Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Kalamazoo Wild Cards; Paul Reaches First ATP Quarterfinal in Atlanta; Brady Beats Liu in Stockton: USTA Foundation Announces College Scholarships

The wild cards for the USTA Boys 16 and 18 National Championships in Kalamazoo, which begin a week from Friday, are listed below.

Boys 16s:
Tristan Boyer
Jaycer Lyeons
Pierce Rollins
Jackson Ross
Baylor Sai

Boys 18s:

Arnav Dhingra
Evan Felcher
RJ Fresen
Connor Hance
Nathan Perrone
Jordi Redelijk
Roy Smith
William Woodall

Tommy Paul's ATP ranking had fallen to 409 this spring, after reaching a career-high 191 in 2016, but he is back on the upswing now. The 20-year-old won a $25,000 Futures in Winston Salem in June and reached the semifinals of the Winnetka Challenger earlier this month.  Today at the BB&T Atlanta Open, he beat Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of the ATP 250 event.  It's Paul's first ATP quarterfinal, and he will play No. 3 seed Gilles Muller of Luxembourg on Friday.  For more on Paul's win, see this article from the ATP website.

A couple of long and interesting matches in the USTA Pro Circuit today featured Wimbledon girls champion Claire Liu and French Open girls champion Whitney Osuigwe, both competing for the first time since Wimbledon. Liu fell to Stockton $60K top seed Jennifer Brady 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 43 minutes. Osuigwe, unseeded at the $15K event in Evansville, got by qualifier Katerina Stewart 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(3) in two hours and 38 minutes.  

Other young winners in Stockton included Usue Arconada, Sonya Kenin, Ena Shibahara and Caroline Dolehide.  In Evansville, Caty McNally, Ann Li, Jada Robinson and Ellie Douglas advanced, with Wimbledon girls finalist Li playing Osuigwe next.

The top two seeds were eliminated at the $25,000 Futures in Champaign, with Jared Hiltzik beaten by 18-year-old Santiago Fa Rodriguez Taverna of Argentina, and Zimbabwe's Takanyi Garanganga falling to qualifier Deiton Baughman.

At the $75,000 Binghamton Challenger, wild card William Blumberg reached the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 6 seed Denis Kudla.  Former college stars Cameron Norrie and Blaz Rola also advanced to the quarterfinals with wins today.

The USTA Foundation announced its annual college scholarship awards today, with 31 high school students receiving a total of $300,000.  For a complete list of all 31 recipients, see this release from the USTA.