The Nats to Date
KALAMAZOO, Michigan – All seeded 18 singles players who started the tournament remain in the main draw after three days of the 2019 USTA Boys’ 18 and 16 National Championships.
Aside from No. 17-seeded Wesley Barnett who had to withdraw shortly before the tournament began, all seeds are through to the third round. Doubles wasn’t near as easy going for the top seeds in the second round as No. 1 Martin Damm (Bradenton, Florida) and Toby Kodat (Bradenton, Florida) came from a break down to defeat Calloway Clark (Dallas, Texas) Andrew Keene (Corpus Christi, Texas) 6-3, 7-6 (5) to advance to the third round.
No. 2 Eliot Spizzirri (Greenwich, Connecticut) and Tyler Zink (Bradenton, Florida) got to the third round by surrendering just four games, but No. 3 Brandon Nakashima (San Diego, California) and Govind Nanda (Cerritos, California) overcame a first-set loss to fend off Samuel Rubell (Miami Beach, Florida) and Andrew Zhang (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan) 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (4). No. 4 Braeden Ho (Frisco, Texas) and Logan Zapp (Fleming Island, Florida) advanced via a 6-4, 6-2 victory while No. 5 Jordan Chrysostom (Bowie, Maryland) and Trey Stinchcomb (Olney, Maryland) survived a 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10) upset bid from unseeded William Fullett (Cumming, Georgia) and Jerry Wang (Fayetteville, North Carolina). The other top eight seeds advanced in straight sets.
The third round of 18 doubles, played Sunday, provided some fireworks as Damm and Kodat fought off three match points to defeat Michael Andre (Las Vegas, Nevada) and Blake Kasday (Las Vegas, Nevada) 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (11) to advance to the fourth round. The No. 4 and No. 5 seeds, Braedon Ho (Frisco, Texas) & Logan Zapp (Fleming Island, Florida) and Jordan Chrysostom (Bowie, Maryland) and Trey Stinchcomb (Olney, Maryland) were not as fortunate as both were upset in the third round. Ho & Zapp fell victim to No. 19 Huntley Allen (Daniel Island, South Carolina) and Coy Simon (Charleston, South Carolina) 6-4, 6-4 while Chrystostom and Stinchcomb lost to No. 24 Daniel Milavsky (Needham, Massachusetts) and Joshua Raab (Woodstock, Georgia) 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (7).
In 16 singles, all but one of the top 16 seeds advanced. Unseeded Connor Krug (Lakewood Ranch, Florida) played spoiler as he dispatched No. 12 Gabrielius Guzauskas (Hinsdale, Illinois) 6-2, 6-3 to reach the third round. No. 14 Nathan Mayo (Torrance, California) needed a third set to defeat unseeded Marcus Sebastian (Woodland Hills, California) by a score of 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
Day four of the nationals includes the third round of singles in both divisions as well as the 16 doubles second round.
Source: Mitch Blankespoor