Entries Close Thursday at Noon for USTA National Championships; Bangoura Featured in Peoria; New D-I Men's Coaches; Evans Suspended by LTA
On Thursday at noon Eastern Daylight Time, entries will close for all the USTA National Championships which begin the first week of August. If you'd like to see who has already applied and for what age divisions, check out the main National Junior Tournament page on the TennisLink site, and then click on August. Of course there are wild cards still to be named for all divisions, and applications for wild cards are due within five days the deadline, according to this item on usta.com.
One of the Kalamazoo entrants in the 16s this year, Florida's Sekou Bangoura Jr., was the subject of this story in the Peoria Journal Star after his first round win over No. 7 seed Adam Fass. The 16s field in Kalamazoo looks to be especially strong this year, with Junior Ore, Jordan Cox, Denis Kudla, Raymond Sarmiento and Evan King joining Bangoura in the 16s. All have been playing mostly 18s or ITFs this year, but Kalamazoo is the one tournament where a chance to win the title in the 16s (and the US Open Jr. wild card) is an incentive to play your peers.
In men's college tennis, Bo Hodge has been named assistant at Alabama, according to this announcement on rolltide.com. Chuck McCuen, who was an assistant under Chuck Kreise for six years, was named head coach at Clemson Monday. For details, see the Clemson Tigers website.
And finally, another round of junior suspensions by the LTA. Daniel Evans and Dan Smethurst are the British pair running afoul of the authorities according to this story in the Daily Mail.