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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Nevolo Wins Open Event and ATP Indy wild card; Harrison Gets First Pro Circuit Title; Cako Takes Wichita Singles Crown

Thanks to Ken Thomas and radiotennis.com, I was able to fill the quiet middle Sunday of Wimbledon listening to the second set of the Pearson Ford Open in Indianapolis. Dennis Nevolo, who just completed his freshman year at the University of Illinois, was the No. 1 seed and had breezed through his first four matches. He was up against unseeded 30-year-old Javier Llanes of Argentina in the final, and that result was closer, but the teenager prevailed 7-5, 6-3. During the part of the match I listened to, Nevolo hit about ten aces, and Thomas pronounced that the difference. With the win, Nevolo receives a wild card into the qualifying of the ATP Indianapolis tournament next month. He also will be playing this week in Winnetka, Ill., not far from his home town of Gurnee, as a recipient of a wild card into that $50,000 Pro Circuit event. For the complete draw of the Pearson Ford Open, see the TennisLink site. Finding out about these wild card events is difficult for me, so if any of you know of one coming up in your area, please let me know by using the profile page email, or leaving a comment.

Ryan Harrison won the battle of the unseeded, Bollettieri-trained 17-year-olds today in Chico, Calif, to capture the $15,000 Pro Circuit event there, his first professional title. Harrison beat Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-4, his first win over the Serbian. They had a memorable match at the Eddie Herr in 2007, and at Wimbledon last year, Krajinovic won their second round encounter in straight sets.

There was more action between 17-year-olds in Wichita, Kan. today, when No. 2 seed Jacqueline Cako, who last year reached the semifinals of the $10,000 Pro Circuit event there, met her frequent doubles partner, unseeded Courtney Dolehide of Illinois. Cako, an Arizona State recruit, beat Dolehide, who will be attending UCLA in 2010, 6-2, 6-3. The Wichita Eagle had this story about Saturday's single semifinals and the doubles final, which was won by Ester Goldfeld ad McCall Harkins. It was the pair's second consecutive Pro Circuit final.

For complete results, see the Pro Circuit page at usta.com.