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Serena Williams Receives Written Apology from Russia’s Tennis Chief

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(October 23, 2014) Serena Williams told media in Singapore at the WTA Finals on Thursday that she has received a written apology from Russian Tennis President Shamil Tarpischev.

During her post-match news conference after dismantling Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 said: “Yes, I have received ‑‑ he has reached out to apologize to both myself and my sister.”

“It was written. No, I did not speak to him,” Williams added.

The WTA fined and suspended Tarpischev for offensive comments made during his appearance on a Russian TV show including referring to the Williams sisters as the “Williams brothers.”

The WTA fines the Russian tennis chief $25,000 and suspended from tour for a year.

 

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Update: WTA Fines and Suspends Shamil Tarpischev for Williams Sisters Comments

 

 

(October 17, 2014) Before this week’s Kremlin Cup in Moscow, Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev during the taping of a Russian late-night television show called Evening Urgant, called Venus and Serena Williams “brothers.“

The WTA has come down on Tarpischev fining him the maximum allowed under the WTA tour rules, $25,000 and suspending him from tour for a year for his comments about Serena and Venus Williams.

The WTA Tour wants Tarpischev to be stripped from his position as chairman of the Kremlin Cup tournament for one year.

Here are the full statements from WTA Chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster and US Tennis Association President, Chairman and CEO Dave Haggerty.

 

 

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USTA response to recent comments by Shamil Tarpischev regarding the Williams sisters

“As the President of the USTA and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Tennis Federation, I call on Shamil Tarpischev to issue a formal apology to Venus and Serena Williams. As the President of the Russian Tennis Federation and a member of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Tarpischev is expected to conduct himself with the highest degree of integrity and sportsmanship. Unfortunately, his comments do not embody either of these traits and in fact were reprehensible.”

— Dave Haggerty, President, Chairman and CEO, USTA

 

October 18, 2014 Update: An official statement from the Russian Tennis Federation and Tarpischev was released on Sunday.

The Associated Press reported on the statement, here are a few excerpts:

Tarpischev: Williams comments meant as jokes

Asked whether he regretted his comments, Tarpischev told The Associated Press at the Kremlin Cup that the program on which he spoke was “a humorous show,” adding: “I don’t answer stupid questions.”

When asked about his ban, Tarpischev said: “I can’t comment. I don’t understand it.”

In a statement released later by the Russian Tennis Federation, Tarpischev denied any “malicious intent” and said his quotes had been taken out of context.

“I didn’t want to offend any athlete with my words,” he said. “I regret that this joke … has garnered so much attention. I don’t think this incident deserves so much fuss.”

The Williams sisters are “outstanding athletes” who “personify strength and perseverance,” he added.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told the ITAR-Tass agency that he regretted that Tarpischev had made the comments and that his suspension was “an unpleasant fact,” but suggested his sanction should be reduced.

“It’s probably worth trying to get the punishment softened,” Mutko said.

 

 

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USTA Names Teams for ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships

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USTA ANNOUNCES TEAMS FOR 2014

ITF SUPER-SENIORS WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has announced the players who will represent the United States at the 34th International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super-Seniors World Team Championships, which will be held Oct. 13-18, in Antalya, Turkey.  The tournament is the senior tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions, with top American tennis players representing their countries in the 60-, 65-, 70-, 75- and 80-and-older age groups. The ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships is the most prestigious team event on the ITF Seniors circuit.

 

The U.S. will enter the event as the defending champions in six groups: the Von Cramm Cup, Jack Crawford Cup, Bitsy Grant Cup and Gardnar Mulloy Cup among the men’s divisions, and the Alice Marble Cup and Queens’ Cup among the women’s divisions.

 

Since the inception of the ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships in 1981, the number of competitors taking part in the tournament has increased each year. In 1993, the ITF made the decision to divide the Seniors World Championships into two groups: Seniors (35-55) and Super-Seniors (60-80).

 

Following the ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships, the World Individual Championships will take place, Oct. 19-26.

 

Below is a list of the players representing the U.S. at the 2014 ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships.

