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Monday, November 23, 2009

Yucatan Cup Underway; Rome Tennis Complex; Sock Plans to Play Orange Bowl

With the Thanksgiving holiday this week, there are no tournaments in the U.S. either on the Pro Circuit or the ITF junior circuit. Instead the action shifts to Mexico, where the ITF Grade 1 Yucatan World Cup and the Puebla Challenger are being played this week. Americans Taylor Dent and Jesse Levine are the top two seeds in Puebla. For the complete draws, see the ATP website.

At the Yucatan Cup, which used to be after the Orange Bowl, but has been moved to the week before the Eddie Herr, there are the usual large contingent of American juniors in the draw. Kevin Krawietz of Germany is the top boys seed; he is followed by the Junior Tennis Champions Center trio of Denis Kudla (2), Mitchell Frank (3) and Junior Ore (4). Two British players who will not be in Mexico are Jack Carpenter and George Morgan, who were sent home from a Spanish training trip for misbehavior, according to this Daily Mail story.

Silvia Njiric of Croatia is the girls No. 1 seed, with American Ester Goldfeld, the winner of the South Carolina Grade 2 earlier this month, the second seed. Noel Scott and Annie Mulholland are the other U.S. girls seeded, at No. 6 and No. 14 respectively. Ohio's Lauren Davis, the US Open Junior quarterfinalist, is also in the field.

For complete draws, see the tournament website.

I can't recall if I posted an article about this proposed tennis complex in Rome Georgia before, but a 74-court facility is worth a second mention/update regardless. See this story about it from the Rome News-Tribune.

Thanks to Texas College Tennis blog's Granger Huntress for alerting me to this story in the Lincoln, Neb. Journal-Star about Jack Sock's Pro Circuit win yesterday in Amelia Island. He is retaining his amateur status to play high school tennis next year and college tennis the year after, the article says. It also says his next tournament is the Orange Bowl, so he must have received one of the wild cards, which have not yet been released.

A reader kindly informed me that I had the wrong link for the story on USTA coach Sarah Taylor. The correct link (which is fixed in yesterday's post now) can be found here.


TennisPlayer said...


If there is ever a concern that the USTA doesn't have enough money, I think I found the solution.

How about we cut that payment by 8 million (because living on 1m is SO difficult) and put it towards scholarships or courts?

Give Thanks said...

Tennis Player--

The USTA has more money because of Arlen. It is the same in most businesses that if someone grosses an additional 90 million dollars that that person deserves some of the rewards.

Would you rather give Arlen 9 million dollars and gross 81 million dollars for the rest of the USTA (build more courts and scholarships)....OR not have that 90 million he grossed at all?

Next time there is a player's challenge on the court, don't watch because Arlen did that. Next time, a US Open series tournament is on TV, don't watch because Arlen did that as well. Also, don't watch the US Open Women's Final on PRIMETIME because Arlen did that as well.

Arlen grew the popularity of the sport. There are more people playing because of Arlen. Tennis is growing in the US because of Arlen.