Sunday, June 24, 2012

Wimbledon Begins; Rain Delays Men's Futures Final in Florida; Doyle Falls in Williamsburg Final; Newman Transfers to Michigan; Townsend Wins Opener in Roehampton

It's just hours until Wimbledon begins, although the junior championships, which I'll be covering live are still six days away. A dozensAmericans are on the schedule for Monday's first round: Venus Williams, John Isner, Jamie Hampton, Vania King, Sloan Stephens, Melanie Oudin, James Blake, Ryan Harrison, Christina McHale, Donald Young and qualifiers Ryan Sweeting and Michael Russell. For the complete order of play see the Wimbledon website.

Heavy rains in Florida postponed the finals of the $10,000 Pro Circuit Futures in Indian Harbour Beach, with Chase Buchanan and Alex Domijan now scheduled to play for the championship on Monday at 9 a.m. The doubles final, between Georgia Tech's Juan Spir and Kevin King and Ruben Gonzales anf Darian King was also pushed back until Monday. For more on the delay, see this article from Florida Today.

The qualifying for the Innisbrook, Fla. Futures was also rained out, with two more rounds scheduled to be played before the qualifiers are determined. For that draw, see the Pro Circuit page at usta.com.

At the $10,000 women's Pro Circuit tournament in Williamsburg, Va., Vojislava Lukic of Serbia beat qualifier Caroline Doyle of the US 6-1, 6-3 to win her second consecutive title. The 25-year-old won at Bethany Beach last week as a qualifier. Top seeds DEIGMAN, Laura Deigman of Great Britain and Julia Moriarty of Ireland took the doubles title 6-4, 6-4 over Americans Jacqueline Cako and Whitney Jones, the No. 2 seeds.

The University of Michigan has announced the transfer of Spencer Newman for the upcoming season. The former Florida Gator will join the Wolverines as a junior. For the complete release, see the University of Michigan website. And according to this article on current University of Illinois player Farris Gosea's title at a local open tournament, Blake Bazarnik has transferred from Vanderbilt to Illinois.

At the Grade 1 at Roehampton today, the first round of play wasn't completed, but Taylor Townsend won her opener 6-2, 6-0 over Elke Lemmens of Belgium. Kyle McPhillips and No. 4 seed Sachia Vickery of the US advanced, but No. 5 seed Chalena Scholl and Jennifer Brady lost their first round matches. Allie Kiick, seeded eighth, did not play.

In the boys first round, Mitchell Krueger(7), Noah Rubin(13), Mackenzie McDonald(14) and qualifier Stefan Kozlov won their first round matches. Spencer Papa lost, and Alexios Halebian and Connor Farren did not play. No. 4 seed Filip Peliwoo of Canada, the Australian and French boys finalist this year, fell to Enzo Couacaud of France. Top seed Luke Saville of Australia and Luke Bambridge of Great Britain did not play their opening match.

Complete results are available at the LTA site.

At the other grass warmup to Wimbledon, the Grade 2 Gerry Weber in the Netherlands, top seed Nikola Milojevic of Serbia and No. 2 seed Marcela Zacarias of Mexico claimed the singles titles. Blair Shankle, the only US player in either draw, lost in the girls doubles final. Paired with Laura Ucros of Colombia, Shankle lost to Barbora Krejcikova and Dominka Paterova of the Czech Republic. The boys doubles title was won by Markos Kalovelonis of Greece and Stefano Napolitano of Italy.


Jim Wright said...

What was the timing on the Newman transfer? Before or after Bryan was named coach?

Clark Coleman said...

Newman's departure was announced (unofficially) before the previous coach (Jackson) had resigned.

Austin said...

Well, my "possibly too high" of a preseason ranking for Michigan next season is looking a little better with these two transfers. Very odd move by Newman from a distant perspective, isn't he from Florida? Certainly picking a school that is quite different from the one he was at, maybe in a good way. Excited to see them battle Ohio State for the Big10 next year.