I will have more on the other Clay Court championships on Tuesday, as will the Tennis Recruiting Network, but if you are looking for the winners of all four divisions, they appear in my Honor Roll at left. The slideshow and videos from the Girls 18s Clays will also be up later this week.
It was announced today that Jack Sock is turning pro. A deal with CAA Sports, which represents Novak Djokovic and Andy Murry, has been rumored for several months now, and apparently that agency, which also represents Lauren Davis and Ashleigh Barty, got Sock a clothing endorsement deal with Adidas. Sock had been sponsored by Nike, without compensation of course, prior to this signing.
Along with Adidas clothes, the sponsorship comes with the opportunity to train with other Adidas-sponsored players in Las Vegas. I spoke with Sock's longtime coach Mike Wolf today, and he said Sock would be training for the next week with the likes of Gil Reyes, Andre Agassi's friend and trainer, while hitting with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Juan Monaco.
After that, Wolf and Sock will travel to Kalamazoo, where Sock will defend his 18s National title with an eye toward winning the US Open wild card that goes with it. If he does not repeat as champion, Sock will likely play the USTA's US Open wild card tournament in College Park Maryland, August 18-20.
Sock is obviously very excited about embarking on his professional career and posted this tweet today:
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For more comments from Sock about his decision, see this article from the Lincoln Journal-Star.
Today at the ATP Farmers Classic in Los Angeles, Daniel Kosakowski, the now-former UCLA Bruin, defeated Denis Kudla 6-4, 7-6(4) to advance to the main draw of the tournament. Kosakowski, 19, had beaten No. 1 qualifying seed and 106th-ranked Tatsuma Ito of Japan 6-0, 6-2 in the second round of qualifying Sunday. He will play fellow American qualifier Tim Smyczek in the first round Tuesday. For more on Kosakowski's win over Kudla today, see this article at uclabruins.com.
NCAA champion Steve Johnson, who qualified into the main draw last year in Los Angeles, received a wild card into the main draw this year, and will play Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in the first round, also Tuesday.
College coaching legends have been in the news a lot lately, with the move of Bob Hansen from UC-Santa Cruz to Middlebury, and the passing of former Kalamazoo College tennis coach George Acker last week.
Today comes the news that Furman's Paul Scarpa, who holds the NCAA Division I record for wins with 853, is retiring. Scarpa coached the Paladins for 45 years and won 17 Southern Conference titles. He also developed the scoring system used today in Division I men's and women's dual matches. For more on his illustrious career, see this tribute from the school's athletic website.