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Friday, July 13, 2012

USTA Clay Court Wild Card List; Other Wild Card News; Midwest Section Wins USTA Intersectionals

I'm heading to Memphis for live coverage of the Girls 18s Clay Courts beginning Monday. This will be my fifth year covering the event, but the first time I've done it and Wimbledon in the same year. I haven't had enough time at home--I've found 10 days is the Goldilocks gap between tournaments--yet after seeing the field for the Girls 18s clays, I can't help but be excited about the tournament.

I can't ever remember covering a junior event where all four semifinalists are back the following year, but Gabby Andrews, Denise Starr, Danielle Collins and Stephanie Vlad are all entered again this year. Add to that quartet competitors like Jamie Loeb, who won the Grass Courts and a 10K in Buffalo, Spring National champion & Easter Bowl finalist Brooke Austin, Ashley Dai, Katerina Stewart, Caroline Doyle and hometown favorite Catherine Harrison and you have the makings of an outstanding tournament. I don't know if the US Open Junior wild card is responsible for the strength of the field, but it certainly hasn't hurt. Louisa Chirico, who won the $10,000 Pro Circuit event in Sumter, isn't seeded, nor are Brooke Broda, the 16s Easter Bowl champion, and Jessica Ho, the 16s ISC champion, so there could be some excellent matches from the start.  The complete list of competitors can be found at the TennisLink site.

Here is the list of all the wild cards for the USTA Clay Court Championships around the country:

Boys 12s
Courage Crawford
Karl Poling
Girls 12s
Jasmine Abidi, Jasmine
Aleksandra Bekirova
Angelica Blake
Isabella Boulais
Emma DeCoste
Tiffany Pyritz
Julia Vulpio
Hailey Wilcox

Boys 14s
Christopher Jiahui Kralik
Sangeet Sridhar
Ivan Thamma

Girls 14s
Nicole Conard,
Sabina Grigorian
Ashley Kratzer
Angela Kulikov
Cheyenne Lilienthal
Nnena Nadozie
Rachel Papavasilopoulos
Maya Smith

Boys 16s
Zandrix Acob
Spencer Furman
Daniel Gealer
Tommy Paul

Girls 16s
Jeannez Daniel
Mary Haffey
Mia Horvit

Boys 18s
William Albanese
Justin Butsch
Terrell Celestine
Carlos Di Laura
Jose Gracia
Daniel Kerznerman
Nolan Paige
Martin Redlicki
Stephen Watson

Girls 18s
Emerald Able
Rima Asatrian
Amanda Atanasson
Makenzie Craft
Allison Miller
Monica Mitta

Other wild card news announced recently has NCAA champion Nicole Gibbs, who won a round at the WTA Bank of the West Classic at Stanford before losing to Serena Williams 6-2, 6-1, receiving a wild card into the WTA Mercury Insurance Open in La Costa, Calif. Zoe Scandalis of USC received a qualifying wild card according to this article from the North County Times. And for an account of Mallory Burdette's 7-5, 6-0 second round loss to No. 2 seed Marion Bartoli at Stanford last night, see this article from the San Jose Mercury News.

Brian Baker and Jack Sock have received wild cards into the ATP BB&T Atlanta Open next week, with Nathan Pasha of Georgia and Kevin King of Georgia Tech receiving qualifying wild cards.

And the $100,000 Odlum Brown Vanopen Challenger in Vancouver has granted a main draw wild card to Wimbledon boys champion Filip Peliwo, who is from that city, although currently training in Montreal. Peliwo lost in the first round of this week's $15,000 Futures in Canada, to a qualifier, which, even accounting for the long trip back from London, was something of a surprise.

At the Intersectionals in Shreveport, Louisiana, the Midwest section beat the Southern section 6-2 to claim its second title in three years. The Midwest got singles wins from Paul Oosterbaan, Thomas Fawcett, Brooke Broda, Alexandria Chatt and Keisha Clousing and a doubles win from Chatt and Alexandria Najarian.

The Shreveport Times published this article on the final of the mixed team event for the 16s division. For all results, see the TennisLink site.


college fan said...

Colette, how many college players will be in Newport this weekend for awards?

Johnny said...

Is sock the next Donald young with the wild cards? Has he ever qualified for a pro tourney on his own? Isn't it time to realize that handouts are not the way to pro success???

USTennis said...

Sock, another wc, fancy that. He got one in Newport, now Atlanta, why not give him one for the whole Emirates US Open series. Says a lot for the rest of the young pros un the US, or how they are regarded by USTA.

wildcards said...

The usta DOES NOT give out those wildcards to Jack Sock.

They are given by the ATP tournaments and his Agent!!

I do agree - Jack Sock does NOT deserve all these wildcards.

and Yes--apparently, Jack Sock is the new Donald Young of wildcards. It's Embarrassing!!!

Atlanta Fan said...

I don't think the USTA controls te WC for the pro events. You might want to talk to the agents. USTA controls WC for their events Pro Circuit and US Open.

Here is another example of people who have no idea how the system works and putting out misinformation fr the rest of the public to rally around.

Truth said...

The guy won a mixed doubles slam. Have you?

USTennis said...

Are you telling me that the USTA has no input to wc's in the US Open series events, and any of the ATP and Challenger events - think again.

wildcards said...


Of course the USTA has say in the Challenger events because they are "Pro Circuit" events.

Jack Sock is NOT playing those events at 300 in the World. He is getting wildcards into main draw ATP events.

Crash course--

ITF events are Grand Slams, Davis Cup, Olympics and Future events.

ATP events are ATP-1000 to 250 events.

USTA Pro Circuit are Challengers and Futures - 100K - 10K

ATP events are typically owned by Sports Agencies, so they can give their clients wildcards into those events. The USTA has little say in those wildcards.

Truth--Seriously, a Mixed Doubles Slam?? That means--NOTHING--towards what singles level you deserve to play. He is ranked 300 in the World--he deserves to play Challengers. NOT wildcard after wildcard after wildcard in ATP events.

coach said...

whoever grants the wildcards- his habit of taking them is destructive to his development

its called a crutch. for the right reason one can be a benefit. as a habit it builds weakness

Austin said...

Sock has been injured all year, he is just coming back, why wouldnt he get a wildcard into a few events? His ranking would be much higher if he had been able to play all year.

Jack Sock Fan said...

Looks like that WC was worth every penny. Beets number 50 in the world. Bunch of haters!!

webster said...

to j sock fan..."sp"...beats...not beets....

Brent said...

Huge win for Sock. Seemed like some where almost cheering against him because of the wild card thing. Agree with Austin that taking them coming back from injury is a little different than otherwise. It is just a higher beta strategy in my opinion. If you get a couple key wins, you can skip multiple steps on the curve. If you don't get a couple key wins, you can kill your confidence, not learn how to win, and add risk to your development curve.