©Colette Lewis 2008--
The buzz around registration at Markin Center and practice at Stowe Stadium the day before the Nats begin is always full of excitement and anticipation. But this year everyone seems even more enthusiastic, marveling about the depth of the 18s and the unprecendented strength of the 16s. That's the theme of my Kalamazoo preview today for The Tennis Recruiting Network.
On Thursday night, the seeds for the 18s doubles championship are revealed, which is especially important in Kalamazoo because the top seeded team provides the opposition for the professionals who are in town for the Opening Night Exhibition. Jarmere Jenkins and Austin Krajicek, who reached the US Open Junior Championships final in 2006, received the No. 1 seed, and they will warm up for their match against John Isner and Scott Oudesma with a second round match Friday afternoon (seeds receive first round byes).
For complete doubles draws, see ustaboys.com.
In past years, I've written for ustaboys.com and simply used zootennis to link to my stories there. This year, I will be posting only to zootennis.com, so check back here daily for Nats at the Zoo coverage. Marcia Frost will also be in Kalamazoo for the first part of the tournament, so visit collegandjuniortennis.com for her coverage.
If you want to pick the winners, you have until Friday midnight Eastern Time to do so. The post for the contest is here.
Thursday, July 31, 2008