Krajinovic Reaches ATP Semi; John McEnroe's New Academy; Klahn in the Collegiate Spotlight; NCAA Lineups
Eighteen-year-old Filip Krajinovic collected his first ATP-level win this week, saving a match point in a 5-7, 7-6(7), 6-1 victory over Russian qualifier Evgeny Donskoy in the opening round of the Serbia Open. That would have been a satisfying tournament for the Bolliettieri-trained Serbian, but much more success was in store for him this week. Yesterday he downed No. 52 Horacio Zeballos of Argentina, the ATP newcomer of the year in 2009, in a third set tiebreaker, and today he took the first set from top seed and world No. 2 Novak Djokovic 6-4. Djokovic was complaining of ill-health all week, and he retired after losing that first set, putting Krajinovic in the semifinals, where he'll meet No. 3 seed Sam Querrey. No. 2 seed John Isner will play No. 4 seed Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in the other semifinal. For more on the quarterfinals, see the ATP website.
The New York Times' Harvey Araton dug a little deeper into the new John McEnroe Tennis Academy taking shape on Randalls Island in New York. Despite the new East Coast National Training Center at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, and brother Patrick McEnroe's influential role in getting that off the ground, John McEnroe is not involved in that initiative. Whether it was a control issue, or money, both of which were hinted at in the story, or something else entirely, John's venture is not associated with the USTA. John doesn't want a Bollettieri-type environment, but is instead hoping for a return to the atmosphere that prevailed during his formative years, according to this quote from the article:
"I don’t think you have to give up everything, play six hours a day, to be successful,” McEnroe said. “When I was 12, 13, I was playing soccer and basketball and whatever I did to keep myself sane — some people may argue that point — and from not walking away from the game because I had outlets.”
The USTA collegiate spotlight interview this week is with Stanford sophomore Bradley Klahn. Klahn talks about why he chose Stanford, the rowdy USC fans, and his personal and team goals for the NCAAs.
And for those of you who would like to see the approved lineups for the NCAAs, they are available on this page. The challenges have been heard and these are the final lineups. In a comment a few hours ago, "Athens" had this to say about some of the challenges that were upheld:
Official team lineups are out. Most teams are playing as expected. SC has Kecki at 5. TN has Brewer there too. Both have been injured. It'll be interesting to see if either actually plays. SC has moved Lucassen to 6.
UCLA had their lineup appealed. They tried to stick Abid at 3 & Inbar at 5. No matter how injured his wrist is, Abid had to play higher. They were moved to slots 2 & 4 respectively. Meister stays at 1 and Seguso is 5.
One other funny change is Ohio St. They played Uzawa at 4 for nearly every big match with a little #5 sprinkled in. The Buckeyes moved him for the NCAAs (& Big 10), basically admitting that Uzawa has been playing out of position all season.
Ohio St. also had a lineup appeal & had to reverse Novak to #4 & Allare to #5.