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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

News and Notes from Junior, College and Pro Tennis

Today is a good day to post links to items that go from those in the 14s age division through the highest level of pro tennis.

Tennis Recruiting Network has the recaps of Dali Blanch's Boys 14s and Tianmei Wang's Girls 14s Clay Court Championships.

The Les Petits As qualifying playoffs for the United States are scheduled to begin Sunday in Boca Raton, with 16 players in both the boys and girls draws vying for one qualifying and three main draw spots. The prestigious tournament in Tarbes France, usually held in late January, was moved to September this year. Prequalifying took place last month, with six boys and six girls winning regional tournaments to make the playoff field. See this web page for a list of those participating in next week's playoffs.

The ITA Summer Circuit concludes its six-week run this weekend, with the ITA National Summer Championships scheduled to begin August 6 at Florida State. Registration for the National Summer Championships ends on Monday July 26.  Winners receive wild cards into the ITA All-American Championships in the fall.

In college coaching news, former top junior and Duke star Rachel Kahan has been named women's head coach at Yale. Kahan had been head coach at Division III Middlebury the past three years.

Hayley Carter, North Carolina's 2016 NCAA singles finalist and currently No. 25 in the WTA doubles rankings, has joined the Vanderbilt women's program as its assistant coach. She is replacing former head coach Geoff Macdonald, who is moving to another role with the University.

Tom Boysen, who was most recently the men's assistant at Nebraska, has been named men's and women's head coach at North Dakota.

Mai-Ly Tran has been named women's head coach at Colorado State.

At the ATP Challenger in Cary, wild card Govind Nanda, the UCLA Bruin who turned pro after his just completed junior season, defeated Canadian Brayden Schnur(North Carolina) 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 to reach his first Challenger quarterfinal.

Caty McNally has been announced as the first main draw wild card for next month's Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.  The names of the direct entrants to the Masters 1000 event were also released today.

The US Open also announced its direct entries, with the women's last in No. 104 Sara Errani of Italy and the men's last in No. 103 Lucas Pouille of France.  Stephanie Myles has links to the full entry lists at her website.

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