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Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Jovic Sole American Through to ITF J300 Roehampton Quarterfinals; Qualifier Montgomery Advances on Damp Tuesday at Wimbledon; New Nebraska Challenger Added to August Schedule

I'm heading to Europe shortly, with a couple of vacation days in Germany before the start of the Wimbledon Junior Championships on Saturday July 6th, so this post and the posts the next couple of days will be brief.

Despite the off-again on-again rain today at Wimbledon that led to cancelled first round matches, the round of 16 was completed at the ITF J300 Wimbledon warmup in Roehampton, and the results were not good for the American contingent. Of the five US juniors playing today, just one, No. 5 seed Iva Jovic, advanced to Wednesday's quarterfinals.  Top seed Kaylan Bigun lost to No. 15 seed Max Schoenhaus of Germany 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-4; Schoenhaus will face wild card Mark Ceban of Great Britain, who won last year's 14U Wimbledon event and today beat compatriot Viktor Frydrych 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3.

Alex Razeghi, the other US boy to advance to the third round, lost to No. 3 seed Luca Preda of Romania 6-4, 6-4. Preda's quarterfinal opponent will be unseeded Rafael Jodar of Spain, who is a rising freshman at Virginia.

Charlie Robertson of Great Britain will face No. 4 seed Hayden Jones of Australia and No. 7 seed Max Mrva of the Czech Republic will play No. 2 seed Nikolai Budkov Kjaer of Norway.

Jovic's opponent in Wednesday's quarterfinals will be No. 16 seed Rositsa Dencheva of Bulgaria, with the other top half quarterfinal featuring top seed Laura Samson of the Czech Republic and unseeded Malak El Allami of Morocco, a rising freshman at Columbia.

In the bottom half, No. 2 seed Emerson Jones of Australia, the younger sister of Hayden, will play No. 7 seed Mingge Xu of Great Britain and No. 14 seed Teodora Kostovic of Serbia will face unseeded Elizara Yanev of Bulgaria.

2021 US Open girls singles and doubles champion Robin Montgomery was one of the Americans to advanced to the second round between raindrops today at Wimbledon. The 19-year-old defeated fellow qualifier Olivia Gadecki of Australia 6-4, 6-4 for her first main draw victory at a major.

Tuesday's Wimbledon first round matches featuring Americans:
Iga Swiatek[1](POL) d. Sofia Kenin 6-3, 6-4
Jessica Pegula[5] d. Ashlyn Krueger 6-2, 6-0
Danielle Collins[11] v Clara Tauson(DEN) 6-3, 4-4, suspended
Katie Volynets[Q] v Maria Carle(ARG) postponed
Bernarda Pera d. Anastasia Potapova(RUS) 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(6)
Lauren Davis v Camila Osorio(COL) postponed
Robin Montgomery[Q] d. Olivia Gadecki(AUS) 6-4, 6-4
Caroline Wozniacki[WC](DEN) d. Alycia Parks[Q] 6-2, 6-0

Ben Shelton[14] d. Mattia Bellucci[Q](ITA) 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3,  6-4
Mackenzie McDonald v Emil Ruusuvuori(FIN) 6-7(8) 6-4, 7-5, 3-4, suspended
Chris Eubanks v Quentin Halys[Q](FRA) postponed
Marcos Giron d. Henry Searle[WC](GBR) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard[LL](FRA) d. Sebastian Korda[20] 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 7-6(6), 6-7(4), 6-3
Taylor Fritz[13] d. Christopher O'Connell(AUS) 6-1, 6-2, 6-4

There's good news to report for the men's calendar this summer, with a new ATP Challenger 75 announced for the first full week of August in Lincoln Nebraska. 

Here's the release from Topnotch Management:
Professional Tennis to Return to Lincoln, Nebraska

The newest ATP Challenger Tour event, the Lincoln Challenger, will take place at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln this August.

LINCOLN, Neb (June 28, 2024) - Professional tennis will return to Lincoln, Nebraska this August 4 - August 11 at the Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. The event, featuring $82,000 in prize money, is a part of the ATP Challenger Tour and will be operated by Topnotch Events, the events division of global sports agency, Topnotch Management. Lincoln hosted an ATP Challenger event in 1978 and 1979, the first two years that the ATP Challenger Tour existed. 

"We are excited and honored to be hosting the ATP Challenger Tour for the inaugural Lincoln Challenger," said Derek Bombeck, Director of Sports at Visit Lincoln. "Lincoln is anxious to showcase our world class facilities, our unique Midwestern dining and our wonderful attractions.  We look forward to providing a one-of-a-kind experience to all of the athletes and fans who will be traveling to Lincoln for this incredible event.  We are confident that the community will embrace this event and help showcase why Lincoln is a premier sports destination."

The Lincoln Challenger will be a part of the American hard court summer swing on the ATP Challenger Tour, that leads into the US Open at the end of August in New York City. The event also represents one of only six ATP Challenger Tour events to take place on a college campus in the United States.

"This is an exciting opportunity for the sporting community here in Lincoln. Some of the top men's tennis players in the world will head to Lincoln to prepare for the US Open," explained Tournament Director, Alex Guthrie. "The amount of support already received from the community has been tremendous and we are going to have great activations for fans, including Semifinal Saturday (on August 10) presented by Omaha Steaks. The fans are going to be in for a great treat of tennis and experiences during the week."

The event has partnership opportunities still available for individuals and businesses.  Additionally, tickets will be available to purchase online as the event gets closer. The event will also be looking for volunteers in different capacities such as ballpersons, drivers and ushers.

For more information on the Lincoln Challenger, please visit www.lincolnchallenger.com

Inquiries: Alex Guthrie, Tournament Director: alex@topnotchmanagement.com

About Topnotch Management:
Topnotch Management is a leading global sports agency specializing in tennis, pickleball and squash. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Topnotch manages a roster of some of the world’s leading athletes and operates professional events around the United States, including Tennis in the Land, a WTA 250 event. The Lincoln Challenger will mark the third ATP Challenger that Topnotch Events operates (Lincoln, Cleveland, Columbus).

Alex Guthrie, Director of Events
Topnotch Management 

The release doesn't mention it, but points from this Challenger will count for the USTA's US Open Wild Card Challenge, with that the final week for points accrual in that competition.  It is also the same week as Kalamazoo, so none of the top juniors will be competing there, although I would expect many of the top college players entering.