Denis Kudla and Junior Ore will have the thrill of a lifetime Monday when the two 15-year-olds from the Junior Champions Tennis Center in College Park, Md. provide the opening act for the Pete Sampras vs. Roger Federer exhibition at Madison Square Garden. Richard Pagliaro of Tennis Week has an in-depth look at the boys' reactions to this opportunity and, through their coach Frank Salazar, explores their approaches to the sport in general. The USTA is offering free live streaming of the sold-out exhibition through usta.com. Click here for details.
The wild cards for the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Calif. were announced Thursday, with Melanie Oudin and Madison Brengle, who plays Asia Muhammad today in the semifinals of the Pro Circuit event in Las Vegas, receiving main draw wild cards. Juniors Anastasia Pivovarova of Russia and Poland's Urszula Radwanska were also given main draw slots. Gail Brodsky and Coco Vandeweghe received qualifying wild cards, joining several former Stanford stars and UCLA's Riza Zalameda in that competition. Kalamazoo finalists Ryan Thacher, Jesse Levine and Michael McClune were recipients of men's qualifying wild cards.