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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving; USTA National Indoor Championships Begin Friday; Eddie Herr ITF Wild Cards; ITF Grade 1 Yucatan Cup Update

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I will be taking Thanksgiving Day off, but I do want to take the opportunity today to thank all of my readers, supporters and sponsors. I am grateful to all who have contributed to this website whether by reading, commenting, donating or supporting my advertisers, and I hope to continue to be able to cover junior and college tennis for many years to come.

The new USTA Level 1 gold ball National Indoor Championships begin this Friday at locations across the country.  Links to the TennisLink pages for each division are in the heading below. Because I am covering the Eddie Herr, I won't have the opportunity to follow these closely, but I will post the champions in the Honor Roll section to the left.

Girls 12s, Chatham NJ
Top 8 seeds:
1. Matilyn Wang
2. Stephanie Yakoff
3. Aubrey Nisbet
4. Grace Levelston
5. Madeleine Jessup
6. Reya Coe
7. Natalia Perez
8. Meera Jesudason

Boys 12s, Flushing NY
Top 8 seeds:
1. Cooper Williams
2. Nicholas Herdoiza
3. Nicholas Mangiapane
4. Lucas Pak
5. Alan Hua
6. Adam Sun, Adam
7. Santiago Muhala
8. Adhithya Ganesan

Girls 14s, Toledo OH
Top 8 seeds:
1. Valencia Xu
2. Madison Sieg
3. Alexandra Torre
4. Reese Brantmeier
5. MiaAngelina Ruja
6. Elisabeth Jones
7. Calissa Dellabarca
8. Eleana Yu

Boys 14s, Chicago IL
Top 8 seeds:
1. Noelle Andrey Ampong
2. Samir Banerjee
3. Andrew Chang
4. Eli Gordon
5. Max Fardanesh
6. John Kim
7. Ozan Colak
8. Braden Shick

Girls 16s, Minneapolis MN
Top 8 seeds:
1. Gianna Pielet
2. Karine Miller
3. Zoe Howard
4. Anessa Lee
5. Chidimma Okpara
6. Carmen Corley
7. Eleanor Schulson
8. Maryam Ahmad

Boys 16s, Wayland MA
Seeds not yet posted

Girls 18s, Weymouth MA
Seeds not yet posted

Boys 18s, Overland Park KS
Top 8 seeds:
1. Bill Duo
2. Robert Maciag
3. Carson Haskins
4. Britton Johnston
5. Kevin Zhu
6. Jared Pratt
7. William Peters
8. A. Trice Pickens

Several of the wild cards for the ITF Eddie Herr Grade 1 have been awarded. There will be others in the next few days.

Boys Main Draw:
Brandon Nakashima
Emilio Nava
Tyler Zink
Ronan Jachuck

Boys Qualifying:
Adam Neff
Michael Heller
Patrick Maloney

Girls Main Draw:
Alexandra Yepifanova
Nikki Redelijk
Elvina Kalieva
Angelica Blake

Girls Qualifying:
Charlotte Owensby
Megan Polnet

The first two rounds of the ITF Grade 1 Yucatan Cup are complete, with many Top 8 girls seeds ousted.  No. 2 seed Lulu Sun of Switzerland lost in the first round to Andreea Prisacariu of Romania, who was then beaten by Ana Geller, Axel's sister, in the second round.  Americans Vanessa Ong, qualifier Alexandra Yepifanova, Gabby Price and Peyton Stearns all took out Top 8 seeds. Top seed Maria Carle of Argentina is through to the round of 16, as is Grade A Abierto Juvenil champion Alexa Noel.

Boys top seed Chun Hsin Tseng of Taiwan and No. 2 seed Andrew Fenty have advanced. Drew Baird withdrew from this week's event after winning the Abierto Juvenil last week in Mexico City.