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.
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.
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.