The big news out of the USTA Junior Competition meeting in Dallas last weekend is that the Girls 18s USTA National Championships have been awarded to San Diego's Barnes Tennis Center, the site of the girls 16s championship, beginning in 2010. The Girls 18s National Team Championships were awarded to Claremont Tennis Club, in suburban Los Angeles.
The Fed Cup semifinal tie between the U.S. and the Czech Republic begins tomorrow in Brno, and there are blogs galore emanating from it. Christina McHale and Sloane Stephens, the junior hitting partners, are writing a joint diary for usta.com. Captain Mary Joe Fernandez is also giving us her perspective in the Captain's blog. And over at the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour site, doubles specialist Liezel Huber is providing a much more detailed perspective. USC's 2008 NCAA doubles champion Kaes Van't Hof is helping the women prepare for the Czech encounter as a hitting partner, and will stay in Europe after the Fed Cup to play Challengers.
In addition to their diary, Stephens and McHale talk about their experience in this Q&A with Erin Bruehl at usta.com.
And Grace Min is providing a very funny and lively blog from Spain, where she, Chanelle Van Nguyen and Breaunna Addison are training, accompanied by National Coach Lori McNeil.
The country's top-ranked college player, Arnau Brugues of Tulsa, is the subject of this feature in today's Tulsa World. An MBA isn't a bad thing to have as you step out into the grind of minor league professional tennis, is it?
I'll be commuting to the Big Ten men's championships Saturday and Sunday in Ann Arbor, so look for a late post Saturday evening. To follow the live scoring, visit mgoblue.com.
If the Pac-10 individual championships are of interest to you, Ken Thomas of radiotennis.com will be internet streaming his commentary Saturday and Sunday from Ojai. It's free, and you need only do a simple registration to access the webcast.
Friday, April 24, 2009