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Boys' 18 Finals
2015-08-10 Approximately 3,000 fans got to experience one of the best matches in recent memory on the final day of the 2015 USTA Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championships in Kalamazoo on Sunday. Top-seeded Frances Tiafoe (College Park, Md.) outlasted No. 3 Stefan Kozlov (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4 to win the tournament’s wildcard into the U.S. Open later this year. Tiafoe appeared to be coasting to a straight-set victory at 4-3 in the third, but Kozlov, who lost to Tiafoe at this year’s Orange Bowl, broke Tiafoe to stay in the match. After a hold of serve, the Florida native broke Tiafoe once more and headed into the mandatory 10-minute break trailing two sets to one. In set four, Kozlov fought off cramps to force the match into a decisive fifth set. In the fifth, Tiafoe broke Kozlov to take a 5-4 lead. After fighting off a break point, the No. 1 seed used a forehand down the line followed by a backhand volley to seal the victory. The final, which lasted 4:24, was the first five-set 18s singles final at Kalamazoo since 1992. In addition, Kozlov became the first player to force a fifth set after losing the first two in the last 44 years. In the 16s singles final, No. 3 Patrick Kypson (Greenville, N.C.) finished his tournament with a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 4 Alexandre Rotsaert (Boca Raton, Fla.). Kypson did not drop a set the entire tournament. No. 16 Zeke Clark (Tulsa, Okla.) took home the 18s feed ins crown while unseeded Sean Hill (Berkley, Calif.) won the 16s feed ins.

Tiafoe Outlasts Koslov in 18s
2015-08-09 Frances Tiafoe outlasted Stefan Kozlov in 5 hard-fought sets: 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4 to claim the USTA 18s National Champion crown. According to Colette Lewis of ZooTennis, no player had come back from 2 sets down to force a 5th set from 1971 through the 2014 Finals, but Kozlov did today.

Day 9 Wrap-Up
2015-08-08 The 73rd annual USTA Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championships crowned its first two champions on day nine as the 18s and 16s doubles tournaments ended on Saturday in Kalamazoo. In the 18s doubles finals, No. 2 Reilly Opelka (Palm Coast, Fla.) and Taylor Fritz (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) took home the crown and the tournament’s wild card bid to the 2015 U.S. Open with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over No. 6 Joshua Sheehy (Arlington, Texas) and Parker Wynn (North Richland Hills, Texas). No. 7 Brandon Holt (Rolling Hills, Calif.) and Riley Smith (Long Beach, Calif.) took home third place honors as the pair from California knocked off No. 11 Oliver Crawford (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Johnathan Small (Zionsville, Ind.) 4-6, 6-0, 6-0. In addition, Holt was named the 2015 recipient of the Dr. Allen B. Stowe Sportsmanship Award. In the 16s doubles draw, No. 8 Bryce Pereria (San Gabriel, Calif.) and Ivan Thamma (San Diego, Calif.) hoisted the trophy after a 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 triumph over No. 7 William Howells (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Danny Thomas (Pickerington, Ohio). Unseeded Cody Lin (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Andrew Ton (Milpitas, Calif.) took home the third place crown with a 7-6 (1), 2-6, 6-2 win over No. 14 Jackson Allen (Shakopee, Minn.) and Connor Haskins (Ballwin, Mo.). In 18s singles, No. 1 Frances Tiafoe (College Park, Md.) dispatched No. 4 Tommy Paul (Coconut Creek, Fla) 6-3, 6-2 in one semifinal. No. 3 Stefan Kozlov (Pembroke Pines, Fla) knocked out Fritz 7-6 (3), 6-3 to set up a meeting with Tiafoe in Sunday’s championship. In 16s singles, No. 3 Patrick Kypson (Greenville, N.C.) upset No. 1 Jeffrey Wolf 6-3, 6-4 while No. 4 Alexandre Rotsaert (Boca Raton, Fla.) defeated No. 8 Kyrylo Tsygura (North Potomac, Md.) by the same score, 6-3, 6-4 in the other semifinal. Sunday’s play begins with the feed ins semifinals at 8 a.m. which is followed by the feed ins finals (both divisions) and the 16s third place match at 10 a.m. The 16s singles championship is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. with the 18 finals taking the court after the 16s final concludes.

