There has been much speculation in the past few months as to whether Mitchell Krueger would actually end up attending Texas A&M, and the answer to that question is now officially no. Although at Wimbledon Krueger had not yet signed the papers relinquishing his amateur status, it had been rumored for months that he was considering skipping college and training with a group of young pros at the USTA. Soon after returning to Texas from London, he signed a contract to be represented by the sports management agency Octagon. Although there has been no press release, Krueger is now listed on their website as a client, and is being featured in promotional banner ads for Tecnifibre, his racquet sponsor.
Steve Johnson, who took a different path, playing all four years at the University of Southern California, signed an endorsement deal with Asics for shoes and apparel. Johnson, who received a wild card into the ATP Farmers Classic in Los Angeles, and plays his first round match against Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands later tonight, appears in this YouTube promotion for the company.
The biggest junior tournament in Europe that isn't held in Paris or London is taking place this week, as the European Summer Championships are underway. The 14s are in Pilzen, Czech Republic, the 16s are in Moscow and the 18s, which are an ITF Grade B1, are in Switzerland.
Although the tournaments are in the early stages, there have already been several upsets of note.
In the boys 14s, top seed Jay Clarke of Great Britain lost in the second round (his first match) to Carlos Divar of Spain. The top seed in the girls 14s, Olga Fridman of Ukraine, has advanced to the third round, but No. 2 seed Maia Lumsden of Great Britain was beaten in the second round by Denisa Cichova of the Czech Republic.
The girls 16s field is a strong one, with Croatia's Ana Konjuh, a Wimbledon girls quarterfinalist and No. 11 in the ITF junior rankings, the top seed. Konjuh has advanced to the third round, as has No. 2 seed Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic, who is No. 5 in the ITF junior rankings.
Petros Chrysochos of Cyprus, the No. 1 seed in the boys 16s, was upset by Johannes Haerteis of Germany in the second round, but No. 2 seed Elias Ymer of Sweden is through to the third round.
In the girls 18s, top seeds Margarita Gasparyan of Russia and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland have made the third round, but No. 3 seed Illona Kremen of Belarus lost in the second round to Tess Sugnaux of Switzerland. In the boys 18s, French Open boys champion Kimmer Coppejans of Belgium has reached the third round, as has No. 2 seed Frederico Silva of Portugal. No. 5 seed Enzo Couacaud of France, who reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, lost his opening match to Laslo Djere of Serbia.
For the 18s draws, see the ITF junior website. The draws for the other age divisions can be accessed by click on the links above, or going to the TennisEurope website.