Fed Cup Nominations Feature Top Junior Players; Draws Released in Plantation Pro Circuit Events; Copper Bowl Recap
On Friday, the player nominations for the Fed Cup Zonals were announced and there are quite a few juniors competing for their countries early next month.
In the 16-team Europe/Africa Group 1, there are 16 teams competing in four round robin groups. Croatia has named 16-year-olds Ajla Tomljanovic and Silvia Njiric to their young team, which is headed by soon-to-be 19-year-old Petra Martic. Hungary has named Timea Babos, 16, and Zsofia Susanyi, 17, to their team and the host country will be relying on Michelle Larcher de Brito, who turns 17 later this month.
In the Americas Group 1, there are eight teams competing on the clay in Paraguay, with the host team tapping Veronica Cepede Royg, who will be 18 later this month. I believe that Chile's Camila Silva Espinoza is 17-year-old Camila Silva, who is the eighth-ranked ITF junior. And Monica Puig, despite being only 16, is representing Puerto Rico for the third time. With her recent runner-up finishes in the Casablanca Cup and the Coffee Bowl, Puig is now ranked 11th in the ITF Juniors.
For complete nominations, see the Fed Cup website.
At the Plantation Futures, four men's main draw and six women's main draw matches are scheduled for tomorrow. The men's wild cards went to Jack Sock, Devin Mullins, Haydn Lewis and Evan King, with Sock drawing top seed Scoville Jenkins and King drawing No. 2 seed Eric Prodon of France. Their luck didn't get any better in the doubles, where as a wild card team Sock and King drew No. 2 seeds Todd Paul and Phillip Simmonds. The women's wild cards are Lauren Embree, Ahsha Rolle, Ester Goldfeld and Kyle McPhillips. Rolle and Goldfeld play each other on Tuesday.
Beatrice Capra and Embree's Florida teammate Allie Will meet in the final round of qualifying after both posted wins today. Capra beat Wimbledon girls champion and 2008 ITF World Junior Champion Noppawan Lertcheewakarn 6-4, 6-1, while Will defeated Aurelie Vedy of France 7-6(4), 6-3. Kaitlyn Christian will take on Tomljanovic in another interesting final round qualifying match. Sloane Stephens lost to qualifying top seed and WTA No. 233 Maria Irigoyen of Argentina, a wild card, in three sets.
In the men's qualifying, Alex Domijan needs one more win to make the main draw, as does Ciprian Porumb of Romania.
For complete draws, see the Pro Circuit page at usta.com.
I mentioned the Copper Bowl winners in yesterday's post, but Ali Jones has a complete rundown of the 12s and 14s finals at the Tennis Recruiting Network. There is also a photo gallery of all age groups on the site.