Eddie Herr Wild Cards; Christian Harrison to Undergo Hip Surgery; Qualifying Begins Saturday for Eddie Herr ITF
Qualifying continued Friday in the 12s, 14s and 16s divisions at the Eddie Herr, with the last match finishing around 9 p.m. The temperatures were seasonable and there was no rain, but still the day's last matches, scheduled for 4:30, went on well after dark, and only on the lighted courts.
|Pat Harrison and Vicky Duval|
When I first arrive at the IMG Bollettieri Academy, I immediately head for the Stadium court, to see who coach Pat Harrison may be working with. Today it was Vicky Duval, Stephanie Nauta, home from Virginia for the weekend, and Michael Venus, while Pat's son Christian watched.
Christian is scheduled for hip surgery next month, and a couple of months later he will have the other hip operated on, so he is unlikely to play much in 2014. I spoke briefly to Duval and Nauta, but because I hadn't seen Venus since his college days at LSU, we had a longer chat, and of course I congratulated him on recently winning the Asian-Pacific wild card into the Australian Open in doubles with Yuki Bhambri. It will be Venus' first appearance in the main draw of a slam. He has worked with Pat Harrison since he was a teenager, and rather than stay home, where hitting partners are scarce, he decided to spend the off-season in Bradenton. He isn't too optimistic about receiving a wild card into the Heineken Open, the January ATP event in New Zealand, although he is now the second-ranked man in the country.
The main draw wild cards for the Eddie Herr are as follows:
Sara De Oliveira
Emily De Oliveira
Lutwin De Macar
Soo Woo Kwon
Daniela Pedraza Novak
The 18s qualifying gets underway at 9 a.m. Saturday. Nicole Frenkel is the top seed in the girls qualifying, with Ryotaro Matsumura of Japan the top seed in boys qualifying. The order of play and qualifying draws are available at eddieherr.com