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Monday, July 19, 2021

ATP Challenger in Cary, USTA Pro Circuit Men's $15K in Edwardsville Underway; Doubles Titles for US Juniors at Dominican Republic J3; European Championships Begin for 14s and ITF Divisions

After no USTA Pro Circuit events for men last week, there are two this week, with the Atlantic Tire Championships, an ATP Challenger 80, in Cary North Carolina and a rare $15,000 event--there have been just three in 2021--in Edwardsville Illinois.

Rain in Cary today sent the final round of qualifying indoors, and the five main draw matches have been pushed back to this evening. Reaching the main draw with wins today are Alexis Galarneau(NC State) of Canada, former ITF Junior No. 1 Shintaro Mochizuki of Japan, Aleks Kovacevic(Illinois) and Genaro Olivieri of Argentina. Great Britain's Aidan McHugh, who lost to Kovacevic today, received entry as a lucky loser, with ATP Hall of Fame finalist Jenson Brooksby pulling out after the qualifying had begun. 

Main draw wild cards were given to Will Blumberg(North Carolina), fresh off his ATP doubles title in Newport; Govind Nanda(UCLA); and NCAA singles and team champion Sam Riffice.  With Brooksby, who would have been the top seed, out, the No. 2 seed is Prajnesh Gunneswaran of India, with Maxime Cressy seeded third; both are in the bottom half. Bjorn Fratangelo, the No. 4 seed, is now the only top 4 seed in the top half.

Jack Sock is playing singles, but he and Blumberg, the Hall of Fame doubles champions, are not playing together this week. Sock is not playing doubles; Blumberg is playing with Ryan Harrison.

Free live streaming is available here.

In Edwardsville, the first round of qualifying was today, with the second round scheduled for Tuesday and the main draw beginning on Wednesday. Bruno Kuzuhara, Alex Bernard and Ozan Colak received junior reserved main draw entries; Victor Lilov received a main draw wild card; Ethan Quinn won his qualifying match today. The other wild cards this week, in addition to Lilov, are Cannon Kingsley(Ohio State), Eliot Spizzirri(Texas) and Olivier Stuart(Illinois). 2019 NCAA champion Paul Jubb of Great Britain is the top seed. The tournament has a website for more on the tournament's history, as well as updates on this year's tournament. 

Speaking of juniors who competed at Wimbledon, boys champion Samir Banerjee has been given a wild card into the qualifying at the ATP Truist Atlanta Open, according to this tweet from Parsa Nemati.  Qualifying for that event begins on Saturday July 24. The tournament announced last week that Georgia Tech's Keshav Chopra and Andres Martin would receive a doubles wild card. University of Georgia's Trent Bryde was announced as a main draw wild card back in April

There were no singles titles for Americans on the ITF Junior Circuit last week, but in addition to Madison Sieg's title at the JA in Milan, four others took home winners' trophies at the J3 in the Dominican Republic.

No. 4 seeds Luca Hotze and Kurt Miller took the boys doubles championship, defeating the unseeded Canadian team of Christophe Clement and Aram Noroozian 6-4, 3-6, 10-8 in the final. 

Unseeded Gracie Epps and Valeria Ray won the girls doubles title in an all-American final, beating top seeds Alexia Harmon and Olivia Lincer 6-2, 6-1. 

The European Championships are being played this week, at least the 14s and the ITF B1 Closed tournaments(the 16s, scheduled for Moscow Russia, have been postponed until later in the year). Tennis Europe is posting links to the draws, streaming, orders of play, as well as results, here. The 14s are being played in Most Czech Republic, with the ITF B1 Closed in Klosters Switzerland, as usual. France's Elsa Jacquemot, the 2020 French Open girls champion, who has not played a junior event this year, is the top seed.  The boys top seed is Jerome Kym of Switzerland. 

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