Three 18-year-olds had memorable tennis weekends, with Kellen Damico, Nate Schnugg and Michael McClune all winning tournaments in different parts of the country.
Damico, playing in his first event as a Texas Longhorn, won the H.E.B. tournament at Baylor, becoming only the second player not from Baylor to win it in the seven years it has been in existence. Damico, who was unseeded, lost the first set in the first round and then breezed after that, benefiting from a walkover and a retirement in the quarterfinals and the semifinals. Texassports.com has the details here.
Damico's friend Nate Schnugg is now in his second season at Georgia, but since he began classes in January of this year, he was playing in his first Southern Intercollegiate Championships in Athens. Seeded ninth, Schnugg also was the recipient of a walkover in the quarterfinals, but needed a third set tiebreaker to beat Steve Forman of Wake Forest in the semifinals, a rematch of the 2005 Kalamazoo 16s finals, also won by Schnugg. He had a much less taxing win in the final over 5th-seeded Phillipe Frayssinoux of Mississippi State. Georgiadogs.com has the story here.
There isn't any news coverage available, but Michael McClune, the Kalamazoo 18s champion this year, won his first Futures singles title on Sunday, defeating Tim Smyczek 6-4, 6-2. McClune defeated US Open junior champion Ricardas Berankis in the second round by the same score, avenged his semifinal loss to Carsten Ball the previous week's Futures with 6-2, 6-1 quarterfinal victory and then took out University of Miami All-American Luigi D'Agord in what looks to have been a great match, 6-4 6-7(2) 6-4. McClune is playing again this week in his hometown of Irvine, California, where he's seeded 7th, and can't meet Ball again until the semifinals this week.
Juniors Bradley Klahn and Jarmere Jenkins made it through qualifying in Irvine, which, in a 128 draw, is no easy task. For complete draws, see the Pro Circuit page at usta.com.
Also, congratulations to Jordan Cox and Jacqueline Cako, who won the ITF Grade 4 event in Illinois. For complete draws, see illinoisitf.com.
Monday, September 24, 2007