Semis Set
2015-08-07 The semifinals in both 18s and 16s as well as the doubles finals were set on day eight at the USTA Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championships in Kalamazoo on Friday. In the 18s draw, No. 2 Taylor Fritz (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) reached the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over No. 5 Michael Mmoh (Bradenton, Fla.). Fritz’s opponent in the semifinals will be No. 3 Stefan Kozlov (Pembroke Pines, Fla.). Kozlov knocked off No. 12 Eduardo Nava 6-3, 6-2. No. 1 Frances Tiafoe (College Park, Md.) will face No. 4 Tommy Paul (Coconut Creek, Fla.) in the other semifinal, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. tomorrow. In the 16s draw, No. 4 Alexandre Rotsaert (Boca Raton, Fla.) came back from a set down to defeat No. 5 Sean Scully (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. Rotsaert will face No. 8 Kyrylo Tsygura (North Potomac, Md.) in the second semifinal as Tsygura defeated No. 16 Jason Lui (Bellevue, Wash.) 6-0, 6-3. The other semifinal will feature No. 1 Jeffrey Wolf (Cincinnati, Ohio) against No. 3 Patrick Kypson (Greenville, N.C.). The 16s singles semifinals will begin at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow. In 18s doubles, No. 2 Fritz and Reilly Opelka (Palm Coast, Fla) will face No. 6 Joshua Sheehy (Arlington, Texas) and Parker Wynn (North Richland Hills, Texas) in the finals. Both teams advanced with straight set victories in the semifinals. In 16s doubles, No. 7 Danny Thomas (Pinkerington, Ohio) and William Howells (Boca Raton, Fla.) will face No. 8 Ivan Thamma (San Diego, Calif.) and Bryce Pereira (San Gabriel, Calif.) in the championship tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.

Singles Update
2015-08-06 Four players, two in the 16s and two in the 18s, inked spots in the semifinals on day seven at the USTA Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championships in Kalamazoo on Wednesday. Top-seeded Frances Tiafoe (College Park, Md.) continued his dominance in the 18s singles tournament with a straight-set victory over No. 6 seed and reigning Wimbledon Juniors champion Reilly Opelka (Palm Coast, Fla.) 6-4, 7-6 (3). No. 4 seed and reigning French Open Juniors champion Tommy Paul (Coconut Creek, Fla.) survived a tough challenge from No. 7 Alex Rybakov (Coral Springs, Fla.), winning the match in three sets by scores of 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-1. The two other quarterfinal matches, No. 3 Stefan Koslov (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) vs. Eduardo Nava (Woodland Hills, Calif.) and No. 2 Taylor Fritz (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) vs. No. 5 Michael Mmoh (Bradenton, Fla.) will begin at 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow. In the 16s singles draw, top-seeded Jeffrey Wolf (Cincinnati, Ohio) dispatched No. 25 Trent Bryde (Suwanee, Ga.) 6-4, 6-2 in the first quarterfinal while No. 3 Patrick Kypson (Greenville, N.C.) defeated No. 15 William Howells (Boca Raton, Fla.) 6-3, 6-2 to set up a meeting with Wolf in the semifinals. No. 4 Alexandre Rotsaert (Boca Raton, Fla.) vs. No. 5 Sean Sculley (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) and No. 8 Kyrylo Tsygura (North Potomac, Md.) vs. No. 16 Jason Lui (Bellevue, Wash.) will vie for semifinal spots beginning at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

On to the Quarterfinals
2015-08-05 Eight players from both the 16s and 18s singles draws booked their ticket to the quarterfinals on day six at the USTA Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championships in Kalamazoo on Wednesday. In the 18s singles draw, No. 1 Frances Tiafoe (College Park, Md.), No 2. Taylor Fritz (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), No. 3 Stefan Kozlov (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), and No. 4 Tommy Paul (Coconut Creek, Calif.) all won their round of 16 matches in straight sets. No. 5 Michael Mmoh (Bradenton, Fla.) and No. 6 Reilly Opelka (Palm Coast, Fla.) both advanced, but needed three sets to do so. Mmoh dropped the first set to reigning 16s champion and No. 20 seed John McNally (Cincinnati, Ohio) 4-6, but won both the second and the third sets by the same score, 6-4, to clinch the match. Opelka, on the other hand, won the first set 6-4, but dropped set two 3-6 to No. 30 Nathan Perrone (Bluffton, S.C.). Opelka, the 2015 Wimbledon juniors champion, won the decisive third set 6-3. No. 7 seed Alex Rybakov (Coral Springs, Fla.) and No. 12 Eduardo Nava (Woodland Hills, Calif.) round out the other quarterfinalists in the 18s singles draw. In the 16s singles draw, seven of the eight quarterfinalists advanced to the final eight with straight set victories. These include No. 1 Jeffrey Wolf (Cincinnati, Ohio), No. 3 Patrick Kypson (Greenville, N.C.), No. 4 Alexandre Rotsaert (Boca Raton, Fla.), No. 5 Sean Sculley (Hilton Head Island, S.C.), No. 8 Kyrylo Tsygura (North Potomac, Md.), No. 15 William Howells (Boca Raton, Fla.), and No. 25 Trent Bryde (Suwanee, Ga.). No. 16 Jason Lui (Bellevue, Wash.) needed three sets to overcome the challenge of Kennan Mayo (Roseville, Calif.) – the unseeded player who knocked out No. 2 Jake Van Emburgh yesterday. In the 18s doubles draw, No. 2 Fritz and Opelka remain the highest seed in the tournament with their 6-3, 6-0 quarterfinal victory over No. 15 Gianni Ross (La Grange, Ill.) and Martin Joyce (Hinsdale, Ill.). The victors will face No. 7 Brandon Holt (Rolling Hills, Calif.) and Riley Smith (Long Beach, Calif.) in the semifinals. The 16s doubles quarterfinals matches will be played tomorrow along with the top half of the bracket in both singles draws. Fourth round feedins for both 16s and 18s will begin in the morning.

