Not so surprising, really. In my opinion the tops seeds this year were weaker than we've seen in the past few years. Not even the top two seeds, Krueger and Redlicki, are able to fight at the challenger level yet. At least guys like Jack Sock and Mitchell Frank, Alex Domijan Chase Buchanan and Rhyne Williams, or even Ryan Harrison were winning futures events around the time they played KZOO.
I'm not saying this years group won't improve to be good though.
Yeah, I think all the quarterfinalists here would have a hard time getting a win at the challenger level. Oh well, I wish the winner (and finalist) the best at the Open (USO Q). The wildcard recipient will likely draw a top 10 seed anyway, soak in the atmosphere and enjoy the moment. I have no preference in the winner, but since Halebian already turned pro he could use the money.
Btw, do the winners of the 16s get wildcard into the Jr. US Open?