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Old 07-30-2008, 10:54 PM   #1
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Default 2010 USTA Boy's National Tennis Championships

Mods feel free to move this to the Junior section. I figured that most people interested in this would be more likely to see it if it's in the USA section.

Draw is out:

http://www.ustaboys.com/results/info.php

Winner receives a WC into the US Open main draw and runner-up gets a qualy WC.

Seeds are as follows:

1. Ryan Harrison
2. Chase Buchanan
3. Adam El Mihdawy
4. Alexander Domijan
5. Austin Krajicek
6. Ty Trombetta
7. Bradley Klahn
8. Ryan Thacher
9. Jarmere Jenkins
10. Tennys Sandgren
11. Dennis Nevolo
12. Rhyne Williams
13. Kyle McMorrow
14. Brennan Boyajian
15. Steve Johnson
16. Wil Spencer
17. Kevin King
18. Denis Lin
19. Casey Watt
20. James Seal
21. Alex Llompart
22. Ryan Noble
23. Walker Kehrer
24. JT Sundling
25. David Nguyen
26. Drew Courtney
27. Ryan Lipman
28. Marc Powers
29. John Huang
30. Waylon Chin
31. Devin Britton
32. Frank Carleton

I'd like to know what criteria they used for the seeding. I'm not entirely sure how Rhyne Williams ended up at #12 since he's got a pretty good shot at winning it. Llompart is a little low too, and I would've put Thacher, last year's runner-up, a little higher as well. Kecki, a semifinalist from last year isn't even seeded. But whatever, seedings don't matter much anyways. It seems to me that this year's tournament is a little more competitive than it has been for a few years. There are a few names that have a good shot at having fairly successful pro careers, so this should be interesting. I wouldn't be surprised to see a number of them win. Play begins on Friday (August 1).

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Old 07-30-2008, 11:08 PM   #2
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Final is somewhat surprisingly Thacher-Krajicek. Krajicek upset Harrison 7-5 6-1 in the semis. Thacher rolled Ty Trombetta 6-0 6-1. Interestingly enough whoever wins and gets the wildcard is off to college in the fall. Krajicek already played a semester last year at Texas A and M and the cerebral Thacher is off to play at Stanford. I'm picking Thacher to win tomorrow, but good luck to both. In the 18s doubles final Harrison/Buchanan beat Johnson/Klahn 6-4 1-6 7-5. I'm sure Harrison and Buchanan are disappointed with being upset in singles, but the main draw WC for doubles isn't anything to sneeze at.
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Thacher is in no hurry to turn pro, that's for sure. Everything I've read about him gives me the impression that he may stay all four years. Winning the national championship may be the only thing that would cause him to contemplate turning pro. He's very committed to academics apparently and has not really shown an inclination to fully commit to tennis any time soon.

I'd like to see how good he'd be if he did commit to tennis. He's reputedly a big, athletic lefty with a good serve and the ability to play at the net. Despite his size, some question whether his groundstrokes are powerful enough to play at a high level professionally. I've read that he uses a lot of spin. He's been described as being a very good defensive player due to his length and athleticism. He's universally lauded for his modesty and maturity. He's interesting, but it may be four years before we get to see him compete professionally on a regular basis (if ever).

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Austin Krajicek def. Ryan Thacher 2-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0

It's a surprising result to me, especially as lopsided as the last three sets were. Thacher has lost in the finals at Kalamazoo three straight years (twice in the 18's, once in the 16's).

Krajicek will get a main draw wild card at the U.S. Open. Thacher will get a qualifying wild card.

In the 16's, Jordan Cox defeated Denis Kudla, which was also a surprise. Cox will get a wild card into the Junior U.S. Open.
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More upsets today. Here are your quarters:
http://ustaboys.com/draws.html?c=dra...ound=4&match=0
It's funny how things usually turn out in terms of Kalamazoo and great, or even good, American players.
Sampras, Agassi, Courier, Martin, Roddick, Blake, Querrey, Ginepri, Isner, Kendrick, Reynolds, and Spadea put together have 1 singles title there. Which was Querrey in the 16s.
From the people left Kudla is best for American tennis, yet it would be cool to see a real surprise champion.

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Cox didn't do anything to prove that Wimbledon wasn't a fluke. He will still probably get a qualifying wild card, but it will be based strictly on his Junior Wimbledon performance.
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Thanks for reviving this thread.

Hovhannisyan (what a name) appears to be a bit underrated. In the past year, he's taken Kudla and Evan King to a third set in ITF tournaments and beat Britton in futures qualifying. I'm not expecting much from him in the future, but this isn't the first time he's shown he can compete with the top juniors at a high level. Based on that, his win over Cox, although unexpected, isn't totally out of the blue. Still hadn't heard of him until now, though. He's also in the doubles semis.

I'd like to see Kudla or Buchanan win it now. Buchanan-Jenkins should be an interesting match tomorrow.
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Looked like Tennys blew some m.p's Not bad from Frank Carleton, future Demon Deacon. I am also glad to see Ryan Noble making an appearance here.
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Buchanan 6-0, 6-1 over Hovhannisyan. Wow. He has yet to lose more than six games in a match. Total dominance so far, and that figures to continue tomorrow against Lipman or Sarmiento.

I have to say I didn't see this coming. He was definitly among the favorites coming in, but his struggles in college created doubt (in my mind) about his ability to win this tournament.
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Lipman came from behind to beat Sarmiento. On second thought, I think it will be a good match. Lipman is a mature, tricky player. Buchanan is volatile and could be frustrated by Lipman. I'll say Buchanan in five.
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Buchanan def. Lipman 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. What a tournament for him. It's hard to reconcile his performance in college with this performance unless he was injured back in April and May.
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Jeez what a great tournament. Hopefully he gets a good draw at the open and can at least put in a good showing.
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