 

Von Cramm Cup – Men’s 60 & over

  1. Mark Meyers, Houston
  2. Geoff Cykman, San Francisco
  3. Tony Dawson, Austin, Texas
    4.  Tom Smith, Alpharetta, Ga. Captain

 

Britannia Cup – Men’s 65 & over

  1. Brian Cheney, Chandler, Ariz., Captain
  2. Les Buck, Ashville, N.C.
  3. Mike Dahm, Dayton, Ohio
  4. Armistead Neely, Atlanta

 

Jack Crawford Cup – Men’s 70 & over

  1. Jimmy Parker, Santa Fe, N.M. Captain
  2. Allan Carter, Boca Raton, Fla.,
    3. Jack Metalksky, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
    4. Jody Rush, Tumwater, Wash.

 

Bitsy Grant Cup – Men’s 75 & over

  1. Lester Sack, New Orleans, La.
  2. Fred Farzanegan, Tampa, Fla., Captain
  3. Robert Quall, Merced, Calif.
  4. William Wolff, Fort Worth, Texas.

 

Gardnar Mulloy Cup – Men’s 80 & over

  1. King Van Nostrand, Vero Beach, Fla
    2. Neil Hurlbut, Big Canoe, Ga.
    3. John Powless, Madison, Wis.
  2. George McCabe, Oxford, Ohio Captain

Alice Marble Cup – Women’s 60 & over

  1. Tina Karwasky, Glendale, Calif., Captain
    2. Sherri Bronson, Scottsdale, Ariz.
    3. Rita Giles, Falls Church, Va.
    4. Sue Bramlette, Houston

 

Kitty Godfree Cup – Women’s 65 & over

  1. Martha Downing, Shingle Springs, Calif.
  2. Brenda Carter, Charleston, S.C., Captain.
    3. Carol Clay, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
    4. Kathy Bennett, Laguna Woods, Calif.

 

Althea Gibson Cup – Women’s 70 & over

  1. Charleen Hillebrand, Harbor, City, Calif.,
    2. Cathie Anderson, Del Mar, Calif., Captain
    3. Suella Steel, La Jolla, Calif.
    4. Lee Delfausse, Concord, N.H.

 

Queens’ Cup – Women’s 75 & over

  1. Doris de Vries, Rancho Mirage, Calif., Captain
    2. Roz King, San Diego
    3. Burnette Herrick, Tarboro, N.C.,
    4. Ria Graham, New Port Richey, Fla.

 

Doris Hart Cup – Women’s 80 & over

  1. Mary John Lynch, Rockport, Texas,
    2. Margaret Canby, San Antonio, Texas, Captain.
    3. Doris “Jane” Lutz, Sarasota, Fla.
    4. Rose Austin, Naples, Fla.
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DAVIS CUP: U.S. SHUTS OUT SLOVAKIA – Isner, Querrey victories give Americans a 5-0 win in the World Group Play-off

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DAVIS CUP: U.S. SHUTS OUT SLOVAKIA
Isner, Querrey victories give Americans a 5-0 win in the World Group Play-off

By Junior Williams

(September 14, 2014) HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois – John Isner and Sam Querrey closed out the Davis Cup World-Group Play-off by winning their respective matches, giving the United States a 5-0 victory over Slovakia at Sears Center Arena in suburban Chicago.

Both matches were dead rubbers, since the U.S. clinched a spot in the World Group for 2015 courtesy of Bob and Mike Bryan’s doubles victory on Saturday.

In the first match, Isner – the No. 1 American and 16th ranked player in the world – defeated Lukas Lacko 6-3, 6-0 in only 42 minutes, converting four out of eight break points and posting 22 total winners to Lacko’s four.

In the post-match interview, Isner said he was happy the match went “pretty quickly” and was looking forward to watching some football.

In the second match, Slovakia’s Norbert Gombos did his best to prevent his team from being shut out, but the world’s 126th-ranked player was outlasted by Sam Querrey 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in a hard-hitting, fast-serving contest.

