Jung Wins Big Ten Singles; Krajinovic and Burdette Take Evert ITF; Challenger Circuit Moves to Champaign
Michigan freshman Jason Jung won the Big Ten Singles title today in Ann Arbor, and although the field didn't feature many of the conference's top echelon of players, he did have an impressive win over fellow Wolverine and defending Big Ten singles winner Matko Maravic. The final day story is available here at mgoblue.com.
The recently completed Grade 4 ITF at the Evert Academy featured a very familiar name as the boys champion. With his win over Evan King, Filip Krajinovic of Serbia has now won three straight ITFs in the U.S., 19 consecutive matches, and his only loss of the fall was to Jordan Cox in the final at Illinois back in September. I saw him play in last year's Junior Orange Bowl, where he lost to Bernard Tomic, but I can't say he made a big impression. I'll definitely be watching at the Eddie Herr, where he is entered in the 16s, not the 18s as are most of the other 15 and 16 year olds. The girls' title went to Mallory Burdette, who appears to be fully recovered from an injury that kept off the junior circuit most of the year. Burdette beat Alexandra Cercone of Florida in the final. The boys doubles winners were Frank Carleton and Mousheg Hovhannisyan; the girls doubles champions were Brooke Bolender and Lauren Herring. The next stop for the ITF circuit is Bradenton for the Grade 1 Eddie Herr to be followed by the Orange Bowl. For the complete Evert draws, click here.
The coverage of the Nashville Challenger and qualifier Jesse Levine's 7-6 in the third finals victory over Alex Kuznetsov is nonexistent as far as I can tell, but it boosted his ATP ranking to a career high of 242. He received a special exemption into this week's Challenger in Champaign, and drew Sam Warburg as his first round opponent. The website for following the tournament is here, and features live scoring (although the titles of the matches aren't correct; see the results tab for correct round information).