Friday, November 25, 2005

The Race is On! :: ITF Tennis - Juniors

The Race is On!:: ITF Tennis - Juniors ~~~The race may be on, but there's one less horse in it, as Jeremy Chardy has dropped out of the Eddie Herr and hasn't entered the Orange Bowl. The competition for the ITF Boy's World Champion title continues however, and Helen McFetridge does the math in this story. Her simplest conclusion--if either Donald Young or Marin Cilic wins the Orange Bowl, the ITF year-end champion's title goes with that victory.

As for the Eddie Herr, most of the seeds have been
published and I'll just predict right now that form is unlikely to hold. There are just too many countries and too many variables in the process, especially for the 14s & 16s, to expect otherwise.

Several members of the IMG/ Bollettieri Academy's "Top Guns" are not seeded, but this story from the Bradenton Herald is an interesting look at the creme de la creme that trains year round at the site of the Eddie Herr. You can put Marcus Fugate and Holden Seguso on a short list of unseeded players who could pull off a big upset early.