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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Payne, Thorat Win USTA Clay Court 12s Titles, Finals Sunday for 14s, 16, 18s; Mayo and Evans Claim ITF Grade 3 Titles in Dominican Republic; McNally and Rybakov Meet for Iowa City $25K Title

The USTA Clay Court Championships for the 12s wrapped up today in Florida, with Bella Payne winning the girls title in Boca Raton and Abhishek Thorat, this year's Easter Bowl 12s champion, claiming the boys title in Orlando.

G12s singles final:
Bella Payne[2] d. Emily Deming[1] 6-4, 6-2

G12s doubles final: Claire An and Caitlin Bui[3] d. Alyssa Ahn and Emily Deming[4] 6-3, 6-4

B12s singles final:
Abhishek Thorat[3] d. Maximus Dussault[12] 6-4, 7-5

B12s doubles final: Maxwell Exsted and Cooper Woestendick[1] d. Abhinav and Parthinav Chunduru[2] 7-6(5), 1-6, 6-1

The finals are set for the other three age divisions, and in the 18s, US Open Junior wild cards are on the line, with none of the finalists qualifying for entry based on their ITF rankings. The girls 18s singles champion will receive a main draw wild card into the next spring's WTA Volvo Open in Charleston South Carolina. It's good to see Nishesh Basavareddy back in the mix after over a year out with injury.

G14s:
Semifinals:
Stephanie Yakoff[1] d. Daniela Livson[17] 6-1, 6-3
Lara Smejkal[15] d. Alexis Blokhina[3] 6-2, 3-6, 6-4

G16s:
Semifinals:
Aubrey Nisbet[13] d. Qavia Lopez[8] 6-2, 6-2
Carrie Beckman[3] d. Grace Levelston[33] walkover, inj.

G18s:
Semifinals:
Karina Miller[7] d. Hadley Doyle[6] 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
Gabby Price[17] d. Jaedan Brown[17] 6-3, 7-5

B14s:
Semifinals:
Dylan Tsoi[6] d. Nicholas Godsick[4] 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Nishesh Basavareddy d. Learner Tien[3] 6-2, 6-3

B16s:
Semifinals:
Samir Banerjee[1] d. Jack Anthrop[7] 6-3, ret. inj.
Luke Casper[2] d. Braden Shick[9] 6-3, 6-0

B18s:
Semifinals:
Leighton Allen[1] d. Aryan Chaudhary[15] 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
Logan Zapp[2] d. Evin McDonald[3] 6-0, 6-2

Sixteen-year-old Americans swept the singles titles at this week's ITF Grade 3 in the Dominican Republic, with wins by Aidan Mayo and Kailey Evans.

For Evans, the No. 2 seed, it was a third ITF singles title; she won a Grade 4 title in May and a Grade 3 title last year, both in Costa Rica. Evans defeated unseeded 14-year-old Lan Mi of China 6-1, 1-6, 7-6(2) in the final. Mi, who trains in the US, also plays USTA events and reached the final of the 18s Level 2 earlier this month in Chattanooga.
Mayo, seeded No. 15 this week, claimed his first ITF singles title when last week's Vancouver Grade 3 champion Micah Braswell, the No. 14 seed, retired in the final trailing 4-6, 6-1, 4-0. 

The other ITF Junior Circuit title for an American came at the Grade 5 in Colombia, where Thomas Navarro won the doubles title. Navarro and his partner William Ribero Duarte of Colombia, the No. 3 seeds, defeated top seeds Valentino De Pellegrin and Victorio Marquiselli of Argentina 7-5, 6-7(4), 10-4 in the final.

At the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Iowa City, 20-year-old John McNally, a rising Ohio State junior, will face 22-year-old Alex Rybakov, a recent TCU graduate, with the winner getting his first title at that level. Rybakov, the No. 3 seed, defeated No. 5 seed Aziz Dougaz(Florida State) of Tunisia 7-6(4), 6-3 in the semifinals and No. 4 seed McNally, who was playing in his first Pro Circuit semifinal, defeated Stanford rising junior Axel Geller of Argentina, the No. 6 seed, 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-2.

