Weather Disruptions Abound; 18s Spring National Fields; The Koz Interviews Isner; USTA Youth Registration
I had planned on writing about today's USTA junior girls match against the University Miami women and the big men's college match between Baylor and Ohio State, but due to rain in South Florida and cold in Texas neither match was played. The USTA - Miami match has been rescheduled for 9:30 tomorrow morning, but from the sounds of it, the Baylor - Ohio State match, which is awash in controversy regarding the suitability of the playing conditions, won't be rescheduled. The Baylor athletic website has all the details of what it is calling a no-show by the Buckeyes, with remarks from head coach Matt Knoll and referee Chuck Scott. For those of you unclear on the weather rules in place for ITA matches (and that would be most of us, I'm sure), Scott provides the details. The crux of the argument appears to be that Ohio State head coach Ty Tucker considered the conditions hazardous, while Baylor and the referee did not. I'm sure Granger Huntress at the Texas College Tennis blog will have more on this later.
The men's match between No. 6 Florida and No. 19 Florida State in Gainesville was postponed due to rain and rescheduled for March 17. The Ohio State - Notre Dame women's match did go on as planned--indoors, of course--and the No. 7 Fighting Irish made short work of the No. 17 Buckeyes, winning 7-0.
The competitors list for next month's USTA Spring Nationals in Mobile is out, and the girls field looks particularly strong. Ellen Tsay, Monica Turewicz and Robin Anderson are all entered, as are Krista Hardebeck, Whitney Kay, Lilly Kimbell, Anna Mamalat, Catherine Harrison, Danielle Collins and Caroline Price, to name just a few. This doesn't include the wild cards, who have not yet been named. The boys field has fewer recognizable names, but includes Greg Andrews, Gonzales Austin, Emmett Egger, Bjorn Fratangelo, Christopher Mengel, Nathan Pasha and Justin Shane. For the complete list, see the TennisLink site.
Dave Kozlowski was at the joint ATP/WTA Memphis tournament last week and recorded this interview with John Isner for the newly launched site 10sballs.com. The "Koz" talks with Isner about his college experience, the level of play in the SEC and who he thinks will win the conference championship this year. There is also an interview with Sam Querrey, which you can find in the right hand column.
Tennis Night in America is Monday, March 1, and in addition to a the Madison Square Garden exhibition featuring Ana Ivanovic, Venus Williams, Kim Cljisters and Svetlana Kuznetsova, the USTA is again promoting the evening as Youth Registration Night across the country. To find such an event in your area, go to the tennisnight.com website.