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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Fifteen US Juniors Receive Direct Entry into French Open Junior Championships; Auburn's Shore Retires; Pac-12, Big Ten Women's Awards Announced; Chirico Reaches Madrid Semifinals; Pro Circuit Update

The acceptances for the French Open Junior Championships have been released, with six US boys and eight US girls receiving direct entry into the year's second slam, which begins May 29th in Paris.

As is always the case with the French, the cutoff is extremely high; this year a boy had to be 47 in the ITF junior rankings to get in, with only two of Top 45, Michael Mmoh and Sweden's Mikael Ymer not competing, as of now.  There is one player, Daniel Altmaier of Germany, who received entry based on his ATP ranking of 723. A boy ranked of 750 or higher receives direct entry into the main draw.

The US boys receiving entry are Ulises Blanch, John McNally, JJ Wolf, William Blumberg, Nathan Ponwith and Sam Riffice.  Vasil Kirkov is the next player into the main draw, with Brandon Holt and Oliver Crawford in the qualifying draw. Easter Bowl champion Gianni Ross is currently an alternate, but just one out of qualifying.

The US girls receiving entry are Amanda Anisimova, Kayla Day, Usue Arconada, Sonya Kenin, Alexandra Sanford, Maria Mateas, Michaela Gordon, Morgan Coppoc and Caty McNally. Kenin will be playing her first junior tournament of the year in Paris, not counting the Junior Masters last month in China.  Mateas is currently competing in a $10,000 tournament in Croatia, where she qualified and has reached the quarterfinals.

The girls cutoff is 51, with several of the top ITF junior girls passing on the French this year, including Australian Open champion Vera Lapko of Belarus, currently No. 1, and 2015 US Open champion Dalma Galfi of Hungary, currently No. 2.  Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia, the 2015 Australian Open girls champion and 2016 finalist, is not entered, nor are Junior Masters Champion Anna Blinkova of Russia and Fanni Stollar of Hungary.  Tessah Andrianjafitrimo of France,  ranked 291 in the WTA, received entry based on that ranking, which must be inside 400 for main draw entry.

US girls in qualifying are Taylor Johnson, Kylie McKenzie, Ellie Douglas, Natasha Subhash and Claire Liu.

Auburn's coach Eric Shore has retired after 26 years heading the men's program. Auburn made the NCAA tournament 20 of the 26 years he was the coach, although they did not this year.  For more on Shore's career with the Tigers, see this announcement.  Three Power 5 schools--Arizona, Arizona State and Auburn--are now looking for head coaches for their men's programs.

The Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences announced their women's year-end awards this week.

Pac-12:
Player of the Year: Maegan Manasse, Cal
Freshman/Newcomer of the Year: Olivia Hauger, Cal
Doubles Team of the Year: Manasse and Denise Starr, Cal
Coach of the Year: Shelia McInerney, Arizona State

The all-conference selections are here.

Big Ten:

Player of the Year: Francesca Di Lorenzo, Ohio State
Freshman of the Year: Francesca Di Lorenzo, Ohio State
Coach of the Year: Melissa Shaub, Ohio State

Ohio State swept all year-end awards for both men and women this year.  The women's all-conference selections are here.

Yet to be released are the men's awards for the Pac-12 and Big 12 and the women's awards for the Big 12.

The final rankings for Division I team, singles and doubles were released today, and these are the last rankings until after the NCAAs have been completed. I discussed the changes the committee made to the top 16 seeds' positions in Tuesday's post, and with two exceptions, the seedings in singles and doubles that I posted yesterday follow the rankings released today.

The two exceptions are Jared Hiltzik of Illinois, who is ranked 16th, but not seeded in favor of Georgia's Austin Smith. I don't see any head-to-head that would explain that change.  And in men's doubles, Oklahoma State's Julian Cash and Arjun Kadhe are ranked tenth, but were seeded, ahead of No. 8 Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow of Texas A&M and No. 9 Filip Bergevi and Florian Lakat of Cal. Again, no justification for that change that I can find.

In pro news, Louisa Chirico has advanced to the semifinals of the WTA Premier tournament in Madrid, after defeating Daria Gavrilova of Australia 7-6(1), 6-2.  Chirico, who wasn't even sure she would get into to qualifying, will break into the WTA Top 100 for the first time on Monday, regardless of the result of her match against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.  For more on Chirico's breakthrough, see the WTA website.

