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Monday, September 23, 2019

US Teams Seeded 1 and 2 as Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Begin Tuesday in Lake Nona; Holt Wins Battle of the Bay, then Tiburon Challenger First Round Match; Women's Pro Circuit $60K in Templeton Features Lepchenko, Vandeweghe

I'll be covering the Junior Fed Cup and Junior Davis Cup in Lake Nona beginning Wednesday, but the tournament starts with round robin play Tuesday at the USTA's National Campus.

The National Campus website has the schedule and matchups posted, and links to live streaming and live scoring. From what I understand, the Tennis Channel will be providing live coverage each day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The US boys team, seeded No. 1, consists of Martin Damm, Toby Kodat and Dali Blanch and is coached by Philippe Oudshoorn. The US girls team, seeded No. 2, is Connie Ma, Robin Montgomery and Katrina Scott, with Jamea Jackson the coach. The US girls have won the past two Junior Fed Cup titles.

The boys seeds:
1. USA
2. Japan
3. France
4. Serbia
5. Great Britain
6. Australia
7. Hong Kong
8. Czech Republic

The girls seeds:
1. Russia
2. USA
3. Czech Republic
4. Canada
5. Thailand
6. Germany
7. Argentina
8. Chinese Taipei

The ITF's tournament website has the round robin group draws, as well as the complete list of all players participating, with 16 teams in each draw.

USC senior Brandon Holt won the prestigious Battle of the Bay singles title yesterday in San Francisco, beating Michigan freshman Ondrej Styler 6-2, 6-4 in the final. Holt didn't have much time to enjoy that accomplishment as he was on the schedule at the ATP 100 Challenger in Tiburon this afternoon after receiving a wild card. Holt defeated former USC star Raymond Sarmiento 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3, with 18 aces certainly helping his cause. Next up for Holt is top seed Tommy Paul. Styler also received a wild card into the main draw and will play Roberto Quiroz(USC) of Ecuador. Wild cards also were given to Oliver Crawford(Florida), Brandon Nakashima(Virginia) and Emilio Nava. Nava lost today to Ulises Blanch 6-2, 6-3.

The women's Battle of the Bay winner, University of the Pacific freshman Klara Kosan, received a wild card into this week's $60,000 women's USTA Pro Circuit event in Templeton California. Qualifying will continue through tomorrow, but the main draw is out, with wild card Varvara Lepchenko the top seed. Usue Arconada is the No. 2 seed, but she has drawn Coco Vandweghe, who just returned to competition late this summer after nearly ten months out with injuries and received a wild card. The fourth wild card went to 2017 USTA National 18s champion Ashley Kratzer and she will play Lepchenko in the first round.

The other USTA Pro Circuit event this week is a men's $25,000 tournament in Harlingen Texas. Top seed is Alexander Erler of Austria, and wild cards were given to AJ Catanzariti(Texas A&M), Georgia freshman Tyler Zink, local junior Ethan Silva and LSU freshman Ron Hohmann. It's good to see Zane Khan back in action for the first time since the French Open Junior Championships. He won his opening qualifying match today to advance to the final round of qualifying.