US Open Qualifying Draws Released: Bhambri and Tomic Prepare for Junior Open; Info on October Men's Futures in Austin
The US Open qualifying draws have been released, with 17 U.S. women and 22 U.S. men competing for main draw spots beginning tomorrow. The order of play is here, and Ken Thomas of radiotennis.com will again be doing audio play-by-play beginning on Tuesday at noon EDT. Marcia Frost will also be covering the qualifying at College Tennis Examiner.
As I mentioned a few hours ago on Twitter, there was a lot of late movement in the men's qualifying singles, with Scoville Jenkins, Grigor Dimitrov and Lester Cook moving into the qualifying on their own rankings, and freeing up the three wild cards they had been awarded. They were given to Michael McClune, Jordan Cox and Tennys Sandgren. There were no changes in the women's wild cards, but there was some bad luck for three of the U.S. wild cards, with Irinia Falconi, Lauren Embree (who play each other) and Sloane Stephens all in the same qualifying section, along with No. 24 seed Shenay Perry.
There were two recent stories about India's Yuki Bhambri, who will be the top seed in the boys draw in New York, and Australia's Bernard Tomic, who will probably be seeded third, based on his ATP ranking. It will be Bhambri's first junior slam since he won the Australian; Tomic played both the French and Wimbledon juniors, losing in the third round in Paris and the semifinals in London. Both are currently training at IMG/Bollettieri in Bradenton.
For the most recently updated acceptance list for the U.S. Open Juniors, click here.
Granger Huntress of the Texas College Tennis blog tweeted today about a new location for the October Pro Circuit Futures event in Texas, which will now be in his hometown of Austin and known as the 10sportal.com Classic. Unfortunately for me and a lot of juniors, it is the same week as the ITF B1 in Tulsa. This release gives dates for the pre-qualifying wild card, wild card, pro-am and other events that are planned for the tournament, which is taking the date of the Mansfield, Texas event.