Race for Boys ITF Junior Championship Update ~~~
©Colette Lewis 2005
This morning Tim Curry, the UTSA PR person covering the Orange Bowl, told me that what I had heard yesterday was wrong--not the part about the race still being on, but that the ITF had made a calculation error. He referred me to this story on their website that was published after the Eddie Herr, but before either Marin Cilic or Donald Young had lost at the Orange Bowl. The assumption throughout this story and throughout the tournament was that Young and Cilic would continue to win, which emphatically did not happen.
Andre Tonejc, the Croatian coach, said after the boys' doubles final (the Croatians lost) that Cilic was still undecided about participating in the Yucatan Cup. Tonejc was heading back to Europe, but that was all he would confirm. Matches start Monday and many are scheduled for the evening; the draws are not up on the ITF site, so it may be Tuesday before results from Merida tell us if Cilic took the court or not.
I'm told Young is in the draw and has flown to Mexico, whether or not Cilic pursues him, the Croatian's crucial doubles win Saturday changed everything for both players.
Perhaps we'll still have at the Yucatan what we were all hoping for from the Orange Bowl, a match between the two that would decide the coveted year end title of World Junior Champion.