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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Nineteen Americans on Monday's US Open Schedule; Gadalov and Kiefer Earn First ITF Junior Circuit Titles; Grade 1 in Canada Underway

Crowds will return to the USTA BJK National Tennis Center Monday
The US Open begins tomorrow at 11 a.m., with 19 of the 42 Americans in the main draw scheduled to play their first round matches. The matches involving Americans are listed below, with the US players in bold. Note there is just one all-US match, between Lauren Davis and Sonya Kenin. The full order of play for Monday is here.  Tuesday's order of play has also been released and can be found here.

VARVARA LEPCHENKO v Garbine Muguruza(ESP)[3]
TENNYS SANDGREN v Marin Cilic(CRO)[5]
Viktoria Kusmova(SVK) v VENUS WILLIAMS[9]
Pierre-Hugues Herbert(FRA) v JOHN ISNER[10]
SLOANE STEPHENS v Roberta Vinci(ITA)
JACK SOCK v Jordan Thompson(AUS)
Nicolas Almagro(ESP) v STEVE JOHNSON
SAM QUERREY[17] v Gilles Simon(FRA)
LAUREN DAVIS[32] v SONYA KENIN
Kevin Anderson(RSA) v JC ARAGONE
CLAIRE LIU v Ying-Ying Duan(CHN)
Radu Albot v ERNESTO ESCOBEDO
JARED DONALDSON v Nikoloz Basilashvili(GEO)
Natalia Vikhlyantseva(RUS) v SACHIA VICKERY
CHRISTOPHER EUBANKS v Dudi Sela(ISR)
Aliaksandra Sasnovich(BLR) v JULIA BOSERUP
EVAN KING v Pablo Carreno Busta(ESP)[12]
Mischa Zverev(GER)[23] v THAI KWIATKOWSKI

Two young Americans captured their first titles on the ITF Junior Circuit this weekend, with 15-year-old Texan Alexander Kiefer winning the Grade 5 in Trinidad and Tobago and 16-year-old Californian Jennifer Gadalov winning the Grade 4 in Mexico.  Kiefer, the No. 6 seed, defeated No. 3 seed Mann Shah of India 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(5) in the singles final, and also reached the doubles final, with Jericho Grollman.  The No. 2 seeds fell to top seeds Milledge Cossu and Guatemala's Jose Dominguez Collado 6-7(5), 6-1, 10-8.

In Mexico, the unseeded Gadalov didn't drop a set all week, defeating top seed Dyane Barcena Del Bosque of Mexico 6-1, 6-2 in the final. Gadalov was one of three US winners in Mexico.  Nathan Han lost in the boys singles final to doubles partner Blu Baker of Great Britain, but the top-seeded pair won the doubles title, beating No. 7 seeds Emilio Nava and Maximilian Wild 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 in the final.  Camille Townsend won the girls doubles title, partnering with Charlotte Chavatipon of Guam to beat top seeds Barcena del Bosque and Romary Cardenas Rifka of Mexico 6-2, 6-4 in the final.

A number of first round matches at the Grade 1 in Quebec Canada were played today, although no seeded players are in action until Monday with a 48-player draw. Axel Geller of Argentina is the top boys seed, while Australian Open girls champion Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine is the top girls seed. Americans picking up first round wins today include Hurricane Tyra Black, Elli Mandlik and qualifiers Drew Baird, Brian Shi and Dalayna Hewitt.

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