Georgia Tech's Bryan Shelton Hired to Replace Andy Jackson at Florida; Roland Garros Finals Set, No US Players Remain
All the speculation here and elsewhere about who might be selected to replace Andy Jackson as the men's tennis coach at the University of Florida didn't include who was named to the position today: Georgia Tech women's coach Bryan Shelton.
I had personally thought that Florida women's coach Roland Thornqvist might interview for the job, and perhaps he was offered it and declined, but, as is related in the Gatorzone.com announcement today, he was very much involved in the process. I don't think I've ever heard one coach quite so complimentary of another, publicly or privately, but Bryan Shelton's reputation is such that it doesn't surprise me either.
Shelton, who attended Georgia Tech and coached the women for 13 years, leading the Yellow Jackets to an NCAA title in 2007, just signed the nation's top recruiting class, so the decision wasn't an easy one. Yet even the Georgia Tech announcement of his departure refers to the opportunity this is for Shelton, while also mentioning the construction of their new 16-court tennis facility.
I did a Question and Answer session with Shelton two years ago, which is available for subscribers at the Tennis Recruiting Network. Next week, look for my Q and A with Roland Thornqvist, which was conducted before Jackson resigned.
At the French Open Junior Championships, both US players still contending for titles were eliminated. Mitchell Krueger, the No. 8 seed, lost to No. 6 Kimmer Coppejans of Belgium 6-3, 7-5. I tried to watch the live scoring, but it wasn't working properly. John Martin, writing for the New York Times Straight Sets blog, has an account of the match here. Coppejans will face No. 5 seed Filip Peliwo of Canada, who came from behind to defeat Adam Pavlasek of the Czech Republic 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-0. For more on that match, and Peliwo's preparations for Sunday's final, see this Canadian Press article.
The girls final will feature unseeded Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia against No. 2 seed Annika Beck of Germany. Schmiedlova downed German qualifier Antonio Lottner 7-5, 6-1 in today's semifinal, and Beck beat No. 12 seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-3, 6-3. For more on the semifinals, see the ITF junior website.
In the doubles, Taylor Townsend and her partner Eugenie Bouchard of Canada, the top seeds, lost to No. 6 seeds Montserrat Gonzalez of Paraguay and Beatriz Haddad-Maia of Brazil 6-2, 7-6(3). Gonzalez and Haddad-Maia will play No. 2 seeds Daria Gavrilova and Irina Khromacheva, who advanced with a 2-6, 6-3, 10-7 win over unseeded Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus and Donna Vekic of Croatia. Martin also wrote about Townsend's loss in doubles here.
In the boys doubles, Pavlasek recovered from his disappointment in singles to reach the final with Vaclav Safranek, also of the Czech Republic. The No. 7 seeds defeated unseeded Thiago Monteiro of Brazil and Gianluigi Quinzi of Italy 7-5, 6-4. They will play unseeded Australians Andrew Harris and Nick Kyrgios, winners over French wild cards Enzo Couacaud and Alexandre Favrot 6-1, 6-3, in Saturday's final.
The complete draws can be found at the tournament website.