the team are eligible to receive a grant for travel to USTA Pro Circuit events and coaching support over the summer.

Oklahoma State Assistant Coaches Martin Redlicki and Samantha Crawford will travel with and coach the men and the women, respectively, and will provide assistance to any American collegians playing at tournaments throughout the summer. The program is led by USTA National Coach Maureen Diaz.

“As the level of training and competition in college tennis continues to rise in the U.S. and become an increasingly more important and viable pathway for our best American prospects to mature and develop before they enter the professional ranks, our USTA PD commitment to our top collegians is also strong and comprehensive,” said USTA Player Development GM Martin Blackman. “We commend the ITA for working closely with the ATP and WTA to establish important and powerful linkages for top collegians into professional tennis events. We look forward to seeing this year's Summer Team compete, perform and progress during a robust and exciting summer of great USTA Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. Congratulations also to the coaches from these great universities for their success in developing these great young players.”
The ITA Men's Kickoff Weekend Draft was held today, with 42 teams selecting which one of the 14 regional host sites where they wish to compete in the January 2025 event. Given the unique nature of the draft, which allows a team to select a regional that it prefers based on competitive or travel considerations, reading the tea leaves is irresistible, although there is no question this is way too early to make a prediction on the strength of a host (or other teams in the region).

The first regional to fill was Tennessee; the last to fill was Columbia, who will host Miami, who at a ranking of 64, was the last team to draft. The last regional to get a No. 2 seed was Ohio State; Tennessee had its regional full before No. 36 Princeton chose Columbus. In addition to Tennessee, Harvard and Mississippi State were popular destinations for top seeds. No. 10 Florida State quickly got its No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in No. 15 South Carolina and No. 19 San Diego, but their fourth seed was one of the last teams to draft: No. 60 UNC-Wilmington.

Six teams passed: Florida Atlantic,  Notre Dame, Utah State, Penn, Clemson and Cal. SMU and Baylor receive direct entry into the 16-team Men's ITA National Team Indoor Championships as co-hosts.

See SLAM tennis for the full regional lineups. The women's draft is Thursday at noon Eastern, with the SLAM tennis page to follow it is here.

The Ohio State men, who lost four of its top six, announced three significant transfers today: rising sophomore Aidan Kim from Florida, rising junior Will Jansen from North Carolina and rising senior Chris Li from Tennessee(previously North Carolina).  With the NCAA no longer involved in the transfer process, signings like these are likely to become an even bigger part of building rosters each summer. 

The ITA announced its Regional Award winners today; the National Award winners will be announced on Thursday. For all the Regional winners, see the ITF pages for men and women. Interesting that Eliot Spizzirri of Texas and Mary Stoiana of Texas A&M, both of whom finished ranked No. 1 in the nation, did not receive any of the Texas Region's awards. I will list all the National winners in my post Thursday.

Former Texas A&M All-American Austin Krajicek, a former ATP World No. 1 in doubles and now ranked No. 14, won the NCAA doubles title in 2011 with Jeff Dadamo and reached the ATP Top 100 in singles before focusing solely on his doubles career. T

The 33-year-old from Florida, who now lives in Texas, was married recently and his wife, the former Misia Kedzierski, who played at Illinois, is a graduate of the Texas A&M Mays business school. Earlier this year, the couple announced an endowment for a marketing scholarship at Mays for students, who like Kedzierski, are not from Texas. As this quote from Misia in the Texas A&M Today article explains, "The scholarship will support out-of-state marketing graduate students because Texas A&M offers such a great college experience. We thought more people from around the country should know about Aggieland and experience its culture like we did while having fun being an Aggie." 

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Three USTA Pro Circuit Tournaments Underway, with Quinn Defending Wichita $25K Title; Men's ITA Kickoff Weekend Draft Wednesday; Lipka Named Men's Head Coach at Penn State; ACC Women's Conference Awards

The USTA Pro Circuit has three events this week, with another joint SoCal Pro Series tournament in San Diego, this one at the University of San Diego, not Barnes Tennis Center, and a $25K in Wichita Kansas.

