The last ITF Grade A of 2010, the Dunlop Orange Bowl, was completed just two weeks ago, but it's time for another of the junior majors, the Casablanca Cup in Mexico, which begins on Monday, but is a 2011 tournament.
Great Britain's Oliver Golding, the 2010 Eddie Herr finalist, is the top boys seed, while An-Sophie Mestach of Belgium is the No. 1 seed in the girls draw. The U.S. has three of the top five seeds in Shane Vinsant(2), Alexios Halebian(3) and Dennis Novikov(5), as well as the No. 10 seed, Mitchell Krueger. Other U.S. boys competing in the main draw are Morgan Mays, Roberto Cid, Trey Strobel, Michael Rinaldi and wild cards Richard Del Nunzio and William Kwok.
There are two U.S. girls seeded at the Casablanca Cup, wild card Vicky Duval, who is No. 11, and Ester Goldfeld, No. 13. Others in the main draw are Kelsey Laurente, Julia Elbaba, Tristen Dewar, Denise Starr, Elizaveta Nemchinov and Stephanie Nauta.
For the ITF's preview of the tournament click here. The complete draws are here. The tournament's website is www.copacasablanca.com.mx
The USTA Winter Nationals also begin on Monday with the 12s and 14s in Tucson and the 16s and 18s in the Phoenix area. William Blumberg and Sofia Kenin are the top seeds in the 12s, with Alexis Pereira and Henrik Wiersholm the top seeds in the 14s. Wiersholm, who suffered an Achilles strain in his quarterfinal match at the Junior Orange Bowl 14s, said that he would try to play, while monitoring the injury closely to make sure it doesn't worsen. Complete draws can be found at the TennisLink site.
The top seeds in the 16s are Sean Karl and Jamie Loeb, while Emmett Egger and Gabrielle Andrews are No. 1 in the 18s. Complete draws for the 16s and 18s can be found at this TennisLink site.
Sunday, December 26, 2010