Sean Hannity's Response to Tim Russell; Kozlov Reaches Quarterfinals in Godfrey; Cohen into WTA Semifinal
Sean Hannity's rebuttal to USTA's Junior Competition Chair Tim Russell (or Patrick McEnroe, as he titles it) came out last week, but due to my girls 18s Clay Court coverage, I wasn't able to post it until now. Similar to Hannity's first post, it's long, no doubt because he addresses nearly every counter-argument that Russell raised in his 17-page response to Hannity's first post. Skeptical of Russell's claim of landslide support from the junior tennis community, Hannity offers to pay for a survey of USTA membership on the issue.
At this time, I would like to restate my challenge to you to institute an unbiased survey on these schedule and draw size changes – a membership survey that, again, I would be more than happy to provide financial support for if the USTA will agree to abide by the outcome, regardless of what the outcome may be. Should the membership vote to keep the schedule and draw sizes, we can begin to work on ways to improve the legitimate concerns the USTA says it has.
I do not think the USTA will take Hannity up on this offer, so then what? I hope the discussion continues, but I fear it will not.
In Baku, Azerbaijan, the site of this week's only WTA event, Julia Cohen, the former all-American at Florida and Miami, reached her first WTA semifinal with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia. She will play unseeded Olga Puchkova of Russia on Friday.