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.