U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
USTA Tennis Center - Flushing, New York
Qualifying: August 22-26, 2000
Main Draw: August 28-September 10, 2000
Junior: September 3-10, 2000
At The Open With Marcia Frost...
Tuesday, August 22nd PM-Qualifying
One of the most exciting matches of the day was a re-match of the 1999 NCAA Singles final between the University of Florida's Jeff Morrison and James Blake. Though Morrison won the 1999 match, Blake left Harvard to turn professional that summer.
Today's match featured power hitting, serving, and even a few acrobatics by Blake. The most common phrase uttered during the first set was "deuce" as it went all the way to a tie-breaker. Blake pulled out the set (7/4 in the breaker), but lost the second set to a persistent Morrison, 6-3. Unfortunately, Morrison couldn't hold him and eventually lost the match, 7-6(4),3-6,6-1
Top-ranked junior Robby Ginepri came out swinging (literally) in his match against No. 27 seed Petr Luxa. He took the first set easily (6-1) and was holding the second set at 1-1 until Luxa found a second wind and took over the match. Despite an effort from Ginepri that was even more impressive than the score, Luxa prevailed, 1-6,6-1,0-6.
The top-ranked Girls' 18 player also gave it her all today. Ashley Harkleroad kept Rosa Andres on her toes and made her work for her 6-4,6-4 win. Harkleroad kept hammering the ball and kept the points tough -- she just couldn't pull it through.
One of the final matches of the day was between Lisa McShea and the University of North Carolina's Marlene Mejia. Mejia came into the tournament with a wildcard from her win at the ITA National Summer Championships. Proving that she is champion material, Mejia put up a fight before her eventual loss to the more experienced McShea, 3-6,6-3,7-6(7). I look forward to seeing what she will do in the upcoming college season.
Tuesday, August 22nd AM
Among the 16 wildcards given into the main singles draws, the following were presented to college and junior tennis players:
College And Junior Tennis will be at the US Open Championships starting on on August 22nd. We will provide as much information, photographs and interviews as possible on the college and junior players within the Qualifying, Main Draw and Junior Championships, however, there have been certain restrictions placed for Online Media.