After Gombos broke Querrey to win the second set — the only set Slovakia won during the three days of competition — the number-two American broke Gombos to go up 4-3 in the third set, and went on to close out the match with a service winner.

Here’s how close the match was: Querrey scored 96 points, Gombos 92.

Despite Gombos’ three defeats (including one to Isner in singles, another to the Bryans in doubles) , U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier had nothing but good things to say about the Slovak during the post-match interview, expressing how impressed he was with Gombos’ play.

The U.S. victory marks the first time the Americans shut out their opponent in a Davis Cup tie since 2012 — a first-round victory in Switzerland against a team featuring 17-time major champion Roger Federer, and Stan Wawrinka — who has since gone on to win the 2014 Australian Open.

Slovakia is now 0-3 against the U.S. in Davis Cup competition and is headed back to Europe/Africa Zone Group I. Both countries will learn about their next opponents when the Davis Cup draw for 2015 takes place Thursday in Dubai.

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Nevolo Claims Singles and Doubles Titles at Claremont Club Pro Classic

CLAREMONT, Calif., (Sept. 13, 2014) – Dennis Nevolo sure picked a great time to play some of the best tennis of his career.

The 24-year-old former Illinois All-American and top-seeded Nevolo picked up his first USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 Futures singles title by beating No. 4-sseded Salvatore Caruso of Italy on Sunday, 6-4, 6-2, at the Claremont Club Pro Classic. He also teamed up with Jeff Dadamo to take the doubles crown.

“I think the way I played in the quarterfinals and the semis and then the final, yeah, you can say I just played some of the best tennis of my career,” said Nevolo, who takes home the $1,440 first-place prize check and 17 valuable ATP World Tour points. “It was probably the most aggressive tennis of my career.”

Playing an experienced red-clay player like Caruso, who Nevolo had beaten last October in the pairs’ only previous meeting, Nevolo said he had to take time away from the steady baseline game of the 21-year-old from a tiny village outside of Sicily.

“It was time pressure,” said Nevolo, who became the first non-Southern Californian to win the title here since 2009. “I counterpunched well and I was always looking to sneak in when I had an opportunity to.”

Last year, Caruso got to as high as No. 320 in the world and played $50,000 Challenger events in Tiburon and Napa. Last year he won his first ITF Futures singles title in Italy.

Watched by his grandparents, Nevolo will drive to their home an hour northwest in Torrance and get ready for a Wednesday start at the Costa Mesa Futures tournament.

“The schedule doesn’t really change,” Nevolo said. “I checked the Napa Challenger ($50,000 event) cutoff and it’s pretty low. So I’ll stick with the plan and play these three Futures in a row, then Sacramento and Tiburon, three 10ks in Texas and then finish the year with two indoor Challengers.”

The final Challenger of the year on the USTA Pro Circuit schedule Nevolo referenced begins Nov. 10 and will take place on Nevolo’s college courts at the Atkins Tennis Center in Champaign, Ill.

Sunday’s Final Singles Result:
Dennis Nevolo (USA) [1] def. Salvatore Caruso (ITA) [4], 6-4, 6-2

The first of three consecutive $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit hard-court men’s events held in Southern California following the US Open, the Claremont Club Pro Classic is run by tournament director Barry Friedman and USTA Tour Supervisor Peter Kasavage. It is one of nine USTA Pro Circuit men’s events taking place in California this year.

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Davis Cup: U.S. Remains in the World Group, Bryan twins clinch for Americans in straight sets over Slovakia

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DAVIS CUP: U.S. REMAINS IN WORLD GROUP

Bryan twins clinch for Americans in straight sets over Slovakia

 

By Junior Williams

 

(September 13, 2014) HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois — World No. 1 doubles team Bob and Mike Bryan made quick work of Slovakia’s Norbert Gombos and Lukas Lacko, winning 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 in one hour 16 minutes — giving the United States an unassailable 3-0 lead in the Davis Cup World Group Play-off at Sears Centre Arena in suburban Chicago, assuring the Americans will remain in the World Group in 2015.