Top seeds Lloyd Glasspool(Texas) of Great Britain and Alejandro Gonzalez of Colombia won the doubles title, beating unseeded Jack Findel-Hawkins(North Florida) and Mark Whitehouse of Great Britain 6-2, 6-1 in the final.

Sebastian Korda advanced to the final of the ATP 110 Challenger in Kazakhstan, defeating No. 14 seed Aleks Vukic(Illinois) 7-6(3), 6-3 in today's semifinal. The 19-year-old Floridian will face top seed Evgeny Donskoy of Russia for the title, and will move up to around 270 in the ATP rankings should he win Sunday. He'll still be at a career-high just outside the Top 300 if he loses.

Friday, July 19, 2019

My Wimbledon Juniors Recap; USC's Peter Smith Resigns; Semis Set in Iowa City, Berkeley Pro Circuit Events; USTA Clay Courts Results

My recap of the Wimbledon Junior Championships is available today at the Tennis Recruiting Network, with coverage of all four finals, including Shintaro Mochizuki's run to the boys singles title, a first for a Japanese boy at a junior slam. The US has had a girls doubles team in the final for four consecutive years now, with unseeded Savannah Broadus and Abigail Forbes winning the second title for Americans in that span. Unseeded Daria Snigur of Ukraine added the girls singles title to her championship the previous week in Roehampton, beating American Alexa Noel in the final. The only top seeds to win a title were the Czech pairing of Jiri Lehecka and Jonas Forejtek, who beat American Govind Nanda and Canadian Liam Draxl in the boys doubles final.

The big news in college tennis today is the shocking announcement that University of Southern California's Peter Smith is resigning after leading the men's program for 17 years. Smith, who won five NCAA titles, including four in a row from 2009-2012, is resigning August 1, "to pursue opportunities outside of college coaching," according to the release sent out by USC Sports Information Director Tim Tessalone. The timing and bare-bones nature of the release are unusual for a coach of Smith's stature; but I don't know what other factors, if any, are behind his resignation. Associate coach Kris Kwinta will take over as interim head coach while a national search is conducted. USC had a Top 10 recruiting class this year, with Stefan Dostanic, Ryder Jackson and Smith's son Colter set to join the team this fall.

The semifinals are set at the two USTA Pro Circuit events this week, with two current collegians and two recent collegians making the final four at the men's $25,000 tournament in Iowa City and three Americans reaching the semifinals at the women's $60,000 tournament in Berkeley.

No. 5 seed Aziz Dougaz of Tunisia, a senior this past season at Florida State, will take on recent TCU graduate Alex Rybakov, the No. 3 seed, in one semifinal. In the other, Stanford rising junior Axel Geller[6] of Argentina will face Ohio State rising junior John McNally[4].

In California, top seeds Madison Brengle and Sachia Vickery are through to the semifinals, with Brengle taking on No. 6 seed Kristie Ahn(Stanford) and Vickery playing unseeded Mayo Hibi of Japan.

At the ATP Challenger 110 in Kazakhstan, 2018 Australian Open boys champion Sebastian Korda has advanced to his first Challenger semifinal, where he'll play former Illinois star Aleks Vukic of Australia. The unseeded 19-year-old, currently 385 in the ATP rankings, defeated No. 2 seed Lorenzo Giustino of Italy in the second round and No. 10 seed Matteo Viola of Italy in the quarterfinals today.

The results of the quarterfinal matches at the USTA Clay Courts are below; the girls 12s final Saturday will feature the No. 1 seed versus the No. 2 seed. Reigning Eddie Herr 12s champion Maximus Dussault has advanced to the boys 12s final, but there is no result posted from the other 12s semifinal (updated now, as of 8:30 am Saturday). Click on the headings to go to the TennisLink sites, where all draws and results are posted.

