Mmoh Among Kalamazoo Wild Cards, Holt Withdraws; Donaldson Beats Fognini to Reach Third Round at ATP Masters in Toronto; Info on Sol Schwartz Memorial Tournament
Michael Mmoh has accepted a wild card into the upcoming USTA Boys 18 Nationals in Kalamazoo, which begins on August 5th. Although Mmoh is currently 323 in the ATP rankings, sixth in the world among all boys 18-and-under, his chances for a main draw US Open wild card are slim, with Frances Tiafoe, Stefan Kozlov, Jared Donaldson, Tommy Paul, Ernesto Escobedo and Noah Rubin, all 20 or under, ahead of him in the ATP rankings. With only three discretionary wild cards remaining (Kalamazoo champion, NCAA champion, reciprocal wild cards with France and Australia, and the USTA Wild Card Challenge account for the other five), Mmoh's clearest path to his first major main draw is through Kalamazoo.
The 18s wild cards:
A seventh wild card was not used, allowing the next player on the alternate list to get in. The eighth wild card will go to the winner of the USTA National Wild Card tournament in Arlington, Texas, which takes place in this weekend. North Carolina rising sophomore Anudeep Kodali is in the 16-player boys draw.
The 16s wild cards(three not used):
Brandon Holt, who reached the round of 16 in singles and finished third in doubles last year, has withdrawn. Holt has been dealing with a back injury since the junior clay season in Europe.
A complete list of players can be viewed at ustaboys.com.
Four US men have advanced to the round of 16 at the ATP Masters Rogers Cup in Toronto, three of them outside the Top 100. Qualifier Jared Donaldson picked up the biggest win of his young career in defeating No. 33 Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 and will play Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic next. At age 32, Rajeev Ram has reached his first Masters round of 16 with a 6-4, 7-6(5) victory over No. 13 seed Lucas Pouille of France, and qualifier Ryan Harrison took out John Isner, seeded No. 9, 7-6(3), 6-7(4), 6-4. The fourth US player in the round of 16, and the only one inside the top 100 is No. 16 seed Jack Sock, who beat Donald Young 6-4, 6-3. Harrison's opponent is No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych and Sock plays No. 2 seed Stan Wawrinka.
Lisa Stone is honoring Sol Schwartz, who died unexpectedly earlier this year, by organizing a tournament in his honor next month in Maryland. A recent press release explaining the reason for and the particulars of the tournament is below: