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Monday, September 24, 2007

Damico, Schnugg and McClune Win Tournaments This Weekend


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.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

colette how tall is beranard tomic

Colette Lewis said...

I would guess around 6 feet.

Anonymous said...

congrads to Jordan. Just goes to show you the jury is still out on all these talented juniors and we should not focus on a few names such as Sandgren, King and Formentera. All these kids have great resuts but none-one knows who wil make the big leap.

Austin said...

Lindsay Nelson is not ranked #1 in the preseason rankings, wow, that really makes a lot of sense. Hope everyone catches the sarcasim.

Anonymous said...

last week in Illinois jordan won both singles and doubles. teaming up with King

Anonymous said...

Jordan Cox has not had a good win in quite awhile. Agree with above that different players take different leaps at different times and its t oo soon to say how it will all sort out.

The Tennis Hacker said...

McClune is playing in a Futures in my town this month. I will let you know how he does.