2014-08-10 Noah Rubin (3), Rockville Centre, N.Y., is headed to the U.S. Open after defeating defending champion Collin Altamirano (5), Saratoga, Calif., 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the best-of-five singles final Sunday afternoon. Rubin, who also won Junior Wimbledon, earned the wild card into the singles main draw with the win. “I think it was pure mental toughness,” Rubin said of his win. “I came out very well in everything. Even though I changed my game plan because I knew it could go five sets, so I knew I couldn’t run down every ball, I’d be exhausted. So I kind of shortened the game and stayed more on top of the baseline and I think that really played in my favor, it kinda took the angles away from him because he’s a great ball mover. I know that.” Said Altamirano: “I felt like he believed, I didn’t. I felt like that was the big difference. He believed from the get-go and it took me two and one-half sets to believe. That’s just too late.” In boys 16s, top seed John McNally, Cincinnati, defeated Connor Hance (9), Torrance, Calif., 6-4, 6-4. “I played pretty well I thought today, but to beat John I’d have to play a lot better,” Hance said. “He was just taking advantage of my short balls and finishing them every time and I couldn’t do anything about it.” Said McNally, who earned a wild card into the Junior U.S. Open when he won the match on his fourth match point: “He played some good points and I missed some easy shots. It’s all right. It happens. I knew he was going to fight for every last point.”
2014-08-09 No. 2 seeds Noah Rubin and Stefan Kozlov earned wild cards into the main draw of the U.S. Open doubles with a 6-2, 6-2 boys 18s win over top seeds Collin Altamirano and Deiton Baughman Saturday afternoon. “We were really pumped up.” Rubin said. “It was the last match. We really put it all out there. It was, by far, our best playing. They’re a great team and you can see the score. We played very well.” Rubin has a chance for a sweep when he faces Altamirano, the defending singles champion, Sunday afternoon in the best-of-five singles final. In boys 16s doubles, top seeds John McNally and Gianni Ross defeated 12th seeds Matthew Galush and Brenden Volk, 6-1, 6-2. McNally is also in today’s singles final against ninth seed Connor Hance.
2014-08-07 Oliver Crawford is the only unseeded player left in the main draw after defeating No. 14 Alexander Keyser, Danville, Calif., 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, in a boys 16s quarterfinal match Thursday. Crawford, Spartanburg, S.C., will play No. 9 Connor Hance (9), Torrance Calif., in Saturday’s semifinal. The other semi pairing will be determined on Friday. “I’ve been playing mainly sectional tournaments,” Crawford said of not being seeded. “I played Clay Courts this year and the first Super National I played was last year in Fort Lauderdale. This is my third Super National. I just keep playing my game. In the second set, I got a little tight and he played well. He played a good set and kept me on the defense a good bit. I had to try to get on the offense and I got a little too aggressive and it didn’t turn out my way.” One boys 18s semi is set with Noah Rubin (3), Rockville Centre, N.Y., facing Michael Mmoh (7), Temple Hills, Md.
2014-08-06 Boys 16s top seed John McNally said he’s feeling very good so far as he heads into Wednesday’s Round of 16. “My movement has been very good,” said Cincinnati’s McNally. “My fitness has improved a lot. I felt good about that. I haven’t felt fatigued at all. My forehand’s been working. Also, my mental game. I’m very positive now. Confident. Hopefully that will help me continue to win. Jared Donaldson, the 18s top seed from Chepachet, R.I., has a 309 ATP ranking but didn’t have to make much of an adjustment to compete in a Junior tourney for the first time since the Junior U.S. Open last year. “The only difference is there’s no ball boys (except on the front three courts), you have to call your own lines (until the quarterfinals) and you don’t change balls,” he said. “I think the biggest difference is that you don’t change balls. A lot of times on the pro circuit, you’re either changing nine and 11 or seven and nine.” Both top seeds advanced in straight sets on Tuesday. McNally defeated Robert Loeb, (18), Hilton Head Island, S.C., 6-2, 6-1. Donaldson served seven consecutive aces at one point on his way to a 6-0, 6-2 win over Walker Duncan (17), Atlanta.
2014-08-06 Unseeded Victor Pham hasn’t lost a set all tournament and that includes his 6-1, 6-3 upset of Patrick Kypson, the third seed in boys 16s, in Wednesday’s Round of 16. “I just think I served really well,” Pham said. “I think overall the way I thought and my ball selection was very smart. I didn’t make that many unforced errors so it was much easier to hold serve. When I did break, it was easier to capitalize on that.” Although he was the 15th seed last year, Pham said he wasn’t surprised to be unseeded this year. “I haven’t been playing as many 16s USTA tournaments,” he said. “It was also my junior year of high school, so I was hitting the books a lot. When I did play tournaments, I was mainly playing 18s.” Pham will play ninth seed Connor Hance in Thursday’s quarterfinals. Hance defeated fifth seed Alex Phillips, Peachtree City, Ga., 6-2, 6-3 on Wednesday.
