Grass Court Wrap; Oudin and Four U.S. Men Quailfy for Wimbledon; USTA Names Pro Transition Camp Participants; Texas Grand Slam
My weekly article for the Tennis Recruiting Network is a review of last week's ITF International Grass Court Championships. Even with less-than-ideal weather, it was an enjoyable week featuring all the tradition and grace of Wimbledon without all the crowds.
Speaking of Wimbledon, qualifying was completed today at Roehampton, and five Americans--four men and one woman--earned a spot in the main singles draw. Seventeen-year-old Melanie Oudin, who crashed out (got to get used to the British way of saying things now) of the qualifying at Roland Garros in the first round, defeated 2007 U.S. Open girls champion Kristina Kucova of Slovakia 6-4, 6-0 to capture a place in the draw, the only U.S. woman to do so. Madison Brengle, Lindsay Lee-Waters, Shenay Perry and Abigail Spears lost, one win short of reaching the AELTC grounds.
The U.S. men had much better luck, with Jesse Levine, Michael Yani, Taylor Dent and Rajeev Ram all advancing. The staff at wimbledon.org has given most of them excellent coverage, talking with Yani and Dent for this story, and featuring an additional interview with Levine in their "as it happened" report. For complete draws, see wimbledon.org.
The USTA has announced the players who will be attending a Pro Tour Transition Camp beginning this weekend. USTA Coach Hugo Armando and USTA Clay Court Specialist Leo Azevedo will be conducting the training camp for top junior and collegiate players. Daily fitness training will be provided by Strength and Conditioning Coach, Satoshi Ochi. The players are:
And the Texas College Tennis blog is reporting on the Texas Summer Grand Slam, their big junior sectional event in College Station and also talking about some of the rumored candidates for the vacant University of Oklahoma men's head coaching job.