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.
Each of the top seven seeds picked up wins on a hot, humid, and windy day in Tulsa with straight set matches the norm. 25 of 32 first round matches finished in straight sets though several of those were tightly contested.
The top seeded Mikael Torpegaard cruised to a 6-2 first set against Virginia senior J.C. Aragone but the hard hitting Cavalier fought back in the second set. Aragone broke Torpegaard on a disputed line call on the no-ad point to take a 4-2 lead but a fired up Torpegaard broke back from 15/40 and then held for 4-4 after Aragone netted a forehand on the no-ad point. Torpegaard broke for 6-5 when Aragone netted another forehand on the no-ad point and then the Buckeye junior held from 40/30 to close it out 6-2, 7-5.