Neilly Eludes Upset, but Guzick and Kryvonos are Ousted
Timothy Neilly woke up flat, not feeling 100% physically with back and hamstring twinges, and he nearly paid the price in his third round singles match.
But the internationally experienced Neilly, 10th in the ITF world junior rankings, wriggled out of the very tight spot Brad Mixson had created for him and eventually prevailed, 3-6, 7-5, 4-1 retired.
Down 3-6, 4-5, Neilly took a medical break, a strategy that he acknowledged was not entirely physical.
?I?ve been playing tournaments for a long time,? said the seventeen-year-old Florida resident. ?I had some problems with my hips, but it gave him a chance to think about it, and gave me a chance to gather my energy.?
Serving for the match, Mixson lost the game at love and won only one more game in the match. He began cramping, and at the 4-1 break, did not return to the court.
?I stayed calm,? said Neilly. ?I think a tough match is always good early in the tournament.?
Will Guzick, the seventh seed in 16 singles, had a very difficult second round match on Sunday, and he might argue with Neilly?s statement.
Unable to measure his normally reliable ground strokes, Guzick had no answer for unseeded Joey Burkhardt, who sailed to a 6-1, 6-2 victory Monday morning.
Just 15, Burkhardt has been playing national level junior events for only a couple of years, but a round of 16 showing at the Clay Courts and this big upset in Kalamazoo, and suddenly his results are getting attention.
?I felt like I played well?didn?t miss much,? said the native of St. Augustine Florida. ?I was just trying to work the point and stay in control.?
Several of the top seeds in the 18s struggled and the number seven seed Mykyta Kryvonos was unable to finish off Jason Jung, losing to the Californian 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. As at the recent Clay Courts, Kryvonos was visibly ill during the match, and even a lengthy rain delay did not prove beneficial.
Conor Pollock, seeded 22nd, was eliminated by Jay Weinacker 6-4, 6-4. Attila Bucko, the 27th seed and Clay Court finalist, lost to Christopher Racz 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. A late afternoon rain shower interrupted 18 main draw singles matches in the 18s division. Donald Young (1) and Sam Querrey (2) advanced in straight sets.
In the 16s, Guzick was the highest seed to tumble, but Steven Johnson (23), Kayvon Karimi (27) and Rhyne Williams (30) also were sent to the backdraw on Monday.
Source: Colette Lewis (Tournament Office)