Due to a delay today, I assume weather-related, the San Diego matches are still going on, and final round qualifying results have not been posted. 

In the women's $15,000 tournament in San Diego, Fiona Crawley(North Carolina) is the top seed, with Haley Giavara(Cal) the No. 2 seed. 

Wild cards were given to rising high school junior Alexandra Wolf, Easter Bowl 18s champion Tianmei Wang, Anne Christine Lutkemeyer(UCLA) and rising San Diego senior Filippa Bruu-Syversen. 

In the men's $15,000 tournament in San Diego, Leo Borg of Sweden in the top seed, with Strong Kirchheimer(Northwestern) the No. 2 seed. Wild cards were given to rising high school sophomore Tyler Lee, who lost 6-1, 6-3 in the first round to Jack Anthrop(Ohio State), Anders Matta(Stanford), Blake Kasday(San Diego) and Bryce Nakashima(Ohio State). Nikita Filin received entry via the ITF's junior reserved program for players in the Top 100.

At the $25,000 USTA Men's Pro Circuit tournament in Wichita Kansas, qualifying concluded today, with six Americans, all current or former collegians reaching the main draw.

Alex Kotzen(Columbia,Tennessee), Sebastian Gorzny(TCU, Texas), Micah Braswell(Texas), Nick Kotzen(Columbia), Tyler Zink(Georgia, Oklahoma State) and Chad Kissell(Valparaiso). This tournament had a rare 48-player draw in qualifying for a 32-player main draw; Nick Kotzen, who wasn't seeded in qualifying, had to win three matches to advance to the main draw, and he will play his older brother Alex in the first round.

Australian Bernard Tomic, presumably recovered from his bout with Covid during the Little Rock Challenger, is the top seed, with Ethan Quinn(Georgia), the defending champion at this event, seeded No. 2. 

Wild cards were given to Govind Nanda(UCLA), Aidan Kim(Florida), Samir Banerjee(Stanford) and Alejandro Jacome Jaramillo(Wichita State) of Ecuador. Adhithya Ganesan(Florida) received entry via the ATP ITF Junior Accelerator Program; his 2023 year-end ranking of 27 qualifies him for eight main draw acceptances for $15K or $25K tournaments.

All 16 first round matches are scheduled for Wednesday.

The NCAA tournament ended barely two weeks ago, but preparation for next season's ITA National Team Indoor Championships begin tomorrow, with the Kickoff Weekend Draft for men. Next year, with SMU and Baylor co-hosts of the men's Team Indoor, the top 14 teams in last month's final rankings will host the January regionals that will decide who competes for the National Team Indoor Title in February. The draft, which begins at 9 a.m. (Pacific time) Wednesday with No. 15 South Carolina selecting which host it wants to travel to, can be monitored at the Slam tennis page.

The women's draft is Thursday, with Northwestern and Illinois, the dual hosts next February, getting direct entry into the 16-team field. The women's draft page is here.

Penn State announced its new head coach, with Bruce Lipka selected to lead the Nittany Lions' men's program. Lipka is taking over for Jeff Zinn, announced his retirement in April. The director of tennis at Woodmont Country Club in Maryland the past 24 years, Lipka was the head coach at Miami of Ohio from 1989-1996.

The last of the conference awards were finally released, with the ACC women announcing theirs last week, more than a month after the other conferences, including the ACC men. 

Player of the Year: Alexa Noel, Miami

Coach of the Year: Sara O'Leary, Virginia

Freshman of the Year: Savit Kimchin, Duke

For all complete list of all the conference award winners, click here.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Bigun Moves to No. 1 in ITF Junior Rankings; ITF Junior Circuit Titles for Murray, Traynor and Mata; Chinlund and Delgado Claim ITF M15 Doubles Title; Update on Junior Tennis Documentary; NCAA Singles Finals Videos

Kaylan Bigun not only won the Roland Garros boys singles title Saturday, but when the latest ITF Junior Circuit rankings were released today, the 18-year-old Californian had risen to the top spot, from the No. 6 position he occupied after winning the ITF J500 in Milan.

