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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

More on NCAA Champions; Stephens Wins Italian Open

Today is a travel day for me, and after 13 days in Texas, I'm happy to be heading home. After lunch in Houston with with Aaress Lawless, the editor of one of the best tennis sites on the web, On The Baseline, I'll be boarding a plane to Detroit, so I'm setting this to automatically post while I'm in the air.

The AP story on the individual championships can be found here and the College Station-Bryan paper The Eagle gave the tournament great coverage all week, with placement on the front page of the sports section for yesterday's championships.

The men's champion, Devin Britton, got a hero's welcome when he arrived at the Jackson, Miss. airport last night, and the Clarion-Ledger spoke to him and to Ole Miss coach Billy Chadwick for this story.

As I tweeted on Sunday, unseeded Sloane Stephens of the U.S. won the Grade A Italian Open in Milan. The ITF junior website has this story, as well as photos of the event. Stephens is still listed as in qualifying for the French Juniors, but she is only three spots out of the main draw. It goes without saying that she'll be one of the more dangerous unseeded players in the draw.

3 comments:

Aaress said...

It was great visiting with you today, Colette! Have a safe trip home and I hope you get some rest!

Austin said...

I want to give a shout-out to Blake Strode of Arkansas. Not many, if any, players have improved more than he has from the juniors to the end of college.

Colette Lewis said...

@Austin:
Look for my story on Strode for The Tennis Recruiting Network next month