Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Querrey Among Six California Pros Competing on Rolling Hills Private Court This Weekend; Bianca Turati Not Returning to Texas; Navarro Signs with Virginia

Although I haven't seen any other reference to it online, a press release circulated last night announcing the "California French Open," a competition this weekend that will feature six Southern California pros playing on a private court in Rolling Hills California.

Sam Querrey(ATP rank 45),  Marcos Giron(102), Bradley Klahn(126), Ernesto Escobedo(180), Brandon Holt(565) and reigning Kalamazoo 18s champion Zachary Svajda(945) are scheduled to compete on the private clay court of Scott Douglas this Saturday and Sunday. Other than a mention that no spectators are allowed due to the pandemic, there is nothing about other Covid-19 precautions and nothing about the format, although I would presume it is a round robin with Fast 4 rules, as most of the other tournaments like this one have been.

There is a reference to Tennis Channel coverage, but nothing appears on TC's TV schedule now, although it could be part of the Tennis Channel Live show which is scheduled from 5-8 pm Eastern Saturday and Sunday.

The rate of signing and transfer announcements has slowed in recent days (last week's update is here), but two high-profile programs have made news.

Bianca Turati of Texas, a former ITA collegiate No. 1, has decided not to return for a fifth season in Austin, opting to pursue professional tennis instead. The status of her twin sister Anna has not been announced.

The Virginia women have signed three players for this fall, one being former ITF Top 5 junior Carson Branstine of Canada transferring from USC to the Cavaliers after a freshman year lost to injury and Covid-19.

Emma Navarro, who reached the French Open girls singles final and won the French Open doubles title last year and was ranked as high as No. 3 in the ITF juniors, has signed with Virginia for this fall, as has Hibah Shaikh, a blue chip from New Jersey.

Missouri seniors Gabrielle Goldin and Serena Nash will be returning for a fifth year.

Pepperdine officially announced the transfer of Ohio State All-American Shiori Fukuda.

Speaking of the Waves, returning fifth-year senior Ashley Lahey, who ended this season as the top-ranked women's singles player, spoke to usta.com about her decision to return in this article.

In men's Division I news:

Nic Wiedenhorn of Germany has signed with Nebraska.

Brett Forman, who played at Michigan State, is joining Princeton as a volunteer assistant.

Grey Hamilton, who played at Ole Miss, is joining SMU as volunteer assistant coach.