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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

My USTA National Open Recap and Results from Around the Country; Jenkins and Embree Named ITA Players of the Year

I was fortunate to be able to cover a National Open just a few miles from my home last week, with the Boys and Girls 16s and the Girls 18s finals taking place at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium last Friday. My recap is available today at the Tennis Recruiting Network, and below are the results from the other National Open tournaments around the country.

Steven Sun(1) def. Richter Jordaan(4) 6-1, 6-1
Ronan Jachuck(2) def. Cannon Kingsley(1) 6-3, 6-2
Thomas Yu(1) def. Tristan Boyer(2) 6-2, 6-0
Kevin Zhu(1) def. Zane Khan(2) 6-3, 7-5

William Howells(5) def. Vasil Kirkov(3) 6-1, 7-5
Ivan Thamma(2) def. Roscoe Bellamy(8) 7-6, 6-4
Andrew Fenty(3) def. Trent Bryde(1) 6-4, 6-2
Brian Shi(8) def. Bryan Yoshino 6-4, 6-4

Tommy Paul(1) def. Robert Levine(2) 6-4, 6-4
Nathan Ponwith(1) def. Joshua Pompan(6) 6-3, 6-2
Jake DeVine(1) def. Reilly Opelka(5) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
John McNally(7) def. Gianni Ross 6-3, 6-1

John Mee(2) def. William Little(1) 6-4, 6-1
Hampton Drake def. Christopher Vrabel(1) 7-6(6), 7-6(4)
Gage Brymer(1) def. William Griffith(3) 6-3, 7-5
Ronnie Schneider(1) def. Jack Murray(2) 6-4, 6-2

Lahari Yelamanchili(1) def. Addison Brown(6) 6-4, 6-2
Emma Navarro(1) def. Brianna Shvets(5) 6-4, 6-4
Julia Haynes def. Amy Huang(2) 6-3, 6-2
Katelyn Thomas(1) def. Oghenesuvweh Ogbevire 6-1, 6-1

Kariann Pierre-Louis(4) def. Rachel Papavasilopoulos(3) 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(8)
Annette Goulak(7) def. Jenna Moustafa(6) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
Meredith Roberts(1) def. Taylor Bridges 6-3, 6-2
Elysia Bolton(4) def. Marybeth Hurley(1) 6-2, 6-3

Raveena Kingsley(6) def. Jessica Livianu(4) 6-2, 6-2
Jessica Failla(3) def. Ryan Peus 6-3, 6-4
Jenna Friedel(2) def. Jaclyn Switkes(1) 6-2, 6-1
Kayla Day def. Sophia Abelson 6-2, 6-2

Karina Traxler (3) def. Chuyang Guan(2) 6-3, 6-1
Kaitlyn McCarthy(1) def. Rachel Pierson(2) 1-6, 6-1, 6-3
Gabrielle Smith(6) def. Alexandra Letzt(2) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
Kennedy Shaffer def. Meghan Kelley 6-2, 6-1

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced its ITA Players of the Year today, with Florida's Lauren Embree and Virginia's Jarmere Jenkins receiving the awards.  Both finished at the top of the singles rankings and will be honored this weekend at the ATP Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, Rhode Island.

Southern Cal's Sabrina Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian were named the women's doubles team of the year, and Duke's Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler were named the men's doubles team of the year.  Of the four year-end awards, only Santamaria and Christian won the NCAA championships.  They also will not be able to attend the Hall of Fame ceremony, since they are representing the US in the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.

For the complete release on the career achievements of Embree and Jenkins--and there are many--see the ITA website.


Bill R. - New York said...

If anyone has the time to read this article about the The Private Sector vs. USTA PD, I found it very interesting.


My frustration lands on many of the subjects, but mostly, taking players from private coaches and hiring mostly foreign coaches.

Finally how can the USTA PD leadership be voted out? Seems like a dictatorship with no accountability and zero results. Not One.

Texas said...


Thank you for sharing the article but the sad story is, the only people that can remove the PD leadership is the USTA itself. That is the problem.

The only person on their staff with proven leadership and success is Tom Gullikson. He ran PD with the most success. He let the private sector coach American juniors and assigned USTA coaches to American professionals, if needed. He hired American coaches.

The PD has wasted over 75 million dollars in the past 7 years trying to develop their own. IT HAS NEVER WORKED, they are even trying to scrap out 1 player and they cannot.

Hiring foreign coaches is hypocritical and embarrassing.

Director of Coaching is not based at National Headquarters and rarely there.

Director of Player Development is not a full time position.

Who and When can we put a stop to this mess? How low can it go?

Brent said...

18s Clay Court predictions....

Goldin over (17) Mee
Pura over (17) O’Keefe

Kumar over (1) Hsu
(17) Belga over Radosevic
(14) Showers over Whitehurst
(17) Oosterbaan over Spratt
(6) Craig over Tso
(17) Newman over Ball
(12) Perez-Blanco over Litsky
(17) Curry over Stefanik
(4) Baughman over Ge
(17) Hiltzik over Thompson
(16) Wilczynski over Crystal
Duncan over (17) Kirchheimer
(8) Stewart over MacKenzie
Goldin over Baird
(11) Langmo over Fryer
(17) Di Giulio over Goldman
(17) Yates over Ponwith
(9) Solomon over Edwards
(17) Kerznerman over Lin
(7) Mayronne over Restrepo
Pura over Sandberg
Butsch over (13) Beltrame
Drake over (17) Whitehurst
(3) Wiersholm over Hamilton
(17) Vrabel over Fliegner
(10) Little over Adkisson
(17) Mendez over Acuna
(5) Fawcett over Allwardt
(17) Watson over Podesta
(15) Smith over Livi
(17) Catanzariti over Fisher
(2) Redlicki over Douglas

Brent said...

ROUND of 32
Kumar over (17) Belga
(17) Oosterbaan over (14) Showers
(17) Newman over (6) Craig
(12) Perez-Blanco over (17) Curry
(4) Baughman over (17) Hiltzik
Duncan over (16) Wilczynski
(8) Stewart over Goldin
(17) Di Giulio over (11) Langmo
(9) Solomon over (17) Yates
(17) Kerznerman over (7) Mayronne
Butsch over Pura
(3) Wiersholm over Drake
(10) Little over (17) Vrabel
(5) Fawcett over (17) Mendez
(17) Watson over (15) Smith
(2) Redlicki over (17) Catanzariti

Kumar over (17) Oosterbaan
(17) Newman over (12) Perez-Blanco
(4) Baughman over Duncan
(8) Stewart over (17) Di Giulio
(17) Kerznerman over (9) Solomon
(3) Wiersholm over Butsch
(5) Fawcett over (10) Little
(17) Watson over (2) Redlicki

Kumar over (17) Newman
(8) Stewart over (4) Baughman
(3) Wiersholm over (17) Kerznerman
(17) Watson over (5) Fawcett

(8) Stewart over Kumar
(3) Wiersholm over (17) Watson

(3) Wiersholm over (8) Stewart