B18s:
Leighton Allen[1] d. Theo Winegar[17] 6-2, 6-2
Aryan Chaudhary[15] d. Welsh Hotard[9] 6-7, 6-4, 7-6
Evin McDonald[3] d. Alejandro Quiles[10] 6-1, 7-5
Logan Zapp[2] d. Jacob Bickersteth[17] 6-4, 6-0

B16s:
Samir Banerjee[1] d, Louis Cloud[5] 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Jack Anthrop[7] d. Adit Sinha[12] 6-1, 6-2
Braden Shick[9] d. Ben Shelton[4] 6-7, 6-3, 6-1
Luke Casper[2] d. Ozan Colak[17] 6-3, 6-2

B14s:
Nishesh Basavareddy d. Yannik Rahman[1] 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
Learner Tien[3] d. Kaylan Bigun[34] 6-3, 7-5
Nicolas Godsick[4] d. Payton Young[24] 7-5, 6-3
Dylan Tsoi[6] d. Cooper Williams[2] 6-4, 4-6, 7-5

B12s:
Semifinals:
Maximus Dussault[12] d. Abhinav Chunduru[4] 6-2, 6-1
Abhishek Thorat[3] d. Roman Sancilio[8] 6-0, 6-3

G18s:
Jaedan Brown[17] d. Vivian Ovrootsky[33] 6-2, 6-1
Gabby Price[17] d. Emma Charney 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
Hadley Doyle[6] d. Sarah Hamner[12] 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-2
Karina Miller[7] d. Gianna Pielet[10] 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

G16s:
Grace Levelston[33] d. Kida Ferrari[17] 6-1, 7-5
Carrie Beckman[3] d. McKenna Schaefbauer[17] 6-2, 6-3
Qavia Lopez[8] d. Clervie Ngounoue[17] 7-6(5), 6-3
Aubrey Nisbet[13] d. Katie Codd[17] 6-2, 3-6, 6-4

G14s
Stephanie Yakoff[1] d. Brooke Schafer[17] 6-3, 6-3
Daniela Livson[17] d. Susanna Maltby[14] 7-5, 6-1
Alexis Blokhina[3] d. Natalie Block[11] 6-4, 4-6, 6-0
Lara Smejkal[15] d. Kate Kim[17] 6-0, 4-6, 6-4

G12s: 
Semifinals:
Emily Deming[1] d. Eva Oxford[3] 6-0, 6-2
Bella Payne[2] d. Brooke Wrigley[7] 6-3, 7-5

Thursday, July 18, 2019

2018 Kalamazoo 18s Champion Brooksby, Finalist Nakashima Return for 2019; USTA Clay Courts Semifinals for 12s, Quarterfinals for 14s, 16s and 18 Set for Friday

The acceptances are out for the 2019 USTA Nationals, with both finalists in last year's 18s division returning to Kalamazoo. Champion Jenson Brooksby, who turns 19 in October and is therefore eligible for Kalamazoo but not for ITF Junior Circuit events, won a $25,000 Pro Circuit event in March and two rounds at the $100,000 Sarasota Challenger in April, but has not played since then. Finalist Brandon Nakashima, who will turn 18 during this year's tournament, spent a semester at the University of Virginia, but played both the French and Wimbledon Junior Championships, losing in the third round of both. Nakashima has not yet made a decision about returning to school, with his results this summer part of what he'll weigh in making that choice.

French Open finalist Toby Kodat will make his Kalamazoo debut, and his frequent doubles partner Martin Damm, the 2018 16s champion, is also entered in the 18s. Australian Open finalist Emilio Nava withdrew from Wimbledon with an injury, so it remains to be seen whether he will be healthy for Kalamazoo, but he is listed in the initial acceptances.
Last year's 16s finalist Zane Khan, who also suffered an injury last month while in Europe, has not entered.

Notable names in the 16s include Easter Bowl champion Samir Banerjee, Winter National champion Luke Casper, Alex Bernard and Aidan Mayo.

Wild cards have not yet been awarded, but should be announced next week.

The complete list of accepted players is available at ustaboys.com.

