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Monday, April 20, 2015

ISC Carson Videos; A Look at the ITF Junior Rankings; Paul Qualifies for Savannah Challenger

Videos of the International Spring Championships winners are below, with additional videos of the finalists available at the Tenniskalamazoo YouTube channel.

Miomir Kecmanovic, ITF boys finalist

Fanni Stollar, ITF girls finalist

Andrew Fenty, 16s boys finalist

Victoria Flores, 16s girls finalist

There's never really a break to stop and reflect on the ITF junior rankings, but now that the major US ITF spring events are in the books, and the European clay season just beginning, I thought now might be a good time.

With William Blumberg moving into the ITF Top 10 for the first time in his career, the US has four boys in that elite group, all of them 17 years old. Only Fritz is in his final year of ITF junior competition. In all the US has 14 boys in the Top 100, the most of any nation; Japan in second with eight. Russia's Andrey Rublev, who qualified into this week's ATP event in Barcelona, remains No. 1.

The US boys in the ITF Top 100, with their current rankings:

3. Taylor Fritz*
5. Stefan Kozlov
7. Michael Mmoh*
10. William Blumberg*
30. Reilly Opelka
37. Ulises Blanch
40. Alex Rybakov
41. Nathan Ponwith
59. Emil Reinberg
79. Hady Habib
84. Sam Riffice
90. Catalin Mateas
95. Frances Tiafoe
96. Sameer Kumar

*career high

There are 13 US girls in the ITF Top 100 this week, with Russia leading all countries with 17.

The US girls in the ITF Top 100, with their current rankings:

4. CiCi Bellis
7. Usue Arconada
13. Sonya Kenin
29. Michaela Gordon
31. Raveena Kingsley
40. Ingrid Neel
41. Caroline Dolehide
42. Francesca Di Lorenzo
46. Claire Liu*
59. Kayla Day
65. Tornado Alicia Black
71. Alexandra Sanford
92. Mia Horvit

*career high

The cutoffs rankings for Roland Garros and Wimbledon vary from year to year, but Top 60 is usually a safe bet for the main draw. The entry deadline for the Roland Garros junior championships is two weeks from tomorrow.

Two US juniors who do not have to worry about their ITF junior rankings are Katerina Stewart and Tommy Paul. Stewart, who is ranked 276 by the WTA, would be admitted to the main draw of the junior slams if she enters (400 in the minimum ranking) as would Paul, who at ATP 720 is inside the requirement of a 750 ATP ranking for boys.

Stewart received a main draw wild card into the $50,000 Dothan Pro Circuit event this week, which starts the women's USTA Har-Tru Wild Card Challenge for the French Open wild card. Paul won three matches to qualify for the $50,000 Savannah Challenger, the second of three men's tournaments that count toward the Wild Card Challenge.

His contest with No. 2 seed Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium will be the 17-year-old's first match in the main draw of a challenger. Jared Donaldson, Mitchell Krueger and Bjorn Fratangelo all picked up wins in first round action Monday. Wild card Stefan Kozlov drew top seed Tim Smyczek and wild card Frances Tiafoe drew Vincent Millot of France.