Clarifying NCAA Regulation; McHale Reaches Surprize Semis; Isner in Vanity Fair; Andrews Feature; Tennis Mom Survey
The Tennis Recruiting Network story about the NCAA regulation change that I linked to yesterday may have implied that the regulation didn't effect those graduating in 2010, but actually it does. For clarification:
2010 high school grads who had planned to take 1 year off will need to review the new legislation. Most likely this class will have to enroll for Spring 2011 OR cease competition 6 months after high school graduation.
One of those effected by the change will be Christina McHale, a high school senior who has retained her amateur status while competing almost exclusively on the Pro Circuit since last summer. McHale, who reached the quarterfinals of two $25,000 events last month, is the seventh seed in the Surprize, Ariz. $25,000 tournament this week, reaching the semifinals today with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over No. 2 seed Monique Adamczak of Australia. McHale's semifinal opponent is former UCLA star Abigail Spears, the 8th seed. Neither has lost a set in the tournament. In the top half, No. 1 Varvara Lepchenko of the U.S. will play No. 3 seed Kurumi Nara of Japan.
The men's Pro Circuit event in Brownsville has been struggling with rain the past couple of days, and only one round has been completed.
For complete results, see the usta.com Pro Circuit page.
Former Georgia All-American and NCAA doubles champion John Isner, who has reached the semifinals of the ATP tournament in Memphis, is the subject of this short Q and A on Vanity Fair. When I'm in a small hotel room or bumping my head on the overhead bin in an airplane, I often think about how difficult it must be for him to travel. Even though his career prize money has now exceeded a million dollars, he apparently still doesn't care for the cost of first class tickets.
The Tennis Recruiting Network's Ali Jones has spoken with Gabrielle Andrews, the Aegon Teen Tennis champion, about her very successful trip overseas in this feature. Andrews collected three of the four girls titles at the Teen Tennis and Les Petits As tournaments and this past week was a finalist at the girls 16s National Open in Lakewood, Calif. And a side note: BEST, the sports management company, has signed 14-year-old Kanami Tsuji of Japan, the girls champion at Les Petits As.
And finally, the Tennis Mom is conducting a survey on the importance of 12-and-under rankings. If you have experience with this topic, please check it out.