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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Final Round of Qualifying Set for Men's ITA All-American; USTA's Honor Roll for August; Towson to Add Men's Tennis?; Cory Ann Avants Update; Christian Harrison Feature

Wednesday is a travel day for me, as I head to Tulsa for the Men's ITA All-American, the seventh consecutive year I have covered it there. The qualifying has been going on since Saturday, and after Tuesday's matches there are 32 players seeking the 16 qualifying spots available in the 64-player draw. The final round of qualifying will take place on Wednesday, and three pre-qualifiers are still around: Memphis' Joe Salisbury, Ohio State's Chris Diaz and Drake's James McKie. The second round of doubles qualifying is going on right now and live scoring is available for the matches through the Tulsa athletics website.  Draws are being updated throughout the day at the ITA tournament page.

The women's qualifying, which features two rounds today and one on Wednesday, is not as easy to follow, with no live scoring in Pacific Palisades, but some of the the day's first round scores have been posted, with No.1 qualifying seed Zoe DeBruycker of North Carolina and No. 2 seed Marianne Jodoin of Duke losing to Francesca Segarelli of Florida State and Lauren Herring of Georgia respectively.  The ITA tournament page has the draws and all the other information.

The USTA has implemented a monthly honor roll for outstanding performances by young US players, which includes mention of the player's coaching arrangement. The August honor roll is available here.

Men's tennis programs are often in the news for being eliminated, but this article, which is about Towson (Md.) University's decision to cut baseball and soccer, features the news the school will bring back men's tennis.

Cory Ann Avants is a name familiar to many who followed junior tennis in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and this article reveals that she will take a week off from teaching tennis to compete in the upcoming Rock Hill, SC Pro Circuit event later this month.

I tweeted the link to this Sarasota Herald-Tribune article last night, but in case you missed it, here is an update on 18-year-old Christian Harrison, who reached the quarterfinals of the US Open men's doubles this year with his older brother Ryan.