Bigun bumped previous No. 1, Australian Open champion Rei Sakamoto of Japan down to No. 3, with Austria's Joel Schwaerzler, who had been No. 1 for most of the year, remaining at No. 2 after reaching the semifinals in singles and winning the doubles. 

The outstanding Roland Garros results from Tyra Grant, Iva Jovic and Kristina Penickova put all three in the Top 10. Grant stayed at No. 5 with her singles semifinal and doubles final, while Jovic, with a quarterfinal in singles and the doubles final, moved to a career-high of 7. Kristina Penickova, a semifinalist in singles, moved to her career-high of 10 from 25 a week earlier.

Australian Open champion Renata Jamrichova of Slovakia retained the top spot in the girls rankings, with a quarterfinal in singles and the doubles title. Singles and doubles champion Tereza Valentova of the Czech Republic is up to a career-high of No. 4.

In addition to Bigun's Roland Garros title, there were three other Americans who collected singles titles on the ITF Junior Circuit last week.

Sixteen-year-old Ligaya Murray won the J100 in Guatemala, with the No. 3 seed defeating No. 4 seed Valentina Vargas of Ecuador 6-3, 6-4 in the final. It's Murray's second and biggest ITF singles title.  Unseeded Maria Araoz-Gosn and Isabelle DeLuccia won the doubles title, beating No. 3 seeds Marianne Angel of Mexico and Carlota Balseiro of Guatemala 6-3, 6-4 in the final. Zavier Augustin reached the boys singles and doubles final, losing to top seed Cesar Cruz of El Salvador 6-3, 7-6(4) in the singles final.

Sixteen-year-old Olivia Traynor was unseeded at the J60 in Canada, but dropped only one set all week, while beating the top two seeds in the semifinals and finals. Traynor defeated No. 1 seed Anna Tabunshchyk of Canada 6-3, 6-0 in the championship match.

Thirteen-year-old Te'anna Mata, playing in her first ITF Junior Circuit tournament, won the title at the J30 in Congo, which had only 11 participants in the singles draw. Mata didn't lose a set in her three wins, beating No. 2 seed Ann Hsu of Taiwan 7-5, 6-1 in the final.

At the J30 in Uganda, 17-year-old Neha Krishnan won her sixth doubles title of the year, all in Africa, and her second with Saina Jayesh Vaidya of Singapore. The top seeds defeated Saumya Chatterjee of India and Chiu Kwan Nina Wang of Hong Kong 6-3, 6-4 in the final.

Last night at the ITF men's World Tennis Tour $15K in the Dominican Republic, 2023 Easter Bowl champion Cassius Chinlund won his first Pro Circuit doubles title, partnering with Wake Forest rising freshman Andrew Delgado. Left-handers Chinlund, 17, and Delgado, 19, defeated Lorenzo Claverie of Italy and Lucca Pignaton of Brazil 3-6, 7-6(4), 11-9 in the final. It's also the first Pro Circuit doubles title for Delgado, who won the Orange Bowl doubles championship in December with Matthew Forbes.

Ariana Pursoo being filmed for documentary in 2022
The documentary that was the subject of much speculation during its filming at the 2022 Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl appears to be near a debut on Amazon Prime, although nothing official has been announced. Here's the information the Hollywood Reporter recently provided; I wasn't aware until reading this article that Sloane Stephens was involved as an executive producer.

With Roland Garros occupying my time for the past two weeks I'm just now getting everything organized from the NCAAs, and I just finished processing the videos from the singles finals, which appear below. 

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Former Collegians Win All Four USTA Pro Circuit Titles Sunday; Gauff Captures Women's Doubles Title at Roland Garros

Although the NCAA tournaments have concluded, former collegians continue to dominate the headlines, with four players with college ties claiming singles titles today on the USTA Pro Circuit.

