Adams Earns First ATP Point in Brownsville Futures; Blue Gray Draws Revealed; Barty Beats Top Seed in Australia 25K; Tennis Europe's Team Indoor
Not too many players earn their first professional point in their first try (it's actually not even possible for girls, who must play three events before being ranked), but Harrison Adams will be on the ATP computers in a couple of weeks after a victory today in the $15,000 Brownsville Futures. The 16-year-old Adams, a wild card who trains at Newcombe's Tennis Academy, beat former UNLV Rebel Joel Kielbowicz, a qualifier, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(1). On Thursday, Adams will play former Orange Bowl and Australian Open boys champion Yuki Bhambri of India, the No. 8 seed, who beat Great Britain junior Oliver Golding in the first round. The other juniors in the main draw, wild card Shane Vinsant and qualifers Christopher Haworth and Marcos Giron, lost their first round matches today. UCLA recruit Giron and Eric Johnson, who has committed to USC, won their first round doubles match and will play No. 3 seeds Devin Britton and Greg Ouellette in Thursday's quarterfinals.
Complete results can be found at the Pro Circuit page at usta.com.
At the $25,000 ITF Women's Circuit event in Australia, Ashleigh Barty, the 14-year-old who is held in very high regard by knowledgeable observers in that country, beat top seed Kumiko Iljima of Japan in the first round. Barty, a wild card, beat the 28-year-old, ranked 214 in the world, 6-3, 6-3. The tournament is one of the few ITF events played on grass. American Gail Brodsky is also in the draw there, and won her first round match. TennisAustralia posted this article on the results there.
For complete draws, see the ITF Women's Circuit website.
While visiting that website, I noticed the article posted today on Monica Puig's win in the Surprise $25,000 event last week. It links to an explanation of the junior exempt program, which also features a list of the ranking cutoffs for all the ITF-supervised tournaments in previous years. This is valuable information for determining where a young player with only a few WTA points might be able to receive entry without a wild card.
Because the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic moved from its traditional mid-March place in the calendar, I won't be able to attend this year (I was able to make the finals of the last two tournaments immediately following the USTA 18s Spring Nationals), which is disappointing, because the tournament will feature both men and women this year in Montgomery, Alabama. Instead of 16 men's teams, there will be eight men's and eight women's teams, including, as usual, the Alabama and Auburn teams. Texas Tech is the top seed in the men's tournament, with Pepperdine No. 2. Virginia is No. 1 in the women's event, with Notre Dame No. 2. The tournament begins on Friday and runs through Sunday. For complete draws, see the tournament website.
The 14 and under and 16 and under National Team Indoor Championships were held in Europe last weekend. The winners were:
Boys 16s: Great Britain
Boys 14s: France
Girls 16s: Czech Republic
Girls 14s: Russia
For more on the tournaments, see the Tennis Europe website.