Well, that was an ugly week of weather for the Boys 16s and 18s National Championships, but despite countless rain delays, the tournament fortunately did not have to be extended until Monday, as it did in 1990 when Ivan Baron beat Will Bull 7-6 in the fifth to win the 18s title.
I tried to keep everyone up-to-date via twitter on the other National Championships around the country, and the Tennis Recruiting Network will have recaps of them all beginning on Tuesday with the Girls 14s and Boys 12s. Below are the results of the finals. For the USTA review of the National Championships, including the doubles winners, see this release.
Alex del Corral(2) def. Nathan Perrone(1) 6-2, 6-2
Catherine Bellis(1) def. Michaela Gordon(5) 6-1, 6-1
Cameron Klinger(2) def. Jake Devine(14) 7-6(8), 4-6, 6-1
Lauren Goodman(1) def. Mia Horvit(6) 6-2, 6-2
Ronnie Schneider(2) def. Luca Corinteli(4) 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-2
Peggy Porter(3), Dallas, def. Alyssa Smith(15) 7-6(8), 6-4
Jack Sock(1) def. Mitchell Frank 6-3, 6-0
Lauren Davis(1) def. Nicole Gibbs(4) 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-4
Schneider and Porter receive main draw US Open junior wild cards, while Sock and Davis get main draw US Open men's and women's wild cards. Mitchell Frank and Nicole Gibbs receive men's and women's qualifying wild cards. For the complete list of USTA wild cards awarded for junior tournaments, see usta.com.
I had heard rumors earlier this spring that 18s National Champion Lauren Davis had suffered a freak head injury at the WTA Family Circle Cup, but never saw a reference to exactly what happened. This story from ESPN W profiles Davis and gives a few more details, with the severity of her concussion obvious. It's great to see her back on the court and winning tournaments again; in addition to the National 18s championship, she has also taken titles at two $10,000 Pro Circuit events this summer.
Pam Shebest provided her usual excellent coverage all week for the Kalamazoo Gazette. Her article on Sock's win can be found here, and her article on Schneider's win is here.
A local television station was on hand for the finals and posted their video report and interview with Sock on YouTube.
I also was invited to review the tournament for the local public radio station WMUK this morning and that interview can be found on the station's website.
Prior to winning the 18s National Championships and the US Open wild cards that go with it, Lauren Davis and Jack Sock were named as participants in the US Open Wild Card tournament, which begins Thursday at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Md. With their wins there are now two additional spots, but here are the players announced:
Ticket information for the event can be found here: