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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Thirteen US Juniors in Action Monday at Wimbledon; Fawcett Wins First Pro Title in Canada; DeFalco, Gold and Gailis Claim ITF Junior Circuit Titles

The first round of singles at the Wimbledon Junior Championships is always sandwiched around Middle Sunday, which may be a welcome respite for the pro players and the tournament's staff, but it is a bit of a nuisance for the younger set.  On Saturday, Americans went 5-3 in the first round, with 13 more Americans set to begin their tournaments at the All England Lawn Tennis Club on Monday.

After the success of the US juniors in Roehampton, with Brandon Nakashima and Coco Gauff winning in singles and Caty McNally and Whitney Osuigwe taking the girls doubles, expectations are high for that group. Below are Monday's matches, with the complete schedule here.

The junior doubles draws have been posted, but no doubles matches are scheduled for Monday.

Keenan Mayo[Q] v Arnaud Bovy(BEL)
Gabby Price v Emma Raducanu(GBR)
Brandon Nakashima v Joao Lucas Reis Da Silva(BRA)
Drew Baird[15] v Simon Ivanov(BUL)
Coco Gauff[3] v Gergana Topalova(BUL)
Dalayna Hewitt v Maria Rivera Corado(GUA)
Alexa Noel[5] v Manon Leonard(FRA)
Hurricane Tyra Black v Yuki Naito[9](JPN)
Whitney Osuigwe[1] v Iga Swiatek(POL)
Caty McNally[13] v Daria Frayman[Q](RUS)
Peyton Stearns[Q] v Adrienn Nagy(HUN)
Govind Nanda[Q] v Facundo Diaz Acosta[9](ARG)
Emilio Nava v Leopold Zima(GER)

The three Americans remaining in the men's and women's singles draws are also on Monday's schedule:

Serena Williams[25] v Evgeniya Rodina(RUS)
John Isner[9] v Stefanos Tsitsipas[31](GRE)
Mackenzie McDonald v Milos Raonic[13](CAN)

Back in North America, recent Stanford graduate Tom Fawcett won his first Pro Futures title at the $25,000 tournament in Saskatoon Canada. Fawcett, the No. 8 seed, beat qualifier Billy Griffith, another 22-year-old Pac-12 product via Cal, 6-2, 7-5 in the final. Griffith had not won a Pro Circuit match prior to this week.

In the doubles final, top seeds Marc-Andrea Huesler of Switzerland and Sem Verbeek(Pacific) of the Netherlands beat the unseeded Canadian team of Alexis Galarneau(NC State) and Benjamin Sigouin(UNC) 6-3, 6-3.

At the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Wichita Kansas, top seed Evgeny Karlovskiy of Russia defeated recent Illinois grad Aleks Vukic of Australia 6-4, 6-4 in the final.  USC's Brandon Holt and UCLA's Maxime Cressy put aside their schools' usual rivalry to team up in doubles, and the unseeded pair won the title, beating top seeds Hunter and Yates Johnson(SMU) 3-6, 6-2, 10-6 in the final.

Three American juniors won singles titles at lower level ITF events this weekend.  Fifteen-year-old Jenna DeFalco, the No. 2 seed, captured her first ITF Junior Circuit singles title at the Grade 5 in Canada, beating No. 5 seed Allura Zamarripa 6-3, 7-5 in the championship match.  Allura Zamarippa partnered with her twin sister Maribella to take the doubles title, with the unseeded pair cruising throughout the week and capping the tournament with a 6-1, 6-3 win over top seeds Erica Di Battista and Corina Spasojevic of Canada.

At the Grade 4 in the Bahamas, 13-year-old Rachel Gailis won her first ITF singles title, with the No. 8 seed defeating No. 6 seed Sandra Alonso of Spain 6-1, 6-0 in the final. Unseeded 17-year-old Harrison Gold took the boys singles title, beating unseeded Jack Anthrop 7-6(7), 1-6, 7-5 in the final.

In the doubles, top seeds Adam Neff and Canadian Alexandre LeBlanc took the boys final 6-2, 7-5 over unseeded Credit Chaiyarin of Thailand and France's Tom LeBlanc Claverie.  Nikita Vishwase partnered with Alonso of Spain to take the girls doubles title. The No. 4 seeds defeated Gailis and Tara Malik, the No. 2 seeds, 6-1, 6-7(7), 10-7 in the final.

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