The acceptances for the girls 18s and 16s Nationals in San Diego include French Open finalist and Wimbledon semifinalist Emma Navarro, Wimbledon finalist Alexa Noel, Wimbledon doubles champions Savannah Broadus and Abigail Forbes, and other ITF Top 50 players Elli Mandlik, Chloe Beck and Robin Montgomery. Natasha Subhash, who has won two $15Ks the past two months, will be among the favorites, along with Katie Volynets and Connie Ma.  Hurricane Tyra Black is not listed among the competitors, nor is Hailey Baptiste.

Some of the top names in the 16s division are Easter Bowl champion Vivian Ovrootsky, Reese Brantmeier, Eleana Yu and Ava Catanzarite.

Click here for the acceptances for the boys 12s and 14s in Mobile, the girls 12s in Alpharetta and the girls 14s in Rome.

The semifinals are set in the 12s divisions of the USTA Clay Court Championships, which have smaller draws than the other divisions, which will play their quarterfinals Friday. Below are the matchups; click on the header to go to the TennisLink site. Keep in mind that the winners of the 18s Clay Courts receive a main draw wild card into the upcoming US Open Junior Championships.

B12s:
Semifinals:
Maximus Dussault[12] v Abhinav Chunduru[4]
Abhishek Thorat[3] v Roman Sancilio[8]

G12s:
Semifinals:
Emily Deming[1] v Eva Oxford[3]
Brooke Wrigley[7] v Bella Payne[2]

Quarterfinals:
Leighton Allen[1] v Theo Winegar[17]
Welsh Hotard[9] v Aryan Chaudhary[15]
Alejandro Quiles[10] v Evin McDonald[3]
Jacob Bickersteth[17] v Logan Zapp[2]

Quarterfinals:
Samir Banerjee[1] v Louis Cloud[5]
Adit Sinha[12] v Jack Anthrop[7]
Braden Shick[9] v Ben Shelton[4]
Ozan Colak[17] v Luke Casper[2]

Yannik Rahman[1] v Nishesh Basavareddy
Learner Tien[3] v Kaylan Bigun[34]
Payton Young[24] v Nicolas Godsick[4]
Dylan Tsoi[6] v Cooper Williams[2]

Quarterfinals:
Jaedan Brown[17] v Vivian Ovrootsky[33]
Emma Charney v Gabby Price[17]
Hadley Doyle[6] v Sarah Hamner[12]
Karina Miller[7] v Gianna Pielet[10]

Quarterfinals:
Grace Levelston[33] v Kida Ferrari[17]
Carrie Beckman[3] v McKenna Schaefbauer[17]
Qavia Lopez[8] v Clervie Ngounoue[17]
Katie Codd[17] v Aubrey Nisbet[13]

Quarterfinals:
Stephanie Yakoff[1] v Brooke Schafer[17]
Susanna Maltby[14] v Daniela Livson[17]
Natalie Block[11] v Alexis Blokhina[3]
Kate Kim[17] v Lara Smejkal[15]

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

JJ Wolf Signs with Topnotch Management; US Open Acceptances Include Nine US Men and 15 US Women; ITF Announces World Tennis Number Project

The question as to whether JJ Wolf would return for his senior year of collegiate competition at Ohio State was answered today, when Topnotch Management announced that Wolf has signed a global representation agreement with the Cleveland based company.

The 20-year-old Wolf, currently 272 in the ATP rankings, won the Columbus Challenger in January and has a 12-6 record on the Challenger level this year. Topnotch, headed by Sam Duvall, has been the agency most prominently associated with college players, with John Isner, Steve Johnson and Cameron Norrie among their clients.

Perhaps related to that announcement, Ohio State released the news that it has signed Justin Boulais of Canada, who will be joining the Buckeyes this fall. Boulais, 17, is the younger brother of Isabelle Boulais, who was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year last season for the Buckeyes.