At the $75,000 women's tournament in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida two rounds were played today as the result of a complete washout on Wednesday. Seven of the eight quarterfinalists are Americans, with four of them still in the hunt for the French Open wild card. Taylor Townsend leads that competition and she plays the only non-American remaining, Alexandra Panova of Russia, the No. 4 seed.  Grace Min and Anna Tatishvili will meet in another quarterfinal, with the loser eliminated from the wild card race. Jennifer Brady can also overtake Townsend if she wins the tournament; she plays top seed Shelby Rogers in Friday's quarterfinals.

Rain also washed out play on Wednesday at the $10,000 men's Futures in Tampa, with two rounds played today. The only American left in the draw is No. 2 seed Sekou Bangoura, Jr. Recent USC graduate Roberto Quiroz of Ecuador defeated top seed Tennys Sandgren 1-6, 6-1, 6-2. Sixteen-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia is continuing to find success at the Futures level, reaching the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Nathan Pasha, the former Georgia star.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Arizona State Restores Men's Tennis; NCAA Division I Singles and Doubles Fields Announced, with Ohio State's Torpegaard and UNC's Carter Top Seeds

Rumors that Arizona State would be bringing back men's tennis had been circulating for some months, and when the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced its strategic partnership with the university back in March, it was all but confirmed.  Today, the University made the official announcement at a press conference, with the reinstatement of the program after an eight-year absence.

The fundraising for reestablishment of the program continues, with half of the $10 million dollar target raised.  Ray Anderson, the Arizona State athletic director who arrived in January 2014, personally committed a million dollars, and from the comments in the press release, Adidas has also played a role in funding the return. If you are interested in donating to the fund, a link is available in the release. The video of the press conference is available here.

It will be interesting to see who will be hired for the position of head coach.  It's obviously an excellent job, with the prestige of the Pac-12 conference behind it, but the challenges of starting over shouldn't be minimized. For reasons I've never really understood, Arizona hasn't been fertile ground for junior development, but the proximity to Southern California could help, and international recruiting should be enhanced by the school's reputation.  It's certainly exciting to see a major program return, and although none have the tennis history of Arizona State, it would be great if other Power 5 schools like Colorado, Maryland and Syracuse could follow the Sun Devils' lead.


The other big college news of the day is the release of the singles and doubles selections for the Division I NCAA individual tournaments, scheduled for May 25-30 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The complete list of women's selections is here.  All seeds, listed below, have already earned All-American honors:

1. Hayley Carter, North Carolina
2. Danielle Collins, Virginia
3. Francesca Di Lorenzo, Ohio State
4. Brooke Austin, Florida
5. Ellen Perez, Georgia
6. Maegan Manasse, Cal
7. Luisa Stefani, Pepperdine
8. Sinead Lohan, Miami

9-16 seeds:
Breaunna Addison, Texas
Frances Altick, Vanderbilt
Julia Elbaba, Virginia
Klara Fabikova, Cal
Jasmine Lee, Mississippi State
Stephanie Wagner, Miami
Belinda Woolcock, Florida
Ronit Yurovsky, Michigan

Doubles seeds:
1. Whitney Kay and Hayley Carter, North Carolina
2. Aldila Sutjiadi and Mami Adachi, Kentucky
3. Brooke Austin and Kourtney Keegan, Florida
4. Maegan Manasse and Denise Starr, Cal

5-8 seeds:
Alizee Michaud and Pleun Burgmans, Auburn
Giuliana Olmos and Gabby Smith, Southern Cal
Taylor Davidson and Caroline Doyle, Stanford
Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips, UCLA

The complete list of men's selections is here. The seeds:

1. Mikael Torpegaard, Ohio State
2. Roberto Cid, South Florida
3. Dominik Koepfer, Tulane
4. Aleks Vukic, Illinois
5. Cameron Norrie, TCU
6. Mackenzie McDonald, UCLA
7. Christopher Eubanks, Georgia Tech
8. Ryan Shane, Virginia

9-16 seeds:
Tom Fawcett, Stanford
Diego Hidalgo, Florida
Thai Kwiatkowski, Virginia
Julian Lenz, Baylor
Benjamin Lock, Florida State
Skander Mansouri, Wake Forest
Joao Monteiro, Virginia Tech
Austin Smith, Georgia

Doubles seeds:
1. Gordon Watson and Diego Hidalgo, Florida
2. Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki, UCLA
3. Brett Clark and Robert Kelly, North Carolina
4. Luca Corinteli and Ryan Shane, Virginia

5-8 seeds:
Korey Lovett and Mazen Osama, Alabama
Jordan Daigle and Boris Arias, LSU
Arjun Kadhe and Julian Cash, Oklahoma State
Cameron Klinger and Rhys Johnson, Vanderbilt

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Cal Women, Virginia Men Enter NCAA Division I Championships as Top Seeds; Gibbs on How College Prepared Her for WTA Tour; Dolehide Qualifies in $75K


The Division I fields, seeds and first round matches were revealed today on the NCAA's selection shows, with the Cal women and Virginia men earning the No. 1 seeds for the tournament, which begins Friday May 13th at sites around the country. The team tournament is May 19-24 in Tulsa, with the women starting their first round on the 19th, the men on the 20th.

