Troy Hahn Named USTA Coach; Campus Kids Days Coming; Stephens Out at French; Harrison Profile; Berner's Battle
I haven't heard anything about the summer collegiate team yet, but the USTA has released other news. Troy Hahn, who was the men's assistant coach at Purdue, has been hired as a National Coach according to this release. And the Junior and Collegiate Department, not content with the popularity of the One-Day Collegiate Showdowns, is organizing Campus Kids Days to encourage juniors to attend college dual matches. The concept is just getting organized, but here's the template; I'll have more details when there some places and dates are set.
Sloane Stephens, the last American remaining in the French Open, lost to Kristina Mladenovic of France 7-5, 6-3 in today's girls semifinal. Mladenovic, seeded ninth, will play unseeded Daria Gavrilova of Russia, last year's Les Petits As and Eddie Herr 14s winner. Gavrilova, who is now training at Mouratoglou Academy in France, plays a very unusual game that I would imagine is extremely effective on clay. The ITF website's account of her semifinal win over Australian Open champion Ksenia Pervak explains her strategy well, and Sunday's final should be a fascinating contrast in styles. The boys final will feature another French hope, Gianni Mina, the ninth seed, who will face unseeded Daniel Berta, who is indeed hitting with Robin Soderling this week according to the ITF article. John Martin at the New York Times blog had this story on Stephens and her plans for the next few weeks, which will include qualifying for Wimbledon Juniors later this month.
Christian Harrison, who is scheduled to play in the Grass Courts, which I'll be covering next week, was the subject of this profile in the Boston Globe last weekend.
And Wisconsin recruit Hannah Berner, who plays on a boys' high school tennis team in New York, is featured in this recent story from the New York Times, entitled "She Plays With Boys, and Rivals Don’t Like It."