The US Open men's and women's acceptances were released today, with the cutoff 98 for the men and 102 for the women. The difference is due to the number of men who are using a protected ranking to enter.  The US men in the draw are John Isner, Taylor Fritz, Sam Querrey, Frances Tiafoe, Reilly Opelka, Steve Johnson, Tennys Sandgren, Bradley Klahn and Mackenzie McDonald. The US women number 15, including two using protected rankings: CiCi Bellis and CoCo Vandeweghe. The others are Sloane Stephens, Serena Williams, Madison Keys, Amanda Anisimova, Sonya Kenin, Danielle Collins, Alison Riske, Venus Williams, Lauren Davis, Jennifer Brady, Jessica Pegula, Madison Brengle and Bernarda Pera.

While I was at Wimbledon, the ITF revealed their long-rumored plan to come up with a rating system similar to Universal Tennis Rating. The ITF announcement is here, and the Frequently Asked Questions are here. I'm sure there are political and economic reasons for the ITF undertaking this project, but if you look up reinventing the wheel in the dictionary, you'll see this as the definition.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

USTA Clay Court Championships Underway; Braswell and Grishuk Win Grade 3 Titles; Bernard and Catanzarite Earn Second ITF Grade 4 Titles This Month; Kuzuhara Claims Grade 5 Title in Brazil

The USTA Clay Court Championships are going on this week and below are the top 8 seeds in each tournament (if they have already lost, it is noted). Links to the TennisLink sites are in the headers.

Boys 18s (Delray Beach)
1. Leighton Allen
2. Logan Zapp
3. Evin McDonald
4. Ron Hohmann
5. Luke Vandecasteele
6. Benjamin Koch
7. Zachery Lim
8. Andrew Dale(out 3rd rd)

Boys 16s (Delray Beach)
1. Samir Banerjee
2. Luke Casper
3. Gabrielius Guzauskas
4. Ben Shelton
5. Louis Cloud
6. Daniel Schmelka (out 2nd rd)
7. Jack Anthrop
8. Alexander Chang

Boys 14s (Ft. Lauderdale)
1. Yannik Rahman
2. Cooper Williams
3. Learner Tien
4. Nicolas Godsick
5. Garen Spicka (out 2nd rd)
6. Dylan Tsoi
7. Carson Baker
8. Dylan Charlap (out 2nd rd)

Boys 12s (Orlando)
1. Cooper Woestendick
2. Maxwell Exsted
3. Abhishek Thorat
4. Abhinav Chunduru
5. A Filer
6. Cassius Chinlund
7. Jagger Leach
8. Roman Sancilio

Girls 18s (Charleston SC)
1. Valencia Xu (out 3rd rd)
2. Zoe Howard (out 3rd rd)
3. Fiona Crawley
4. Reily Tran (out 3rd rd)
5. Carly Briggs(out 3rd rd)
6. Hadley Doyle
7. Karina Miller
8. Neha Velaga (out 3rd rd)

Girls 16s (Huntsville Alabama)
1. Nadejda Maslova
2. Jennifer Riester
3. Carrie Beckman
4. Sonia Maheshwari
5. Amelia Honer
6. Sophia Strugnell (out 3rd rd)
7. Ria Bhakta
8. Qavia Lopez

Girls 14s (Plantation Florida)
1. Stephanie Yakoff
2. Valeria Ray
3. Alexis Blokhina
4. Amber Yin (out 3rd rd)
5. Theadora Rabman
6. Carla Pacot (out 3rd rd)
7. Victoria Zhao (out 3rd rd)
8. Natalia Perez

Girls 12s (Boca Raton Florida)
1. Emily Deming
2. Bella Payne
3. Eva Oxford
4. Claire An
5. Alexis Nguyen
6. Kinley Vanpelt
7. Brooke Wrigley
8. Sasha Kilgour

Wimbledon was the major event on the ITF Junior Circuit last week, but there were 21 other tournaments across the globe, including four Grade 3 events. Americans won two of the eight singles titles in those tournaments, and three others at the Grade 4 and 5 levels.

