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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Borges, Danilina Top Seeds at ITA National Fall Championships; Les Petits As USA Playoffs Underway; Top Seed Zink Upset at South Carolina ITF; Pro Circuit Update

The first annual ITA Fall Championships, which takes the place on the schedule of the ITA Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, begins Wednesday in Indian Wells California.  Unlike the Indoor, which featured 32-player singles draws, this draw is 64, but with a Sunday finish, that still requires a day with two singles matches, which will be Friday. The singles round of 16 and quarterfinals were both be played on that day.

The ITA preview says live scoring will be available through the Tennis Ticker app and live streaming will be provided for two courts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.  The second site is the JW Marriott Desert Springs resort.

The 16 singles seeds and eight doubles seeds are listed below.

Men's singles seeds:
1. Nuno Borges, Mississippi State
2. Brandon Holt, USC
3. Petros Chrysochos, Wake Forest
4. Skander Mansouri, Wake Forest
5. Martin Redlicki, UCLA
6. Emil Reinberg, Georgia
7. Constantin Schmitz, Tulane
8. Johannes Schretter, Baylor
9. Alfredo Perez, Florida
10. JJ Wolf, Ohio State
11. Michael Geerts, Arizona State
12. Johannes Ingildsen, Florida
13. Walker Duncan, Georgia
14. Wayne Montgomery, Georgia
15. Jordi Arconada, Texas A&M
16. Thomas Laurent, Oregon

The men's singles draw, with times, is here.

Men's doubles seeds:
1. Johannes Ingildsen and Alfredo Perez, Florida
2. Will Little and Johannes Schretter, Baylor
3. Jose Garcia and Lucas Poullain, Florida State
4. Christopher Kougoucheff and Parker Wynn, Louisville
5. Robert Loeb and Jan Zielinski, Georgia
6. Mitch Harper and Henrik Korsgaard, Virginia Tech
7. McClain Kessler and Duarte Vale, Florida
8. Leo Telles and Rodrigo Banzer, Texas

The men's doubles draw is here.

Women's singles seeds:
1. Anna Danilina, Florida
2. Ashley Lahey, Pepperdine
3. Karla Popovic, Cal
4. Ena Shibahara, UCLA
5. Alle Sanford, North Carolina
6. Katarina Jokic, Georgia
7. Sinead Lohan, Miami
8. Gabriela Talaba, Texas Tech
9. Estela Perez-Somarriba, Miami
10. Anastasia Rychagova, Kansas
11. Samantha Harris, Duke
12. Michaela Gordon, Stanford
13. Fernanda Contreras, Vanderbilt
14. Kate Fahey, Michigan
15. Mayar Ahmed, Pepperdine
16. Leolia Jeanjean, Arkansas

The women's singles draw, with times, is here.

Women's doubles seeds:
1. Ellyse Hamlin and Kaitlyn McCarthy, Duke
2. Sarah Dvorak and Sabrina Federici, Texas Tech
3. Kelly Chen and Samantha Harris, Duke
4. Vladica Babic and Sofia Blanco, Oklahoma State
5. Rosie Johanson and Meghan Kelley, Virginia
6. Jessie Aney and Alexa Graham, North Carolina
7. Paige Hourigan and Kenya Jones, Georgia Tech
8. Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez, Syracuse

The women's doubles draw is here.

The playoffs to decide which boys and girls from the United States will earn entry into January's Les Petits As are underway at the Club Med in Sandpiper Bay Florida.  Competition in four round robin groups will determine the quarterfinalists, with the winner and finalist assured a spot in the main draw in the prestigious 14-and-under event in Tarbes France.  The list of those competing and results from the first two days of round robin play can be found at the Les Petits As website.

This week's Grade 4 ITF junior circuit event in the United States is in Lexington South Carolina, where top boys seed Tyler Zink has already been eliminated.  Zink lost in Monday's first round to Northwestern recruit A Trice Pickens 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-4, with Pickens winning his second round match today.  No. 2 seed Stefan Leustian has won two three-set matches to advance to the third round.  The top seed in the girls draw, Chloe Beck, has advanced to the third round. The No. 2 seed withdrew and was replaced by a lucky loser.

There are three USTA Pro Circuit events this week--a $15,000 Futures in Birmingham Alabama, a $75,000 ATP Challenger in Charlottesville Virginia and an $80,000 women's event in Tyler Texas.

The first round in Charlottesville is nearly complete, with top seed Tennys Sandgren defeating defending champion Reilly Opelka 6-3, 6-4 Monday, and No. 2 seed Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland beating Marcos Giron 6-4, 6-4.  This is the first event that counts for the men's USTA Australian Open Wild Card Challenge, but unlike the women's WC Challenge, other ATP events around the world are also among those where points can be earned in the next three weeks.  This week's Challengers in China and Australia have eligible Americans competing there and earning points.

In Birmingham, rain kept the qualifying from finishing on Monday, as is typical, but the main draw did get underway, with Sekou Bangoura and Argentina's Matias Zukas the top two seeds.  Wild cards were given to Alabama sophomore Thibault Cancel of France, Alexandre Rotsaert, Sebastian Korda and Patrick Daciek.

At the women's tournament in Tyler, qualifying was completed today, with Americans Ashley Kratzer, the USTA National 18s champion,  Amanda Rodgers and Caitlin Whoriskey advancing to the main draw.  Nicole Gibbs in the top seed, with Taylor Townsend the No. 2 seed. The past two US Open girls champions, Kayla Day and Amanda Anisimova, are in the draw.  Day plays Vicky Duval, who received a special exemption after reaching the final of the Macon tournament last week. Duval beat Day in the semifinals in Macon 6-1, 6-3.

A number of Americans are competing at the $60,000 Women's Pro Circuit event in Toronto, including Wimbledon girls finalist Ann Li, who received a wild card, and Ohio State junior Francesca Di Lorenzo.  Li defeated Robin Anderson in the first round, with Di Lorenzo taking out No. 4 seed Bibiane Schoofs of the Netherlands.