Eight Intriguing Questions; Collins Wins Futures Wild Card; Devvarman Beats Moya; Harrisons Sign with Nike
My annual look ahead--it's hard to believe that I've been doing this piece for five years now--at The Tennis Recruiting Network is entitled Eight Intriguing Questions for 2009. I'm only 92 short of Todd Spiker, of WTA Backspin, who published his Intriguing 100 last week, and those are women's tennis only!
I ran across this press release with the news that 15-year-old Danielle Collins won a wild card tournament for the $25,000 Pro Circuit event in Lutz, Florida, which takes place the week of January 19. I was disappointed that Collins didn't play in the Eddie Herr or Orange Bowl last month, but this result shows she's as competitive as anyone in the state her age.
In second round action in the ATP tournament in Chennai India, two-time NCAA champion Somdev Devvarman caused quite a commotion when he beat No. 6 seed and former world No. 1 Carlos Moya of Spain 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. Already receiving plenty of attention due to his status as India's No. 1 ranked man, the accolades were quick to begin pouring out of the Indian press. This one from the Hindustan Times, which gives Devvarman the nickname AweSom, is a bit over the top; for a more conventional newspaper account, see this article from rediff.com.
And finally, Nick Bollettieri's blog Nick's Picks, reported yesterday that the Harrison brothers had signed an endorsement deal with Nike.