Former LSU All-American Michael Venus captured both the singles and doubles titles Sunday in the $15,000 Pro Circuit event in Loomis, Calif. The eighth-seeded Venus, who completed his collegiate eligibility last year, defeated Dimitar Kutrovsky, who just ended his college career at the University of Texas, 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-3 in the final. Venus and Marcus Daniell of New Zealand, seeded fourth, won the doubles championship with a 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 2 seeds Nima Roshan of Australia and Jose Statham of New Zealand.
New Zealand was to have named its Davis Cup team last week in preparation for next month's tie with Pakistan, but according to this New Zealand Herald article their top two players have not committed. Venus is mentioned among the possibilities, which would be complicated for all parties involved, because he is playing under the USA flag right now. NCAA finalist Austen Childs is also among those mentioned as potential Davis Cup players for New Zealand.
In the women's $25,000 Pro Circuit event in El Paso, Texas, unseeded CoCo Vandeweghe won her second straight tournament, defeating top seed Ryoko Fuda of Japan 6-2, 6-1 in today's final. Angela Haynes and Ahsha Rolle won the doubles title.
For complete draws, see the Pro Circuit page at usta.com.
In the sectional qualifying for the US Open National Playoff, Kentucky's Eric Quigley won the Midwest section's men's tournament, with 15-year-old Evangeline Repic of Ontario, Canada taking the women's. The Hawaii-Pacific titles went to Ikaika Jobe, the former Boise State player, and Maureen Diaz, who played her college tennis at USC.
The Middle States and Southern tournaments are underway now, and in the Middle States, juniors Michael Zhu and Ronit Yurovsky are still in contention, as is Josipa Bek, who plays for Clemson. In the Southern, Austin Smith has reached the men's quarterfinals, and Alexandra Clay, the Alabama recruit, is in the women's final.
For results, see usopen.org.
Wimbledon men's qualifying begins on Monday, with 16 U.S. men in the 128 draw: Taylor Dent, Ryler DeHeart, Alex Bogomolov, Kevin Kim, Donald Young, Michael Yani, Jesse Levine, Lester Cook, Alex Kuznetsov, Ryan Sweeting, Robert Kendrick, Brendan Evans, Bobby Reynolds, Jesse Witten, Tim Smyczek and Ryan Harrison.
Yani plays US Open junior champion Bernard Tomic of Australia and Kendrick plays 18-year-old Filip Krajinovic of Serbia. Harrison's first round opponent is former world No. 1 junior Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania.
For the complete qualifying draws, see wimbledon.org.
Sunday, June 13, 2010