Carson Branstine, who is the most recent college competitor, won the biggest title of her career today at the women's W75 in Sumter South Carolina, beating Sophie Chang 6-7(6), 7-6(6), 6-1 in a two-hour and 40-minute battle between unseeded players. The 23-year-old Branstine, who had reached finals in her two most recent ITF W35 tournaments in February and April, returned to Texas A&M for the SEC tournament and NCAA team championships, and playing at the No. 1 or No. 2 position, provided the boost the Aggies needed to claim their first NCAA team title last month in Stillwater. 

Branstine, who reached a career-high of 4 on the ITF Junior Circuit in 2017, the year she changed her representation from the United States to Canada, is now inside the WTA Top 350 after this title. It's her second title this year and the fifth of her career on the ITF women's World Tennis Tour.

At the ATP Challenger 75 in Tyler Texas, James Trotter of Japan won his first Challenger singles title, with the former Ohio State Buckeye defeating Brandon Holt(USC) 6-2, 7-6(3) this afternoon. The 2022 NCAA doubles champion, who won his fifth Challenger doubles title Saturday night, won all three of the tiebreakers he contested during the hot and humid week. Yet with all the challenges of playing singles and doubles in difficult conditions, he managed to play his best tennis in his first singles final; he did not face a break point in today's match and won 29 of 31 points when he made a first serve.

Trotter will make a huge jump in the ATP rankings with this title, going from 371 to 274 in the live rankings.

The SoCal Pro Series $15,000 tournaments in San Diego also produced former collegiate champions. Eighteen-year-old Learner Tien, who played a half of a semester at USC last year, won his second consecutive men's title at the Barnes Tennis Center this afternoon. The top-seeded Tien, the two-time Kalamazoo 18s champion who returned last week after several months out with injury, defeated No. 2 seed Alafia Ayeni(Cornell, Kentucky) 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4 for his fifth USTA Pro Circuit singles title, all coming in the past 11 months. Tien should be around 375 in the ATP rankings when these 15 points are added a week from Monday. Needing matches in his return from injury, Tien got them, winning a 10 singles matches he played, and he is not entered in either the $25K in Wichita or in the third $15K in San Diego next week.

Former University of North Carolina All-American Sara Daavettila won her only ITF women's World Tennis Tour titles last June in San Diego, sweeping the singles and doubles in the SoCal Pro Series at Barnes Tennis Center. The 26-year-old picked up her second singles title today, with the No. 3 seed blanking 16-year-old Maya Iyengar 6-0, 6-0 in the final. Daavettila, who lost only one set this week, in her first round win over Megan McCray(Oklahoma State), didn't play last week's W15 in San Diego, but is on the entry list for this coming week's tournament. Daavettila's teammate in 2020-21, Fiona Crawley, is at the top of the entry list for next week in San Diego.

These are the four winners on the USTA Pro Circuit, but several other current and just graduated collegians won titles outside the United States today, and because I don't think I'll be able to feature them in my June Aces, I'll note them here.

Recent Pepperdine graduate Janice Tjen won her first two ITF women's World Tennis Tour titles this week at the W15 in Monastir Tunisia. The 22-year-old from Indonesia, who qualified for the main draw, defeated No. 5 seed Patricija Paukstyte of Lithuania 6-1, 7-6(1). She and Canadian Leena Bennetto(Princeton) won the doubles title as wild cards, beating No. 3 seeds Paukstyte and Alica Rusova of Slovakia 6-4, 6-1 in the final.

It was a good week for Pepperdine Waves, with men's sophomore Edward Winter of Australia winning his second ITF men's World Tennis Tour singles title at a $15K in Korea. The unseeded 19-year-old beat two Illinois players in the semifinals and finals today, first taking out rising senior Karlis Ozolins of Latvia 6-2, 6-4, and in the final, current assistant coach Zeke Clark, the No. 8 seed, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.

Recent Kentucky graduate Taha Baadi of Canada won his first ITF men's World Tennis Tour title at the $15K in the Dominican Republic. The unseeded 22-year-old defeated No. 4 seed Peter Bertran(Georgia, South Florida) 7-5, 6-4 in the final. 

