Monday, March 23, 2009

Acceptances for International Spring Championships; Grade A Copa Gerdau Underway; Final Junior Blog from Spain; Barrick in College Spotlight

The acceptances for the upcoming International Spring Championships, the ITF Grade 1 in Carson, California, were released on Friday. Although there aren't a great many foreign players in the field, there is a strong group of U.S. players who are hoping to succeed Melanie Oudin and Bradley Klahn as champions. For the acceptance lists, see the USTA's ITF website.

There is a contingent of U.S. juniors in Brazil this month, playing in the Grade 1 Banana Bowl last week and the Grade A Copa Gerdau this week. Fourteen-year-old Madison Keys reached the semifinals at the Banana Bowl, while Mitchell Frank had the best finish of the U.S. boys, getting to the third round. For the ITF preview of the Copa Gerdau, click here.

The group of U.S. boys training in Spain have returned to the States, with Rhyne Williams writing the final blog for usta.com. One of the original players on the trip, Chase Buchanan, returned home with a knee injury, and received NCAA clearance to join Ohio State for the academic year's final quarter, as I mentioned in a tweet last Thursday. He accompanied the team to Pepperdine for today's match, but did not play in the Buckeyes' 6-1 win.

The USTA College Spotlight was directed toward Virginia's Houston Barrick in this Q and A on usta.com.


Anonymous said...

What is it w/ US players on the dirt in Brazil. For the past several years the results have been really poor. At the Banana Bowl Sangdrens, Seal out in the first rd, Ore and King out in the second. Gerdau just started already Seal, Ore and Mitchell are out in the first rd as well as Lin and Brasseaux.

Anonymous said...

madison keys result in banana bowl is very surprising. she has a very big game that doesn't seem at all suited to the surface. it is also shocking to see she is ranked 43 ITF when she was playing orange bowl and eddie herr 12s a little over a year ago.