©Colette Lewis 2007--
Saturday is the first day seeded players in the 18s take the court, and there were a few upsets, with Reid Carleton (14), Ryan Lipman (24) and Tyler Hochwalt (28) heading to the back draw, all in matches played at the Western Michigan courts. Carleton lost to Oscar Fabian Matthews 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, Lipman fell to Zach Nichols 6-3, 6-4 and Ryan Harrison outlasted Tyler Hochwalt 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.
I was at Stowe Stadium all day, where the top eight seeds played under increasingly overcast skies, with no wind or heat marring the ideal tennis conditions. All eight won in straights sets and there was little drama or suspense among those victories. Top seed Michael McClune looked sharp in a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Jonathan Wolff, No. 2 seed Kellen Damico lost only one game against an overmatched Denis Bogatov, and No. 3 Ryan Thacher defeated fellow left-hander David Holland 6-2, 6-3.
Our first look at the seeds in 16s singles is on Sunday.
Usually junior tennis is its own little world, with only an occasional passing reference to whatever pro tournament is running at the same time. But today, the question on everyone's lips was seeking info on John Isner's result at the Legg-Mason. Whether it was parents, players, coaches or volunteers, everyone wanted to know if the former Georgia Bulldog could extend his incredible run in Washington D.C. And with Isner winning his fifth consecutive match via a third set tiebreaker, he once again guaranteed that Kalamazoo will be buzzing on Sunday when he meets Andy Roddick in the finals. Is there any way college tennis could have gotten a bigger boost this summer? For an in-depth account of the match, see Liz Clarke's story in the Washington Post (free registration required.)
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Saturday, August 4, 2007