 

Early in the first set, the Bryans broke Slovakia to go up 2-1 after Gombos hit a backhand volley wide. After that, it was full steam ahead for the U.S team, which won 21 out of 26 points at the net and 83-percent of its first-serve points.

 

Slovakia captain Miloslav Mecir went with Gombos instead of the originally scheduled doubles specialist Michal Mertinak.

 

The Bryans capped off their victory with an ace, to the delight of the U.S. fans in the crowd.

 

For Slovakia, it’s wait ’til next year as the team will once again attempt to re-join the Davis Cup elite for the first time since 2006.

The Bryans just came off winning their 16h major and 100th title by capturing the US Open doubles title said that Saturday’s win felt better than the US Open..

“It feels like it’s all part of the same summer,” Mike Bryan said.  “We had our goals, which was to win the US Open and come in here and help the team get to the World Group.
“Just feels it’s all one emotion.  We can kind of exhale and kind of enjoy it.  Yeah, when we won the Open it was great, but we shifted our focus very quickly to this tie.
“We never really relaxed.  Now we can exhale and enjoy the next couple weeks before we go over to Asia.
“But this is a really sweet feeling to finish the summer like this.”

 

Sunday’s dead rubber matches are scheduled to feature number one American John Isner versus Martin Klizan, and Sam Querrey versus Gombos. But with U.S. having clinched the tie, it is unlikely those pairings will hold.

 

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EXTRAS: After their victory, the Bryans celebrated by hitting lots of autographed balls in the crown, and also engaged in a mini-exhibition match with two of the “Team Bryan” kids. Bob and Mike’s dad Wayne Bryan served as the umpire.

 

Junior Williams is a long-time journalist and tennis fan.  At a moment’s notice he can give you a list of all the Davis Cup match-ups that would give the US home ties. He is in Illinois covering the Davis Cup first round World Group Play-off tie between the United States and Slovakia for Tennis Panorama News.

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Nevolo Vying for First USTA Pro Circuit Futures Title

CLAREMONT, Calif., (Sept. 13, 2014) – Playing a familiar foe is nothing new this week for former Illinois standout Dennis Nevolo, who on Sunday will attempt to win his first USTA Pro Circuit Futures singles title.

 

The top-seeded Nevolo beat frequent practice partner, travel partner and last year’s doubles partner Jean-Yves Aubone, 6-1, 6-2, in the only singles semifinal played on Saturday at the 19th annual Claremont Club Pro Classic.

 

“We’ve only played about one hundred million times,” the No. 3-seeded Aubone said of Nevolo, who he teamed to win three ITF Futures doubles titles with last year at Calgary, Canada; Brownsville, Tex., and Oklahoma City, Okla., tournaments.

 

Nevolo faces Italy’s Salvatore Caruso, the No. 4 seed, in Sunday’s 10 a.m. final. Caruso got a free pass into the final after USC senior Roberto Quiroz was forced to pull out with an injured left shoulder.

 

“I think the score wasn’t indicative to the match,” said Nevolo, 24, who beat this week’s roommate and doubles partner Jeff Dadamo on Friday in the quarterfinals. “I was able to get an early lead and I just kind of battled. In the second set, I played the best part of the match early on and got up a couple of breaks.

 

“Tomorrow’s big for me,” he added. “I’ve made two Futures singles finals but it’s definitely a goal of mine to get that first title.”

 

Nevolo beat the 21-year-old from Sicily Caruso, 6-3, 7-6 (4), last October in the Sacramento Challenger first round of qualifying.

 

Aubone is 26 years old and played collegiately at Florida State. After college, he worked in finance and has been out on tour for the past two years.

 

“Being out here is not really about the points, it’s about developing your game and trying to get to the next level,” Aubone said. “You don’t want to get stuck down here forever. There’s that next level, and then there’s the next level after that. So the next level is not the ultimate goal, just the next step.”

