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Thursday, April 1, 2010

March Aces; ISC Wild Cards; Longines Joins with Eastern Section to Send Jr. to French Open; WTT Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards Applications Available

It's a gorgeous day here in Michigan and the nets are up at Stowe Stadium, so I'm getting my racquet out today. This stretch of weather could be an elaborate April Fool's joke by Mother Nature; I hope the punch line comes when I'm in California.

It's the first Thursday of the month, so you can find my monthly Aces feature today at the Tennis Recruiting Network. And while you're there, check out yesterday's article by Dede Allen on the National Letter of Intent. With spring signing day coming up on April 14th, Allen's answers to typical questions are very timely.

The wild cards for the 16s division of the International Spring Championships can be found at the usta.com site, but the 18s wild cards don't yet appear on the ITF site. Thanks to Steve Pratt, who will be writing for the USTA at the tournament, I've gotten the names. The boys 18s wild cards are: Marcos Giron, Daniel Kosakowski, Nikko Madregallejo, Dennis Mkrtchian, Spencer Newman, Nathan Pasha and Harrison Richmond. The girls 18s wild cards are: Gabrielle Andrews, Emina Bektas, Kaitlyn Christian, Gabrielle DeSimone, Krista Hardebeck, Catherine Harrison and Caroline Price.

And finally, a couple of public service announcements that are very time sensitive.

Longines is partnering with the Eastern Section in sponsoring a competition that will send one 10-12 year-old female tennis player from the section to Roland Garros during the French Open. On Saturday, April 17, eight girls will compete in a tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to represent the United States in an international tournament held June 3-4 in Paris. The all-expense-paid trip will go to the winner. The public is invited to attend. For more, see this press release.

The deadline for the WTT Novo Nordisk Donnelly award scholarships for junior players with diabetes is April 15th. These two one-time scholarships of $5,000 are of particular interest to me as the Donnelly sisters are from Kalamazoo, and their father Bud, who has long been an integral part of the Boys Nationals, is responsible for getting me to volunteer for the tournament ten years ago. There are also two $2500 scholarships available. For more information and to apply, click here.