Doubles Upsets Rule the Day
2015-08-04 Doubles upsets along with continually clear skies headlined day five at the USTA Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championships in Kalamazoo on Tuesday. The 18s doubles draw saw the No. 1 seed as well as the No. 3 seed fail to make the quarterfinals. Top-seeded Frances Tiafoe (College Park, Md.) and Michael Mmoh (Bradenton, Fla.) dropped their round of 16 match to No. 9 Alex Rybakov (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Eduardo Nava (Woodland Hills, Calif.) 6-1 7-6 (4). No. 3 Tommy Paul (Coconut Creek, Fla.) and Henrik Wiersholm (Kirkland, Wash.) dropped their doubles match to No. 12 seed Oliver Crawford (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Johnathan Small (Zionsville, Ind.) in three sets – 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (8). The 16s doubles draw was also shaken up as No. 1 J.J. Wolf (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Jake Van Emburgh (Verona, Wis.) dropped a three-set match to No. 14 Jackson Allen (Shakopee, Minn.) and Carson Haskins (Ballwin, Mo.) 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (4). No. 2 seed Patrick Kypson (Greenville, N.C.) and Trent Bryde (Suwanee, Ga.) also fell in the round of 16 to unseeded Alexander Brown (Urbandale, Iowa) and Brady Draheim (Omaha, Neb.) 6-1, 6-4. The No. 6 ranked doubles team in the 16s, Austen Huang (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Jason Lui (Bellevue, Wash.), also lost in the round of 16 to Cody Lin (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Andrew Ton (Milpitas, Calif.) 7-6 (5), 5-7, 1-0 (7). In 16s singles, No. 2 Van Emburgh, who had won his last two matches in three sets, failed to come back for the third straight day. Van Emburgh fell to unseeded Kennan Mayo (Roseville, Calif.) 7-5, 6-3. Unseeded Shaun Hill (Berkeley, Calif.) eliminated No. 12 Alexander Brown (Urbandale, Ill.) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. In 18s singles, No. 4 Tommy Paul staved off elimination. Paul dropped the first set 7-6 (6) to No. 9 Gianni Ross, but battled back to win set two 7-6 (2). After the 10 minute break, Paul continued his charge winning the decisive third set at love. No. 30 Nathan Perrone (Bluffton, S.C.) knocked off No. 14 William Genesen (Tulsa, Okla.) 7-6 (5), 6-3. Along with Paul, the other top seven seed advanced to the round of 16. Tomorrow’s matches are highlighted by the round of 16 for both 18s and 16s singles. The 18s doubles quarterfinals also play later in the afternoon.

Top Singles Seeds Advance
2015-08-03 Top seeds in both the 16s and 18s singles main draws survived elimination at the USTA Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championships in Kalamazoo on Monday. In the 18s draw, No. 5 seed Michael Mmoh (Bradenton, Fla.) looked to cruise to a straight set victory after winning the first set 6-3, but unseeded Nicholas Borchenko (Studio City, Calif.) had other ideas. Borchenko won the second set 6-4. Mmoh, a semifinalist from a year ago, gathered himself to earn a spot in the fourth round with a 6-1 victory in set three. Mmoh faces No. 23 seed Emil Reinberg (Atlanta, Ga.) in the fourth round. The highest seed to fall in the 18s draw on day four was No. 17 Nick Stachowiak (Cary, N.C.). Unseeded Ben Vandixhorn (Libertyville, Ill.) won the third round match 6-4, 6-1. In the 16s draw, No. 2 seed Jake Van Emburgh (Verona, Wis.) needed three sets to win his singles match for the second consecutive day. After a second round three-set victory yesterday, Van Emburgh again lost the first set 6-4. Against Ignacio Garcia (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Jake won the next two sets 6-1, 6-4 to advance to the fourth round. No. 14 seed Christian Alshon (Boca Raton, Fla.) did not advance to the fourth round as he lost 7-2 (2), 6-1 to unseeded Zummy Bauer (Sewanee, Ga.). Local product Bill Duo (Portage, Mich.) also failed to reach round four of the main draw. Duo and No. 26 seed Trey Hinderbrand (San Antonio, Texas) played perhaps the best match of the day as Hinderbrand won the three-set marathon 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (2). In doubles, the 18s had the day off, but the 16s third round was in full with at the Sorensen Courts. The No. 1, No. 2, and No. 4 seeded doubles teams advanced to round four with straight set victories (No. 3 seed fell in second round). The No. 5-ranked team, Robert Baylon (Buena Park, Calif.) and Bradley Frye (Overland Park, Kan.) lost 6-2, 6-4 to M. McCormick (Berwyn, Pa.) and Kyrylo Tsygura (North Potomac, Md.). On the schedule for tomorrow is – 16s singles fourth round, 18s singles fourth round, 16s doubles fourth round, 18s doubles fourth round, 16s third round qualifying feed ins, 18s third round feed ins.

