While much of the focus over the weekend was on the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup, there was a lot of college tennis played at various sites from coast to coast. The most important competition was the pre-qualifying for the ITA Riviera All-American, the womens' first major of the season. It was a draw of 64, with eight players advancing to Tuesday's first round of qualifying, and among those eight are two freshmen, Nadja Gilchrist of Georgia and Kristi Boxx of Ole Miss. Three more victories are necessary to advance to the main draw of 32, which begins Thursday and ends on Sunday. For complete pre-qualifying and qualifying draws, see the ITA website.
In some of the fall invitationals that took place over the weekend, sophomore Kelcy McKenna of Arizona State won the Cal-Nike gold flight, and Clemson junior Ani Mijacika repeated as flight champion at Furman. On the men's side, Duke sophomore Reid Carleton and Virginia sophomore Sanam Singh captured the A-1 and A-2 flights in Charlottesville and in Waco, preseason No. 1 Oleksandr Nedovyesov of Oklahoma State lived up to his billing, winning the HEB Baylor Invitational. It was a strong field, featuring the preseason's number 1, 2 and 6 ranked players. Nedovyesov defeated Tulsa senior Arnau Brugues (preseason 6) in the final; Brugues had beaten No. 2 Denes Lukacs of Baylor in the semifinals. For complete draws, see the TennisLink site.
The Tennis Recruiting Network has released their annual rankings of Blue Chip, 5-Star, 4-Star, etc., players for each high school class from 2009 on down. It's one of their biggest traffic weeks of the year, when players, coaches and parents check on the designations for the current school year.
Monday, September 29, 2008