Kudla, Stephens Win ATP, WTA Matches Tuesday; US Open Junior Fact Sheet; Rochester Futures Slideshow; Brad Stine Opens Junior Academy
Fresh from the Wimbledon Juniors, Denis Kudla and Sloane Stephens stepped up to the ATP and WTA Tours this week, and both earned victories today. The 17-year-old Kudla, who received a wild card into the Campbell Hall of Fame Championships on the grass at Newport, RI, collected his first ATP win by beating 119th-ranked Santiago Ventura of Spain 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. His next opponent is 18-year-old Ryan Harrison, who on Monday breezed past No. 6 seed and 89th-ranked Karol Beck of Slovakia 6-1, 6-2. Although the draws aren't currently updated, the order of play for Wednesday is out, with Harrison and Kudla playing the fourth match on Center Court.
Stephens, only one day removed from the grass at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, where she won the girls doubles title with Timea Babos, played on clay in Bastad, Sweden, receiving a wild card into the $220,000 WTA event. She made the transition with no problems, defeating 77th-ranked Alberta Brianti of Italy 6-2, 6-4, to set up a meeting with top seed Flavia Penetta of Italy on Wednesday. Stephens reveals in this interview on the tournament website that clay is her favorite surface, and that she practiced on it in England while still competing on the grass in the juniors there.
Stephens' partner Babos also received a wild card, into the $220,000 WTA event in Budapest, but she fell to another Timea, Bacsinszky, of Switzerland 6-4, 6-2.
Complete results from the WTA tournaments can be found here.
The fact sheet for US Open Junior Championships has been released, along with a very nice brochure with dates, times, and other vital news. Important dates are July 27, which is the last date to enter via the ITF site, (although with the deadline being 2 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time, it is effectively July 26th for the western time zones of the U.S.) and August 1, which is the last day to apply for a wild card. For the complete instructions, see the ITF junior website.
The Pro Circuit has moved on to Pittsburgh(men) and Dallas(women), but to view a great collection of photos from the Rochester Futures last week, featuring many college and junior players, go to Russ Tahir's website.
I've gotten to know Brad Stine over the past few years on the junior circuit, where he's traveled extensively with Northern California junior Dan McCall. Recently Stine called me to let me know that he now has a full-fledged junior academy up and running in Fresno, California. Stine, who is well-known in professional tennis circles for coaching Jim Courier, has worked with many ATP players over the years, and prior to that coached the men's team at Fresno State, and was a USTA team coach. Former Fresno standout Rudolph Siwy also will be coaching at Stine 360 Tennis Academy.
For more information, see the academy's website.