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Monday, April 18, 2011

International Spring Championship Recap; Easter Bowl Blogs; ITF World Junior Rankings

Today is a travel day for me, so today's post will be brief.

My recap of the International Spring Championships, for those of you who were not following the daily coverage, can be found at the Tennis Recruiting Network. ISC Recap

The Easter Bowl press manager Steve Pratt arranged for several players to write blogs for the USTA during the tournament. It's always interesting to read what the competitors have to say about their experience in Palm Springs. Ronnie Schneider graciously agreed to do a second blog after this loss in the 16s final yesterday.

Gabrielle Andrews
Ronnie Schneider
Dennis Novikov
Taylor Townsend
Ronnie Schneider final

The April 18 rankings are out, and that list is always particularly noteworthy for US juniors who are hoping to play at Roland Garros and Wimbledon this summer.

US girls in the top 50 (above that and a player can rely on getting in the main draw of junior slams) are:

Lauren Davis (4)
Sloane Stephens (25)
Grace Min (28)
Madison Keys (38)
Vicky Duval (39)
Christina Makarova (41)
Gabrielle Andrews (50)

Andrews is now the youngest player in the ITF top 50, at 14 years and four months. Easter Bowl champion Kyle McPhillips is No. 51 after her win yesterday.

US Boys in the top 50 are:

Shane Vinsant (19)
Bjorn Fratangelo (23)
Mitchell Krueger (28)
Mac Styslinger (32)
Dennis Novikov (36)
Alexios Halebian (38)
Marcos Giron (41)
Connor Farren (47)