July Aces; Lertcheewakarn's Open Plans; Girls Team Event Underway; Post's Live Chat with McEnroe Friday
The July aces are up a day early, because my Kalamazoo preview for the Tennis Recruiting Network is scheduled for tomorrow's usual slot. A special thanks to Susan Mullane of Cameraworks USA, who is responsible for the fantastic photos of Andrey Kuznetsov and Noppawan Lertcheewakarn from Wimbledon. I look forward to seeing her at the US Open, where she'll be the photographer for the ITF junior site again this year.
Speaking of Lercheewakarn, she is the subject of this feature on canada.com, in advance of her debut at the $75,000 Vancouver Pro Circuit event, where she is using her junior exemption for finishing 2008 as the ITF's World Junior Champion. In addition to discussing her celebrity status in Thailand, and the interesting story of how she came to the attention of Marek Malaszszak, who coached Steffi Graf as a junior, there is reference to her playing the U.S. Open Juniors and "a wild card into the qualifying round of the U.S. Open." Does anyone know where this comes from and how it would already be decided?
The USTA girls 18 team championships began yesterday in Northern California. I can't tell what the seeds are from the TennisLink site, but it looks to me that the defending champions from the Midwest could be challenged by both the Southern and Southern Californian sections. Today's second round match scores are not yet complete.
In the ITF World Junior competition in the Czech Republic, the No. 2 seeded U.S. girls reached the semifinals with a 3-0 victory over Argentina, and will take on Japan next. Two countries have a chance to duplicate the dual championships of the U.S.A's boys and girls last year: Japan and the host country. For a review of today's action, see the ITF Junior website.
Patrick McEnroe, the General Manager of Player Development, will be doing an online chat on the Washington Post website Friday at 2:30 p.m. EDT. If you have a question or comment for him, you can submit it at washingtonpost.com