Thursday, August 20, 2015

US Open Junior Championships Wild Cards Announced

Qualifying for the US Open Junior Championships begins two weeks from tomorrow, and the USTA has announced the wild cards for the event.

Boys Main Draw:
Vasil Kirkov (Coaches: Stoyan Kirkov, Sylvain Guichard)
Patrick Kypson* (Coach: Chris Cloer)
Eduardo Nava (Coach: Favero Academy)
Sam Riffice** (Coaches: Lori Riffice, Sylvain Guichard)
Alex Rybakov (Coach: Nick Rybakov)
Frances Tiafoe*** (Coach: Jose Higueras)
Two yet to be determined, with one a reciprocal with French Federation

*wild card won as 16s Kalamazoo champion
**wild card won as 18s Clay Court champion
***wild card won as 18s Kalamazoo champion

13-year-old McNally and 14-year-old Black will make their junior slam debuts next month
Girls Main Draw:
Tornado Alicia Black (Coaches: Gayal and Sly Black)
Hurricane Tyra Black (Coaches: Gayal and Sly Black)
Kelly Chen (Coach: Debbie Shaffer)
Abigail Desiatnikov* (Coach: Eugeny Desiatnikov)
Alexa Graham (Coach: Anna Beilen Zavska)
Kylie McKenzie (Coaches: Leo Azevedo, Lou Belken)
Caty McNally (Coach: Lynn Nabors-McNally)
Alexandra Sanford (Coach: Doug DiRosario)
*wild card won as San Diego 16s champion

Boys Qualifying Draw:
Zeke Clark (Coach: Trent Tucker)
John McNally (Coach: Lynn Nabors-McNally)
Alex Rotsaert (Coach: Hafeez Hameed)
Gianni Ross (Coach: Jack Sharpe)
JJ Wolf (Coach: David Kass and Jeff Wolf)
Yuki Mochizuki (Japanese high school champion)

Girls Qualifying Draw:
Amanda Anisimova (Coaches: Konstantin Anisimov, Richard Ashby)
Carson Branstine (Coach: Kathy Rinaldi)
Whitney Osuigwe (Coach: Desmond Osuigwe)
Natasha Subhash (Coach: Bear Schofield)
Eri Shimizu (Japanese high school champion)
one qualifying wild card yet to be determined

Frances Tiafoe being on the list is something of a surprise; he initially entered and was accepted on the basis of his ATP ranking, but pulled out the next day.

I know these decisions are never easy, but I would have liked to have seen G18s semifinalist Sara Daavettila in the field.

Are there others you could make a case for?

My post on the initial US Open junior acceptances is here.  There has been some movement of course--I recall that Shilin Xu of China has withdrawn--but the ITF Junior website is unfortunately not available right now to link to the most recent acceptance list. I will add the link when the site is available. (Link to US Open Junior Championships here)


This is the best we have? said...

Everyone is saying John Isner had a tremendous summer but being Top 20 in the World, who did he beat? Answer: No one in the Top 40 in the World with some bad losses. His record is good at 11-4 this summer but based on his quality of matches, he should have been more dominate. Average ranked win 82 (62 without Stepanek) and Average loss 62 (30 without Ram).

Most importantly, His Grand Slam wins record is 5-3 with wins against #39, 79, 91, 118, 148. And his 3 losses are: #9, 42, 45. Grand Slam record 5-3. (3rd Rd, 2nd Rd, 3rd Rd).

2015 Summer results

L to 161 Rajeev Ram
L to 6 Kei Nishikori
L to 49 Jeremy Chardy
L to 36 Sam Querrey

W to 290 Radek Stepanek
W to 87 Berankis
W to 94 Kudla
W to 47 Baghdatis
W to 51 Victor Estrella
W to 49 Pospisil
W to 86 Berankis
W to 55 Johnson
W to 64 Becker
W to 45 Pospisil
W to 41 Kyrgios