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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Embree Profile; Southern Section Takes 16s Intersectionals; Seeding for USTA Nationals

My weekly post at The Tennis Recruiting Network is a profile of Lauren Embree of Marco Island, Fla., who has been the subject of many a college coach's interest in the months leading up to the July 1st contact date. Every tournament I attended this spring and summer I saw or talked to a coach who was watching one of her matches.

The 16s age division's USTA Intersectional Championships wrapped up today in Shreveport, La., and it was the Southern Section's team taking home the first place trophy with a 6-3 win over Southern California. The format is a bit like World Team Tennis, only more of it: three boys singles, three girls singles, one girls doubles, one boys doubles and one mixed doubles. The Shreveport Times covered the tournament a couple of days ago; I could find nothing from yesterday's semifinal action. For complete results, see the TennisLink site.

Now to address the issues raised in the comments on Wednesday's post. For National Championships, players are now allowed to enter two age divisions and if selected in the older one, play that. If not selected and they meet the qualifications for selection in the lower age division, they play that division.

As for the seeding in 18s National Championships, the Friend of Court contains specific guidelines. It reads:

Seeds shall be ordered as follows:
1. Players ranked in the top 1000 on the most recently published ATP or WTA* ranking list shall be placed at the top of the seeding list in the order in which their names appear on the applicable list.
2. Players not previously seeded who are ranked in the top 100 in the most recently published ITF ranking list shall be placed immediately after the first group in the order in which their names appear on the list.
3. Players not previously seeded who appear on the most recently published National Standing List of the division shall be placed immediately after the second group in the order in which their names appear on the list.
-- Players may be moved within major groups (1-4, 5-8, 9-16, 17-32) due to direct wins if players are separated by fewer than 100 ranking points.
-- Players may be moved between major groups due to direct wins if players are separated by fewer than 50 Ranking Points.

*the automatic selection into a National Championship is 600 or higher WTA

The 16s, 14s and 12s guidelines make no reference to ATP or ITF standings.

Some of the seedings for the Clays are out, although I haven't seen them for the Boys 16s and 18s, but Bo Seal is currently ranked 99 in the ITF rankings, so he should be seeded.

3 comments:

tennisobserver said...

Hey Colette

Noticed now Bo Seal is seeded #2 at Clays. Does that mean: HARRISON, KLAHN, BUCHANAN, TROMBETTA, SANDGREN, FOWLER, and SEAL, all in the top 100 ITF, will be high seeds at the Zoo? And would that be the case if Fowler plays 16s as I saw he is registeded for both?

Colette Lewis said...

Seeding at Kalamazoo is expected follow the guidelines detailed above. The ranking date for ATP, ITF and USTA will be July 21st, so it depends who is where on that date.

tenniswatcher said...

In the true spirit of picking finalists before the tournament begins....I'm going for Domijan over Boyajian at the Clay's.