Unseeded Micah Braswell won the boys title at the ITF Grade 3 in Vancouver Canada, beating No. 3 seed Joshua Lapadat of Canada 6-0, 7-5 in the final. The 17-year-old Braswell, whose first ITF singles title came this spring at the Grade 4 in Irvine California, didn't drop a set in his five victories. Keshav Chopra and Lapadat won the boys doubles title, with the top seeds beating No. 4 seeds Jeffrey Fradkin and Canadian Luka Vukovic 6-3, 6-4 in the final. The girls doubles championship went to two Americans: No. 3 seeds Elizabeth Stevens and Katja Wiersholm, who beat unseeded Marina Stakusic and Annabelle Xu of Canada 6-4, 6-2 in the final.

Sixteen-year-old Skyler Grishuk won her third Grade 3 singles title of the year last week in Germany, beating Elvina Kalieva 7-6(4), 6-3 in a rare all-US final in Europe. With the title Grishuk is up to a career-high of 67 in the ITF World Junior rankings.

The two champions at the Grade 4 in Jamaica last week were the same two champions from the Grade 4 in the Bahamas two weeks ago: Alex Bernard and Ava Catanzarite.  The second-seeded Bernard, 15, beat top seed Blaise Bicknell 6-2, 6-1 in the final, running his singles winning streak to 16, dating back to his title at May's ITF Grade 4 in Plantation.  The 16-year-old Catanzarite, who won two Grade 5 titles in April, was the No. 3 seed this week. She defeated unseeded 13-year-old Brooklyn Olson 6-1, 6-3 in the singles final and partnered with Ava Krug for the doubles title. Catanzarite and Krug, the top seeds, defeated No. 2 seeds Nevena Carton and Slovakia's Anika Jaskova 6-1, 6-0 in the final. Connor and Jake Krug, the No. 2 seeds, won the all-US boys doubles final, beating unseeded Jakub Ostajewski and Matthew Robinson 7-5, 6-1 for the title.

The fifth American junior singles title this week went to 15-year-old Bruno Kuzuhara, who won the Grade 5 in Brazil. Kuzuhara, seeded No. 4, defeated No. 6 seed Joaquim De Almeida of Brazil 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 for his third ITF Grade 5 singles title. Kuzuhara also reached the doubles final with Joao Pedro de Favari Engel of Brazil.

At the Grade 5 in Great Britain, Billy Suarez took the doubles title, with Daniel Webb of Great Britain. The top seeds defeated No. 2 seeds Matias Montanes Tutzo and Alejandro Sanchez Gonzalez of Spain 7-6(7), 4-6, 10-7 in the final.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Iowa City's Old Capitol $25,000 Men's Tournament Begins Main Draw Play Tuesday; Klahn Sweeps Winnetka Challenger Titles; Arconada Wins Honolulu $60K

I spent the day traveling home from Wimbledon, and it's way past my London bedtime, so I'm going to keep this short. I'll have a recap Tuesday of the American results on the ITF Junior Circuit last week, with the results from the USTA Pro Circuit events in the United States covered today. Below is the press release preview of this week's $25,000 men's tournament in Iowa City, which is now in its second year. Tournaments like this one are vital to providing a pathway to a successful pro career, so if you have a chance to attend one, please consider it. You'll get a perspective on just how accomplished the players are and how challenging it is to actually make a living playing the sport.  The first round of qualifying is complete, with the final round on Tuesday, as well as four first round matches.


Old Capitol Tennis Championships Set For A
2nd Edition In Iowa City

IOWA CITY, IA – July 15, 2019 – Play is set to begin at the second annual Old Capitol Tennis Championships. Competition kicks off with first-round qualifying at the USTA Pro Circuit Tournament. The $25,000 prize money event is being played this week at the University of Iowa’s Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex.

The field features ten players in the ATP top 700 led by American Sekou Bangoura at 380 in the world. Qualifying matches begin on Monday, July 15 at 10:00am, featuring 32 singles competitors vying for one of eight places in the main draw. Main draw play begins at 10:00am on Tuesday July 16, as 32 singles competitors and 16 doubles teams begin their quest for prize money and world ranking points.

The tournament hosts not only professional players, but former and current college players from universities across the country. One program that will be prominently represented is the University of Iowa. Kareem Allaf, Oliver Okonkwo, Will Davis are among some of the current Hawkeye Men’s Tennis athletes who are featured on this years entry list. Allaf who is entering his senior year was awarded a main draw wildcard in 2018 and reached the quarterfinals, having beaten the No. 8 seed in his 2nd round match.

