I'm putting this in GM cause no one ever looks into the juniors forum.
The Nasdaq site looks so wierd. There's no bleachers anywhere except for court 1 (only seats like 200 at most). The Grandstand somehow has disappeared completely. There's also a million claycourts that I didn't know existed. I got there with some friends around 3pm. Honestly I didn't recognize any of the players there so we just went to court 1 and watched both of the matches that were there.
Alvarado vs. Antabi 6-3 6-1 (Boy's 16s): I think this match shows how good these kids acutally are. The higher ranked of the two, Antabi, is outside of the top600 in the world in the u18 rankings - Alvarado is unranked. Both were really consistent. The difference was the Alvarado had a better transition game. His volleys were surprisingly good. He won it easily after a couple of tight opening games, 6-3 6-1.
Young def. Arnould 6-4 7-6(5): Not as good a match as I had hope. Young came out of fire
. He was hitting winners from everywhere and totally neutralizing Arnould's big serve. Young got up two breaks (3*-0), but there just became too passive. After Arnould broke back for 3-3, Young threw his racquet and got called for racquet abuse. Young then regained his composure and Arnould kinda choked away his serve when he saw he had a chance to take the set. Towards that end of the set, Young kept yelling out "D.Y." whenever he went for a winner. At one point, he hit a drop shot and yelled out "how good is that"
. Anyways, second set. Arnould had a really good start and got up an early break after a huge forehand pass down the line. But again, with a chance to take a set, he faltered, missed a ton of first serves and just couldn't keep the ball in the court. It went to a tiebreak. Arnould got up 3*-0 in the tb thanks to a big serve, a big return, and another forehand pass winner. He then double faulted and missed an easy approach. Young took advantage and eventually rallied to get up 6*-4. At that point he hit a forehand that looked like a winner and screamed out "come on!" Arnould got to the ball and put up a lob which sailed wide. The ump claimed that Young distracted his opponent with his scream and Young lost the point. On the next match point, Arnould went for a backhand down the line winner which sailed just wide.
There was also a girl's doubles match going on on the neighboring court. No clue who was playing, but it was easily a four hour match that ended 6-4 4-6 6-2. Longest, most boring rallies ever