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Thursday, June 20, 2019

New USA vs GBR Hutchins Trophy Competition Begins Friday at Queens Club; All-American Quarterfinals at Women's Lake Nona $15K; Wild Cards Clark, Whittle Reach $25K Quarterfinals

The first matches are set for Friday in the new competition established this year between Great Britain's and the United States' 18-and-under boys teams. The Hutchins Trophy, which honors former Great Britain Davis Cup captain Paul Hutchins, who died earlier this year, is being played at Queen's Club in London during the ATP 500 Fever-Tree Championships. The four US boys participating in the event are Toby Kodat, Martin Damm, Eliot Spizzirri and Will Grant. Grant is stepping in for Zane Khan, who had to pull out due to injury.  The four boys representing Great Britain are James Story, Blu Baker, Oscar Weightman and Arthur Fery.

Spizzirri plays Story, Grant plays Weightman, Damm plays Baker and Fery plays Kodat in Friday's singles matches, with two doubles matches also on the schedule. The competition will wrap up on Saturday, and if it is like the Maureen Connolly Challenge, a similar girls event that is not being played this year, each match will count for a point, with the team earning the most points declared the champion.

Friday's schedule is available here.

The quarterfinals of the $15,000 ITF World Tennis Tour tournament at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona feature eight Americans, six of the them teenagers. The top two seeds are the veterans, with No. 1 Grace Min, 25, taking on 19-year-old Sofia Sewing(Miami), the No. 7 seed, and No. 2 seed Tori Kinard, 31, facing 14-year-old qualifier Eleana Yu. Seventeen-year-old Natasha Subhash(Virginia), the No. 4 seed, will play 16-year-old Kimmi Hance and 17-year-old qualifier Karina Miller(Michigan recruit) will face 16-year-old Connie Ma, the No. 3 seed.

The men's $15,000 WTT tournament in Lake Nona lost its top seed today, with Vasil Kirkov eliminating Keenan Mayo(Illinois) 6-3, 6-3. Kirkov is one of five Americans who have advanced to the quarterfinals: NCAA singles semifinalist Aleks Kovacevic(Illinois); Strong Kirchheimer[7](Northwestern); Paul Oosterbaan[4](Georgia) and qualifier Mwendwa Mbithi. Kirchheimer and Oosterbaan will play each other in Friday's quarterfinals.

Top seed Maxime Cressy(UCLA) advanced to the quarterfinals of the $25,000 WTT tournament in Tulsa Oklahoma, but No. 2 seed Michael Redlicki(Arkansas) was upset 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 by hometown wild card Zeke Clark(Illinois). The 20-year-old Clark, who has now reached four quarterfinals at the $25K level in the past two years, will be aiming for his first career semifinal when he takes on unseeded Nick Chappell(TCU). Cressy's opponent will be John McNally(Ohio State), who prevailed over qualifier George Goldhoff(Texas) 7-6(7), 4-6, 7-6(7) in three hours and 24 minutes. Unseeded Sam Riffice(Florida), the champion last week in Wichita, will face No. 3 seed Alexander Sarkissian(Pepperdine). No. 4 seed Martin Redlicki(UCLA) will play the only international player left in the Tulsa quarterfinals, No. 6 seed Gijs Brouwer of the Netherlands.

At the women's $25,000 WTT tournament in Denver, six Americans and two Bulgarians are through to the quarterfinals. Top seed Usue Arconada will play Vicky Duval for the second time in two weeks, with Duval ending Bethany Beach $25K champion Arconada's winning streak in the quarterfinals of the Sumter $25K last week. Wild card Sophie Whittle(Gonzaga) will play Hayley Carter(North Carolina) in the other quarterfinal in the top half of the draw. Whittle defeated Sumter champion and No. 4 seed Hailey Baptiste in the first round and took out Connie Hsu(Penn) of Taiwan today.  In the bottom half, qualifier Petia Arshinkova will play fellow Bulgarian Gergana Topalova, who defeated No. 3 seed Gail Brodsky today. No. 7 seed Sanaz Marand(North Carolina) will play wild card Alexa Glatch, who beat No. 2 seed Ashley Kratzer in the first round and Sophie Chang today.

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