Coco Gauff won her first major in women's doubles, after losing in the 2021 US Open final with Caty McNally, and the 2022 Roland Garros final with Jessica Pegula. This tournament Gauff was playing with Katerina Siniakova, who claimed the Roland Garros titles in 2018 and 2021, and in their first competition as partners, the No. 5 seeds won the title, beating unseeded Jasmine Paolini and Sara Errani of Italy 7-6(5), 6-3 in today's final. 

For more on the 20-year-old Gauff's second slam title, see this article from the Roland Garros website

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Bigun Claims Roland Garros Boys Title, Valentova Sweeps Girls Championships; Former Tulsa Star Arevalo Wins Men's Doubles; Branstine Reaches Sumter W75 Final; Holt and Trotter Meet in Tyler Challenger Final

Kaylan Bigun joked that he's now a junior clay court specialist, after adding the Roland Garros boys title to the J500 he won last month in Milan. The 18-year-old left-hander from California, who has had some success on Har-Tru, including a semifinal at last year's Orange Bowl, has gotten his best results on hard courts, at least until this spring.
Today in Paris, the No. 5 seed withstood a barrage of huge serves from unseeded Tomasz Berkieta of Poland to come back for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory, becoming the first American boy since Tommy Paul in 2015 to earn the Roland Garros boys title.

Bigun had also come from a set down against No. 2 seed Joel Schwaerzler of Austria in Friday's semifinals, and the had a similar dynamic, although Berkieta will probably look back at the first game of the second set with some regret. After closing out the first set with a love hold, the 17-year-old from Warsaw had four break points in the first game of the second set. Bigun got through that game and didn't face another break point in the rest of the match. Berkieta, who averaged 125 mph on his first serve, topping out at 139 on one serve, did bring some suspense into the final game. After saving three match points in his 7-6(3), 4-6, 7-6(4) semifinal win over Lorenzo Carboni of Italy Friday, Berkieta saved three more serving at 3-5 in the third, but Bigun just shrugged at the ace, forehand winner and backhand that forced an error that saved those match points. With Berkieta's first serve deserting him at the worst possible time, Bigun could wait him out in the rallies, and that's what he did on the fourth match point, with Berkieta making a forehand error after a 10-shot rally. For more on Bigun's win, see this article from the ITF junior website.

Bigun, who now has a 12-match winning streak at the highest two levels of the ITF Junior Circuit, is the fourth US boy to win the Roland Garros singles title in the Open era, along with John McEnroe in 1977, Bjorn Fratangelo in 2011 and Paul in 2015.

Tereza Valentova swept the girls titles, with the No. 12 seed taking the singles championship with a 6-3, 7-6(0) victory over No. 3 seed Laura Samson in the first all-Czech junior slam final in history. A US Open girls finalist in 2023, the 17-year-old Valentova got off to a quick start, taking a 3-0 lead, but Samson shook off her nerves and pulled even before Valentova won the next three games to take the first set. In the second set, Valentova again took the lead and again Samson came back, and when Valentova couldn't serve out the match at 6-5, Samson had reason to be optimistic. The 16-year-old played poorly to start the tiebreaker however, and this time didn't have enough time to recover, with Valentova closing out her sixth straight-sets victory of the week. For more on the girls final, see this article from the ITF junior website.

Valentova, the third Czech girls singles champion in the past four years at Roland Garros, then went on to claim the doubles title with Renata Jamrichova of Slovakia. The No. 3 seeds, who also didn't drop a set all tournament, ended the junior slam run of No. 4 seeds Iva Jovic and Tyra Grant, the Australian Open champions, 6-4, 6-4.

The boys doubles title went to top seeds Nicolai Budkov Kjaer of Norway and Schwaerzler, who came from 5-0 down in the second set to defeat No. 2 seeds Federico Cina of Italy and Rei Sakamoto of Japan 6-4, 7-6(3).

