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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Accepted Entries Lists for USTA's National Championships Published; TRN's Clay Court 12s Recaps; IMG Announces Future Stars 12U Tournament for 2022; Top Seed Kym Upset at European Championships

The entries for August's USTA National Championships were published late last night and are available via the USTA's Playtennis system. 

A few notes on the the Girls 16s and 18s and Boys 16s and 18s lists:

The draws for these events are 256, with 32 seeds receiving byes. Eight spots are reserved for wild cards, which will be decided at USTA meetings this Friday. So these initial acceptances are for 216 players.

In addition to all the girls who have played the French and Wimbledon Championships recently, other notable entries include Milan semifinalist Clervie Ngounoue, Easter Bowl champion Liv Hovde, Robin Montgomery, Katrina Scott and Savannah Broadus. Broadus, who won the Wimbledon girls doubles title last year, is still eligible for USTA events with her September birthday, but no longer eligible for ITF junior tournaments.

Like Broadus, Kylie Collins, the rising sophomore at Texas, also has a late-year birthday, and she entered, but she was not selected. I assume she will be given a wild card, if she requests one. Gabby Price, who has played only pro events since the 2019 US Open, also entered but was not selected.

Clay Court 18s finalist Ariana Pursoo has elected to play the 16s in San Diego, as has Brooklyn Olson. 

Martin Damm, who has not played a junior tournament since the 2020 Australian Open, has entered and been accepted. Still only 17, Damm won the Kalamazoo 16s title in 2018.

2019 18s champion Zachary Svajda is still age eligible, with a November birthday, but he did not enter. He could still request a wild card however.

Florida rising sophomore Ben Shelton, who, like Kylie Collins was an integral part of a 2021 NCAA championship team title, entered but was not selected. 

Both the Girls 14s and the Boys 14s draws are 192, with six wild card spots, so they are showing 186 competitors.

The Girls 12s and the Boys 12s are 128 compass draws, with four wild card spots, so they are showing 124 competitors.

Before we move on to the August Nationals, the Tennis Recruiting Network is providing coverage of the just completed Clay Courts, with today's articles featuring Boys 12s champion Jack Secord and Girls 12s champion Ciara Harding.

IMG announced today that it is sponsoring a new 12-and-under Future Stars Invitational tournament next spring in Greece, which I'm sure they would like to build into an event like the 14-and-under Les Petits As tournament in France. For more on the event, go to the tournament website.

I hadn't expected to report again today on the ITF JB1 European Closed Championships, but there is definitely news from that event, with top seed Jerome Kym of Switzerland, who reached the boys quarterfinals at Wimbledon, losing his first match, in the second round. Kym lost to Vlad Cristian Breazu of Romania, currently 215 in the ITF junior rankings, 6-4, 6-4. 


Clark Coleman said...

How can highly ranked players enter but not be selected?

SeminoleG said...

@Clark Coleman - "Highly Ranked" not USTA Ranking ..... Players that have stopped playing USTA events have no Ranking and thus don't get selected.