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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Mmoh Reaches Grade1 Final in Roehampton; Boys Team USA Summer Playoffs Begin Sunday

A travel day and night for me as I head over to Wimbledon, so this early post will not include all the day's Wimbledon results.

The finals are set for the ITF Grade 1 in Roehampton, with Michael Mmoh reaching the championship match.  Mmoh, seeded No. 3, defeated Reilly Opelka, seeded No. 16, 6-3, 6-2 in today's semifinal.  Mmoh will play Viktor Durasovic of Norway, the No. 5 seed in the final. Mmoh is 2-0 against Durasovic, including a quarterfinal win at the International Hard Courts Grade 1 last August.

The girls final will feature No. 3 seed Dalma Galfi against top seed Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.  Galfi defeated Ingrid Neel 6-2 7-6(6), while Vondrousova advanced to the final via a walkover from No. 5 seed Katie Swan from Great Britain. I hope it's nothing serious so Swan can play Wimbledon Juniors.

Tommy Paul and William Blumberg have reached the doubles final. The No. 2 seeds defeated Ulises Blanch and Juan Pablo Ficovich of Argentina 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals today.

The USTA Junior Summer Team for girls was decided back in May; the boys playoffs will be held this Sunday at Boca Raton.  Sam Riffice and Vasil Kirkov are already on the team, with six players to be chosen from the 16 players listed below.  Those invited to participate in the playoffs, with the names of their coaches:

Player    Hometown    Personal Coach
Gianni Ross  -- Burr Ridge, IL  -- Jack Sharpe

Trent Bryde --  Suwanee, GA  --  Will Wright

Alafia Ayeni --  San Diego, CA -- Brian Teacher/Anthony Ayeni

Alexandre Rotsaert -- Boca Raton, FL -- Hafeez Hameed

Alexander Brown -- Urbandale, IA -- Elliott McDermed/Zach Buenger

Kyrylo Tsygura -- North Potomac, MD --Vesa Ponkka

Brian Shi -- Jericho, NY -- Mihai Grecu

Oliver Crawford -- Spartanburg, SC --  Kelly Jones/Anthony Stewart

Austen Huang -- Elk Grove, CA -- James Roberts

William Howells -- Boca Raton, FL -- Cyril Saulnier

Matthew Tsolakyan -- Glendale, CA -- Greg Grigorian

Steven Sun -- Boca Raton, FL -- Andres Pedroso

Trey Hildebrand -- San Antonio, TX -- Mark Hildebrand

Ryan Goetz -- Greenlawn, NY -- Keith Kambourian

Matthew Rodriguez -- Highland Beach, FL -- Maurice Trail

Danny Thomas -- Boca Raton, FL -- Maurice Trail