16s John McNally Advances
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.
Source: USTA Nationals Staff