 

Saturday’s Semifinal Singles Result:

q: Qualifying; wc: Wild Card; LL: Lucky Loser

Dennis Nevolo (USA) [1] def. Jean-Yves Aubone (USA) [3], 6-2, 6-1

Salvatore Caruso (ITA) [4] def. Roberto Quiroz (ECU), w.o. injury

 

The first of three consecutive $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit hard-court men’s events held in Southern California following the US Open, the Claremont Club Pro Classic is run by tournament director Barry Friedman and USTA Tour Supervisor Peter Kasavage. It is one of nine USTA Pro Circuit men’s events taking place in California this year.

 

For more information, check on the web at:www.procircuit.usta.com, www.claremontclub.com; Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Claremont-Club/236147226396

 

Prize Money/Points – $10,000 Men

 

SINGLES:                   Prize Money                Points

Winner                         $1,440                         17

Runner-up                    $848                            9

Semifinalist                  $502                            5

Quarterfinalist              $292                            2

Round of 16                $172                            1

Round of 32                $104                            —

 

DOUBLES:                 Prize Money (per team)

Winner                         $620

Runner-up                    $360

Semifinalist                  $216

Quarterfinalist              $128

Round of 16                $0

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DAVIS CUP: U.S. IN CONTROL OVER SLOVAKIA Isner, Querrey lead Americans to 2-0 lead in World Group Play-off

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DAVIS CUP: U.S. IN CONTROL OVER SLOVAKIA
Isner, Querrey lead Americans to 2-0 lead in World Group Play-off
By Junior Williams

(September 12, 2014) HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois – Hours before the United States took on Slovakia at the Davis Cup World Group Play-off, U.S. captain Jim Courier was upbeat about his team’s prospects – telling a fan, “We’re ready for battle.”

Courier’s confidence in John Isner and Sam Querrey paid off, as both players achieved straight sets victories at Sears Centre Arena – giving the Americans a commanding 2-0 lead, putting them one win away from securing another year in the World Group.

Isner defeated Norbert Gombos – the 126th-ranked player in the world – 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2. Many were surprised Slovakian captain Miloslav Mecir went with Gombos in the first match instead of 86th-ranked Lukas Lacko. Gombos battled Isner early in the first set, returning the American’s powerful serves and taking him to a tiebreak. But a Gombos volley at the net came up short, giving Isner a mini-break at 6-4. The former University of Georgia Bulldog won the set after Gombos’ return of serve went long.

Isner’s serve became a more potent weapon in the second set – including a “perfect game” with four aces that put him up 5-3. The world No. 16 finished the match with 29 aces.

“Going into a match like this three-out-of-five set match, it’s not surprising that I didn’t lose my serve,” said Isner. “I’ve done that before, for sure. Always going to be the biggest part of my game and it’s going to be the part of my game that I lean on the most.”

Gombos said of the 6-foot-9 Isner, “I know that he’s serving perfect from the Eiffel Tower, you know … I never returned a serve like his because it’s quite different from like the other players because he’s really tall. The ball is bouncing so high. It’s totally different like from the other players.”

The second match between Querrey and Slovakian Martin Klizan – ranked 51st and 57th in the world, respectively — started off as quite a battle. The first set lasted 66 minutes. It was Querrey’s serve versus Klizan’s powerful groundstrokes, which were low enough to cause problems for the 6-foot-6 American.

But it was Klizan’s serve that would prove to be the Slovakian’s undoing, with eleven double faults in the match. Serving for the first set up 5-4, he was broken after double faulting to end the game. Querrey won the first set tiebreak 8-6 after staving off a set point — and winning the final three points with the help of two aces.

“It was tough,” said Querrey. “But my serve is my biggest weapon. I just buckled down and I think I hit an ace at that 5-6 point. Just put the pressure right back on (Klizan).”

The American won the match 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-3, hitting 20 aces in the process.

When asked about failing to serve out the first set up 5-4, Klizan replied: “I wasn’t nervous. I was just pissed off of the line umpire because was a huge mistake from him the first point. Could be different story then, the game. But anyway, Sam was the better player on the court and I think he was better, so he won.”

In Saturday’s doubles match, the Americans will be counting on world number ones Bob and Mike Bryan to deliver the clincher. Fresh from winning the 2014 U.S Open Championship – their 100th – title. the twins are scheduled to face Lukas Lacko and Michal Mertinak, but there’s always the possibility that captain Mecir could alter his lineup.

