While the rest of us are ringing in the new year, the finalists at the USTA Winter Nationals are going to bed early in preparation for their chance at a gold ball on New Year's Day.
In the boys 16s, it's No. 1 Jack Sock vs. No. 2 Shane Vinsant. Sock has yet to lose a set in his six wins, while Vinsant has needed three sets twice. The girls 16s is the battle of the Ohio high schoolers, No. 1 Lauren Davis vs. No. 25 Kyle McPhillips.
The boys 18s final will feature No. 2 seed JT Sundling against No. 7 seed Connor Smith, while the girls 18s final puts No. 1 Hanna Mar across from No. 11 Kate Fuller.
See the TennisLink site for more results.
The 12s and 14s, being played in Tucson, will also determine finalists today, but they are playing quarterfinals and semifinals today, so results won't be available until much later tonight. I will try to post all the results late on Thursday.
Here's a preview of the Copper Bowl, which begins Friday, from the Explorer. See the TennisLink site for draws and seeds.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008