Holiday or no, there was plenty of action last week on the USTA Pro Circuit, with a $10,000 Men's Futures on clay in Pittsburgh, a $50,000 Men's Challenger in Winnetka, Ill., and a $50,000 Women's Challenger in Boston.
Two-time NCAA singles champion Somdev Devvarman won his second straight Futures in Pittsburgh Sunday, again without the loss of a set, and he and Treat Huey also captured their second consecutive doubles title. Devvarman downed Travis Helgeson in the final, and those of us who saw their three-set semifinal clash at No. 1 singles when Georgia upset Virginia in Tulsa, can't help but be surprised by Sunday's score: 6-3, 6-1. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review provided this account of the match today.
In Winnetka, former Illinois player Rajeev Ram took his first Challenger level singles title with a straight set win over Scoville Jenkins in the final. Ram, who has excelled in doubles throughout his pro career, was unseeded in singles (and didn't play doubles) but took out top seed Vince Spadea, No. 5 seed Brendan Evans, No. 7 seed Benedikt Dorsch and Jenkins, the No. 6 seed, during the week.
The women's title in Boston went to 18-year-old Anna Tatishvili, who trains at the Evert Academy in Boca Raton. Tatishvili, originally from the country of Georgia, won the $25,000 Pro Circuit event in El Paso last month, and had reached the semifinals of the $50,000 tournament in Carson in May, so she has been piling up the WTA points recently. The Boston Globe filed this report on the final.
This week the men are in Peoria for another $10,000 event (isn't it about time the bumped that up? I see they've raised the prize money for the U.S. Open again). And it looks like the Peoria Journal Star will be reporting on it throughout the week. Today's story is about the University of North Carolina players competing, with Stefan Hardy being the main focus. His opponent in the final round of qualifying was Alexandru Pasareanu, who you might remember as being a remarkably mature looking 14-year-old last year at the Junior Orange Bowl where he beat Robert Livi in the qualifying.
The women are in Allentown, Pa., and their paper, The Morning Call, filed this report on Monday's qualifying. Christina McHale, pictured in that story, did get through today's final qualifying round.
For complete Pro Circuit results, see the Pro Circuit results page.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008