Junior Williams is a long-time journalist and tennis fan.  At a moment’s notice he can give you a list of all the Davis Cup match-ups that would give the US home ties. He is in Illinois covering the Davis Cup first round World Group Play-off tie between the United States and Slovakia for Tennis Panorama News.

 

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Dennis Nevolo Advances to Semis of Claremont Club Pro Classic

CLAREMONT, Calif., (Sept. 12, 2014) – Playing the best tennis he’s played all year, top-seeded Dennis Nevolo beat three-week California traveling partner No. 6-seeded Jeff Dadamo, 6-1, 6-3, to advance to the semifinals of the 19th annual Claremont Club Pro Classic on Friday.

 

“I came out a little tight, but once I got the lead I got into a zone,” Nevolo said. “I felt like I’ve been struggling with my consistency the last couple of days, then today it just clicked. That’s probably the best I’ve played all year.”

 

The temperatures rose into the high 90s, and Nevolo admitted: “It’s getting warm out there, but I dealt with it OK.”

 

He added: “Practicing in Chicago it’s been a little more humid. Jeff’s got a very good serve and I neutralized him and then I did a good job of holding mine.

 

“We’ve been traveling together for three weeks. The good news is one of us was going to be in the semis, but I think we’d both rather play each other in the finals. It’s part of the game. Sometimes you play friends. It doesn’t really register anymore.”

 

Nevolo will play another friend and practice partner Jean-Yves Aubone in the one semifinal at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The two are both from the South Florida area. By way of his three-set win over lucky loser Reilly Opelka, Italy’s Salvatore Caruso waltzed into the final Sunday after Ecuador’s Roberto Quiroz pulled out of the tournament following his quarterfinal win with an injured left shoulder.

 

Caruso beat the 17-year-old USTA-trained Opelka, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The 6-foot-10 Opelka, who is still an amateur, was hitting 125-mph bombs in the first set to take a 6-3 lead. But the 21-year-old Caruso battled back and opened up a 4-1 second-set lead before Opelka broke Caruso’s serve to make it 4-3 with Caruso then closing out the set 6-3.

 

Up 4-3 in the third, Opelka called for a trainer for cramping. On break point at 4-all, Opelka double faulted and Caruso served out the match.

 

Dadamo and Nevolo captured the doubles title after Deiton Baughman and Opelka were forced to retire down 5-2 in the first set.

 

Opelka will play Costa Mesa and the Napa Valley $50,000 Challenger in the coming weeks, as well as some other ITF Futures events in South Florida. In December he will return to the junior circuit for the Eddie Herr tournament and Junior Orange Bowl.

 

With his size, of course Opelka gets comparisons to U.S. Davis Cup player John Isner, who is also 6-foot-10. “I hear that comparison a lot but I kind of do my own thing,” Opelka said. “I just happen to be tall, as well. All due respect to him, he’s the best American we’ve had for three years. The guy is unbelievable. He’s such a nice guy and I’ve hit with him. He has the best serve of all time.”

 

Friday’s Quarterfinal Singles Results:

q: Qualifying; wc: Wild Card; LL: Lucky Loser

Dennis Nevolo (USA) [1] def. Jeff Dadamo (USA) [6], 6-1, 6-3

Roberto Quiroz (ECU) def. Daniel Garza (MEX) [8], 6-1, 7-5

Salvatore Caruso (ITA) [4] def. Reilly Opelka (USA) [LL], 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Jean-Yves Aubone (USA) [3] def. Ty Trombetta (USA) [q], 7-5, 6-3

 

Friday’s Final Doubles Results:

Jeff Dadamo (USA) / Dennis Nevolo (USA) [wc] def. Deiton Baughman (USA) / Reilly Opelka (USA) 5-2, retired

 

The first of three consecutive $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit hard-court men’s events held in Southern California following the US Open, the Claremont Club Pro Classic is run by tournament director Barry Friedman and USTA Tour Supervisor Peter Kasavage. It is one of nine USTA Pro Circuit men’s events taking place in California this year.

