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Monday, June 20, 2022

Seven US Men Advance at Wimbledon Qualifying, 17 US Women Begin Qualifying Tuesday; Junior Grass Season Underway at J1 in Nottingham; UTR Pro Tennis Tour Update

The first round of Wimbledon men's qualifying is complete, with seven Americans advancing to Wednesday's second round. Monday's results:

Mitchell Krueger[27] defeated Luca POW[WC](GBR) 6-1, 6-4

Stefan Kozlov[3] defeated Evan Furness(FRA) 7-5, 6-3

Nicolas Moreno de Alboran defeated Manuel Guinard[20](FRA) 6-3, 6-4

Michael Mmoh defeated Gerald Melzer(AUT) 6-1, 6-3

Christopher Eubanks defeated Tomas Barrios Vera[11](CHI) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Jack Sock[14] defeated Andrea Collarini(ARG) 6-4, 6-2

Christian Harrison defeated Anton Matusevich[WC](GBR)

Andrea Vavassori(ITA) d. Bradley Klahn 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-3

Facundo Mena(ARG) d. Thai Kwiatkowski 7-5 6-3

Zhizhen Zhang(CHN) d. Ernesto Escobedo[17] 6-4, 7-5

Next up for Moreno de Alboran is Stanford rising junior Arthur Fery, a wild card, who beat Thomas Fabbiano of Italy 6-4, 6-2. Last year the 19-year-old from Wimbledon reached the final round of qualifying before losing to Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands 4-6, 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(5), 6-2.

While Fery is the only current collegian in qualifying, there are a total of six (correction:seven) former collegians through to the second round: Eubanks(Georgia Tech), Moreno de Alboran(UC-Santa Barbara) Jason Jung(Michigan), Yannick Hanfmann[8](USC), Alexander Ritschard(Virginia), Nuno Borges(Mississippi State) and Rinky Hijikata(North Carolina).

The first round of women's qualifying will begin Tuesday, with 17 Americans competing for a place in the main draw.  With that many players in the 128-player draw, it's fortunate that none of them have drawn another American in the first round.  The US women are: Katie Volynets[1], Sachia Vickery, Coco Vandweghe[3], Danielle Lao(USC), Sophie Chang, Grace Min, Jamie Loeb(North Carolina), Louisa Chirico, Robin Anderson[11](UCLA), Alycia Parks, Asia Muhammad[19], Christina McHale, Elvina Kalieva, Catherine Harrison(UCLA), Francesca Di Lorenzo(Ohio State), Hanna Chang and Emina Bektas(Michigan).

Both Sophie and Hanna Chang had to jump on a plane to London after playing in the Sumter South Carolina $25K final Sunday, with, if they were lucky, having just today to acclimate to the grass.

The complete women's qualifying draw is available here.

The junior grass season is now a week longer than it used to be, with the introduction, in 2019, of the ITF Grade 1 in Nottingham. Due to the pandemic, the tournament was not held in 2020 or 2021, but it's back this year, with 48-player draws.

Most Americans competing at the Wimbledon Junior Championships are not playing this week, relying on the Grade 1 next week in Roehampton as their warmup, but nine US juniors are in the Nottingham draw, six boys and three girls.

The boys are: Nicolas Godsick[7], Aidan Kim, Jelani Sarr, Kaylan Bigun, Alexander Frusina[13] and Leanid Boika[16]. The seeds had byes in today's first round, but Kim, Sarr and Bigun all advanced to the second round with wins today.

The girls are Kate Mansfield, who got in despite an ITF junior ranking of 513 and lost in the first round today, Mia Slama[7] and Qavia Lopez[2].

The top seeds are Roland Garros boys champion Gabriel Debru of France and Luca Udvardy of Hungary.

The UTR Pro Tennis Tour continues this week with two events, a men's $25K in Atlanta and a women's $25K in Newport Beach California. Here's the results from the finals of the tournaments in the United States from the second week of May until last week.  For a complete schedule of the tournaments in the Americas, click here.


May 16 Newport Beach CA
Megan McCray d. Taylor Cataldi 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

May 23 Austin TX
Luciana Perry d. Ellie Pittman 6-2, 6-3

May 29 Boca Raton FL
Melodie Collard d. YeXin Ma 6-2, 1-6, 6-1

June 6 Charleston SC
Mia Horvit d. Tenika Mcgiffin 7-6(1), 6-1

May 9 Boca Raton FL
Matija Pecotic d. Connor Farren 7-6(1), 5-7, 6-4

May 15 Newport Beach CA
Aidan Mayo d. Patrick Zahraj 6-2, 6-4

May 22 Newport Beach CA
Sema Pankin d. Giacomo Revelli 6-1, 6-3

June 5 Charleston SC
Johannus Monday d. Matthew Thomson 6-3 6-4

June 12 Boca Raton FL
Sebastian Gorzny d. Colton Smith  6-4, 6-1


Texastennismom said...

Did Caty McNally not get into the qualifying?

Colette Lewis said...

She withdrew, as did Caroline Dolehide and Hailey Baptiste.

Texastennismom said...

Thank you. I'm surprised because she played so well in the lead up grass court tournaments. Is she going to play doubles?

Colette Lewis said...

She is not on the doubles entry list

Texastennismom said...

Super surprised. I thought she had a great chance to qualify and a great chance to do well in the doubles with whoever she played with (as she and CG seemed to have ended their doubles partnership). I wonder if there is a points calculation with her and HB etc on this decision-making.