2014-08-05 The top seeds in the boys 18s are still alive in the main draw, but Jacob Brumm, the second seed in 16s was upset by unseeded Brian Cernoch, North Bethesda, Md., 7-5, 6-4, in the opening round. Seven 18s seeds lost on the first day of singles and eight 16s seeds were also gone. Last year, Collin Altamirano, Sacramento, Calif., became the first unseeded player ever to win the 18s division in the previous 71 years of the tournament in Kalamazoo, He’s back this year as the fifth seed, going for back-to-back titles. “I’m pretty happy with fifth seed, especially after last year,” Altamirano said. “I’ll take it. I’m fine with it. We’re all doing the same thing, we all know each other. We’re all going to be seeded, it’s just week by week, who knows.” Jared Donaldson wasn’t sure he would be the top seed in 18s with the level of players in the tournament. “If you look at ATP rankings, yeah, I think I deserved the top seed,” said Donaldson, whose ATP ranking is 309. “But a lot of guys have done a lot of good things this year, especially in the American Juniors. Noah (Rubin, the third seed) won Junior Wimbledon, Stefan (Kozlov the fourth seed) has been to the finals of Wimbledon Juniors and Australian Juniors. So it depends on what you look at.” Of the top eight seeds in 18s, seven of them are in the draw via wild cards.
2014-06-02 Both 18s and 16s play begins at 8:00am on Saturday, August 2. Play will consist of Doubles only. The Rx Optical/Greenleaf Trust & Greenleaf Hospitality Exhibition opens the USTA Boys' 18s & 16s National Championships Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. This year's exhibition features 7-time Grand Slam Singles and 1-time Doubles Champion Mats Wilander playing with Kalamazoo's own Paul Oosterbaan against the #1 seeded Doubles Team in Boys' 18s. Michael Kosta will be the MC for the Exhibition.
2014-04-01 Former Kalamazoo College men's tennis coach and USTA Jr. Nationals Director Timon Corwin '86 is one of three coaches to be inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) Hall of Fame on May 21 in Athens, Ga. Timon Corwin was an eight-time ITA All-American in singles and doubles while playing at Kalamazoo College. He led his team to an NCAA Division III team championship and won the singles title his senior season (1986). Corwin coached at Kalamazoo from 1993 to 2007, leading his teams to a 262-118 (.689) overall record. His teams also finished third or higher in the nation six times and had two national runner-up finishes (1997 and 1999). Corwin was the 1997 Men's Division III Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year and the 1999 Men's Division III Midwest Region Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year. He was Senior Director for Junior and Collegiate Competition for USTA Player Development (2007-2010) and is currently GM & Director of Tennis at the Western Racquet Club in Elm Grove, Wis. The 2014 ITA Hall of Fame class consists of seven inductees: coaches Billy Chadwick (Mississippi), Timon Corwin (Kalamazoo) and James Wadley (Oklahoma State); players Matt Anger (USC), Juan Farrow (Southern Illinois U. - Edwardsville) and Alex Kim (Stanford); and contributor, Doug Conant (Northwestern). The 2014 ITA Men's Collegiate Hall of Fame Enshrinement Banquet, where the ITA will honor this year's men's ITA Hall of Fame inductees, will be held during the NCAA Division I Men's & Women's Tennis Championships held at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.
2013-08-11 Tommy Paul (3) and Jake DeVine (4) were roommates during the tournament, but they put that aside as they faced each other in the boys 16s championship match. Paul came out on top, winning 6-3, 6-1, along with the wild card into the U.S. Open juniors. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet, but “Wow. Getting the wild card was a huge factor of this tournament because off my ITF ranking I wouldn’t have gotten into qualies of the U.S. Open, so winning the tournament got me straight into the main, which is great,” Paul said. DeVine said he was disappointed in the outcome, but “the most I can do at this point is learn from it and try to give myself another shot next year.” Paul said before the match, they approached each other and “we were like, ‘All right, whatever happens, we’re still friends after the match’.”
2013-08-11 Collin Altamirano became the first unseeded player in the 71-year-history of the Nationals in Kalamazoo to win a singles title when he defeated No. 14 Jared Donaldson, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, in the best of five boys 18s championship match Sunday. With the win, Altamirano, Yuba City, Calif., also earns a wild card into the main draw of the U.S. Open. Donaldson, Cumberland, R.I., struggled with his serve, holding just four times in the match. He gave up tennis during the winter and said if someone had asked him in February if he would be happy with a second-place finish in Kalamazoo, he would have said yes. “Now that you’re here, you always want more,” he said. “It’s a good tournament, I had some good wins but it’s kinda like second place is bittersweet. You have good wins, but you’re basically the first loser. That’s kinda how I think I’ll look back on it.” Altamirano said he doesn’t care who he plays in his first round at the U.S. Open, “I’m just happy to be there,” he said. “I’m happy, I’m happy. I accomplished a goal, so it’s good. I did what coach told me to do, and I executed beautifully.”
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