Talent Code on Nightline; ITF Montreal Grade 3; Muhammad Advances in Las Vegas; USTA Facility Awards; US Boys Play for Semifinal Spot in Jr. Davis Cup
I received an email today from Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How, alerting me to a feature about it tonight on Nightline. (If you are reading this Thursday, you may still be able to catch it by going to the Nightline website, where you should be able to view it via the "Watch Full Episodes" option). As I said in my review of the book in July, it will make you think twice before you throw around the word talent. I know I don't use it nearly as often, or with the same meaning, as I did before I read Coyle's book.
The North American ITF junior circuit moved from Illinois to Montreal this week, and the boys semifinals are set at the Grade 3 event, with a US vs. Canada final guaranteed. Americans Mitchell Krueger and Michael Lippens meet in one semi, with Edward Nguyen and Filip Peliwo of Canada in the other. Nguyen, at No. 7, is the only seed remaining. In the girls semifinals, Robin Anderson of New Jersey will play Canadian Amy He, and South Carolina's Leyla Erkan plays Marianne Jodoin, the only seed, at No. 2, of the four semifinalists. Americans Katie Goepel and Jessica Wacnik are in the doubles final. For complete results, see the ITF junior website.
Wild card Asia Muhammad won her opening match this evening in Las Vegas, leading No. 7 seed Heidi El Tabakh of Canada, the No. 7 seed, 6-0, 2-0 when El Tabakh retired. Muhammad and CoCo Vandeweghe also won their opening doubles match last night, defeating the No. 2 seeds Agnes Szatmari and Riza Zalameda 7-6(2), 6-4. Muhammad will play Lauren Albanese twice Thursday, in singles and in doubles. Albanese is playing with Madison Brengle.
In the $10,000 men's event in Laguna Niguel, wild cards Denis Kudla and Raymond Sarmiento lost their first round matches today. Ryan Harrison advanced to the second round with a win over No. 6 seed Nicholas Monroe.
For complete results, see the Pro Circuit results page at usta.com.
The USTA announced its outstanding facility awards today, and I'm looking forward to visiting the Cullman-Heyman Indoor Tennis Center at Yale University in November for the ITA Indoor Championships. Congratulations to all the winners.
The U.S. Junior Davis Cup team advanced to a meeting with the Czech Republic on Thursday, as both teams won today 3-0. The seventh-seeded U.S. team beat India and the second-seeded Czech Republic beat Chile. The winner of Thursday's match will advance to the semifinals. For more, see the ITF junior website.
There is a live stream of one match every day available via this link. Tomorrow it is scheduled to show Great Britain vs. Argentina at 11 AM EDT.