I've been asked by more than a couple of people if I'll be at the Luxilon Cup next week in Key Biscayne, but with my plans to cover Carson and the Easter Bowl in California next month there just isn't time for a side trip to Florida.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Luxilon Cup, it is an exhibition tournament for high profile juniors that is played the second week of the NASDAQ-100. The girls winner gets a wild card into the main draw of the NASDAQ the following year, while the boys winner earns a qualifying draw wild card. Alisa Kleybanova and Marcus Fugate were the 2005 winners.
Most, but not all, of the players have ties to IMG, as clients or academy students. Juniortennis.com has covered the event for several years, and they have posted photos of the players selected on their site. I received a list that doesn't quite jibe with theirs on the boys side, but by Tuesday, we'll know for certain, so I'll just pass along the names I've received.
There are only 11 boys on this list and juniortennis.com lists Kei Nishikori and Holden Seguso, while omitting Bester, to get to the necessary 12. Beginning Tuesday, see the NASDAQ-100 website for results.