The draws for the ITA Indoor in Columbus, which begins on Thursday, came out on Monday, and I was happy to see Suzi Babos of Cal as the top seed for the women. She has won the past two women's national titles, unseeded in both, and it's time she was given credit for her performances. The men's top seed is defending champion Ben Kohlloeffel of UCLA, who didn't play the All-American in Tulsa, but is also, like Babos, the current NCAA champion.
Georgia's John Isner is seeded second, and last year he and Kohlloffel had a classic semifinal battle in Columbus, which I recounted here.
Audra Cohen of Miami is the women's second seed. Sally Milano of usta.com just posted an in-depth profile about Cohen that definitively answers the questions of why she left Northwestern, why she went to college and what exactly was wrong with her back. I hope these "college profiles" become a regular feature, similar to the "Junior Spotlights."
And finally, The Lantern, the student daily of The Ohio State University, published this article on Steven Moneke of Germany, a sophomore on the Buckeye team, who qualified for the ITA Indoor by winning the Midwest Regional in Minneapolis.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006