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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

USTA Cancels All Junior Team Events for 2021, New Level 1s Set for March; USC Top Seed at Men's D-I Team Indoor; Women's D-I Team Indoor All-Tournament Team, New Rankings; Ten Americans in Action Thursday at Australian Open

14s, 16s, 18s USTA L1 tournaments will be in Mobile in March

The USTA has decided not to host any of its popular team competitions in 2021. This includes the 12s, 14s, and 16s Zonals, the 14s and 16s Intersectionals and the 18s National Team Championship. This is the explanation I received:

These events have been removed due to a number of factors. Among these are concerns surrounding the ability to hold these events in a safe manner during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, due to the logistics and coordination involved with having such a large number of players and teams on site at a given time.

The National Spring Team Championships in Mobile Alabama are also not going to be played this year, so the early March date on the calendar will be converted to a Level 1 National Spring individual tournament, with the 14s, 16s, and 18s in Mobile and the 12s in Rome Georgia. Deadline for entry in next Thursday, February 18th. The draws are 64, with no doubles. 

As of now, there is no word on the ITF International Spring Championships in Carson or the Easter Bowl, which are usually held at the end of March and the first of April.

The draws are out for the ITA Men's Division I Team Indoor Championships, which begin on Friday at the University of Illinois Atkins Tennis Center. Defending champion USC is the top seed, with North Carolina seeded second. The schedule, the same as the Women's Indoors last weekend, is below.

USC arrived in Champaign early and played No. 19 Kentucky today, with the Trojans squeezing out a 4-3 victory. Kentucky sophomore Liam Draxl defeated No. 1 ranked Daniel Cukierman 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 at line 1.

Friday, February 12th, 2021
9 AM CT – (3) TCU vs. (6) Virginia
12 PM CT – (7) Tennessee vs. (2) North Carolina
3:30 PM CT – (5) Texas vs. (4) Baylor
6:30 PM CT – (1) USC vs. (8) Illinois

Saturday, February 13th, 2021
9 AM CT – Loser Match 1 vs. Loser Match 2
12 PM CT – Winner Match 1 vs Winner Match 2
3:30 PM CT – Loser Match 3 vs. Loser Match 4
6:30 PM CT – Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4

Sunday, February 14th, 2021
9 AM CT – Loser Match 4 vs. Loser Match 6
12 PM CT – Winner Match 4 vs. Winner Match 6
3:30 PM CT – Loser Match 5 vs. Loser Match 7
6:30 PM CT – Championship

The ITA announced the Women's Indoor all-Tournament today, with Sara Daavettila of champion North Carolina named Most Outstanding Player for the third time in her career. The tournament results for each of these players is available here.

No. 1 singles: Jessica Failla, Pepperdine
No. 2 singles: Sara Daavettila, North Carolina
No. 3 singles: Jada Hart, UCLA
No. 4 singles: Elizabeth Scotty, North Carolina
No. 5 singles: Kylie Collins, Texas
No. 6 singles: Fiona Crawley, North Carolina
No. 1 doubles: Lulu Sun and Kylie Collins, Texas
No. 2 doubles: Anna Turati and Fernanda Labrana, Texas
No. 3 doubles: Abi Altick and Taylor Johnson, UCLA
Most Outstanding Player: Sara Daavettila, North Carolina

The new Coaches Poll rankings are out, with a few changes due to the results at the Team Indoor Championships. The complete list of 25 teams is here.

Oracle/ITA D-I Women's Team Rankings Feb. 10, 2021 [Previous ranking in parentheses]
1. North Carolina(1)
2. Texas(3)
3. UCLA(2)
4. Pepperdine(5)
5. Georgia(7)
6. Stanford(4)
7. Florida State(8)
8. Northwestern(13)
9. Georgia Tech(6)
10. Ohio State(9)

Ten Americans are in action Thursday (Wednesday night in the US) at the Australian Open. American men are down to one player in the top half, with Taylor Fritz, the only seeded American, beating friend Reilly Opelka 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-2 in over four hours to advance to a third round contest with top seed Novak Djokovic. Ann Li and Serena Williams are the two American women who have advanced to the third round in the bottom half of the draw.

AO results for Americans in Thursday's second round: (4-6)
Karolina Pliskova[6](CZE) d. Danielle Collins 7-5, 6-2
Kaia Kanepi(EST) d. Sofia Kenin[4] 6-3, 6-2 
Elina Svitolina[5](UKR) d. Coco Gauff 6-4, 6-3 
Jessica Pegula d. Samantha Stosur[WC](AUS) 6-0, 6-1
Jennifer Brady[22] d. Madison Brengle 6-1, 6-2
Shelby Rogers d. Olga Danilovic[Q](SRB) 6-2, 6-3
Rafael Nadal[2](ESP) d. Michael Mmoh[Q] 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 
Mackenzie McDonald d. Borna Coric[22](CRO) 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
Casper Ruud[24](NOR) d. Tommy Paul 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 

AO results for Americans in Wednesday's second round: (3-5)
Sara Errani[Q](ITA) d. Venus Williams 6-1, 6-0
Serena Williams[10] d. Nina Stojanovic(SRB) 6-3, 6-0
Ann Li d. Alize Cornet(FRA) 6-2, 7-6(6)
Zarina Diyas(KAZ) d. Bernarda Pera 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Novak Djokovic[1](SRB) d. Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-6(2), 6-3
Taylor Fritz[27] d. Reilly Opelka 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-2
Alexander Zverev[6](GER) d. Maxime Cressy[Q] 7-5, 6-4, 6-3