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Monday, July 13, 2015

Frances Tiafoe Leads List of Kalamazoo Wild Cards

Just a quick news flash after a long day of travel back home from Wimbledon.

Kalamazoo's Stowe Stadium

While I was in London, the acceptances for the Nationals came out and wild cards have been awarded, although I have seen only Boys 16s and 18s at this time. There is no qualifying as there was last year, with the draw going back to 192.

The boys 18s field here in Kalamazoo will feature ITF World No. 1 junior Taylor Fritz, French Open champion Tommy Paul, Wimbledon champion Reilly Opelka, ITF No. 3 Michael Mmoh, No. 10 William Blumberg, as well as Stefan Kozlov, Nathan Ponwith and Alex Rybakov. Frances Tiafoe was not initially included in the acceptances, but has accepted a wild card. The eighth wild card will go to the winner of next week's wild card tournament in Texas.  The Kalamazoo wild cards:

John Jorgeson
Eduardo Nava
Dennis Uspensky
Vasil Kirkov
Mwendwa Mbithi
Logan Smith
Frances Tiafoe

Sean Hill 
Alexandre Rotsaert 
Matthew Rodriguez

The girls 18s field is strong, although perhaps not reaching the boys level. Usue Arconada, Michaela Gordon, Caroline Dolehide and Sonya Kenin, all in the ITF Top 25, are entered, as are Tornado Alicia Black, Kelly Chen, Claire Liu, Francesca Di Lorenzo and Ingrid Neel.

Katerina Stewart and CiCi Bellis, both inside the WTA Top 200, did not enter. 


Dave said...

What a great Zoo field. So many top players. A pity Jared Donaldson isn't playing to add one more star to the draw, but understandable given his ranking and the strong likelihood he will get a USO WC regardless.

Anybody remember how they do the seedings? I think it's something like top 600 ATP, then ITF, but I could be wrong?

Anyway, I would say Tiafoe is the favorite, with Fritz and Kozlov close behind.

Scheduling Question said...

If a Junior is listed as a competitor for the 2015 National Champioships, B18's, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, may they also participate in the 2015 USTA Pro Circuit Edwardsville Futures, since the tournament dates overlap?
Tournament Dates… Edwardsville : July 27-Aug 2 , Kalamazoo Aug 1-9

Colette Lewis said...

It's Top 1000 ATP and Top 100 ITF that are considered, along with Top 100 ITA. There are 6 in 1st category as of Monday's rankings, 10 in the 2nd category, and none in the 3rd.

Colette Lewis said...

@Scheduling Question:
It is my understanding that with the permission of both tournament directors, they can.