Tuesday, October 27, 2020

No. 2 Seeds Out as ITF Orlando Grade 4 Moves to Quarterfinals; USTA Releases National Schedule for 2021; ITA Fall Circuit Week Six Winners

After rain caused delays on Monday, the second round of the ITF Grade 4 in Orlando has concluded, with the singles quarterfinals set for Wednesday at the USTA National Campus. The quarterfinals will feature both top seeds, with Alexis Blokhina and Adolfo Daniel Vallejo of Paraguay advancing today, but the No. 2 seeds have been eliminated.

Nishesh Basavareddy lost in the first round, to wild card John Kim, with Kim losing to Guilio Perego of Italy, last week's champion at the Atlanta Grade 4, in the second round. Perego, a senior who has recently made a verbal commitment to Texas A&M, will face wild card Nicholas Godsick, son of Mary Joe Fernandez and Tony Godsick, in the quarterfinals. 

Fifteen-year-old qualifier Tsehay Driscoll defeated frequent doubles partner Ava Krug, the No. 2 seed and granddaughter of ESPN's Dick Vitale, 0-6, 6-3, 6-4 in today's second round. Driscoll will face wild card Ashlyn Krueger, who reached the final last week in Atlanta, in Wednesday's quarterfinals.  Grace O'Donnell, a semifinalist last week in Atlanta, defeated No. 3 seed Chelsea Fontenel of Switzerland 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 in today's second round action.

The second round of doubles isn't complete yet, with two rounds on Wednesday's schedule for some teams.

More rain in Tyler Texas kept that $80K tournament's qualifying behind schedule, but the draw has been posted, with Shelby Rogers the top seed. Wild cards were awarded to Varvara Lepchenko, Hailey Baptiste, Katie Volynets and Fernanda Contreras(Vanderbilt) of Mexico. Macon $80K champion Cici Bellis did receive a special exemption into the main draw.

The USTA has published its national junior tournament schedule for 2021, with the first national events Level 2s in February. Of course, with the pandemic still raging, this schedule is tentative, but it offers at least some possibilities should the outlook improve.

Week Six of the ITA Tour: Fall Circuit by UTR is complete, with tournaments in 12 cities across the US now complete. (The ITA recap of Week Six says 13 tournaments, but I can't find any results for Mason, so I assume it was not played). 

ITF Fall Circuit Week Six Winners:

Williamsburg: Men, Harrison Hunter

Phoenix: Men, Jose Dominguez; Women, Jacque Dunyon

Morgantown: Men, Henry Shepherd; Women, Taylor Ng

Cincinnati: Men, Devin Boyer; Women, Sophia Zaslow

Wilson: Women, Abigail Forbes

Lawrenceville: Men, Jamieson Nathan/Mikael Erler; Women, Chelsea Sawyer

Des Moines: Men, Benjamin Lott; Women, Arunadee Fernando

South Elmonte: Men, Dawid Kaszubowski; Women, Velizara Fileva

Wichita: Men, Marius Frosa/Nicolas Acevedo; Women, Kristina Novak

Morgan Hill: Men, Nitzan Ricklis; Women, Maria Martinez Vaquero

Minneapolis: Men, Gavin Young

Houston: Men, Anish Sriniketh; Women, Phonexay Chitdara