As promised, I wrote a more formal account of the Blue Gray Tennis Classic for The Tennis Recruiting Network, which is available here. Although I spent only a few hours there, it was obvious that this is an event with a history. The signs, the trophies, the attendance, the media coverage--it was all reminiscent, to me, of Kalamazoo. For an excellent photo gallery, see the Montgomery Advertiser, which provided excellent coverage before and during the event.
ESPN's Rise recently posted a feature on Spring Nationals doubles champion Lilly Kimbell, emphasizing her interest in a balanced life and in attending high school and college. For the complete story, click here.
There was also a short account of ITF World Junior No. 1 Yuki Bhambri's first round loss to Diego Junqueira at the Sony Ericsson in this story by the Miami Herald.
The Easter Bowl acceptances were released a few days ago. For the 14s and 16s competitors, click here. For the 18s, click here. The wild cards are still to be named, but the girls field is very strong, with Lauren Embree, Kristie Ahn, Nicole Gibbs, Christina McHale, Beatrice Capra and Jacqueline Cako among those scheduled to compete.
On the boys side, several of the top 1991 birth years aren't competing, although Bo Seal, Matt Kandath and Tennys Sandgren are entered, but all of the top 1992s are in, including the four who went to Spain, as well as Evan King and Jordan Cox.
Several of that group will also be competing in another exhibition match against a college team, when they take on Southern Cal on March 31. I'll have more on that early next week.
Thursday, March 26, 2009