2010 USTA NATIONAL CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS
July 18-25, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010-Day Two-Boys' 18 & 16s
I'm staying in Delray Beach, so it was a natural start and I headed over to the Delray Beach Tennis Center to watch the Boys' 18s. It was a pretty good day for the seeds, with a few exceptions. The big upset of the day here was John Richmond's 6-4,6-2 win over second-seeded Emmett Egger, but the big news was local player Zachary Krumholz of Palm Beach taking out No. 8 Jeffrey Offerdahl, 6-3,6-4. There were also a few lower seeds eliminated in the stiffling heat: Nick Papac, Alex Sidney (right), Denis Nguyen, Winston Lin, Marcos Giron, Robert Verzaal and Chase Curry.
My radar for spotting the matches to watch must have been a bit off today because I only saw one of the upsets, but Carl Egue's defeat of Alex Sidney (17-32)which he clearly earned. I was impressed with the calculated comback of Justin Crenshaw (17-32), he came back from 2-6 to take the next 12 of 16 games and win the match. Boris Bogomolov was sporting a bit of the temper I had seen on his professional-playing brother Alex, but it didn't help get him past Rickey Baylon. I did a double-take when I saw top-seeded Bjorn Frantangelo on the court as I flashed back to when I first saw him on these courts in the 12s. It's clear both he and has game have grown and he dismissed Taylor Shamshiri, 6-0,6-4.
Not all seeds advanced today at the Boys' 16s, though. The biggest surprise was Henry Craig's win over top-seeded Nolan Paige. Also eliminated was Thai Kwiatkowski (14), Matthew Alves (13), Nicholas Hu (16), and alpha seeds Mihir Kumar, James Boyd, Morgan Mays, Howard Weiss, Alex Scheinman, Nicholas Naumann. I'm hoping to catch some Boys' 16 singles matches on Thursday.
I'm off to the Girls' 12s on Tuesday at The Polo Club in Boca Raton to check out this youngest age group.
P.S. Check out Zoo Tennis for Colette Lewis's coverage of the Girls' 18s.
Boys 18s Full Draws
Boys 16s Full Draws
Girls 12s Full Draws
Boys 14s Full Draws
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