KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Both 18 and 16 doubles champions were crowned and the finals for both singles championships were set on day nine of the 2016 USTA Boys’ 18 and 16 National Championship hosted by Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University.
No. 4 John McNally (Cincinnati, Ohio)/JJ Wolf (Cincinnati, Ohio) claimed the 18 doubles championship with a 6-3, 6-2 win over unseeded Sean Scully (Hilton Head Island, S.C.)/Sean Stachowiak (Cary, N.C.). McNally and Wolf earn the tournament’s wildcard into the main draw of the U.S. Open later this summer.
No. 2 Andrew Ton (Milpitas, Calif.)/Maximilian Wild (Murrieta, Calif) won the 16 doubles title 7-6(5), 6-3 over No. 11 Jared Pratt (Daniel Island, S.C.)/Robert Maciag (Sterling, Va.). Ton and Wild trailed 4-2 in the first set tiebreak, but won six of the next seven points to win the pivotal first set.
In 18 singles, top seed Michael Mmoh (Bradenton, Fla.) will face No. 7 Vasil Kirkov (Tampa, Fla.) in the championship scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Mmoh def. No. 8 Trent Bryde (Suwanee, Ga.) 6-2, 6-1 while Kirkov dispatched No. 6 Zeke Clark (Tusla, Okla.) 6-4, 6-0 in the other semifinal. The winner wins the tournament’s wildcard into the main draw of the U.S. Open.
In 16 singles, top seed Lukas Greif (Evansville, Ind.) handled unseeded Michael Tsolakyan (Glendale, Calif.) 6-1, 6-3 to earn his spot in the championship. Greif, who has not dropped a set in singles, will face No. 10 Jensen Brooksby (Carmichael, Calif.) who edged No. 15 Maciag 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in the other semifinal. The 16 singles championship is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.
The semifinals and finals of both 18 and 16 feed ins will take place on the back courts of Stowe Stadium tomorrow (Sunday) with the third place matches being played at 10 a.m.
Source: Mitch Blankespoor