 

For more information, check on the web at:www.procircuit.usta.com, www.claremontclub.com; Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Claremont-Club/236147226396

 

Prize Money/Points – $10,000 Men

 

SINGLES:                   Prize Money                Points

Winner                         $1,440                         17

Runner-up                    $848                            9

Semifinalist                  $502                            5

Quarterfinalist              $292                            2

Round of 16                $172                            1

Round of 32                $104                            —

 

DOUBLES:                 Prize Money (per team)

Winner                         $620

Runner-up                    $360

Semifinalist                  $216

Quarterfinalist              $128

Round of 16                $0

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Baughman Beats Sarkissian to Advance Claremont Club Pro Classic

 

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CLAREMONT, Calif., (Sept. 10, 2014) – In just a little over one week, 18-year-old Deiton Baughman has played one of the best junior tennis players in the world, and also one of last year’s best in college tennis.

 

The Carson resident, who signed a pro contract with IMG back in April, on Wednesday beat NCAA runner-up Alex Sarkissian formerly of Pepperdine, 6-3, 6-3, in the first round of the 19th annual Claremont Club Pro Classic to advance to the second round.

 

Baughman was coming off a close first-round loss last week to US Open Junior Tournament boys’ singles and doubles champion Omar Jasika of Australia, 7-6 (5), 7-5, a few points against him here and there being the difference in the match.

 

A 17-year-old from Melbourne, Jasika became the first player in 28 years to lift both the boys’ singles and doubles trophies at the US Open and joined fellow Australian’s Pat Cash (1982) and Bernard Tomic (2009) as past winners of the US Open junior tournament.

 

On Thursday in the first match on Court 11 at 10 a.m. in Claremont, Baughman will play No. 6-seeded Jeff Dadamo.

 

Four players who worked their way through three round of qualifying to make the main draw advanced on to the second round on Wednesday, including American’s Eric Johnson, Ty Trombetta, Frederick Saba and the Netherland’s Max DeVroome.

 

Recently turned 17-year-old Reilly Opelka of Florida took advantage of his “lucky loser” spot in the draw after USTA wild card Collin Altamirano pulled out of the singles due to injury. Opelka fell to Trombetta in three sets in the qualifying singles but used his second life to beat another qualifier and fellow 17-year-old Logan Smith of Carlsbad, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.

 

Baughman and Opelka are teamed up in doubles this week and moved into the second round when Altamirano was forced to withdraw from the doubles with partner Tommy Paul.

 

Wednesday’s First-Round Singles Results:

q: Qualifying; wc: Wild Card; LL: Lucky Loser

Deiton Baughman (USA) def. Alex Sarkissian (USA), 6-3, 6-3

Eric Johnson (USA) [q] def. Eduardo Nava (USA) [wc], 7-6 (8), 7-5

Reilly Opelka (USA) [LL] def. Logan Smith (USA) [q], 2-6, 6-3, 6-1

Greg Ouelette (USA) def. Andre Dome (USA) [q], 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3)

Salvatore Caruso (ITA) [4] def. Ryan Storrie (GBR) [q], 6-0, 6-1

Ty Trombetta (USA) [q] def. Haythem Abid (TUN), 6-2, 6-4

Max DeVroome (NED) [q] def. Evan Song (USA), 5-7, 6-3, 6-3

Roberto Quiroz (ECU) def. Gary Sacks (RSA), 6-3, 6-1

Frederick Saba (USA) [q] def. Stefan Menichella (USA) [wc], 7-6 (5), 6-3

Sebastian Rivera (ECU) def. Connor Farren (USA), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Mico Santiago (USA) def. David Hsu (USA) [q], 6-3, 6-2

 

Wednesday’s Second-Round Doubles Results:

Mackenzie McDonald (USA) / Martin Redlicki (USA) [1] def. Christopher Helliar (GBR) / Daniel Manlow (GBR), 6-7 (1), 6-4, 10-5

Andre Dome (USA) [4] / Fabian Matthews (USA) def. Randy Blanco (CUB) / Yuanfeng Li (CHN), 4-6, 0-6, 10-3

