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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Svajda and Brooksby Among Twenty-two Americans in First Round Action Monday at US Open; Noah Rubin Featured on CBS Sunday Morning; Repentigny ITF Grade 1 Underway

The last two Kalamazoo 18s champions are on Monday's schedule as the US Open kicks off at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.

2018 champion Jenson Brooksby, 18, is the only American man to make it to the main draw through qualifying, and he will face Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic. Below is the graphic provided by the USTA in their preview of Monday's matches for that contest, scheduled for an 11 am start on Court 13:

Sixteen-year-old Zachary Svajda, the 2019 Kalamazoo champion, is third on Court 13 against 37-year-old lucky loser Paolo Lorenzi of Italy. Svajda was initially scheduled to play No. 16 seed Kevin Anderson, but Anderson withdrew Saturday.

Some interesting facts from the USTA notes on Svajda:

The 21-year age gap is biggest at a Slam since Ken Rosewall, 44, beat Cary Stansbury, 20, in 1978 Aus. Open 1R.

Svajda is youngest US Open men’s singles player since Donald Young, 16, in 2005. If he beats Lorenzi, Svajda will be youngest to win a US Open men’s singles match since Michael Chang, 16, reached 1988 US Open 4R.
A list of Americans in action Monday is below. See usopen.org for the complete order of play for Monday.

Monday’s singles matches featuring Americans

Serena Williams[8] v Maria Sharapova(RUS)
Sonya Kenin[20] v Coco Vandeweghe
Venus Williams v Saisai Zheng(CHN)
Madison Keys[10] v Misaki Doi(JPN)
Caty McNally[WC] v Timea Bacsinzsky(SUI)
Bernarda Pera v Mariam Bolkvadze(GEO)
Varvara Lepchenko[LL] v Shuai Peng[Q](CHN)
Caroline Dolehide[Q] v Qiang Wang[18](CHN)
Lauren Davis v Johanna Larsson[Q]
Jennifer Brady v Aliaksandra Sasnovich(BLR)
Whitney Osuigwe[WC] v Elina Svitolina[5](UKR)

Sam Querrey v Juan Ignacio Londero(ARG)
Zachary Svajda[WC] v Paolo Lorenzi([LL](ITA)
Marcos Giron[WC] v Yoshihito Nishioka(JPN)
Chris Eubanks[WC] v Cristian Garin[31](CHI)
Bradley Klahn v Thiago Monteiro(BRA)
Jack Sock[WC] v Pablo Cuevas(URU)
Jenson Brooksby[Q] v Tomas Berdych(CZE)
Reilly Opelka v Fabio Fognini[11](ITA)
Denis Kudla v Janko Tipsarevic(SRB)
Taylor Fritz[26] v Feliciano Lopez(ESP)

2015 NCAA singles finalist Noah Rubin was featured today on CBS Sunday Morning, with Ted Koppel interviewing Rubin on the contrast in the life of a professional tennis player ranked in the 100-200 range versus those at the top of the game. Rubin's Behind the Racquet Instagram initiative is also mentioned in the segment, which can be viewed here.

The ITF Junior Circuit moves from College Park to Repentigny Canada for another Grade 1, with Harold Mayot of France and Emilio Nava of the US the top two boys seeds. Nava has not played since suffering an injury at the Grade 1 in Roehampton.  The top seeds in the girls draw are Natsumi Kawaguchi of Japan and Hurricane Tyra Black of the US. First round matches began today, with all seeds receiving byes into the second round.


86 the Puka Shells said...

Brooksby... 86 the Puka Shells Necklace...not a good look.

So Long, Baylor! said...

Jenson Brooksby knocks of an old beat up, coming back from injury, Tomas Berdych, 1,-2,4,4.
Good win for the Baylor Bear. Luck of the draw or nice placement... you decide.

So Long Baylor said...

Brad Gilbert interviews Jenson Brooksby and asks the college question, “will your results effect your decision to go to Baylor...?”
Jenson said he will make that decision after the tournament and after playing the Challenger Circuit in the Fall. Brooksby is already on the Roster at Baylor... no classes in the Fall? Odds are he will not suit up in Waco,,,, there are $100,000 reasons why he will not go to Waco... I spent a month in Waco one afternoon... Pmac says go to school unless you win the tournament . PMac has changed his tune on the college/ pro question since he has left the USTA.:)

Pro at 16 said...

Zach Svajda loses 6-2 in the 5th vs Lorenzi of italy at the US Open First round. Hell of a battle. Zach is 16 and went Pro...don’t forget to get your High School Diploma. 16 and went PRO?? Bad advice. Wish him all the Luck in the World...but turning Pro at 16 days in the ATP World is over. Develop..Physically, Mentally, Emotionally.have a long playing career... players are stronger and older.. learn to balance a check book! Stay Strong