US Open Junior Preview; Five U.S. Players Reach Final Round of Qualifying; USTA Announces Boca Residents; Ammunition For Weapons Talk
We're leaving very early Saturday for New York, so just a quick post to direct you to my US Open Junior preview at the Tennis Recruiting Network. I was surprised when I looked back through this decade's results how few top seeds had won, especially on the boys side. It was rare for the boys No. 1 seed to even reach the final in the past nine years, although there may not be any conclusion to draw from that limited sampling.
The Americans who are still in the running for a main draw spot in the juniors are Sekou Bangoura, Alexios Halebian and Nathan Pasha on the boys side; Courtney Dolehide and Noel Scott will reach the main draw with wins on Saturday. The draws and order of play can be found here.
The USTA has announced the names of the 13 boys and six girls who are training at the Boca Raton Center this school year in this release.
Diane, whose blog Women Who Serve is daily reading for me, posted a thoughtful and convincing post entitled "Melanie Oudin, another unarmed winner". As the title suggests, this goes straight to the "weapons" question that has been such a hot topic on this site in the past several weeks. I am tempted to keep this link handy for a response to that charge, which so frequently crops up here.
And speaking of comments, please remember that no anonymous comments will be published. Select a name (url not necessary) so that conversational responses can be followed. Also, please understand that next week is extremely busy for me, and I am not always able to review comments right away. If you are in New York, please introduce yourself--I always wear a straw hat with a leopard print hatband.
Also, it's my first US Open on Twitter, which I hope to use regularly, but I have been hearing that the A T & T coverage is iffy at the USTABJKNTC, and may be more so during the holiday weekend, which is entirely sold out.