I mentioned last month that I would get the finals videos from the Eddie Herr and Orange Bowls up when I got home, and this first batch completes the Eddie Herr. Below are brief videos of the champions; with seven of the eight finals played at the same time, any more than a minute or two of each finalist just isn't possible. Bu Yunchaokete, Katrina Scott and Katie Volynets, who made Orange Bowl finals, will have be featured again when I get those processed. The Eddie Herr ITF videos, which I posted last month, can be found here.
The Eddie Herr finalist videos are here:
G12s: Katrina Scott
B12s: Jonah Braswell
G14s: Emma Raducanu
B14s: Bu Yunchaokete
G16s: Victoria Hu
B16s: Jake Hersey
The second round of the ITF Grade 1 Coffee Bowl is nearing completion, with two boys matches featuring three Americans still to be played tonight. No. 9 seed Danny Thomas takes on Jaycer Lyeons and No. 13 seed Brian Cernoch plays Nick Hardt of the Dominican Republic. Free live stream is here.
Seven US boys, all but one seeded, have already advanced to Wednesday's round of 16, including Sangeet Sridhar, who beat top seed Francisco Vittar of Argentina in the first round. Also advancing are Alafia Ayeni(11), who will play No. 5 seed Oliver Crawford in the only all-US third round boys match, Patrick Kypson(10), Vasil Kirkov(4), Sebastian Korda(12) and Sam Riffice.
The girls second round is complete, with ten US girls into the round of 16, including four unseeded players. Salma Ewing took out No. 4 seed Ashley Lahey 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 and will play another unseeded American, Victoria Flores. Orange Bowl 16s finalist Imani Graham and Eddie Herr 16s finalist Victoria Hu are the other two unseeded Americans in the third round. Seeded players to advance are Ellie Douglas(1), Hurricane Tyra Black(6), Nicole Mossmer(8), Sofia Sewing(3), Victoria Emma(5) and Lea Ma(15). Emma and Hu will play the other all-US girls match Wednesday.
Draws and Wednesday's order of play are at the tournament website.
The first USTA Pro Circuit of the year is underway in Los Angeles, where Tommy Paul is the top seed at the $25,000 Futures event at the USC Marks Tennis Center. After wins today, Marcos Giron and Mackenzie McDonald, both NCAA champions while at UCLA, will meet in the second round. Another former Bruin who advanced to the second round is Clay Thompson, who had announced last fall that he was retiring from tennis. Thompson spoke to tournament press aide Steve Pratt about what led him to make that announcement and what led him to return to competition.
Last night in Brisbane, 16-year-old Destanee Aiava of Australia became the first player born in 2000 to win a WTA-level match, beating fellow qualifier Bethanie Mattek Sands 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. She will face No. 5 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia later this evening.