Easter Bowl Recap; Milan Grade A Acceptances; Michigan Wins Tennis on Campus National Title; ITA Production of Siegel's Story; Q and A with USTA President Katrina Adams
Now that Signing Week is complete at the Tennis Recruiting Network, it's time for my recaps of the adidas Easter Bowl. Today I look back at the 12s, 14s and 16s divisions; on Wednesday, my review of the ITF Grade B1 Championships will be published. The slideshows and videos will be coming, if not soon, before the end of the month.
The acceptances for the third ITF Grade A of the year, the Trofeo Bonfiglio in Milan, have been released, with ten US boys and 11 US girls receiving entry into the main draw. The girls are: Claire Liu, Taylor Johnson, Whitney Osuigwe, Sofia Sewing, Ellie Douglas, Hailey Baptiste, Caty McNally, Hurricane Tyra Black, Elysia Bolton, Nicole Mossmer and Natasha Subhash. Liu had said recently she was only playing the junior slams, so she may withdraw; missing is Carson Branstine of Canada, who had said she was planning to play doubles in Milan with Douglas, after the pair had won the Carson ITF last month. Canadian Bianca Andreescu, who has not played a junior event since the Australian Open and has won two $25,000 Women's Pro Circuit events this year, is entered, as is Australian Open champion Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine, Orange Bowl champion Kaja Juvan of Slovenia and Olesya Pervushina of Russia.
The US boys receiving direct entry are: Trent Bryde, Oliver Crawford, Vasil Kirkov, Sam Riffice, Alafia Ayeni, Danny Thomas, Alexandre Rotsaert, Gianni Ross, Patrick Kypson and Sebastian Korda. Orange Bowl finalist Yibing Wu of China and Australian Open boys finalist Yshai Oliel of Israel are the highest ranked boys players entered. The tournament begins May 22nd.
The Tennis on Campus National Championships were completed on Saturday at the USTA campus in Lake Nona Florida, with the University of Michigan taking home the title for the first time with a 24-20 win over the University of California-Irvine. Interesting to note that team member Laura Ucros, a former ITF Top 40 junior, played on the varsity team at Michigan before injury set her on a different course. For details on the final, see this article from the USTA.
The ITA has produced a video supporting The Team Luke Foundation, created recently in the wake of the tragic golf cart accident in 2015 involving Luke Siegel, the young son of former Texas Tech men's coach Tim Siegel. It's heart-wrenching to see the Siegel family coping with the aftermath of the accident, which left Luke with serious brain damage, but it's also inspiring to see their persistence and determination. The college tennis community has supported the Siegels throughout these difficult months, but the foundation now gives that support a focal point. Luke turns 11 tomorrow, please consider donating to his foundation or participating in one of the events scheduled in the months ahead.
USTA president Katrina Adams spoke with ESPNW recently about how she knew she was ready for pro tennis after competing at Northwestern and how she used the lessons learned on the tennis courts to pursue a career in tennis after her years on the pro tour.