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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Top Boys Seeds Ousted at J4 in South Carolina; USTA Pro Circuit Tournaments Underway in Tyler, Austin, Calabasas and Tallahassee; Eddie Herr Acceptance Lists for 12s, 14s and 16s Released

This is the middle week of the three-tournament ITF Junior Circuit outdoor hard court swing in the Southern US, with Lexington South Carolina the host of this week's J4.

With a draw half the size of last week's 64 in Atlanta, the tournament is scheduled to end on Friday, so the quarterfinals are on tap Wednesday. They will not include the top two seeds in the boys draw with Fnu Nidunjianzan of China going out to Will Mayew 6-3, 6-3, and No. 2 seed Meecah Bigun losing to Roy Horovitz 7-6(5), 6-3 in today's second round. Mayew had lost to Nidunjianzan in the first round last week in Atlanta. The only seed left in the boys draw after two rounds is No. 6 Nikita Filin, who received a wild card.

In girls action yesterday, No. 2 seed Zara Larke of Australia was beaten by Maddy Zampardo 6-2, 6-3 in the first round, and Zampardo advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-2 win over last week's finalist, 13-year-old Iva Jovic. There are five seeded girls in the quarterfinals, including top seed Isabella Chhiv.

Qualifying is complete at the two women's USTA Pro Circuit tournaments this week in Texas. At the $80,000 tournament in Tyler, six Americans have advanced to the main draw: Whitney Osuigwe, Sophie Chang, Ashlyn Krueger, Elli Mandlik, Amy Zhu(Michigan) and Ellie Douglas(TCU). 

The top seed, once again, is Madison Brengle, with Claire Liu the No. 2 seed. Wild cards were given to Reese Brantmeier, Maria Mateas(Duke), Alana Smith(NC State) and Maria Kononova(North Texas) of Russia. 

At the $25,000 tournament in Austin, three Americans qualified: Elysia Bolton(UCLA), Chanelle Van Nguyen(UCLA) and Maribella Zamarripa, a freshman at Texas. 

Two Australians are the top seeds: Maddison Inglis No. 1 and Lizette Cabrera No. 2. Wild cards were given to Texas players Charlotte Chavatiporn and Kylie Collins, Sarah Hamner(South Carolina) and Ashley Lahey(Pepperdine). 

In addition to the ATP Challenger 80 in Las Vegas this week, there are two other tournaments in US for men.

At the $15,000 tournament in Tallahassee Florida, Jake Van Emburgh(Oklahoma/Ohio State) and Matt Kuhar(Bryant) are the two Americans who qualified. The top seed in the tournament is Florida State incoming freshman Antoine Cornut Chauvinc of France, with Sho Shimabukuro of Japan the No. 2 seed. Wild card recipients are Jack Anthrop, who starts at Ohio State in January, and three Florida State players: Youced Rihane of Algeria, Loris Pourroy of France and Andreja Petrovic of Norway.

The first round of qualifying at the $25,000 tournament in Calabasas California was rained out Monday, so two rounds are being played today, as well as six first round matches. The Americans qualifying with two wins today are Michael Shabaz(Virginia), juniors Kyle Kang and Ethan Quinn, Austin Ansari(Clemson), Eric Hadigian(Gonzaga/Pepperdine) and Josh Sheehy(Abilene Christian). The other two qualifiers are current college freshmen from Great Britain: Max Basing of Stanford and Giacomo Revelli of UCLA.

North Carolina's Rinky Hijikata of Australia is the top seed, with Kalamazoo 18s champion Zachary Svajda the No. 2 seed. Wild cards went to Keegan Smith(UCLA), Andre Ilagan(Hawaii) and junior Aidan Mayo. Svajda received the fourth wild card.

The Eddie Herr returns next month,
after last year's tournament was canceled due to the pandemic

The acceptance lists for the 12s, 14s and 16s divisions of the Eddie Herr, set to begin on November 29th, have been published, with 46 spots of the 64 places in the main draw filled. The lists can be found here. The ITF J1 acceptance lists will not be out until November 10th.

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