Davis Cup Camp; Stephens and Brodsky Open in Madison Square Garden; Stanford Takes Over No. 1 Spot in ITA Men's Rankings
The USTA is holding a Player Development Davis Cup camp in Birmingham, Ala., prior to this weekend's tie with Switzerland. The boys selected to participate, all of whom are 13 or 14 years old, are: Justin Butsch, Drew Dawson, Daniel Kerznerman, Thai Kwiatkowski, Mackenzie McDonald, Jack Murray and Noah Rubin. In addition to announcing the camp, the USTA has also provided an update on the boys' results and rankings in this release on usta.com.
In other Davis Cup news, Ryan Sweeting has replaced Amer Delic as a practice partner, and yesterday the team conducted an open practice, according to this story in the Birmingham News.
Sloane Stephens, who is now training in Carson, Calif., and Girls 18s champion Gail Brodsky were the opening act in the BNP Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup exhibition held last night in Madison Square Garden. Their photo is the first one in the slideshow available at usta.com.
The first computer-generated Division I college tennis rankings have been released, and the team that lost, the Northwestern women, retained its No. 1 spot, while the team that didn't, the Virginia men, are no longer at the top. Stanford had an outstanding weekend in Southern California, beating both USC and UCLA, but they are ahead of Georgia, who beat them at the Team Indoor, didn't lose, and fell from No. 2 to No. 4 in the rankings. Fortunately, like all NCAA sports except football, the champion will be determined in competition, and the rankings are important only for seeding implications once the NCAA regionals and finals roll around in May. For the ITA release on today's rankings, click here.
USC's Robert Farah is now No. 1 in singles, the third player to claim the top spot in the three rankings this year. Unlike last year, when Virginia's Somdev Devvarman was No. 1 wire-to-wire, the individual championship this year should be much more wide open. Clemson's Ani Mijacika has taken the women's No. 1 berth from Northwestern's Maria Mosolova. For the complete rankings, see the Campbell's ITA ranking page.
And I'm a day late on this, but congratulations to the women of Carnegie-Mellon, who won the first ITA Division III Women's Team Indoor last weekend in Minnesota, defeating Emory 6-3 in the final. The ITA's account is available here.
Former Clemson star Julie Coin, who is now a career-high 68th in the WTA rankings, won the Clearwater, Fla. $50,000 Pro Circuit event on Sunday, in one of the most unlikely ways possible. She trailed No. 2 seed Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 3-6 when at 1-1 in the second set Wickmayer was defaulted for apparently hitting a linesperson with a ball. Credit to Diane Dees at the blog Women Who Serve for unearthing some details about the incident.
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