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Friday, November 29, 2013

Eddie Herr Wild Cards; Christian Harrison to Undergo Hip Surgery; Qualifying Begins Saturday for Eddie Herr ITF

©Colette Lewis 2013--
Bradenton, FL--

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:

Girls 12s:
Qingwen Zheng
Viktoria Morvayova
Daria Tomashevskaya
Sanyukta Gawande
Lana Brezanin
Sara De Oliveira
Emily De Oliveira
Roopa Bains

Boys 12s:
Landon Hover
Harry Neel
Noah Berry
Alfredo Casso
Peter Dragar
Timmy Phung
Graham Hadesman
Fnu Nidunjianzan

Girls 14s:
Emily Pugachevsky
Yulin Chen
Mariela Martinez
Catherine Xu
Hoda Habib
Daniela Martinez
Dariya Kazentseva
Lillian Gabrielsen

Boys 14s:
Drew Baird
Vasyl Kiselov
Zicheng Zeng
Joao Fujiwara
Lutwin De Macar
Toi Kobayashi
Chanasorn Nakaurai
Sebastian Korda

Girls 16s:
Ingrid Neel
Nicole Johnston
Mimi Levine
Brooke Lashway
Alana Smith
Amber Policare
Tatiana Samurgasheva
Christina Jordan

Boys 16s:
Andres Andrade
Gabriel Pilones
Hady Habib
Alexandros Gianikitsidis
Soo Woo Kwon
Matus Lazar
Kalman Boyd
Alfredo Perez

Girls 18s:
Olivia Hauger
Emilie Francati
Raquel Pedraza
Emma Higuchi
Daniela Pedraza Novak
Josie Kuhlman
Nandini Das
Katarina Kozarov

Boys 18s:
Alejandro Tabilo
Toshiki Matsuya
Anudeep Kodali
Oscar Janglin
Deiton Baughman
Ulises Blanch
AJ Catanzariti
Taylor Fritz

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


College Fan said...

Rough news for Christian. Having to have hip surgery (much less two) at such a young age doesn't bode well. Hope he can recover and get back to 100%. He obviously has plenty of talent, but seemingly can't stay healthy long enough to build up any consistency. Hang in there!