Sunday's Play
2015-08-02 The 16s singles draw took center stage on the third day of the USTA Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championships in Kalamazoo on Sunday. The top two seeds, Jeffrey Wolf (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Jake Van Emburgh (Verona, Wis.), each won second round matches despite needing three sets to do so. Wolf lost the first set 6-3 to Drew Baird (Holly Springs, N.C.) but battled back to take the second set at love. In the decisive third set, Wolf lost the first two games, but won six of the next eight to win the set 6-4. Just like his doubles partner (Wolf), Van Emburgh also lost the first set of his match against Lucas Biondi (Purchase, N.Y.). After a second set win (6-3), the two went to a third set tiebreak to decide who would face Ignacio Garcia (San Juan, Puerto Rico) in the third round. Van Emburgh did not lose a point in the tiebreak, defeating Biondi 7-0. The highest seed to lose in the 16s second round singles was Andrew Fenty (Washington D.C.) who lost to William Grattan-Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. Local product Bill Duo (Portage, Mich.) won his match over Samuel Feit (Los Angeles, Calif.) 6-3, 6-3. Fellow area native T.J. Oosterbaan (Kalamazoo, Mich.) did not enjoy the same fate, falling to Paul Hendrix (Murrells Inlet, S.C) 6-4, 6-4. In 16s doubles, seven of the top eight seeds advanced to the third round. The ninth seed, however, did not survive into the fourth day at the nationals. Maxwell Freeman (Ashland, Mass.) and Ryan Fu (Andover, Mass.) fell to unseeded Nevin Arimilli (Austin, Texas) and Alex Westbrooks (McKinney, Texas) 6-4, 6-4. The 18s doubles tournament third round also played in day three. Top-seeded Frances Tiafoe (College Park, Md.) and Michael Mmoh (Bradenton, Fla.) defeated Sam Ruchetta (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) and Brenden Volk (Dix Hills, N.Y.) 6-4, 6-3. The other seven top seeds advanced as well. Play for day four consists of 16s singles third round, 16s feed in second round, 16s doubles third round, 18s singles third round, and 18s feed ins third round. 

Day 2 Wrap-Up
2015-08-01 Day two at the USTA Boys’ 18 & 16 National Championships featured the first round of both 16s singles and doubles as well as the second round of the 18s singles draw. In the 18s singles tournament, the top seven seeds advanced in straight sets. No. 7 Alex Rybakov got off to a sluggish start, however, falling behind 5-2 to Aron Pierce (Pasadena, Texas) on center court. Rybakov, who lost in the third round as the No. 10 seed a year ago, responded with three straight games to tie the set at 5-5. Rybakov went on to win the first set in a tiebreak (7-4) and closed out set two 6-1. No. 8 seed William Blumberg (Greenwich, Conn.) faced off against unseeded Henrik Wiersholm (Kirland, Wash.) in the second round. Blumberg, who defaulted from the doubles draw due to illness, won the first set in convincing fashion, 6-1, but dropped the next two sets 6-3, 6-4. Wiersholm, who won his second consecutive three-set match in as many days, faces Tyler Schick (Short Hills, N.J.) in the third round. The 18s main draw resumes in Monday afternoon. In the 16s singles tournament, none of the top 32 seeds played as all of them received first round byes. Bill Duo (Portage, Mich.) and TJ Oosterbaan (Kalamazoo, Mich.) also received byes despite being unranked. The 16s doubles tournament went the same way, all seeded teams received byes. The schedule for tomorrow (Sunday, Aug. 2) is as follows: Stowe Stadium 16s singles second round main draw – 8 a.m. 18s singles second round feed in – 12:30 p.m. 16s doubles second round main draw – 2:30 p.m. WMU Sorensen Courts 16s singles second round main draw – 8 a.m. 18s singles second round feed in – 10 a.m. 16s doubles second round – 3:00 p.m. 18s doubles third round – 4:30 p.m. *Times are approximate*

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