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.
Ohio State rising sophomore and No. 5 seed JJ Wolf advanced to the semifinals at the USTA Boys 18 National Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan, after ousting the top seed Sam Riffice. Wolf, who enrolled at Ohio State last January a month after turning 18, came back after dropping the first set to defeat Riffice (2018 Florida commit) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1. Wolf's semifinal opponent will be the No. 12 seed Alafia Ayeni after the Cornell commit came back from a set down to defeat the No. 8 seed Danny Thomas (2018 uncommitted) 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-4.
Ryan Goetz (2018 uncommitted) entered the week as the No. 29 seed but he's now won all five matches in straight sets after taking out the No. 6 seed John McNally (Ohio State commit) 6-3, 7-6(4). Goetz, who also beat the No. 3 seed Trent Bryde in the fourth round, will now face the No. 2 seed Patrick Kypson (2018 uncommitted). Kypson has yet to drop a set either after the Greenville (NC) native defeated the No. 7 seed Sebastian Korda 6-4, 7-6(4).
The winner of Sunday's championship match earns a main draw wild card into this year's US Open while the runner-up earns a qualifying draw wild card.
To get match recaps along with plenty of quotes make sure you check out ZooTennis with Colette Lewis doing a fantastic job as always covering her hometown tournament.
The USTA announced the six-member team that will represent the United States in the 11th annual Master'U BNP Paribas International Collegiate Team Competition which will take place from December 1st - 4th in Marcq-en-Baroeul, France. The team will be comprised of North Carolina senior Hayley Carter, Ohio State sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo, UCLA freshman Ena Shibahara, Georgia Tech junior Chris Eubanks, Stanford junior Tom Fawcett, and Northwestern senior Strong Kirchheimer and will be coached by Boise State men's head coach Greg Patton. Team USA has won the World Team Tennis style event five years in a row and six times in the event's 10-year history. The other seven countries participating are Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, and Russia. Here was a brief recap I did of last year's final which was a 4-1 win over France.