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Monday, September 14, 2009

US Open Junior Winners News; Pro Circuit Returns from Hiatus; Cecil Qualifies in Quebec

A smooth travel day, but still tired from nine days at the Open, so this will be short. Heather Watson is getting her well-deserved time in spotlight after becoming the first British girl to win the U.S. Open Junior title. If I remember correctly, there was much more of a British press frenzy over Murray's junior win five years ago, but perhaps that's more a function of the decline in the number of employed journalists than anything else.

The Daily Mail gets predictions from LTA head Roger Draper on Robson and Watson's professional prospects in this article, and the Guardian talks to Nick Bollettieri, who says in this story that he is going to start to work more with Watson now.

Darren Walton, an Australian reporter covering the U.S. Open for the Australian version of AP, filed a story on Sunday that I linked to on Twitter yesterday, saying that Tomic was leaving Bollettieri's Academy in Bradenton, although Tomic's agent, Lawrence Frankopan of IMG, told me it wasn't necessarily a permanent departure. Tomic is returning to Australia later this month however. Walton wrote this story on Tomic's win over Buchanan, although he incorrectly says that Tomic didn't face a break point. Buchanan had four break points in Tomic's second service game.

The Pro Circuit restarts after a four week break at the Tulsa Challenger and the Claremont Futures. There are many former college players in the Tulsa draw, and some current college players and juniors in the Claremont draw. See the usta.com Pro Circuit page for draws.

The juniors are at the ITF Grade 1 in Lexington, Kentucky this week. See the ITF junior website for qualifying results and draws.

NCAA champion Mallory Cecil qualified for the WTA event in Quebec this week. See the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour website for results and draws.