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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Keys Out of Wimbledon; Ore Wins Grade 2 in Morocco; Krajicek and Pollock Take Doubles Title

Another International Grass Courts is in the books (the 91st, I think!), but it's not quite over yet for me. I'll be putting together a slideshow, uploading some videos and writing a wrap-up for Tennis Recruiting Network this week. But the junior and college tennis world keeps spinning, with Pro Circuit events in California and Texas, and the Roehampton and Wimbledon junior events looming.

The ITF Junior site hasn't updated the Wimbledon junior acceptances; the first one, with a May 22nd date, is all that's available, but 14-year-old Madison Keys won't be on the next one released, according to this story at the Quad-Cities Times. I noticed that Keys had not played the French, but didn't know why until I read that she is experiencing hip pain associated with growing (sounds similar to what Christian Harrison is going through). She is planning on playing World Team Tennis next month for the Philadelphia Freedoms, which is one of the few options she has to play professionally as a 14-year-old. The story looks back at her childhood in the midwest and forward to her future, with John Evert expecting great things from her.

Over the weekend Junior Ore, seeded seventh, won the singles title at the ITF Grade 2 event in Morocco, after having reached the final in the two previous Grade 3 tournaments in that country the weeks before. All three tournaments are on clay. Dennis Novikov, the only other U.S. boy in the draw, won the doubles title with partner Bartosz Sawicki of Poland. For complete results, see the ITF junior website.

And Texas College Tennis blog is reporting via Twitter that Texas A&M's Conor Pollock and Austin Krajicek, two of the members of the USTA Summer Collegiate Team, have won the doubles title at the $15,000 Pro Circuit event in Loomis, California. They were unseeded.


Robin said...

If Madison is experiencing hip pain why on earth would they allow her to play in Team Tennis ? Wimbledon and the French are on grass and clay, the two softest surfaces and the ones that are best for your body. Team Tennis is played on hardcourts, the absolute worst surface for your body.

bullfrog said...

Very concerning that this young girl is having hip problems already. Hip issues are known to end the careers of many tennis players (ie, Kuerten, Jamea Jackson). My father is a doctor and fully refutes that hip problems are "normal" due to rapid growth. Sure hope she's getting really good advice. Sounds to me like a case of "too much too soon".

been-there said...

I have zero scientific proof but I really was wondering the same thing--is that really normal? Maybe it is, but I was curious about it.

get real said...

My child is going through rapid growth and she was diagnosed with osgood schlaters. That actually affects the knees and the tipula. My doctor who does believe that pain does happen with rapid growth. I was also told that like animals hip dyspalsia(sorry about the spelling), that it acn happen to children especially girls. The knees are no aligned with the hips and it throughs your balance off. Not sure if that is due to growing, but i'm sure with growing and over training at a young age, the cause and effect will come to play. I was told she is 5'8 and she looks as if her physical maturity is older than her age.