University of Oklahoma Freshman Harris Wins Mansfield Futures; Top Seeds Lee and Hon Claim ITF Grade 2 Titles in Japan; Grade A Osaka Mayor's Cup Underway
University of Oklahoma freshman Andrew Harris captured his first ITF Men's circuit title today at the $15,000 Futures event in Mansfield, Texas.
Harris, a 19-year-old Australian who reached the doubles semifinals at the ITA All-American Championships earlier this month, defeated former Illinois All-American Dennis Nevolo 6-4, 7-6(5) in the final. Neither player was seeded. Harris, who won the Wimbledon and French boys doubles titles last year with Nick Kyrgios, defeated top seed Austin Krajicek(Texas A&M) 7-5, 7-5 in the semifinals to reach his second Futures final.
Third seeds Ed Corrie(Texas) and Dan Smethurst of Great Britain took the doubles titles in Mansfield, defeating top seeds Jean-Yves Aubone(Florida State) and Kevin King(Georgia Tech) 6-3, 7-5 in Sunday's final.
Next up for the men's Pro Circuit is the $10,000 Futures in Birmingham, Alabama. Chase Buchanan, back in the United States after several successful months in South America, is the top seed, and has drawn former teammate Devin McCarthy in the first round. Buchanan is one of four wild cards. The others are Alabama sophomore Becker O'Shaughnessey, Alabama recruit Sam Edwards and Kentucky recruit Trey Yates.
At the $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit event in Rock Hill, SC, top seed Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia swept the singles and doubles titles. Duque-Marino defeated No. 5 seed Anna Tatishvili of Georgia 6-3, 6-4 in the singles final, then joined with Argentina's Maria Irigoyen to beat unseeded Allie Kiick and Asia Muhammed 4-6, 7-6(5), 12-10 in the doubles final.
The women's Pro Circuit moves to Florence South Carolina for another $25,000 event, although many American women are headed north to Canada for the $50,000 tournament there the same week.
At the ITF Grade 2 Dunlop Japan Open, top-seeded 15-year-olds Duck Hee Lee of Korea and Priscilla Hon of Australia claimed the titles.
The biggest tournament on the ITF junior Asian swing-the Grade A Osaka Mayor's Cup--begins Monday with qualifying already underway. Two US boys--Michael Mmoh, the No. 2 seed, and Daniel Maese--are in the draw, with Mmoh defending quarterfinal points from last year. Three US girls have made the trip: No. 9 seed Katrine Steffensen, No. 12 seed Michaela Gordon and Emma Higuchi. Russia's Vavara Flink is the girls top seed, with Duck Hee Lee at the top of the boys draw.