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Monday, July 24, 2017

USTA Clay Court Champions; Kenin Wins Stockton $60K; Isner Claims ATP Hall of Fame Title in Newport; Shapovalov Captures Second Challenger Title

The 2017 USTA Clay Court Championships are in the books, with the singles and doubles titles in the 14s, 16s and 18s division decided today.  The Tennis Recruiting Network will have in depth coverage all next week; full draws are available from the TennisLink site by clicking on the headers below.

Girls 12s in Boca Raton:
Singles: Tsehay Driscoll[3] def. Clervie Ngounoue[4] 7-6(4), 6-2
Doubles: Tsehay Driscoll and Ava Krug[4] def. Natalie Block and Lara Smejkal 4-6, 6-4, 6-0

Girls 14s in Plantation:
Singles: Elise Wagle[26] def. Valencia Xu[5] 4-6, 6-4, 6-0
Doubles: Robin Montgomery and Katrina Scott[9] def. Mia Kintiroglou and Tara Malik[7] 6-3, 3-6, 6-1

Girls 16s in Virginia Beach:
Singles: Fiona Crawley[1] def. Ruth Marsh[2] 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Doubles: Sophia Sassoli and Rhea Shrivastava[15] def. Zoey Weil and Brigette Wu[9] 2-6, 6-1, 6-3

Girls 18s in Memphis:
Singles: Katie Volynets[13] def. Abigail Forbes[2] 6-2, 6-2
Doubles: Abigail Forbes and Alyvia Jones[17] def. Sophia Graver and Marlee Zein[6] 6-4, 6-3

Boys 12s in Orlando:
Singles: Juncheng Shang def. Aidan Kim[4] 6-3, 7-5
Doubles: Lucas Brown and Cooper Williams[1] def. Andrew Delgado and James Rico[12] 6-3, 6-0

Boys 14s in Ft. Lauderdale:
Singles: Saud Alhogbani[11] def. Jonah Braswell[52] 6-1, 6-1
Doubles: Saud Alhogbani and Nishesh Basavareddy[27] def. Grant Durham and Isaac Smith[5] 6-7(3), 6-0, 6-3

Boys 16s in Delray Beach:
Singles: Garrett Johns[14] def. Jacob Bullard[8] 6-2, 6-2
Doubles: Robert Cash and Ryder Jackson[6] def. Jeffrey Fradkin and Phillip Jordan[2] 6-2, 6-4

Boys 18s in Delray Beach:
Singles: Axel Nefve[17] def. Ryan Goetz 6-2, 6-4
Doubles: Christian Alshon and Tyler Zink[5] def. Patrick Maloney and Harris Walker[12] 6-3, 6-2

Sonya Kenin won the title at the $60,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit event in Stockton California today, beating wild card Ashley Kratzer 6-0, 6-1 in the final.  The 18-year-old Floridian, seeded No. 4, now takes the early lead in the US Open Wild Card Challenge, which she won last year with her title at Sacramento.  Kenin also won the doubles championship on Saturday, with Usue Arconada. 

Top seed John Isner won his third title at the ATP Hall of Fame Championships, beating qualifier Matthew Ebden of Australia 6-3, 7-6(4).  It's Isner's first title since Atlanta in 2015 and his 11th overall.  He didn't face a break point during the tournament.   Rajeev Ram and  Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan won the doubles title, with the 33-year-old from Indiana, who won the 2013 NCAA doubles title while at Illinois, announcing that he was retiring from singles competition on the ATP and would concentrate on doubles.

Eighteen-year-old Denis Shapovalov of Canada won his second ATP Challenger title today in Gatineau Canada, with the 2016 Wimbledon boys champion, seeded No. 7, beating No. 5 seed Peter Polansky of Canada 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in the final. Shapovalov moves to 130 in the ATP rankings with the title. Bradley Klahn and Jackson Withrow won the doubles title, beating Hans Hach Verdugo of Mexico and Vincent Millot of France 6-2, 6-3 in a final between unseeded teams.

At the $25,000 ITF Women's Pro Circuit event in Gatineau, Aleksandra Wozniack of Canada, the No. 6 seed, beat qualifier Ellen Perez of Australia, the former Georgia star, 7-6(4), 6-4 in today's final.