Pouille Wins Second Straight Futures in Mexico; Copa Yucatan Grade 1 Starts Monday; Link to Notes on USTA's First Town Hall Meeting
Eighteen-year-old Lucas Pouille of France, who started the year playing the Australian Open Junior Championships, but then switched entirely to the ITF Men's Circuit, won his second straight title in Merida Mexico today.
Pouille beat Wimbledon and US Open junior champion Filip Peliwo of Canada 6-3, 6-3 in the final. Neither was seeded, but between them they eliminated five of the eight seeds.
The previous week, Pouille had defeated doubles partner Mathias Bourgue of France, also 18 years old, in the final. This week they met in the quarterfinals, and again it was a straight-set win for Pouille, who had reached two Futures finals earlier this year. In his Mexico run, Pouille did not lose in set in his ten victories.
It was Peliwo's first Futures final, with a semifinal appearance his previous best showing at that level.
Today in the Bradenton $10,000 Futures final, 15-year-old Alexander Zverev of Germany lost in his first championship match at the Futures level 6-0, 6-1 to top seed Florian Reynet of France.
The ITF Grade 1 Copa Yucatan begins Monday in Mexico, with Sachia Vickery and Christina Makarova the top American girls and Mackenzie McDonald and Thai Kwiatkowski the top American boys on the acceptance list. Qualifying should have been completed earlier today, but those draws have not yet been updated, nor have the main draws been released. As I tweeted a couple of days ago, there were only 10 girls in qualifying, all from Mexico, while the boys draw of 64 was completely filled. For more information, see the tournament website.
The Parenting Aces blog is keeping close tabs on the USTA Junior Competition Town Hall Meetings, and after yesterday's at the Middle Atlantic section's annual meeting, someone who attended was kind enough to provide an account of the discussion. I'm going to reserve judgment until I have more data to go on, but I will say my initial impression leaves me less optimistic than I was in October when these meetings were first announced. And to be honest, I wasn't all that optimistic back then.
For the account of the meeting, which had USTA's Lew Brewer and Scott Schultz as presenters, see this post at Parenting Aces.