Britton, Harrison Named Davis Cup Practice Partners; U.S. Roehampton Survivors Down to Two, Levine and Oudin Produce Upsets At Wimbledon
The USTA announced this afternoon that 18-year-old Devin Britton and 17-year-old Ryan Harrison have been named practice partners for the upcoming Davis Cup tie in Croatia next month. The U.S. Davis Cup team has not yet been announced, and although it would be a shock if it didn't include Andy Roddick and the Bryan twins, I expect Patrick McEnroe is contemplating naming someone other than James Blake to the team, given Blake's recent slump, Interesting that one of tomorrow's second round Centre Court matches pits Croatian Marin Cilic against Sam Querrey in a possible preview of one of that tie's singles matches. The surface Croatia has chosen is indoor clay, so it may not be a barometer, but I'm guessing McEnroe will be a very interested observer at that one. The full release is available at usta.com.
Britton and Alex Domijan, who served as a practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup team in March against Switzerland, are hoping to face each other in the semifinals of Roehampton, as both advanced to the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon Junior warm-up event there today. Domijan beat Radim Urbanek of the Czech Republic 6-4, 7-6(0) today, and will face Sebastian Lavie of New Zealand in Wednesday's quarterfinals. Britton eased past British qualifier James Chaudry 6-3, 6-2 to set up a meeting with Italian Alessandro Bega, who beat Bob van Overbeek in today's round of 16. Denis Kudla, the No. 8 seed, lost to No. 10 seed Facundo Arguello of Argentina 7-5, 6-4. Nicole Gibbs, the only U.S. girl remaining in the singles draw, lost to No. 3 seed Noppawan Lertcheewakarn of Thailand 6-4, 6-2. Britton and Jordan Cox are still in doubles, as is Tennys Sandgren, who is playing with Japan's Yasutaka Uchiyama. Beatrice Capra and Alexandra Cercone have reached the quarterfinals in the girls doubles. For complete draws, see the LTA website's news page.
Although I saw not a point of either match, (I watched ESPN 2 most of the morning, but not in the afternoon), I'm happy to report that Melanie Oudin and Jesse Levine pulled off upsets today at Wimbledon. Oudin won her first main draw match at a Grand Slam with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over No. 29 seed Sybille Bammer of Austria and John Martin of the New York Times Straight Sets blog, has a brief post on it here. Another U.S. qualifier, Jesse Levine, shocked 2008 semifinalist and No. 14 seed Marat Safin of Russia 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4. The former Florida Gator is less of a story as the winner than Safin is as the loser, but wimbledon.org has this article about the match.