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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Ozaki Resigns; Anderson Surprises Kim at Illinois Challenger

Bill Ozaki, the USTA's Director of Junior and Collegiate Competition, has resigned from that position and will return to his previous one, that of Director of Player Development for the Southern Section.
I saw Bill briefly at the ITA Indoor in Columbus, and I had no inkling that this was coming. I believe the position was created less than two years ago, as part of the USTA's commitment to integrate junior and college tennis as part of the player development structure. With Eliot Teltscher's resignation a few months ago, and the changes made recently in High Performance coaching, no personnel move can really be described as unexpected, but it wasn't as if anyone was waiting for another shoe to drop. Will there be more?

For news on the tennis court, the University of Illinois can always be relied on, especially when three players with Illinois ties are in the quarterfinals of the Challenger going on there. Kevin Anderson, a junior at Illinois, had his biggest win last night, when he took out Kevin Kim, who is ranked just outside the ATP Top 100. Details are available here.

My SMASH column mentioned the great website at that Challenger--see for yourself, here.


Golgi said...

I saw him last week and had no clue either.

Austin said...

Jeff Morrison retired!?! He wont stay retired. I unintentionally overheard a conversation he had recently and he is just incredibly frustrated right now with his game and his ranking. He seemed like he was lost tennis-wise. I know he recently got married, dont know if that has anything to do with this decision. I really hope he snaps out of it and returns in time for the qualies at the Aus Open.

Anonymous said...

No great loss with Elliot T. It didn't seem like he enjoyed the position and certainly was NOT enthusiastic or motivating for the kids.