2005 USTA NATIONAL CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Woodmont Country Club - Rockville, Maryland - July 17-24, 2005
Boys 18s & 16s
Thursday, July 21st, 2005-Day Five-My Final Day
The day got off to a slow start after the sprinklers malfunctioned and soaked the courts for the second time in two days. Some of the matches were quickly sent to another site and the rest of the day remained pretty much on schedule. Everyone tried to squeeze into the shaded areas as much as possible with some extra spectators coming to witness local player Jared Pinsky beat Joye Burkhardt, 6-4,6-3.
There were no stunning upsets in the boys 18s today, however, Alex Clayton is the only remaining top seed in that age group. It was Paul Koenke who dropped this round to the No. 3 seed, 6-2,6-0. As if the power the Floridian brings to the court wasn't enough, Alex is one of the players being followed around the country by cameramen (see below) for the upcoming movie about the road to Kalamzoo. (I will have more on this movie soon.)
It is time for me to head back to New York. I will continue to bring results from this and all the Claycourt Championships. I will be following the girls to California for the National Hardcourts this year, but I do hope to make it one year soon to follow this talented group of boys to Kalamazoo.
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