Silverman, Ng Win USTA National Indoor Open Titles in New York; USTA Holds Brainstorming Session in Atlanta
Every year the results of this tournament seem to get lost in the holiday shuffle, but this year I made a point of tracking the annual USTA gold ball event--the National Open Indoor championships in New York.
As is frequently the case, current college players from the New York metropolitan area were well represented in the final rounds, and two emerged as champions. Elon senior Cameron Silverman, the top seed and No. 34 in the ITA preseason singles rankings, won the men's title, beating unseeded Quinton Vega 6-4, 6-3 in the final. Dartmouth freshman Taylor Ng, who was unseeded, won the women's title, beating Louisville recruit and No. 6 seed Ariana Rodriguez 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-2 in the final.
In the women's doubles, University of Virginia's Julia Elbaba and Rachel Pierson won the gold balls, with the top seeds defeating No. 2 seeds Kelly Williford and Rima Asatrian 6-2, 7-5 in the final.
The men's doubles title went to the unseeded team of Juan Parker and Michael Williams, who beat another unseeded team, Shawn Hadavi and Taiyo Hamanaka 6-4, 7-5 in the final.
The mixed doubles title was also decided by two unseeded pairs. Rodriguez and Asika Isoh beat Ng and Maximilian Schmidt 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-3.
For complete draws, see the TennisLink site.
Last month the USTA invited several top coaches from around the country to Atlanta to talk about player development, and from the remarks I heard from several of the coaches who attended, it was a productive meeting that gave hope for more cooperation between the federation and private coaches going forward.
Lisa Stone at Parenting Aces has a detailed account of who was in attendance and what the discussions entailed in this post: "USTA is Trying". Her post has also drawn many interesting comments, so take a look at those as well.