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Monday, August 1, 2016

New Wild Cards for USTA Nationals; USA Teams Open World Junior Tennis 14U Competition with Wins; Midwest and Northern California Meet in Boys 18s National Team Finals; Opelka Gets First ATP Win

Several new wild cards have been announced this year for the Nationals. 
Below are those for Kalamazoo; the new San Diego wild cards are similar and can be found at this link.

USTA National Championships
(Kalamazoo)   

Boys' 18 Singles Champion:
US Open Singles Main Draw &
US Open Juniors Singles Main Draw

Boys' 18 Doubles Champions:   
US Open Doubles Main Draw &
US Open Juniors Doubles Main Draw

Boys' 18 Singles Finalist:
US Open Singles Qualifying &
US Open Juniors Singles Main Draw

Boys' 18 Singles 3rd Place:   
US Open: Juniors Singles Main Draw*
USTA Men's Pro Circuit 50K Singles Main Draw*

Boys' 18 Singles 4th Place:
US Open Juniors Singles Qualifying*
USTA Men's Pro Circuit Futures (2) Singles Main Draw*

Boys' 18 Singles 5th Place:   
US Open Juniors Singles Qualifying*
USTA Men's Pro Circuit Futures (1) Singles Main Draw*

 
Boys' 16 Singles Champion:    
US Open Juniors Singles Main Draw
Boys' 16 Singles Finalist:
USTA Men's Pro Circuit Futures Singles Main Draw*
Boys' 16 Singles 3rd Place:
USTA Men's Pro Circuit Futures Singles Main Draw*
Boys' 16 Singles 4th Place:
USTA Men's Pro Circuit Futures Singles Qualifying*
Boys' 16 Singles 5th Place:
USTA Men's Pro Circuit Futures Singles Qualifying*

*new

The ITF 14U World Junior Tennis team competition began with round robin play today in the Czech Republic.  The USA girls team of Alexa Noel, Whitney Osuigwe and Vanessa Ong, seeded No. 2, needed the doubles point, won in a match tiebreaker, to beat Slovakia 2-1.  The USA boys team of Zane and Faris Khan and Stefan Leustian, seeded No. 6, beat Japan 3-0.
Four seeded teams lost their first round matches, with the second seeded boys team from France losing to Uruguay 2-1. The other three seeds to fall were in the girls competition, with No. 4 Russia losing to Canada, No. 6 Japan losing to Ecuador and No. 8 Brazil losing to Thailand, all by 2-1 scores.

Complete results can be found at the tournament website. For more on today's matches, see the ITF junior website.

The USTA National Team Championships for 18-and-under players have begun, with the boys final set for Tuesday at the University of Illinois.  The unseeded Midwest team beat top seed Southern California 4-3 and will meet Northern California for the championship.  Northern California, a 5-8 seed, defeated No. 2 seed Southern 4-3 to advance to the final.  For more, see the TennisLink site.

The girls tournament starts and ends a day later than the boys in Claremont, California. I'm not sure what their seeds are, but the Southern Cal, Florida, Southern and Midwest sections are through to the semifinals.  Results can be found at the TennisLink site.

At the BB&T Atlanta Open, 2015 Wimbledon boys champion Reilly Opelka, who turns 19 this month, collected his first ATP win tonight.  Opelka, a wild card, beat qualifier Chris Eubanks, the Georgia Tech rising junior, 7-6(9), 7-6(5).  Other US players winning their first round matches today were wild card Jared Donaldson, Donald Young and Tim Smyczek. 

2 comments:

NOT SUCH A BIG DEAL said...

You make it sound like Opelka did something great by getting his first ATP win. Based on the weak field in Atlanta, he was expected to win against a lesser wild card player. Looks like the USTA is handing out wild cards like they were double bubble chewing gum at a butch-league baseball game. What gives with that?

314159 xdia said...

I am seeing a twitter picture of a new logo for ITA. Are they hiding because of the scoring changes they fostered? Just damn.