In addition to the University of Iowa, more than 30 players past and present will represent college tennis, where over 20 schools across the country will be shown for. TCU’s Alex Rybakov and Ohio State’s John McNally lead the way for the college hopefuls and will begin their quest for the Old Capitol Tennis Championships title in main draw this week. The Qualifying draw features 26 players with past and/or present college ties, and represent 20 different schools.

The Old Capitol Tennis Championships is organized by the University of Iowa’s Sport and Recreation program and boasts a team of 20 students who are developing and executing tournament operations. The tournament provides students experiential learning opportunities on the Iowa City campus while exposing the Corridor to professional tennis. Iowa City and the University of Iowa are excited to bring a tournament of this magnitude to the city and to showcase the epicenter of Hawkeye Pride.

To follow all the action, go to the tournament website: oldcapitoltennis.com, Facebook: Old Capitol Tennis Championships and Twitter/Instagram: @oldcaptennis. Follow the USTA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @USTA (#USTAPro Circuit).

Prize Money/Points - $25,000 Men
SINGLES: Prize Money Points
Winner $3,600 150
Runner-up $2,120 90
Semifinalist $1,255 45
Quarterfinalist $730 18
Round of 16 $430 6
Round of 32 $260 0

DOUBLES: Prize Money (per team) Points
Winner $1,550 150
Runner-up $900 90
Semifinalist $540 45
Quarterfinalist $320 18
Round of 16 $180 0

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Set on the West side of Iowa City, the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex boasts 12 outdoor courts, 8 indoor courts, versatile fitness center, 2 turf fields, 2 conference rooms, tennis, soccer and field hockey locker rooms and an athletic training room. Come see why visitors and locals alike enjoy the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex as the states premier tennis facility. HTRC is located at 2820 Prairie Meadow Dr. in Iowa City. It is open Mondays through Fridays, 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturdays/Sundays 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and can be contacted at 319-384-1215, recserv.uiowa.edu/facilities/hawkeye-tennis-recreation-complex. Information about the tournament: oldcapitoltennis.com

For further information please contact:

Alex Voss Tournament Director – 319-335-9179; alex-voss@uiowa.edu

At the ATP 80 Challenger in Winnetka Illinois, top seed Bradley Klahn won the singles title, beating No. 12 seed Jason Kubler of Australia 6-2, 7-5 in the final. Klahn didn't drop a set all week. Stanford's 2010 NCAA singles champion also won the doubles title with JC Aragone(Virginia). The unseeded pair defeated Christopher Eubanks(Georgia Tech) and Thai Kwiatkowski(Virginia), also unseeded, 7-5, 6-4 in the final.

The women's title at the $60,000 women's tournament in Honolulu Hawaii went to No. 5 seed Usue Arconada, who defeated No. 2 seed Nicole Gibbs 6-0, 6-2 in the final. Gibbs was making her return to competition after having cancer surgery in May.  It was the biggest title of the 20-year-old Arconada's career, and her third title of the year, all since June; she has now broken into the Top 200 for the first time, at 183.

Former University of North Carolina teammates Jamie Loeb and Hayley Carter won the doubles title, with the unseeded pair defeating top seeds Arconada and Caroline Dolehide 6-4, 6-4 in the final.

Great Britain's Mark Whitehouse won the singles and doubles titles at the $15,000 men's tournament in Norman Oklahoma, with No. 2 seed Whitehouse defeating Illinois rising senior Zeke Clark, the No. 6 seed, 7-6(5), 6-4 in the final. Clark was playing in his first Pro Circuit final after reaching his first semifinal last month at a $25K in Tulsa. No. 2 seeds Whitehouse and David Fox(Denver), also of Great Britain, won the doubles title, beating top seeds Alexander Cozbinov(UNLV) of Moldova and Ricardo Rodriguez of Venezuela 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 in the final.