Monday, September 13, 2010

Travel Day; Other Stories on U.S. Open Junior Championships; ITA All-American Fields Announced

We're heading back to Kalamazoo this evening, after lunch with Radio Wimbledon and Eurosports commentator Guy McCrea and a tour of the New York Times building to meet the faces behind the Straight Sets blog I have been contributing to for several years.

As always at the U.S. Open, it's been a long nine days, with more matches than I can possibly see. But it's been a very satisfying tournament from my perspective, with the strong performances by the American boys especially noteworthy.

Here are some of the other U.S. Open junior championships stories that appeared in other outlets. I'll try to put together the slideshow later this week, once I've had an opportunity to review the thousands of pictures now in my library from this one tournament.

Karen Crouse of the New York Times wrote this piece on the Jack Sock - Denis Kudla boys final. Liz Clarke of the Washington Post focused on the local D.C. angle in her story, which can found here.

Josh Rey, who wrote throughout the tournament for usopen.org, did his usual outstanding job when he was assigned to cover the boys final yesterday. For his piece, click here. Nicholas Spangler did the girls championship report for usopen.org, that post can be found here.

There is also a series of daily video junior reports at usopen.org.

College tennis is gearing up again, with the first majors of the season, the All-American tournaments, scheduled for next month. The ITA has announced the participants in the men's D'Novo in Tulsa, which I'll be covering, and the women's Riviera in Pacific Palisades. Alex Domijan of Virginia received the ITA wild card, and he's one of five Cavaliers in the 64-player field.