Kalamazoo 16s Recap; Collegiate Invitational Fields for US Open Announced; Johnson Beats Tsonga, Reaches Cincinnati Quarterfinals; US Open National Playoff Draws
The Tennis Recruiting Network has posted recaps of the 12s and 14s USTA National Championships the past two days, and today the 16s articles have been posted. Links to these recaps can be found here. My summary of Lukas Greif's second consecutive 16s National Championship can be found here.
The USTA announced the participants for the third American Collegiate Invitational, which takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the second week of the US Open. Invitations are based on ATP and ITA rankings, with at least two of the competitors needing to have exhausted their college eligibility to comply with NCAA rules.
The winners of the eight-player fields receive either a qualifying wild card or a main draw wild card for the following year's US Open. Last year the ranking necessary to receive a main draw wild card was 120; this year's ranking is more obtainable, with the men's winner needing an ATP ranking of 250, the women's winner, 150. [CORRECTION: The USTA made an error in the release, the main draw wild card criteria is unfortunately the same as last year, 120]. The winners also receive wild cards into two USTA Pro Circuit events, while the finalist will receive one.
As in the past two years, the tournament will use the regular, best-of-three-tiebreak-sets scoring format.
|Christopher Eubanks at this year's BB&T Open in Atlanta|
Christopher Eubanks, Georgia Tech
Tom Fawcett, Stanford
Jared Hiltzik, Illinois
Thai Kwiatkowski, Virginia
Paul Oosterbaan, Georgia (wild card)
Mike Redlicki, Arkansas
Ryan Shane, Virginia
Austin Smith, Georgia