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Monday, December 10, 2012

USTA Playoffs for Boys 14s European Trip Underway in Boca Raton; United States Defends Its Master'U BNP Paribas Championship in France

Before we headed south to Coral Gables, where the Junior Orange Bowl 12s and 14s begins with qualifying on Friday, we stopped by the USTA National Training Center at Evert Academy in Boca Raton.

Since 2007, the USTA has held a competition to determine two of the four 14-and-under boys who will travel to the Teen Tennis and Les Petits As next month.  There are two round robin groups of four, with the top two in each advancing to the semifinals. Both finalists will be named to the team, with two other selections captain's picks also going.

The boys competing this year are:
Roscoe Bellamy
Alex Del Corral
Vasil Kirkov
Patrick Kypson
Noah Makarome
Sam Riffice
Gianni Ross
Sangeet Sridhar

Play continues on Tuesday, with the semifinals on Wednesday. I will pass along the results later this week. The girls do not have a similar competition.

I was amazed at how many high level players were training this afternoon in Boca, playing practice matches or hitting with coaches.  Here is a partial list of those I saw just in the few hours I was there:

Jamie Hampton
Mallory Burdette (pictured, during a practice match with Glatch)
Alexa Glatch
Allie Will
Madison Keys
Lauren Davis
Rebecca Marino
Ajla Tomljanovic
Vicky Duval
Jennifer Brady
Chalena Scholl
Nicole Frenkel
Tornado Black
Tennys Sandgren
Rhyne Williams
Bjorn Fratangelo
Mitchell Krueger
Chase Buchanan

Burdette, Glatch, Keys, Buchanan, Williams and Sandgren are all playing in the Australian Open Wild Card Playoff, which begins Friday. The complete list of competitors and the schedule can be found at the tournament website.

The United States team of Lauren Embree of Florida, Zoe Scandalis of USC, Jacqueline Cako of Arizona State, Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia, Evan King of Michigan and Raymond Sarmiento of USC won the Master'U BNP Paribas Championship international collegiate team championship yesterday in France, defending the title they won last year. Greg Patton of Boise State, who also coached the team last year, and Amanda Augustus of Cal were the coaches for this year's team.

Unlike their 4-3 win over France last year, there was no dramatic finish necessary for the US team this year, as they swept the singles from Germany to clinch the win before the doubles began. The United States has now won three championships at this competition in the past four years.

For Patton and Augustus' entertaining blogs from the trip, see usta.com.


tennis2day said...

Since you mentioned all the high level players working out there, which players can use Boca? Does every aspiring pro have access or do they have to have a coach link there? Is it truly open to everyone or just those who know someone....? Just curious, do you know?

Colette Lewis said...

I've never heard of anyone who wanted to train there being denied the opportunity.

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