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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

All Tennis Indoors at Pan-American ITF Tuesday

©Colette Lewis 2009--
Tulsa, OK--

A constant steady drizzle kept any matches from being played outdoors Tuesday, but the boys draw has managed to keep on schedule in singles, with two rounds now complete. Unlike Monday, when No. 2 seed Julen Uriguen was upset by Cale Hammond and four other seeds lost, Tuesday's contests went more to form. Number 11 seed Pavel Krainik of Canada was the only seed to lose, falling 6-3, 6-0 to Bjorn Fratangelo, and top seed Denis Kudla, No. 3 seed Mitchell Frank and No. 4 seed Raymond Sarmiento all advanced in straight sets. Hammond could not sustain his level from Monday evening, losing to Nick Chappell 6-4, 6-2.

Chappell's opponent in Wednesday's third round will be No. 14 seed and 2008 Pan-American quarterfinalist Campbell Johnson, who survived a bout of cramps to defeat Samuel Monette of Canada 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(4). Monette served for the match at 5-4, but Johnson survived that, and down 2-1 in the tiebreaker, the Californian called for a trainer due to cramping. Down 4-2 at the changeover, Campbell continued to stretch and flex between points, but knowing that the end of the match was near, he played on. Monette, a 15-year-old left-hander, found the going difficult after that, and with a combination of Monette's errors and Johnson's winners the final five points of the match went to Johnson.

There were only three other three-setters in the boys draw, with No. 13 seed Nikolai Haessig of Canada coming from behind to down Mitchell Krueger 2-6, 6-0, 7-5 and No. 9 seed Sekou Bangoura overcoming Connor Farren 6-3, 4-6, 6-0. Dane Webb defeated Alexander Petrone 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 in a battle of unseeded boys.

The girls first round was not finished on Monday, so top seed Beatrice Capra and No. 2 seed Madison Keys played their opening matches today. Capra had no trouble with wild card Deborah Suarez, winning 6-1, 6-0, and Keys, playing her first competitive match since May, defeated Whitney Kay 6-1, 7-5.

In second round action, Edmond Oklahoma's Mia Lancaster upset No. 6 seed Alexandra Cercone 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-4. Lancaster broke Cercone at 3-4 after four deuces, but she was unable to finish the match on her own serve. Although Lancaster often approached the net and put away short balls, and hit with pace and depth, it was a moonball that ended the match. With Cercone serving at 3-4, Lancaster hit a ball so high and so deep that it bounced out of Cercone's reach after she had gone all the way to the back wall to retrieve it.

Elisabeth Abanda of Canada defeated No. 10 see Noel Scott 7-5, 6-1 and Annie Mulholland eliminated No. 16 seed Kerrie Cartwright of the Bahamas 6-4, 7-6(5) in second round action. No. 11 seed Brooke Bolender lost to last week's finalist in the Atlanta ITF, Jacqueline Crawford, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 in a first round match.

The top seeds have already been eliminated in the boys doubles. Raymond Sarmiento and Julen Uriguen were defeated by Eric Johnson and Michael Zhu 6-3, 1-6, 10-4.

For draws and results, see the TennisLink site.


oldschool said...

Just FYI, Jack Sock won his first round match at the Futures in Austin against #4 seed Matej Bocko.

getreal said...

Was not in Tulsa but what has happened with Urigan's game. He popped though last year at Eddie Herr, got to the semis at Austalian Open and since has been flat, very flat Was a top seed at the other three jr slams and couldn't even win a round.

simonsaystennis said...

Good to see Madison playing again!
Is Noel Scott a pro? I noticed she doesn't have a ranking on tennisrecruiting.net
Kyle McPhillips and Grace Min won their open round matches at the 10k in Cleveland today. Lauren Davis lost in 3 to Chloe Jones.

J said...

I read your article but you forgot to mention on the girls side Sacha Vickery defeated Mary Clayton, I believe was 6-1, 6-2. Clayton just received a full scholarship from Duke so that's a great win for 14 year old Vickery.

10is said...

That's because at the time of the article Clayton and Vickery hadn't played the match yet.

john said...

everyone in girls tennis gets a full ride, its a joke

Man in the Moon said...

no,it is called title IX

Different John said...

Title IX made a lot of sense back when it originated but it needs some strong tweeks for today's world. Carving out football from the equation or making some "normalized" adjustment for that sport to bring equity to all the other men/women's sports is a must. As things are today, Title IX has transitioned into a joke.....

The other thing which is almost as bad is the number of 21+ year old freshmen playing college tennis....i thought there were rules there but that problem continues to grow and grow.....who is the watchdog there and what are they doing??

markus said...

Diff. John, John, MITM,

Why is it a joke? And why would we cut the football out? Indeed, I realize that it creates less opportunities for boys in 'marginal' sports (which tennis is, unfortunately), but why would there be less money for girls? And yes, I do have daughters - I am biased.

Man in the Moon said...

different John,
I do agree with your points to an extent.

Meaning, it is about the $$$ and always has been.

collegiate football brings in the lion's share -- much more than 10 times ( at a big Div 1 school) than all the other sports combined -- and that estimate is probably low.

The women are entitled to their fair share, of the athletic pie, also -- if you have any ideas --
let's hear them. Frankly, I don't have any ideas.

Revenue sharing is the name of the game not only in collegiate sports (the winner of the Big 12, PAC 10, etc has to share the wealth when a BB, Football collegiate team goes to a Bowl / NCAA championship as well--

also the NFL must share revenue

In Pro baseball there is also revenue sharing -- however teams like the Yankees who independently
own NY 1 (the media empire) get around the sharing idea - and that brings them 100's of millions of dollars- which are not shared.

That is the sign of the times --

The two biggest changes in baseball occurred (financially) in the 1971 Curt Flood Free Agency Case and Pay for View TV in the early 90's.

So if you can come up with a new revolutionary idea for the NCAA that would get the antiquated Title IX out of collegiate sports. That would be great.

I understand why the NCAA approaches Title IX the way it does and unless they change the system -- that's what we have!!!

Man in the Moon said...

I am in favor of women sharing the pie (equally) with men in college sports (title IX)- even though football brings in the lion's share of the money -

I had boys who played collegiate tennis.

However, there shouldn't be a (financial) differential between men and women in collegiate sports.

It should be equal!!!

The other point made by different John about the age 21.

My feelings are,

I don't care how old, what country he or she is from only and I mean only that the players are NOT PROFESSIONAL.

Frankly it would not be that hard to prove if a player is taking money -- especially in Europe -- the private clubs in Europe pay fees to the players who play on these private traveling teams.

If the NCAA really wanted to check this out - it would not be that difficult.

I believe the NCAA really is not interested in opening that can of worms.

curious said...

Different John,

Who are all of the 21+ y.o. freshmen in college tennis this season? There is a specific rule against this, so I'm surprised to learn it's still going on? I'm not being coy, just genuinely curious to know who they are. Thanks.

Different John said...

See this link for a discussion thread about 21 yo freshmen. I didn't go back and validate the information but if it is true, it does seem to be a violation of the rules. In that case, the coaches all must know but I don't hear anything about it other than on some tennis blog? Puzzling.

As far as Title IX, I'm in no position to make a recommendation, only saying that the original intent (equality) has been met and that the pendulum has no swung was too far and the unintended consequence of inequity to the non-football sport boys should be dealt with.


Stephen said...

The problem with Title IX is that it hasn't had the desired effect. It did create a small number of new opportunities for women, but mainly it got rid of a lot of scholarships and programs for men.