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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cypers Commitment Announcement; International Spring Championships Wild Cards; Roland Garros Jrs. Fact Sheet

I tend to concentrate on Division I tennis in my coverage, but being from Kalamazoo, I do get some exposure to Division III tennis, and I try to follow, at the very least, the major tournaments. Thankfully, there's the Division III tennis blog to provide the extensive coverage (although that's only men's tennis) I'm not capable of delivering. I have now done my first commitment announcement for a Division III player however, speaking with Jonathan Cypers about his decision to attend Amherst this fall. Amherst coach Chris Garner, an assistant at Colorado and then Ohio State, has done a terrific job there in his three plus years, taking the team to consecutive NCAA title games. With that immediate success his excellent reputation has only grown, and he has been able to draw four- and five-star recruits to the school.

But he is not the only Division III coach who has been successful in recruiting highly ranked players. Tomorrow, Tennis Recruiting will feature Rhiannon Potkey's profile of Warren Wood, the five-star recruit ranked 58th in his class, who will be attending Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, coached by Paul Settles. My article on Cypers is available today at the Tennis Recruiting Network. They have begun their spring signing coverage, leading up to signing day on April 13th, and I'll have another announcement article that week.

The wild cards for the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships have been released, although with late withdrawals, all of the wild cards may not need to be used. Because the Claremont tournament this week is a Grade 4, there is no special exempt for those finalists according to ITF regulations, so the tournament likes to reserve wild cards for them.

Boys 18s:
Mackenzie McDonald
Dennis Mkrtchian
TJ Pura
Jordan Daigle

Girls 18s:
Allie Kiick
Taylor Townsend
Sabrina Santamaria
Chalena Scholl
Mia King
Jacqueline Crawford
Alyssa Smith

Qualifying:
Girls: Rhianna Valdes
Boys: (had entry problems)
Luis Patino of Mexico
Edward Nguyen of Canada

Updated acceptance lists can be found at the ITF junior website.

The 16s wild cards are:
Girls:
Kaitlyn McCarthy
Elizabeth Profit Elizabeth
Andie Daniell
Boys:
Deiton Baughman
Martin Redlicki

The updated 16s acceptance lists appear on the tournament website at usta.com.

And finally, the fact sheet for the Roland Garros Junior Championships is now out at the ITF junior website. The tournament begins the same week the NCAA individual championship ends, so I will not be able to follow the early stages quite as closely as I would like. Entries close on May 3rd.

4 comments:

question said...

Does anyone know of good articles on tactics tennis players can use to control emotions and racket abuse

Colette Lewis said...

@question
This USTA book is a comprehensive look at all aspects of the mental game. I recommend it highly. Mental Skills and Drills

Tami said...

Colette, I am interested in knowing how the wild cards are chosen for the National Tournaments. I am sure that you are aware of the changes made by the USTA regarding reducing draw sizes, increasing wild cards, etc. Are the kids taken off the alternate list, or can Chris Evert, Nick Bollitieri, etc just make a phone call to the "Wild Card Committee" to get their promising young junior into the tournaments. I know that sounds cynical. But that is because I am cynical.

question said...

thanks colette. know the book are you aware of any articles