Wednesday, May 5, 2021

USTA Level 1 Results; Final Division I Pre-NCAA Championships Rankings Released; Quinn and Gorzny Meet Thursday in Coral Gables J4 Semifinals

I spent the day in Indianapolis, for the finals of the USTA Sectional Invitational Grade 1 in the Boys 18s division. These eight 128-player tournaments, played over five days, singles only, were added to the junior schedule this year by the USTA, in an attempt to provide more playing opportunities for top national competitors, after the pandemic and the new junior competition structure kept many of them off the courts for significant parts of the past 12 months.

I am writing an article on the final for the Tennis Recruiting Network, which will be up next week, but congratulations to champion Masato Perera and finalist Ryan Torres for a great tournament despite the challenging weather conditions.

Finalist Ryan Torres, tournament official Alex Gruskin of Cracked Racquets, champion Masato Perera

The results of the final are below for all but the G14s in Tucson, which hasn't been posted yet. To get to the tournament draws(not easy to navigate on the new playtennis site), click on the headings.

B18s Indianapolis
Masato Perera[22] d. Ryan Torres 6-2, 6-2

G18s Mobile
Akari Matsuno[3] d. Theadora Rabman[4] 6-4, 6-2

B16s San Diego
Landon Ardila[1] d. Quang Duong[2] 6-3, 6-4

G16s Tulsa
Kinaa Graham[6] d. Amber Lin[1] 1-6, 6-4, 6-3

B14s Cary
Nicholas Patrick[7] d. Braeden Gelletich[2] 6-4, 6-4

G14s Tucson
Iva Jovic[1] d. Aspen Schuman[4] 7-5, 4-6, 6-4

B12s Austin
Jack Secord[2] d. Navneet Raghuram[4] 6-1, 6-3

G12s Virginia Beach

Thea Frodin[1] d. Isabelle DeLuccia[4] 6-4, 3-6, 6-0

The ITA Division I team and individual rankings that include all the results pre-NCAA championships were published today. The NCAA committee had access to these rankings prior to the release of their fields for the team and individual events, and although some of the questions about the changes they made are answered, others are not, including the switch to put UNC's Sara Daavettila as the No. 1 seed over top-ranked Estela Perez-Somarriba of Miami, and the decision to give the Florida men the No. 1 seed over Baylor, who remains No. 1 in the computer rankings.

With all the college tennis news the past several days, I haven't been able to focus much on the ITF Junior Circuit J4 in Coral Gables Florida this week. The quarterfinals were played today, with two of the American boys who excelled in the San Diego Grade 1s meeting tomorrow in the semifinals. Top seed Ethan Quinn, who won the IOSC and made the Easter Bowl final, will play No. 4 seed Sebastian Gorzny, who won the IOSC doubles title and made the singles quarterfinals at the Easter Bowl. Gorzny beat Quinn in the quarterfinals of the J4 in Las Vegas the week prior to the San Diego events. In the bottom half, last week's Delray Beach champion Giulio Perego of Italy, the No. 3 seed, will face unseeded Maxime St-Hilaire of Canada.

Only one seed remains in the girls draw, with No. 2 seed Dasha Plekhanova of Canada taking on wild card Valeria Ray, the reigning 16s Orange Bowl champion. In the top half, Ahmani Guichard will play Mary Stoiana for a spot in the final.