Eight US Girls, Two US Boys Reach Third Round at Grade 1 Yucatan Cup; More College Commitments, News; Paul Featured in Entouraj for Kids Charity Event
This is an early post today, and I will be taking Thanksgiving off, but look for a post on Friday from the Eddie Herr, which I'll be covering for the 12th straight year.
Keeping up with the Grade 1 Yucatan Cup in Mexico is not easy, with late night matches and limited live scoring and results posted, but today's third round features eight US girls in the final 16 and two US boys. The girls advancing are Sonya Kenin(1), Abigail Desiatnikov, Alexandra Sanford(11), Kayla Day(5), Taylor Johnson, Maria Mateas(13), Jessica Livianu and Usue Arconada(2). The boys are wild card Robert Loeb and No. 8 seed Ulises Blanch.
Since Monday's post, a few more college commitments have been announced.
A couple of big ones have not been on the schools' websites, but tweets indicate that Brandon Holt and Riley Smith are now officially committed to attending Southern Cal (no surprise there) and Emily Arbuthnott of Great Britain, currently No. 30 in the ITF junior rankings, has signed with Stanford.
Florida State has announced the signing of Alex Knaff.
North Carolina has announced the signings of Simon Friis Soendergaard and Joshua Peck.
Cal has announced the signings of Bjorn Hoffman and Connor Heap.
South Florida has announced the signings of Benjamin Hannestad and Mathieu Scaglia.
Tulane has announced the signings of Jonathan Star and Tim Ruetzel
Denver has announced the signings of Sean Huynh and Pedro Fernandez Del Valle.
Gonzaga has announced the signings of Samuel Feit, Simon Homedes, and Vincent Rettke.
SMU has announced the signing of Sarai Delfina Monarrez Yesaki.
Saint Mary's has announced the signing of Jacqueline Pelletier.
The University of Virginia put together an extensive account of sophomore Henrik Wiersholm's run to the title at the Pensacola Futures last week, with several quotes from Wiersholm on his learning experience as a freshman.
Duke announced that Marc Spicijaric has been promoted to associate coach for the women's team, and that former University of Illinois women's head coach Michelle Dasso is the Blue Devils new volunteer assistant.
I neglected to mention in Sunday's post that former UCLA star Jean-Julien Rojer won the ATP World Tour Finals with partner Horia Tecau. With their performance in London, the Wimbledon champions clinched the World No. 1 ranking for 2015, displacing Mike and Bob Bryan, who had finished No. 1 for the past six years. For more on Rojer and Tecau's year, see the UCLA website.
Zootennis sponsor College Tennis Exposure Camps has its 27th annual camp scheduled for December 5 and 6 at the University of South Florida. For more information on registering for the event and a list of college coaches expected to attend, click here.
If you are in the Indianapolis area, consider attending ATP pro Rajeev Ram's annual Entouraj for Kids charity event December 5 and 6 at the Carmel Racquet Club. Denis Kudla, Tommy Paul and Eric Butorac and of course, Ram, will be there, for exhibitions, clinics and auctions.
Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone!