Eddie Herr Preview; List of 18s Main Draw Wild Cards, with Qualifying Beginning Saturday; USA Today Followup on USTA Junior Competition Changes
My preview of the Eddie Herr 16s and 18s divisions is available now at the Tennis Recruiting Network. My preview of the 12s and 14s will go up on Sunday.
I arrived at the IMG Bollettieri Academy this afternoon and was amazed by all the changes since last year. The indoor tennis facility is no longer serving as tournament headquarters, with many new tents everywhere--for registration, match calling, officials, players lounge, vendors, you name it. There is also a new Prince building just a few steps from court 8, where the stringers and the score reporting are located. I believe that scores are going up on the internet as soon as they are recorded, so please check the TennisLink site often if you are looking for a particular result.
The place to go for the order of play for the start of the 18s qualifying on Saturday is eddieherr.com, which also has links to the qualifying draws.
The wild cards for the 18s main draw, which begins Monday:
I also heard that John Isner and Xavier Malisse will be participating in an exhibition for players, coaches and parents here on Tuesday. There should be extra buzz on the always humming academy grounds on that day.
Chris Oddo, writing for USA Today, provided a followup story on the USTA Junior Competition changes today, with new perspectives from Dick Gould and John Whitlinger of Stanford, Lisa Stone of Parenting Aces, former ATP stars and current academy owners Johan Kriek and Harold Solomon, and Jon Vegosen and Kurt Kamperman of the USTA. The second Town Hall listening meeting is tomorrow (Saturday) at the National Open in Connecticut.