Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Spizzirri Verbally Commits to Texas; ITA All-American Championship Finals Scheduled for Live Broadcast on ESPNU; Seven Americans Advance to Quarterfinals at ITF Grade 3 in Cancun, 14 in Corpus Christi Grade 4 Quarters

Eliot Spizzirri, the No. 1 recruit in Tennis Recruiting Network's Class of 2020 announced today on Instagram that he has verbally committed to the University of Texas. When I spoke to Spizzirri in Kalamazoo, he said he was going to take his official visits this fall, and while I had later heard rumors that he was interested in Ohio State, Georgia and North Carolina in addition to Texas, he didn't divulge for the record which schools he was considering. So Texas coach Bruce Berque won what I know, based on the sheer number of top college coaches watching Spizzirri's matches this summer, had to have been a spirited recruiting battle.

The ITA announced today that the men's and women's singles finals at the Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championships will be broadcast live in prime time on ESPNU Sunday, October 13th. This is the first year that the men and women's tournaments will be held at the same location, Tulsa Oklahoma, and this will be the first time there has been any broadcast of this event, which is the first of the three collegiate majors. For more details, see this article from the ITA website.

The ITF Junior Circuit this week is featuring a new Grade 3 tournament in Cancun, and quite a few Americans made the trip to the Mexican resort area, with four girls and three boys advancing to the singles quarterfinals Thursday.

Top seed Jenna De Falco, No. 2 seed Madison Sieg, No. 9 seed Sofia Camila Rojas and unseeded Jennifer Riester are the US girls in the quarterfinals, with Sieg and Riester facing off for a place in the semifinals. No. 2 seed Alex Kiefer, No. 6 seed Jackson Ross and No. 15 seed Connor Krug will represent the United States in the boys quarterfinals. 

The ITF Junior tournament in the United States this week is a Grade 4 in Corpus Christi Texas and 14 of the 16 quarterfinalists there are Americans, including all eight boys.  Jack Anthrop and Braden Shick are the top two seeds. None of the top four seeds advanced to the quarterfinals in the girls draw, with No. 5 seed Jeanette Mireles the highest seed remaining.