Monday, April 12, 2021

My Easter Bowl 16s and ITF Recap; IOSC J1 Finals Videos; Damm Qualifies for Orlando Challenger

My third recap from my recent trip to California, this one focusing on the Easter Bowl 16s and ITF championships, is up today at the Tennis Recruiting Network. In case you missed it over the weekend, I prepared a post unrelated to the actual tennis played during those two weeks, focusing instead on some of the external and big picture items that didn't make it into any of the reporting I did on the tennis tournaments during that stretch. 

Below are the videos of the boys and girls finals from the ITF International Open of Southern California J1, the first finals videos I've posted since the Junior Orange Bowl in December of 2019 . Videos of the 12s, 14s, and 16s Easter Bowl will take more time to assemble, because there was no behind-the-court positioning available for those finals, so each player will have a separate video. The Easter Bowl ITF will have videos similar to these.

Seventeen-year-old Martin Damm won two three-setters today in qualifying at the ATP Challenger 80 in Orlando to advance to the main draw. Damm, who is still at a career-high No. 3 in the ITF Junior rankings, even though he hasn't played a junior event in well over a year, defeated No. 3 seed and ATP 266 Hiroki Moriya of Japan 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 in the first round. In his second match, the 2018 Kalamazoo 16s champion defeated former Virginia star JC Aragone 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.  Damm, who has played in just one Challenger main draw previously, will play fellow IMG resident Michael Mmoh in the first round. Kevin King(Georgia Tech) lost in the final round of qualifying, but received entry as a lucky loser; he will play wild card Zane Khan, who Damm defeated in that 2018 Kalamazoo final. 

Jenson Brooksby(Baylor) defeated No. 7 seed Jason Jung(Michigan) of Taiwan 6-1, 6-4 in first round action in Orlando.