Jeff Dadamo (USA) / Dennis Nevolo (USA) [wc] def. Daniel Garza (MEX) / Eduardo Nava (USA) [3], 6-1, 6-3

Deiton Baughman (USA) / Reilly Opelka (USA) def. Collin Altamirano (USA) / Tommy Paul (USA), walkover

 

The first of three consecutive $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit hard-court men’s events held in Southern California following the US Open, the Pro Classic is run by tournament director Barry Friedman and USTA Tour Supervisor Peter Kasavage. It is one of nine USTA Pro Circuit men’s events taking place in California this year.

 

For more information, check on the web at:www.procircuit.usta.com, www.claremontclub.com; Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Claremont-Club/236147226396

 

Prize Money/Points – $10,000 Men

 

SINGLES:                   Prize Money                Points

Winner                         $1,440                         17

Runner-up                   $848                            9

Semifinalist                 $502                            5

Quarterfinalist              $292                            2

Round of 16                $172                            1

Round of 32                $104                            —

 

DOUBLES:                 Prize Money (per team)

Winner                         $620

Runner-up                   $360

Semifinalist                 $216

Quarterfinalist              $128

Round of 16                $0

 

 

Claremont Past Champions

Singles

Year    Winner                                    Runner-Up

2013    Marcos Giron (USA)               Dennis Novikov (USA)

2012    Daniel Kosakowski (USA)      Prakash Amritraj (IND)

2011    Steve Johnson (USA)             Darian King (BAR)

2010    Gary Sacks (RSA)                  Devin Britton (USA)

2009    Matej Bocko (SVK)                 Bradley Klahn (USA)

2008    Tigran Martirosyan (ARM)       Adriano Biasella (ITA)

2007    Carsten Ball (AUS)                 Robert Yim (USA)

2006    Dudi Sela (ISR)                       Sascha Kloer (GER)

2005    Benedikt Dorsch (GER)          Tyler Cleveland (USA)

2004    Bobby Reynolds (USA)           Huntley Montgomery (USA)

2003    Glenn Weiner (USA)               Jimy Szmymanski (VEN)

2002    Dmitry Tursunov (RUS)          Raven Klaasen (RSA)

2001    Marq Foster (USA)                  Huntley Montgomery (USA)

2000    Geoff Abrams (USA)               Daniel Andersson (SWE)

1999    Ryan Wolters (USA)               Jordan Kerr (AUS)

1998    Ville Liukko (FIN)                    Michael Mather (USA)

1997    Ofer Sela (ISR)                       Daniele Bracciali (ITA)

1996    Glenn Weiner (USA)               Cecil Mamiit (PHI)

 

Doubles

Year     Winner

2013    Carsten Ball (AUS) – Daniel Garza (MEX)

2012    Devon Britton (USA) – Reid Carleton (USA)

2011    Alexandre Lacroix (FRA) – Sanam Singh (IND)

2010    Taylor Fogleman (USA) – Chris Kearney (USA)

2009    Brett Joelson (USA) – Ashwin Kumar (USA)

2008    Marcus Fugate (USA) – Nima Roshan (AUS)

2007    Nikita Kryvonos (USA) – Michael McClune (USA)

2006    Ryler DeHeart (USA) – Dennis Zivkovic (USA)

2005    K.C. Corkery (USA) – James Pade (USA)

2004    Nick Rainey (USA) – Brian Wilson (USA)

2003    K.C. Corkery (USA) – James Pade (USA)

2002    Chris Magyary (USA) – Mirko Pehar (USA)

2001    Sebastien Jaeger (GER) – Alexander Waske (GER)

2000    Levar Harper-Griffith (USA) – Robert Kendrick (USA)

1999    Mark Loughrin (USA) – Ryan Wolters (USA)

1998    Simon Larose (CAN) – Jocelyn Robichaud (CAN)

1997    Lars Hjarrand (NOR) – Ross Loel (USA)

1996    Sascha Bandermann (GER) – Glenn Weiner (USA)

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