When 18-year-old Dennis Lajola won the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Honolulu Futures yesterday, it marked an American sweep of the three pro level events played in the U.S. last week, with Jesse Levine winning the Champaign Challenger and Ashley Harkleroad taking the $50K Women's event in La Quinta. Lajola had a relatively easy time reaching the semis, with a mysterious walkover win over Carsten Ball in the quarterfinals (puzzling because Ball continued in the tournament and won the doubles title), and then met 17-year-old Ty Trombetta of the U.S., who made great use of his wild card. Lajola won 7-6 in the third after dropping the first set, and he also came back from a set down in the final to win. The Honolulu Advertiser reported on the final here. For complete draws, see the usta.com Pro Circuit page.
The college early signings continue, with Chelsey Gullickson joining Nadja Gilchrist at the University of Georgia. UCLA picked up Alex Brigham for the men's team and Nina Pantic for the women's and up the coast, Stanford officially announced the signings of the impressive pair of left-handers from Southern California who are joining the Cardinal men.
Monday, November 19, 2007