Cal, which was ranked No. 2, was given the top spot over No. 1 Florida, based on the Bears' 4-3 win over the Gators in Berkeley, but the committee was not consistent in using head-to-head results to make seeding adjustments.  Michigan, seeded No. 10, had beaten Duke, seeded No. 9, in Durham earlier this year, but no adjustment was made to their seedings.  To be fair, these adjustments make very little difference in the overall scheme of things, but with that being said, why tinker with some and not others?  Here are the women's seeds, with all seeded teams hosting the first two rounds of regionals on their home courts.

1. California(Indoor champion)
2. Florida
3. North Carolina
4. Ohio State
5. Georgia
6. Vanderbilt (defending NCAA champion)
7. Miami
8. Pepperdine
9. Duke
10. Michigan
11. Auburn
12. Oklahoma State
13. South Carolina
14. Virginia
15. Stanford
16. Texas Tech
The complete women's draw is here.

I'm sure you'll agree that it's very odd not to see USC and UCLA on this list. And congratulations to the Syracuse women, who will be playing in the NCAA tournament for the first time.

Following Virginia in the men's seedings is another ACC team, Indoor champion North Carolina, which has actually beaten Virginia two out of the three times they've played this year.  The committee made no move based on that, because they had already bumped the Tar Heels over No. 2 ranked UCLA, based, I'm assuming, on North Carolina's 4-2 win over UCLA in the Indoor semifinals.  But again there was no consistency, with Illinois not moving ahead of Northwestern despite a 2-1 record against the Wildcats this year, nor did Texas Tech move ahead of Georgia, despite their win over the Bulldogs.  But USC was moved up over Oklahoma based on head-to-head, so there's just no clue as to when that might be a determining factor.

But again, all this will be settled on the courts of the Michael D. Case Tennis Center later this month, so it's best not to get too bogged down in the minutiae, particularly when there have been so many upsets this year on the men's side.

Here are the men's seeds, all of whom are hosting regionals:
1. Virginia (defending NCAA champion)
2. North Carolina (Indoor champion)
3. UCLA
4. TCU
5. Ohio State
6. Wake Forest
7. Georgia
8. Texas Tech
9. Florida
10. Southern Cal
11. Oklahoma
12. Texas A&M
13. Cal
14. Northwestern
15. Illinois
16. Oklahoma State
Complete men's draw here.

The master lineups are available here (men and women), which are still subject to challenges, due to the committee by Wednesday evening.  The various Championships manuals, with important dates, are available here.

For more on the NCAA Division I team championships, see College Tennis Today.

Nicole Gibbs, the two-time NCAA singles and NCAA doubles and team champion while at Stanford, suggests, in her latest blog for the WTA, that every junior consider college tennis as an option for an eventual career on the pro tour.  Gibbs gives a humorous look at a typical day for her as a student-athlete, then seriously addresses the issues that some consider a reason to skip college.  She also says college is not for everyone. But any top junior weighing their options for the next few years, should definitely read Gibbs' post for a better understanding of the pros and cons, and why she believes it was right for her.

Qualifying was completed at today's $75,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit event in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, with Caroline Dolehide the sole junior to advance to the main draw. Dolehide, who needed a wild card into qualifying, defeated Justyna Jegiolka of Poland 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the main draw, where she'll play Jennifer Brady. Former Ole Miss star Julia Jones and Bernarda Pera were the other Americans to qualify.  Raveena Kingsley, Usue Arconada, Sanaz Marand and Sonya Kenin received wild cards.  Kenin, the only one to play a first round match today, defeated Conny Perrin of Switzerland 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.  Other American teens in the draw are CiCi Bellis, who plays top seed Shelby Rogers tomorrow night, and defending champion Katerina Stewart, who won her first round match today over Susanne Celik of Sweden 6-2, 6-0.  Kingsley drew No. 2 seed Lauren Davis for her first round opponent.  Matches are being streamed at usta.com.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Easter Bowl Videos; Chirico Beats Ivanovic in Madrid; Other Junior, College, Pro Circuit Notes

When I wrote last Friday about my uncertainty regarding the Easter Bowl video processing, I didn't envision the three straight days of horrible spring weather here in Michigan that would give me ample time to complete the task.  Below are both finals of the ITF and 16s divisions, which I was able to film from above the courts. With so much else going on during the 12s and 14s finals on Wednesday, I had to do short individual videos for those eight players, which can be accessed by clicking on the names below.

