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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

USTA Player Development Announces Three New National Coaches; Harrison, Johnson Win Challenger Matches; Sanchez to Compete in World University Games

The USTA today announced the hiring of three Player Development coaches, with Jorge Todero a new Lead National Coach, Frederico Rodriquez a National Coach and Marc Lucero a USTA Coach. Todero will work at the National Training Center in New York, and will report to Jose Higueras; Rodriquez will work at the Boca Raton Training Center and Lucero at the Carson Training Center, with both reporting to Ola Malmqvist, the USTA's head of women's tennis.

For the complete release, with biographies of all three new staff members, click below.

USTA release

Ryan Harrison came up with a big win today in the Bratislava Challenger, beating No. 6 seed and 93rd-ranked Dustin Brown (formerly of Jamaica, now playing under the German flag). According to his tweets today, Harrison saved two match points in the second set tiebreaker, and was down 3-0 in the final set before winning the final six games in his 4-6, 7-6(9), 6-3 win. Harrison won three qualifying matches to reach the main draw of the 106.5 euro Challenger.

In the $50,000 Pro Circuit Challenger in Champaign, Steve Johnson reached the quarterfinals with a 7-5, 7-6(2) win over Australian James Lemke. Johnson will play either top seed Kei Nishikori or Amer Delic in the quarterfinals.

The Cancun challenger has also draw several Americans. Wild card Ty Trombetta posted one of the best wins of his career Monday, beating Kevin Kim 6-2, 7-6(5). Former Florida Gator Greg Ouellette is also still alive in both singles and doubles.

At the Amelia Island Pro Circuit Futures, both Denis Kudla and Jack Sock reported through their twitter accounts that they had won their first round matches. Sock, the defending champion, beat 16-year-old Alexios Halebian, who had won three matches in qualifying to make the main draw. Wild cards Spencer Papa and Luca Corinteli both lost their first round matches.

Results and draws can be found on the ATP website.

The University of Southern California women's head coach Richard Gallien announced the signing of four blue chip recruits for the 2011-12 season. They are Gabrielle DeSimone, Sabrina Santamaria, Giuliana Olmos and Zoe Scandalis.

Also announced recently by USC is Maria Sanchez's participation in the World University Games, to be held next August in China. In addition to Sanchez, the other members of the U.S. team are: Stanford's Greg Hirshman, the team captain, Minnesota's Michael Sicora and Phillip Ardnt, Kentucky's Eric Quigley, Texas's Aeriel Ellis and Krista Damico, UCLA's McCall Jones and Memphis's Courtney Collins. The USC release can be found here.


getreal said...

Collette or anyone else know the answer- Dustin Brown (formerly of Jamaica, now playing under the German flag)- how easy is it to just switch country allegiance, do tennis players do that often and is Suan Berman still under the usta. no clue how that works