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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

My Coverage of Midwest US Open Playoffs; Wimbledon Wild Cards; Steinberg Leaves Michigan to Coach Revived Arizona State Men's Program

As I mentioned on Monday, I spent the day at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, reporting on the four finals of the Midwest section's US Open Playoffs.  The two repeat singles winners, Martin Joyce and Sara Daavettila, told me why they returned, and two families will be traveling to Connecticut for the National Playoffs in August for the doubles competition. Brothers Austin and Tyler Barr won the men's doubles, and the husband and wife team of Christopher Varga and Caroline Hammond Varga, married less than a year, took the mixed doubles title. Read how tennis and the Dave Matthews Band led to their meeting in my article for the Tennis Recruiting Network.

Below is an update of the other US Open Playoffs sectional winners to date, with six more sectional competitions still upcoming.  Bobby Knight has the collegiate affiliations of the winners in this google document.

Men’s Singles: Tyler Hochwalt
Women’s Singles: Jacqueline Cako
Men’s Doubles: Joel Kielbowicz & Matt Seeberger
Women’s Doubles: Priscilla Annoual & Savannah Slaysman
Mixed Doubles: Jacqueline Cako & Joel Kielbowicz

Missouri Valley
Men’s Singles: Eric Quigley
Women’s Singles: Sanaz Marand
Men’s Doubles: James Cerretani & Max Schnur
Women’s Doubles: Gabriela Porubin & Julia Schiller
Mixed Doubles: Eric Quigley & Keri Wong

Men’s Singles: Patrick Kawka
Women’s Singles: Ena Shibahara
Men’s Doubles: Patrick Kawka & Trevor Johnson
Women’s Doubles: Katarina Facey & Alexandra Facey
No Mixed Doubles competition

Men’s Singles: Terrance Whitehurst
Women’s Singles: Ashley Weinhold
Men’s Doubles: Philip Bester & Peter Polansky
Women’s Doubles: Ashley Weinhold & Caitlin Whoriskey
Mixed Doubles: Hunter Reese & Caitlin Whoriskey

Men’s Singles: Shawn Hadavi
Women’s Singles: Julia Elbaba
Men’s Doubles: Vaidik Munshaw & Gustavo Loza
Women’s Doubles: Dasha Kourkina & Michelle Sorokko
Mixed Doubles: Alona Bondarenko & Mykola Dyachok

Southern California:
Men’s Singles: Henry Craig
Women’s Singles: Brynn Boren
Men’s Doubles: Ryan Brown & Joseph Rotheram
Women’s Doubles: Jacqueline Cako & Danielle Lao
Mixed Doubles: Jordan Gobatie & Katsiaryna Zheltova

New England:
Men’s Singles: Cameron Silverman
Women’s Singles: Margaryta Bilokin
Men’s Doubles: Joel Rubio Moreno & Benjamin Collier
Women’s Doubles: Veronica Corning & Meghan Kelley
Mixed Doubles: Ellyse Hamlin & Hleb Maslau

Men’s Singles: Martin Joyce
Women’s Singles: Sara Daavettila
Men’s Doubles: Tyler Barr & Austin Barr
Women’s Doubles: Tracy Kuhle & Danielle Wolf
Mixed Doubles: Caroline Hammond Varga & Christopher Varga

Men’s Singles: Hunter Koontz
Women’s Singles: Nika Kukharchuk
Men’s Doubles: Junior Ore & Hunter Reese
Women’s Doubles: Anastasia Revzina & Alexis Merrill
Mixed Doubles: Lauren Bellinger & Eric West

Wimbledon announced its first round of wild cards, with the remainder coming later this week.

Men's Singles:
1. Liam Broady (GBR)
2. Dustin Brown (GER)
3. Radek Stepanek (CZE)
4. Alex Ward (GBR)
5. James Ward (GBR)
6. TBA
7. TBA
8. TBA

Women's Singles:
1. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
2. Marina Melnikova (RUS)
3. Tara Moore (GBR)
4. Laura Robson (GBR)
5. Katie Swan (GBR)
6. TBA
7. TBA
8. TBA

Men's Qualifying Singles:
1. Ed Corrie (GBR)
2. Lloyd Glasspool (GBR)
3. Wild card Play-off place
4. Wild card Play-off place
5. TBA
6. TBA
7. TBA
8. TBA
9. TBA

Women's Qualifying Singles:
1. Ashleigh Barty (AUS)
2. Freya Christie (GBR)
3. Harriet Dart (GBR)
4. Katy Dunne (GBR)
5. Gabi Taylor (GBR)
6. Wild card Play-off place
7. Wild card Play-off place
8. TBA

The junior champions have traditionally been offered wild cards, usually into qualifying, so we'll see later this week if that happens this year for Reilly Opelka and Sofya Zhuk of Russia.

The complete release, which includes doubles wild cards, is here.

I must admit I was surprised to read today that Adam Steinberg, who was the men's coach at Michigan for the past two years after a 12-year stint at Pepperdine, is leaving Ann Arbor for Tempe, Arizona. Arizona State, which announced its reinstatement of men's tennis last month, is expected to field a men's team for the 2017-18 season, so Steinberg will spend the next year recruiting, not coaching.  Michigan now joins Oklahoma, Auburn and Miami as Power 5 schools looking for a men's head coach.  The Michigan release is here; the Arizona State release is here.