Harrison, Boyce Take Titles in ITF Grade 4 in Atlanta; Belated Nike Junior Tour Results; Johnson vs. Frank in Charlottesville 75K Monday
Catherine Harrison and Charles Boyce won singles titles today at the ITF Grade 4 in Atlanta, held at the Racquet Club of the South. Harrison, the top seed, defeated unseeded Sydney Campbell 7-6(6), 6-2 to win the tournament, taking every match in straight sets. It was the Georgia Tech recruit's her first title in over a year.
Boyce, a blue chip junior from Texas, has had success in the fall ITFs here in the US, reaching the semifinals at both Waco and Wichita Falls, but he was still forced to qualify for Atlanta, meaning he had won nine matches by the time he took out unseeded Tommy Mylnikov of Canada 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in today's final. Boyce upset top seed Harrison Richmond in the round of 16, but Richmond got a measure of revenge in the doubles final, where he and Daniel Khanin, the No. 1 seeds, beat Boyce and his partner Stephen Watson, who were unseeded, 6-4, 6-7(4), 10-3.
The girls doubles title went to the unseeded team of Campbell and Josie Kuhlman, who beat No. 3 seeds Caroline Doyle and Mia King 6-2, 7-5 in the final. Campbell and Kuhlman weren't forced to a match tiebreaker in any of their five wins.
Complete draws can be found at the TennisLink site.
This week's ITF junior event in the US is a Grade 4 in Lexington, South Carolina. The boys qualifying results can be found at the ITF junior site; it doesn't appear there was any qualifying for the girls. (Correction: there was qualifying for girls). The tournament's independent website is available here.
Back in September, I looked everywhere for the results of the US Nike Junior Tour Masters. I did manage to dig up the 14s winners--Stefan Kozlov(hard to figure how he wasn't the top seed) and Kenadi Hance--but I don't think I ever found the results for the 12s. In going through my USTA sectional emails, I found this article from the Midwest, which features the boys 12s winner Gianni Ross from Illinois. The girls 12s title went to Ryan Peus. The US champions will compete in December's International event at the Club Med Sandpiper resort in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Note: I was sent this link to the full results, with the information that it was only recently posted.)
It was a big day for 18-year-olds in the North American ITF circuit tournaments, with Jason Kubler of Australia taking the $10,000 Birmingham, Ala. Futures, Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal winning the $25,000 challenger in Puerto Rico and Timea Babos of Hungary capturing the $50,000 challenger in Saguenay, Canada. Babos defeated Julia Boserup of the US in the final 7-6(7), 6-3, and also teamed with Jessica Pegula of the US for the doubles title.
The qualifying is underway for the three upcoming tournaments, with the men's $10K Futures in Niceville Fla. in the final round Monday, while the women's $50K in Grapevine Texas just got started today.
At the $75,000 men's challenger in Charlottesville, the final round of qualifying will be Monday morning (with live scoring available through the ATP website). Virginia's Jarmere Jenkins, a wild card, will play third seed Alex Bogdanovic of Great Britain after beating Blaz Rola of Ohio State 7-6 in the third in Saturday's opening round of qualifying. The other current Cavalier still alive is All-American champion Mitchell Frank, who beat No. 2 seed Nick Monroe 7-6(2), 6-4 and will now play NCAA champion Steve Johnson for a spot in the main draw. The slower court surface (see this Daily Progress article for more on that) and playing at home probably favor Frank, who is obviously confident right now, but Johnson has an edge in experience. It's certainly a match everyone in college tennis will be watching closely.
For draws, see the Pro Circuit results page at usta.com.