My article this week for The Tennis Recruiting Network is the First Thursday standby of the notable players and performances of the previous month. There are several repeats from May's aces, and one of them is Devin Britton, who has followed up his NCAA win with ITF Junior Grade 1 titles in singles and doubles on the grass of Roehampton. Britton's success has continued this week at Wimbledon, and today he outlasted Alex Domijan 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals.
Guy McCrea tweeted about the match earlier today, after covering it for Radio Wimbledon, and he spoke to Britton afterward in the interview below. (I'm trying a new method of posting the interviews via YouTube, although using still photographs, not video).
The massive game that McCrea was referring to came right after Britton had broken Domijan to take a 3-2 lead in the third set. There were no breaks in the opening set, and only one in the second, so getting that break seemed tantamount to securing a win for Britton. But serving at 3-2, Britton had to fight off four break points in the five-deuce game; once he held there, he had no more difficulty on serve, finishing with two love holds.
Next up for Britton is his doubles partner, Jordan Cox, who has been the tournament's biggest surprise. The 17-year-old qualifier from Georgia defeated No. 4 seed Agustin Velotti of Argentina 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 in just over two hours Thursday, grabbing a precious break in the fourth game of the final set. (In the opening set, he saved two set points serving at 4-5.) Cox took care of his own serve the rest of the way, and served it out at love to earn a shot at Britton.
The other boys semifinal will feature No. 3 seed Bernard Tomic of Australia against unseeded Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia.
There are no U.S. girls remaining in the singles draws with Sloane Stephens's 6-1, 6-0 loss to top seed Kristina Mladenovic of France. Mladenovic plays unseeded Miyabi Inoue of Japan in one semifinal, while 2008 finalist and No. 4 seed Noppawan Lertcheewakarn of Thailand meets No. 6 seed Timea Babos of Hungary.
Stephens spoke to McCrea about her match, her professional plans and her upcoming stint with the New York Buzz. (For more on Stephens's match with Mladenovic, see the New York Times Straight Sets blog.)
Due to the Wimbledon success of all four of the World Team Tennis players on that team, the USTA needed to find amateur substitutes for the opener tomorrow. This story from the Albany Times Union focuses on Matt Kandath, who is from the area and will be filling in for Evan King, who is still in doubles at Wimbledon. Jarmere Jenkins will help out while Alex Domijan prepares to return to the U.S. after his loss today; Christina McHale is still in doubles, so Lauren Embree and Allie Will are playing for McHale and Stephens, who is hoping to be ready for the match on Sunday.
In addition to McHale, who is playing with Isabella Holland of Australia, Beatrice Capra has also reached the quarterfinals of doubles, with Martina Trevisan of Italy.
King and Denis Kudla, as well as Britton and Cox, have reached the boys doubles quarterfinals.
For complete draws, visit wimbledon.org.