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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Hagedorn Back on Court, Sacks Leaves USC, Smith & Begley Win El Paso, Little Mo Results

Marc Lucero, a fellow contributor to The Tennis Recruiting Network, sent me a link to this San Diego Union-Tribune story on University of San Diego coach Tom Hagedorn, who was gravely ill with leukemia last year. Today's news that Frederico Luzzi of Italy, a former ATP top 100 player who was only 28 years old, died suddenly of the disease after taking ill only last weekend, makes Hagedorn's recovery story even more miraculous.

There was other, less weighty, news from Southern California this week, with the word that Gary Sacks has left USC. A participant at the All-American just two weeks ago, Sacks is striking out on the pro tour.

The ITF Grade 5 in El Paso finished today, with unseeded Connor Smith of Florida winning the boys event and No. 2 seed Elizabeth Begley of Texas taking the girls title. For complete draws, visit the TennisLink site.

And while I was in my final weekend in Tulsa, the Little Mo national tournament was held in Austin, Texas. For 8, 9, 10 and 11 year olds, the competition is a look at the future stars of the junior tennis circuit. The winners are (seeding in parenthesis):
Boys 8s---Perry Gregg
Girls 8s--Alyvia Jones (1)
Boys 9s---Noah Schachter (1)
Girls 9s--Ryan Peus
Boys 10s--William Blumberg (2)
Girls 10s-Sofia Kenin (2)
Boys 11s--Grayson Broadus (1)
Girls 11s-Carolyn Xie (2)

For complete results, see the TennisLink site.