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Monday, March 13, 2023

Jovic, Bigun Top Seeds at Fila International ITF J300; Mosejczuk Sweeps J30 Titles in Oslo; Arizona Challenger, Bakersfield $25K Qualifying Begin Today; Bob Bryan Named Davis Cup Captain

My travel schedule requires an early post today, so I won't have the results of the first round of the main draw of the ITF J300 Fila International Junior Championships, which begin today at the BNP Paribas Open. Below is the list of seeds, none of whom will play until Tuesday.

(All USA unless noted)
1. Iva Jovic
2. Kaitlin Quevedo
3. Clervie Ngounoue
4. Tatum Evans
5. Ariana Pursoo
6. Ashton Bowers
7. Theadora Rabman
8. Anya Murthy
9. Alanis Hamilton
10. Qavia Lopez
11. Ava Krug
12. Maya Joint
13. Ellie Daniels, CAN
14. Piper Charney
15. Tyra Grant
16. Victoria Osuigwe

Receiving wild cards are Annika Penickova, Kristina Penickova, Stephanie Yakoff, Sahana Sanjeev and Valerie Glozman.

1. Kaylan Bigun
2. Roy Horovitz
3. Alexander Razeghi
4. Keegan Rice, CAN
5. Oliver Bonding, GBR
6. Meecah Bigun
7. Adhithya Ganesan
8. Duncan Chan, CAN
9. Stiles Brockett
10. Maxwell Exsted
11. Cooper Woestendick
12. Tristan Stringer
13. Cyrus Mahjoob
14. Aayush Bhat
15. Nikita Filin
16. Rohan Belday

Receiving wild cards are Rudy Quan, Jack Kennedy, Connor Church(CAN), Noah Johnston, Nathan Blokhin and Keaton Hance.

I covered the results of the Las Vegas J60 and the Brazil J500 on Saturday, but there were other titles for three American juniors last week on the ITF Junior Circuit. 

Sixteen-year-old Dominick Mosejczuk won his first ITF Junior Circuit singles title and his second doubles title at the J30 in Oslo Norway last week. Seeded No. 2, Mosejczuk, a blue chip from New York, defeated unseeded Stepan Sklenicka of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-0 in the final. Mosejczuk and Nicholas Iantosca, the No. 1 seeds, defeated unseeded Sturle Hoff Skigelstrand and Fredrik Krogh Solheim of Norway 3-6, 6-2, 10-2 in the final. Mosejczuk and Iantosca also won an ITF J30 doubles title in Jamaica last year.

At the J60 in Vietnam, Kenzie Nguyen reached the singles final and won the doubles title. The 15-year-old, who won the singles title at the previous week's J60 in Vietnam, partnered with Kanna Soeda of Japan for the doubles title this past week. The No. 3 seeds defeated No. 5 seeds Kahyeon Han and Hee Won Ju of Korea 6-2, 6-3 in the final.

While the BNP Paribas Open continues in Indian Wells, there is a huge ATP Challenger this week in Phoenix Arizona, with qualifying beginning today. This is a new category for ATP Challengers, a 175, with $220,000 of prize money. With those stakes, it's not surprising that qualifying looks more like a typical Challenger main draw; there are however several Arizona State wild cards: sophomore Murphy Cassone, junior Max McKennon, former star Nathan Ponwith, with the fourth qualifying wild card going to Alex Lawson(Notre Dame). The only American currently in the main draw is Denis Kudla. 

The only USTA Pro Circuit tournament this week is a men's $25K in Bakersfield California, with qualifying beginning today. Cooper Williams, who is not playing the Southern California ITF Junior Circuit events these next two weeks, is in the main draw, as is Alex Michelsen, who is no longer eligible for ITF junior events. Nicholas Godsick and Aidan Kim, also no longer eligible for ITF junior events, are in qualifying.

The USTA announced today that Bob Bryan has been chosen as the new Davis Cup Captain. Bryan will begin his actual on-court coaching duties in September, when the US plays again in the group stage. But it looks as if young American players will be seeing him before then:

As captain, Bryan will also have an active, year-round role with USTA Player and Coach Development. He will travel to tournaments and camps to support American players and serving as a mentor for American pros and juniors.