Wednesday, August 15, 2018

US Open Junior Championships Wild Cards; Boston Hosts Only USTA Pro Circuit Event This Week

The majority of the wild cards have been determined for the US Open Junior Championships, which begin on Sunday September 2 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  Below are the current lists, subject to change with the withdrawal deadline not until next Tuesday. The criteria for several of the wild cards, which is set out before the year begins, is explained in the parentheses. I'm a little surprised that ITF World Junior Tennis champions Victor Lilov, Bruno Kuzuhara and Evan Wen did not get qualifying wild cards, while all the US girls on the third place WJT team did.

Boys Main Draw:
Jenson Brooksby (Easter Bowl, Kalamazoo 18s champion)
Martin Damm (Kalamazoo 16s champion)
Stefan Dostanic (third place Kalamazoo 18s)
Neel Rajesh (Clay Court 18s champion)
Toby Kodat
Govind Nanda
French junior (Reciprocal)

Girls Main Draw:
Emma Navarro (Clay Court 18s champion)
Fiona Crawley (San Diego 16s champion)
Hailey Baptiste
Elysia Bolton
Salma Ewing
Abigail Forbes
Vanessa Ong

Boys Qualifying:
Eric Hahn (Kalamazoo 18s 5th place)
Zane Khan
Eliot Spizzirri
William Woodall
Hikaru Shiraishi(Japan)

Girls Qualifying:
Robin Montgomery
Katrina Scott
Reese Brantmeier
Alexandra Yepifanova
Savannah Broadus
Kisa Yoshioka(Japan)

The only USTA Pro Circuit event this week is a $25,000 Men's Futures tournament in Boston.

Seven Americans are through to Thursday's second round: Evan Zhu, wild card Martin Redlicki (UCLA's 2018 NCAA doubles champions, who play each other for a place in the quarterfinals), Strong Kirchheimer[8](Northwestern), Felix Corwin(Minnesota), Sekou Bangoura[3](Florida), Alexios Halebian and Vasil Kirkov.

The USTA announced today that Chris Eubanks had moved into the US Open men's qualifying on his own ranking, so his qualifying wild card will go to Thai Kwiatkowski.  That gives the 2017 NCAA team champions Virginia three players in USO qualifying: Kwiatkowski, Collin Altamirano and JC Aragone.

Aragone is currently competing at the $100,000 ATP Challenger in Vancouver, and is the only American to advance to the third round. He defeated No. 6 seed Peter Polansky of Canada 7-6(4), 7-6(3) today.