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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

USTA Clay Court Championships Underway; Braswell and Grishuk Win Grade 3 Titles; Bernard and Catanzarite Earn Second ITF Grade 4 Titles This Month; Kuzuhara Claims Grade 5 Title in Brazil

The USTA Clay Court Championships are going on this week and below are the top 8 seeds in each tournament (if they have already lost, it is noted). Links to the TennisLink sites are in the headers.

Boys 18s (Delray Beach)
1. Leighton Allen
2. Logan Zapp
3. Evin McDonald
4. Ron Hohmann
5. Luke Vandecasteele
6. Benjamin Koch
7. Zachery Lim
8. Andrew Dale(out 3rd rd)

Boys 16s (Delray Beach)
1. Samir Banerjee
2. Luke Casper
3. Gabrielius Guzauskas
4. Ben Shelton
5. Louis Cloud
6. Daniel Schmelka (out 2nd rd)
7. Jack Anthrop
8. Alexander Chang

Boys 14s (Ft. Lauderdale)
1. Yannik Rahman
2. Cooper Williams
3. Learner Tien
4. Nicolas Godsick
5. Garen Spicka (out 2nd rd)
6. Dylan Tsoi
7. Carson Baker
8. Dylan Charlap (out 2nd rd)

Boys 12s (Orlando)
1. Cooper Woestendick
2. Maxwell Exsted
3. Abhishek Thorat
4. Abhinav Chunduru
5. A Filer
6. Cassius Chinlund
7. Jagger Leach
8. Roman Sancilio

Girls 18s (Charleston SC)
1. Valencia Xu (out 3rd rd)
2. Zoe Howard (out 3rd rd)
3. Fiona Crawley
4. Reily Tran (out 3rd rd)
5. Carly Briggs(out 3rd rd)
6. Hadley Doyle
7. Karina Miller
8. Neha Velaga (out 3rd rd)

Girls 16s (Huntsville Alabama)
1. Nadejda Maslova
2. Jennifer Riester
3. Carrie Beckman
4. Sonia Maheshwari
5. Amelia Honer
6. Sophia Strugnell (out 3rd rd)
7. Ria Bhakta
8. Qavia Lopez

Girls 14s (Plantation Florida)
1. Stephanie Yakoff
2. Valeria Ray
3. Alexis Blokhina
4. Amber Yin (out 3rd rd)
5. Theadora Rabman
6. Carla Pacot (out 3rd rd)
7. Victoria Zhao (out 3rd rd)
8. Natalia Perez

Girls 12s (Boca Raton Florida)
1. Emily Deming
2. Bella Payne
3. Eva Oxford
4. Claire An
5. Alexis Nguyen
6. Kinley Vanpelt
7. Brooke Wrigley
8. Sasha Kilgour

Wimbledon was the major event on the ITF Junior Circuit last week, but there were 21 other tournaments across the globe, including four Grade 3 events. Americans won two of the eight singles titles in those tournaments, and three others at the Grade 4 and 5 levels.

Unseeded Micah Braswell won the boys title at the ITF Grade 3 in Vancouver Canada, beating No. 3 seed Joshua Lapadat of Canada 6-0, 7-5 in the final. The 17-year-old Braswell, whose first ITF singles title came this spring at the Grade 4 in Irvine California, didn't drop a set in his five victories. Keshav Chopra and Lapadat won the boys doubles title, with the top seeds beating No. 4 seeds Jeffrey Fradkin and Canadian Luka Vukovic 6-3, 6-4 in the final. The girls doubles championship went to two Americans: No. 3 seeds Elizabeth Stevens and Katja Wiersholm, who beat unseeded Marina Stakusic and Annabelle Xu of Canada 6-4, 6-2 in the final.

Sixteen-year-old Skyler Grishuk won her third Grade 3 singles title of the year last week in Germany, beating Elvina Kalieva 7-6(4), 6-3 in a rare all-US final in Europe. With the title Grishuk is up to a career-high of 67 in the ITF World Junior rankings.

The two champions at the Grade 4 in Jamaica last week were the same two champions from the Grade 4 in the Bahamas two weeks ago: Alex Bernard and Ava Catanzarite.  The second-seeded Bernard, 15, beat top seed Blaise Bicknell 6-2, 6-1 in the final, running his singles winning streak to 16, dating back to his title at May's ITF Grade 4 in Plantation.  The 16-year-old Catanzarite, who won two Grade 5 titles in April, was the No. 3 seed this week. She defeated unseeded 13-year-old Brooklyn Olson 6-1, 6-3 in the singles final and partnered with Ava Krug for the doubles title. Catanzarite and Krug, the top seeds, defeated No. 2 seeds Nevena Carton and Slovakia's Anika Jaskova 6-1, 6-0 in the final. Connor and Jake Krug, the No. 2 seeds, won the all-US boys doubles final, beating unseeded Jakub Ostajewski and Matthew Robinson 7-5, 6-1 for the title.

The fifth American junior singles title this week went to 15-year-old Bruno Kuzuhara, who won the Grade 5 in Brazil. Kuzuhara, seeded No. 4, defeated No. 6 seed Joaquim De Almeida of Brazil 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 for his third ITF Grade 5 singles title. Kuzuhara also reached the doubles final with Joao Pedro de Favari Engel of Brazil.

At the Grade 5 in Great Britain, Billy Suarez took the doubles title, with Daniel Webb of Great Britain. The top seeds defeated No. 2 seeds Matias Montanes Tutzo and Alejandro Sanchez Gonzalez of Spain 7-6(7), 4-6, 10-7 in the final.