US Open Qualifying Delayed by Rain; ATP Site Features Britton; Qualifying Underway for ITF Grade 1 Canadian Open
There are five players who can sleep on the knowledge that they'll be playing in the main draw of the U.S. Open next, but there are 54 others who will have to wait for Danny to pass before their fates will be determined. No. 24 seed Shenay Perry of the U.S. is one of the lucky ones, having finished her 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 9 seed Pauline Parmentier of France just a few minutes before the rain returned. No. 32 seed Marta Domachowska of Poland's quick win over Russia's Anastasia Pivovarova was the only other women's qualifying match to finish. The men who qualified today are No. 2 seed Horacio Zeballos of Argentina, No. 31 seed Alejandro Falla of Colombia and No. 10 seed Michael Berrer of Germany. India's Somdev Devvarman was three points away from his first main draw Grand Slam appearance, leading Jerzy Janowicz of Poland 6-3, 5-2, when play was suspended. Great Britain's Laura Robson had lost a first set tiebreaker to Eva Hrdinova of the Czech Republic.
Although the weather forecast is not great for the morning, and Arthur Ashe Kids Day has been set back an hour, to 10:30 a.m., it appears likely that the remaining matches will be completed Sunday at the latest, and they will try to finish them Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m.
Since it was announced that Devin Britton would be playing Roger Federer in the first round, a small media storm has gathered around him. Bill Gray talked with Britton for tennis.com (I personally haven't heard anyone call Britton the "future of American tennis," but I guess Gray has), Rick Cleveland of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger speaks with Britton and his former coach at Ole Miss, Billy Chadwick, about his match with Federer, and the ATP website also spoke with Britton for this story. I'm also hoping to add to the mix with a post for the Straight Sets blog at the New York Times in the next few days.
In junior news, the Grade 1 in Canada began today with qualifying, and there are a handful of U.S. juniors competing the week before the Open Junior Championships. The boys in the main draw are: Denis Kudla, Mitchell Frank, Junior Ore, Raymond Sarmiento and Matt Kandath. The girls are: 2008 finalist Nicole Gibbs, Alexandra Cercone, Sachia Vickery, and two special exempts, who are in the final at the New Jersy ITF, Ester Goldfeld and Grace Min. The tournament has its own website, but I found the results of today's qualifying at the ITF junior website.