Girls 18s Clay Court Wrap; WTT's New York Buzz; Sock No. 1; Peterson Named USTA National Coach; Harrison and Williams Out of Kalamazoo
My weekly column for The Tennis Recruiting Network is a look back at last week's USTA Girls 18s Clay Courts in Memphis. While you are at the site, check out Josh Rey's story on the junior amateur team that the USTA and World Team Tennis put together this year. Rey, who I met when he did the Orange Bowl coverage for the USTA in 2007, talks with Sloane Stephens, Alex Domijan and coach Roger Smith about their experience with the New York Buzz during this month's WTT season, which ended with a loss to the Boston Lobsters. And on Friday, Tennis Recruiting Network will have a story on the boys 16s and 18s Clays, where Jack Sock won the 16th and 17th gold balls of his junior career. (If you're wondering, Al Parker had 25.)
With those wins, Sock has ascended to the top of the 18s rankings, while holding on to the top in the 16s. Can anyone else ever remember when the USTA's top-ranked 18s player competed in the 16s division in Kalamazoo? Here is a link to the post-clay USTA rankings, released today.
The USTA has announced the hiring of Lindsay Davenport's former coach Adam Peterson as a National Coach in Player Development. Peterson, the 1990 Boys 16 National champion in Kalamazoo, was an All-American at University of Southern California. Peterson will work in the West Coast Development Center in Carson.
And for those of you who don't read the comments, it has been confirmed that neither Ryan Harrison nor Rhyne Williams will be playing Kalamazoo this year. Neither gave injury as the reason for their withdrawal.