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Monday, July 2, 2018

McDonald Opens Wimbledon with Win; Seven American Juniors Reach Roehampton Grade 1 Third Round; ITA Announces Prize Money for August's National Summer Championships

Seventeen Americans competed on the first day of Wimbledon, with nine of them advancing to the second round.  Seven lost, including No. 4 seed Sloane Stephens and No. 16 seed CoCo Vandeweghe, with Christina McHale's match suspended due to darkness.

Another American was added to the group of 30 in the draw when Caroline Dolehide received entry as a lucky loser with Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan dropping out due to injury.


One of the nine winners was 2016 NCAA champion Mackenzie McDonald, who earned his first Wimbledon main draw victory with a 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3, 7-6(6) win over Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania. The 23-year-old former UCLA Bruin, who qualified and won a round at the Australian Open this year, should move into the ATP top 100 for the first time with his win today.

Monday’s Wimbledon first round featuring Americans
Women: 4-4

Caroline Wozniacki[2](DEN) def. Varvara Lepchenko 6-0, 6-3
Donna Vekic(CRO) def. Sloane Stephens[4] 6-1, 6-3
Serena Williams[25] def. Arantxa Rus(NED) 7-5, 6-3
Venus Williams[9] def. Johanna Larsson(SWE) 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-1
Madison Keys[10] def. Ajla Tomljanovic(AUS) 6-4, 6-2
Katerina Siniakova(CZE) def. CoCo Vandeweghe[16] 6-7(3), 6-3, 8-6
Luksika Kumkhum(THA) def. Bernarda Pera 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Christina McHale v Vera Lapko[BLR) 7-5, 5-7, 2-3 suspend.
Madison Brengle def. Aleksandra Krunic(SRB) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3

Men: 5-3

Sam Querrey[11] def. Jordan Thompson(AUS) 6-2, 6-4, 6-3
John Isner[9] def. Yannick Maden[Q](GER) 6-2, 7-6(4), 7-5
Lucas Pouille[17](FRA) def. Denis Kudla[WC] 6-3, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
Jared Donaldson def. Malek Jaziri(TUN) 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-1
Gilles Muller(LUX) def. Michael Mmoh[LL] 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(7), 3-6, 6-1
Ryan Harrison def. Roberto Carballes Baena(ESP) 6-1, 6-4, 6-2
Ruben Bemelmans[Q](BEL) def. Steve Johnson 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-7(0), 8-6
Mackenzie McDonald def. Ricardas Berankis(LTU) 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3, 7-6(6)

Fourteen more Americans, including 2017 Wimbledon girls champion Claire Liu, will play their first round matches on Tuesday, not counting McHale. The complete order of play is here.

Tuesday’s Wimbledon first round matches featuring Americans

Women:
Caroline Dolehide[LL] v Daria Gavrilova[26](AUS)
Sachia Vickery v Marketa Vondrousova(SVK)
Danielle Collins v Elise Mertens[15](BEL)
Sonya Kenin v Maria Sakkari(GRE)
Taylor Townsend v Pauline Parmentier(FRA)
Jennifer Brady v Kateryna Kozlova(UKR)
Claire Liu[Q] v Ana Konjuh(CRO)
Alison Riske v Mariana Duque-Marino[LL](COL)
Christina McHale v Vera Lapko[BLR) 7-5, 5-7, 2-3 suspend.

Men:
Frances Tiafoe v Fernando Verdasco[30](ESP)
Bradley Klahn[Q] v Yuichi Sugita(JPN)
Tennys Sandgren v Novak Djokovic[12](SRB)
Christian Harrison[Q] v Kei Nishikori[24](JPN)
Taylor Fritz v Lorenzo Sonego[LL](ITA)
Jack Sock[18] v Matteo Berrettini(ITA)

At the ITF Grade 1 in Roehampton, few seeds are missing from the girls round of 16, and all four seeded US players have advanced: Whitney Osuigwe[1], Caty McNally[12], Coco Gauff[3] and Alexa Noel[5].  The US boys in the third round are No. 2 seed Sebastian Korda, along with unseeded Trey Hilderbrand and Brandon Nakashima. The first round of doubles was played today, with eight US girls and four US boys advancing to the second round.

Last week the ITA announced that for the first time, the August ITA National Summer Championships will offer prize money.  As an open tournament, not a collegiate event, the National Summer Championships are allowed to pay prize money, with current student athletes able to use any winnings to offset expenses incurred while competing during the calendar year.  Juniors competing in open events can accept the prize money under the NCAA's $10,000 rule, which was adopted in 2013. The Summer Championships $20,000 prize money is broken down as follows:

Main Draw Singles (Men & Women) – Total Purse $7,500
Champion - $3,000
Finalist - $1,500
Semifinalists (2) - $750
Quarterfinalists (4) - $375

Main Draw Doubles (Men & Women) – Total Purse $2,500
Champion Team - $1,250
Finalist Team - $625
Semifinalist Teams (2) - $312.50

Week two of the Oracle ITA Summer Circuit is ending today, with four more weeks of events prior to the National Summer Championships at TCU August 10-14.

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