It'll be a busy week for many current and former collegians as they try to qualify for the 2017 US Open. There are 26 players with college ties in the men's qualifying draw with two first round matches pitting one against another. There are 10 players with college ties in the women's draw with the only college versus college match coming when Francesca Di Lorenzo faces Nicole Gibbs. To see all the first round matchups scroll down and to see the order of play for Tuesday click here and to track the live scoring click here.
The World University Games are underway in Taiwan with plenty of representation from college tennis players here in the United States. The draws, which are a little tricky to find, are available at this link (click Sport Reports) plus you can get full stats from each match by going through the list of results. UCLA Martin Redlicki, Florida State's Lucas Poullain, Baylor's Jimmy Bendeck, Old Dominion's Adam Moundir, and former UNC Tar Heel Esben Hess-Olesen have each advanced to the third round of the men's draw with the top half to be played late Monday night/early Tuesday morning in the US. The requirements to play in the WUG are listed at this link.
Gojo, Koepfer, King Advance In Winston-Salem Qualies; Vukic Into Finals In Poland; ACI Field Announced; Arizona State Releases Non-Conference ScheduleWritten by Bobby Knight
Wake Forest rising sophomore Borna Gojo is one match away from qualifying for the main draw at the ATP 250 Winston-Salem Open after he picked up his first-ever top 100 win on Saturday. Gojo, who entered the weekend with an ATP ranking of 808, held off Belgium's Ruben Bemelmans (ATP #100) 7-6(3), 3-6, 7-6(6) in 2 hours and 29 minutes. Gojo fell behind 2-0 in the opening set before winning three straight and he'd eventually take the set in a tiebreak. Bemelmans forced a third set after earning the only break in the second at 5-3 and then he'd go up a break in the third at 2-1. Gojo broke back for 3-3 and a few games later he'd have a pair of match points but Bemelmans held for 5-5. After a pair of holds, Gojo went up an early mini-break in the tiebreak and he'd extend his lead to 6-3. Bemelmans evened it up at 6-6 but Gojo won the last two points to close it out.
Gojo will face Australia's Alex Bolt (ATP #299) on Sunday with the winner moving into the main draw.
The brief college tennis summer session officially came to a close on Tuesday with singles and doubles champions crowned at the ITA National Summer Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. Notre Dame junior Alex Lebedev won the men's singles championship after winning a pair of matches on Tuesday. Lebedev edged Penn junior Kyle Mautner 7-6, 5-7, 10-6 in the semifinals then a few hours later in the finals he defeated defeated Omaha sophomore Razvan Grigorescu 6-3, 6-2. Lebedev entered the event as the No. 10 seed and won all his matches in straight sets except for the match with Mautner.
Winthrop junior Lauren Proctor won the women's singles championship in a similar fashion to Lebedev. The No. 4 seed Proctor won all her matches in straight sets except for her semifinal match against the top seed Duke junior Kaitlyn McCarthy. Proctor came back from a set down to defeat McCarthy 4-6, 7-5, 10-4 and then in the finals she beat TCU senior Donika Bashota 6-2, 6-3.
Texas juniors Rodrigo Banzer and Leo Telles won the men's doubles championship with an 8-3 win over Michigan's Myles Schalet and Gabe Tishman while Duke juniors Kaitlyn McCarthy and Ellyse Hamlin won the women's doubles championship with an 8-2 win over Iowa's Zoe Douglas and Elise van Heuvelen.
All the winners get main draw wild cards into the upcoming All American Championships while the finalists receive qualifying wild cards. To view all the results from the past four days click on this link.
Patrick Kypson Edges JJ Wolf In 5-Sets To Win Kalamazoo; Chris Eubanks Qualifies In Cincy; Gustav Hansson Sweeps Eville; Pro Circuit RecapWritten by Bobby Knight
Ohio State rising sophomore JJ Wolf was a set away from winning the 2017 USTA Boys 18 National Championship in Kalamazoo but Patrick Kypson fought back to win the fourth and fifth sets to come away with the title and US Open main draw wild card. Kypson had the upper-hand for most of the first set with the 17-year old from Greenville (NC) holding serve rather quickly while Wolf had to work for his holds. Kypson had five set points on Wolf's serve, three at 4-5 and two at 5-6, but Wolf fought them off and then surprisingly cruised through the tiebreak 7-1.
Kypson earned his first break of the match in the second set when he broke Wolf for 3-2 but it looked like Wolf might get it back on serve. After Wolf held for 4-5, he had three break points to even it at 5-5 but Kypson managed to hold which gave him a 6-4 set.
Wolf jumped on Kypson early in the third set with a break for 2-0 and then after adding a second break for 5-1 he served out the set to take it 6-1.
JJ Wolf Advances to Kzoo Final; Hansson & Ram-Harel Advance to Edwardsville Final; Eubanks Gets a Big Win in CincyWritten by Bobby Knight
Ohio State rising sophomore JJ Wolf is one win away from earning a main draw wild card into the US Open after he defeated Cornell commit Alafia Ayeni 6-3, 6-1 in the semifinals of the USTA Boys 18 National Championship in Kalamazoo. Wolf's previous best singles performance at the Zoo was two years ago when he made it to the semifinals of the Boys 16 before falling to Patrick Kypson who then went on to win the title the next day. It just so happens that Wolf's opponent in Sunday's final will be Patrick Kypson after the 17 year-old from Greenville, North Carolina, rolled to a 6-0, 6-3 win over Ryan Goetz. Colette Lewis has plenty of quotes from Saturday's action in her recap on ZooTennis so make sure you check that out.
The final is best of five sets and there will be a live broadcast available at this link.
Friday was a good day at the Edwardsville (IL) USA F27 Futures for Ole Miss rising senior Gustav Hansson and 2015 Ohio State graduate Hunter Callahan. Both Hansson and Callahan won their quarterfinal round singles matches then later in the day they teamed up to win the doubles title.
Callahan advanced to his second career singles semifinal after coming back from a set down to defeat Florida rising junior Alfredo Perez. Callahan won the opening two games of the match but Perez took six of the next seven games to claim the opening set 6-3. In the second set Callahan broke Perez for 3-1 and would go on to take the set 6-1. In the final set Callahan broke Perez for 2-1 and added a second break for 5-2. Perez broke back at love and then held for 5-4 but Callahan served it out in a one-deuce game to take it 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Callahan's semifinal opponent will be Or Ram-Harel after the former Tulsa Golden Hurricane advanced to his second career semifinal, first since 2013, with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Harry Bourchier. Ram-Harel, who is just a couple of courses short of getting his degree, broke Bourchier five times while holding serve seven of nine times himself. Ram-Harel is now 19-3 since playing his final collegiate match in May while Callahan is 44-20 on the year. Neither player has made it to a singles final so it'll be a first for whomever comes out on top.