2005 USTA NATIONAL CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Woodmont Country Club - Rockville, Maryland - July 17-24, 2005
Boys 18s & 16s
Wednesday, July 20th, 2005-Day Four
I had planned to cover mostly boys 16s today, and even drove over the the Indian Springs location, but the viewing there was a little too difficult to maneuver in this stifling heat. In fact, many parents remained in their air conditioned cars as the watch (reminiscint of my days as a soccer mom trying to stay warm and still watch the game). I did manage to catch an exciting second set tiebreaker betweeen fourth seeded Adam Schwartz and Connor Roth. Connor was pumped and would not let go, and Adam just grew more frustrated. Though the seed lost the breaker, 10-8, he pulled out the third set and moved on. Tomorrow the 16s will move with the 18s to Woodmont and I will see some of those matches.
In fact, three setters appeared to be the norm today. Another one which went on for hours was Zach Taylor (pictured right) and Daniel Knause. Though Daniel prevailed 6-2,1-6,6-4, he lost in the next round to seventeenth seeded Cory Parr. Another seventeen seed, Andrew Orban got past No. 9 Clancy Shields, 6-4,5-7,7-6(6), and Chris Welte, who yesterday upset top-seeded Mykyta Kyvonos, dropped today to Chris Kearney, 6-4,3-6,6-4.
I am looking forward to being able to see all of the round of 16 matches in one place tomorrow, but I think what I'm looking forward to the most is the hope that the temperature and humidity go down. There's no promise of that yet, but the play will go on.
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Jean Yves Aubone