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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Kalamazoo and San Diego Nationals 16s and 18s Wild Cards; McNally, Subhash and Fenty Receive CitiOpen Qualifying Wild Cards; Hamptons Pro Am Set August 25 for Johnny Mac Project


The wild cards have been announced for the USTA Boys 18s and 16s National Championships in Kalamazoo, which begin Friday, August 3rd and run through Sunday August 12th and the USTA Girls 18s and 16s National Championships in San Diego, which begin August 4th and run through August 12th.

Boys 18s:

1. Drew Baird

2. Austen Huang

3. Garrett Johns

4. Ivan Yatsuk

5. Pierce Rollins

6. Adam Neff

7. Boris Kozlov

8. Mark Mandlik

Boys 16s:

1. Zane Khan

2. Martin Damm

3. Niroop Vallabhaneni

4. Alexander Kiefer

5. Spencer Whitaker

6. Daniel Labrador

7. Jonah Braswell

8. Jacob Bickersteth

The complete boys player lists can be found at ustaboys.com.

Girls 18s:

1. Alexandra Yepifanova

2. Marlee Zein

3. Alexa Ryngler

4. Alana Smith

5. Chidimma Okpara

6. Michelle Xu

7. Anessa Lee

8. Najah Dawson

Girls 16s:

1. Rosie Garcia-Gross

2. Sanyukta Gawande

3. Allie Gretkowski

4. Victoria Hu

5. Tyra Richardson

6. Hina Inoue

7. Sophie Williams

8. Maria Drobotova

The complete lists for the girls nationals can be found at the TennisLink site.

Qualifying for the ATP/WTA Citi Open in Washington DC begins this weekend, and three US juniors have received wild cards to compete for a main draw spot: Andrew Fenty and Natasha Subhash, who live and train in the Washington DC area, and Cincinnati's Caty McNally, who is being courted by the sports management company Octagon, the tournament's promoter. Subhash won the Wild Card Challenge event the tournament holds every year. For the current list of wild cards, see this release.

The John McEnroe Tennis Academy, one of my sponsors, has asked me to pass along the details of an annual pre-US Open event, now in its fourth year, that benefits the Johnny Mac Tennis Project.  Pros confirmed for the Saturday August 25th's Pro Am in the Hamptons are John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe, Lindsay Davenport and Mats Wilander, with others to be added in the next few weeks. Read more about how to support the event, whether as a participant or spectator, here.

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