Former Tulsa standout Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador won his second major men's doubles title today at Roland Garros, with partner Mate Pavic of Croatia. No. 9 seeds Pavic and Arevalo, who had won the Roland Garros title in 2022 with Jean-Julien Rojer(UCLA), defeated No. 11 seeds Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori of Italy 7-5, 6-3 in the final. Pavic is now just the sixth man to win all four slams during his career, all with different partners. For more on the men's doubles final, see this article from the Roland Garros website.

Coco Gauff will play for the women's doubles title Sunday, with Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic, against the Italian team of Jasmine Paolini, who lost in the women's singles final today to Iga Swiatek, and Sara Errani. 

Carson Branstine, who was instrumental in Texas A&M's first NCAA team title last month, is back on the Pro Circuit this week in Sumter South Carolina and has advanced to the final at the W75 event.  The 23-year-old from Southern California, who represents Canada, defeated top seed Maria Mateas(Duke) 6-3, 6-2 to reach her third final in her last three Pro Circuit tournaments. Branstine will play Sophie Chang, who is also unseeded, in the final after Chang defeated Allie Kiick 6-4, 6-3.

In the doubles final, former Baylor standouts Melany Solange Krywoj of Argentina and Alicia Herrero Liana of Spain, who were unseeded, defeated top seeds Chang and Dalayna Hewitt 6-3, 6-3 for their third and biggest title of the year. Krywoj and Herrero Liana have won five titles on the women's World Tennis Tour in the past four years.

At the ATP Challenger 75 in Tyler Texas, Brandon Holt(USC) and James Trotter(Ohio State) of Japan will play in the final Sunday, with one of them getting his first Challenger title. The 26-year-old Holt, who reached his first Challenger final in January at Indian Wells, got his first straight-sets win of the week in today's semifinal, beating No. 8 seed Liam Draxl(Kentucky) of Canada 6-3, 7-5. The 24-year-old Trotter, also unseeded, beat No. 2 seed Coleman Wong of Hong Kong 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(4) to reach his first Challenger final in his first year on the Pro Circuit, after leaving Ohio State with the NCAA doubles title last spring.

While Trotter is just now advancing to a Challenger final in singles, his doubles pedigree has been evident throughout the year, and today he won the fifth Challenger doubles title of his career, but a first with Hans Hach Verdugo(Abilene Christian) of Mexico. Trotter and Hach, seeded No. 2, defeated former Florida Gators Andres Andrade of Ecuador and Abdullah Shelbayh of Jordan, who were unseeded, 7-6(3), 6-4 in this evening's final.

A pair of former Texas A&M Aggies, Hady Habib of Lebanon and Trey Hilderbrand, won their first ATP Challenger doubles titles today at the Challenger 50 in Argentina. The unseeded pair defeated Ignacio Carou of Uruguay and Facundo Mena of Argentina, also unseeded, 6-7(5), 6-2, 10-4 in the final. 

At the SoCal Pro Series in San Diego, Maya Iyengar advanced to her first Pro Circuit final in just her second tournament, with the 16-year-old from Arizona defeating Carolyn Campana(Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Pepperdine) 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 in the women's semifinals. She will face former UNC All-American Sara Daavettila, the No. 3 seed, who defeated Aspen Schuman 6-4, 7-5.

Campana won the doubles title, however, with Pepperdine's All-American Lisa Zaar of Sweden. The No. 2 seeds defeated top seeds and USC teammates Eryn Cayetano and Australia's Lily Fairclough 6-7(3), 6-4, 11-9 in this evening's final.

The men's singles final Sunday will be between the top two seeds, just as it was last week, with No. 1 Learner Tien(USC), who won the title last week in San Diego, facing No. 2 Alafia Ayeni(Cornell/Kentucky). Tien defeated No. 7 seed Noah Schachter 6-3, 6-2, while Ayeni beat Alan Rubio(UCF) of Mexico 7-6(6), 6-2.

Arizona State teammates Max McKennon and Jacob Bullard won their first Pro Circuit titles today in doubles, with the unseeded pair defeating Jeremy Jin(Florida) of Australia and Lui Maxted(TCU) of Great Britain 6-2, 6-3 in this morning's final.