Signing Week Has Begun; King and Keys Win in Boca; Robson Takes First Pro Title; Forood Questions ITA Indoor
Signing Day is Wednesday, and The Tennis Recruiting Network is keeping track of the blizzard of announcements and decisions as seniors make formal commitments to join a school. Three of the most recent choices have Bo Seal to Georgia, Danielle Lao to USC and Rachael White to Illinois. Check out their coverage all week, and I'll be linking to my story on Kate Turvy's decision on Wednesday.
Top seed Evan King, who announced his commitment to Michigan on Thursday, won his first ITF singles title yesterday, defeating No. 2 seed Frank Carleton in the final of the ITF Grade 4 in Boca Raton. King and Raymond Sarmiento also won the doubles championship. Madison Keys, who at 13 is three years younger than King, collected her second ITF singles title in Boca Raton, where she trains at the Evert Tennis Academy. Keys, the No. 6 seed, beat unseeded Grace Min in the singles final and captured the doubles title as well, with Hana Tomljanovic. For complete draws, see the TennisLink site.
Fourteen-year-old Laura Robson, who like Madison Keys, is an Eddie Herr 12s champion, won her first ITF Women's Circuit event in Great Britain. It was a $10,000 tournament with a great many British juniors in the field, so it isn't a remarkable win, but it will boost her WTA ranking regardless. Mark Mark Hodgkinson of the Daily Telegraph has this report.
I'm not done with National Indoor--there will be a slideshow Tuesday and a wrap for the Tennis Recruiting Network next week--but for those of you who missed this link posted in a comment, Stanford Women's head coach Lele Forood is. Calling it a "boycott," the Stanford Daily explains the academic and economic reasons that Hilary Barte and Jessica Nguyen declined to participate in this year's event.