Most 16s Singles Seeds Unfazed by Rain
After more than seven hours of rain delays, the second round of Boys 16s singles were completed Sunday evening, and as was the case Saturday in the 18s, the top eight seeds had no trouble reaching the third round.
Top seed Tennys Sandgren, No. 3 Evan King and No. 4 Bo Seal all took care of business on the front three courts at Stowe Stadium, winning in straight sets.
But No. 9 seed Dennis Kudla, who followed Sandgren on Court 2, needed two and a half hours to take out unseeded Mark Schanerman of Florida 3-6, 7-5, 7-5. Schanerman hit his forehand with authority throughout the match, but began to feel the pressure of the situation late in the third, when errors and double faults crept into his game. Serving at 5-6, 15-30 Schanerman experienced either a cramp or a muscle pull and, unable to serve without wincing, eventually collapsed on the court after dropping the next two points.
As dramatic as that match was, it was overshadowed by the Court 1 contest between Texan Blake Davis and Californian Zachary Leslie, both unseeded. The match had everything--chair umpire overrules, time violations, lengthy injury timeouts, a bathroom break, sidearm serving and, at the end of the match, a two-court racquet toss by Leslie, who lost the match 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2, to a cramping Davis.
Davis, who took a medical timeout, and was twice treated for cramping on subsequent changeovers, took a bathroom break up 3-2 in the third, and that seemed to send Leslie over the edge. While Davis was serving sidearm and moonballing, Leslie started to do the same, although he didn\'t appear to be injured and never asked for a trainer. The tennis produced in the last three games wouldn\'t have won a match in the 12s, but the pressure of Kalamazoo has a long history of producing the kind of tension evident throughout this match--and the surprising conclusion.
Blake Bazarnik of Kildeer, IL crafted a surprising conclusion of his own, defeating No. 11 seed Davis Holiner of Dallas, TX 5-7, 6-0, 6-3.
Several 17-32 seeds fell in the 16s on Sunday, and local player Greg Andrews of Richland, Michigan pulled off one of the upsets, defeating No. 21 seed Sky Lovill 6-2, 6-3. No. 17 seed Chris Camillone, No. 20 seed Jordan Cox, No. 22 seed Ian Chadwell and No. 29 seed Wyatt McCoy also failed to advance.
Source: Colette Lewis (Tournament Office)