Max Fardanesh, 12s champion
Samuel Landau, 12s finalist
Alex Lee, 14s champion
Andrew Dale, 14s finalist
Katrina Scott, 12s champion
Nikki Yanez, 12s finalist
Ava Hrastar, 14s champion
Skyler Grishuk, 14s finalist








Louisa Chirico, who turns 20 later this month, picked up one of the biggest wins of her young pro career today in Madrid, beating No. 14 seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 in the second round.  For Chirico, who has always liked and played well on clay, it was a second Top 20 win. Earlier last month, she had beaten Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, then No. 15, on the Har-Tru courts of Charleston. For more on Chirico, see this WTA Insider Q and A, which came out after she qualified for Madrid with wins over Mariana Duque Marino of Colombia and Irina Falconi.  Next up for Chirico, who has yet to crack the WTA Top 100, is Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, who at No. 4, is the highest seed still remaining in the tournament.

I missed this last month, but the US representative for the Longines Future Aces competition in Paris later this month has been decided, with Nikki Yanez winning the opportunity to compete with 15 of the best 12-and-under players in the world during the French Open. Yanez, whose video appears above, got revenge for her Easter Bowl loss at the hands of Katrina Scott, beating Scott 6-3, 6-2 in the final, which was contested between the two round robin group winners.  She will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Paris with a parent or guardian to compete in the event. I don't know if the international competition is played with no-ad scoring, but this US qualifying did use that format, plus a match tiebreaker in lieu of a third set. Complete results can be found here.

Playsight, which is now an advertiser on Zootennis, has announced they will be providing their product throughout the USTA's new 102-court campus in Lake Nona, Florida. Playsight has been busy adding streaming and SmartCourt technology at college sites this season, while sponsoring a PlaySight College Match of the Week.  For more on their partnership with the USTA at Lake Nona, see this release.

Speaking of new facilities, the University of Virginia is considering a new site for their outdoor tennis center, according to this article.

Another item I missed last month was University of North Carolina senior Ashley Dai discussing her path to coming out as a gay athlete in this article from Outsports.

A few more signings have been announced recently. Alexandar Lazarov of Bulgaria, who went 7-6 in the third with Norway's Casper Ruud at the Orange Bowl and 7-6 in the third with Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime at the Eddie Herr, will be joining Wake Forest this fall.  Spencer Furman, a blue chip currently No. 8 in the class of 2016, has signed with Duke. Illinois has signed five-star recruit Kris Ortega and Arizona has signed Alejandro Reguant of Spain. Australian Chloe Hule has signed with the Colorado women.

Joey Dillon has written about at former Florida State star Jean-Yves Aubone's career in this article for The Tennis Recruiting Network. Aubone, who announced he will be retiring from pro tennis at the end of the year, is candid about all the ups and downs he has experienced in his years on the lower levels of the professional game.

Qualifying is complete at the $10,000 Tampa Futures, and three teenagers who qualified will be attempting to earn their first ATP points Wednesday: Canada's Victor Krustev, Ecuador's Andres Andrade and Georgia recruit Robert Loeb. Florida recruit Stephen Madonia, who earned his first ATP point last year in Tampa, will attempt to stay in the ATP rankings after qualifying, and two wild cards, 18-year-old Adam Ambrozy, a Columbia recruit who is from nearby St. Petersburg, and Taiwan's Ray Ho, a 16-year-old IMG client, will also be looking for their first ATP point.

Tomorrow is the announcement of the seeds and fields for the NCAA Division I Team Championships, with the women going first at 5 p.m., followed by the men at 5:30.  Again this year, the selection shows will be available at NCAA.com.  But for a sneak peek, check out College Tennis Today, which has projections for both the men's and women's selections.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Townsend, Luetjen Sweep USTA Pro Circuit Titles; Ohio State Men and Women Win Big Ten Conference Championships; TCU Men, Oklahoma State Women Earn Big 12 Titles


Taylor Townsend put herself in great position to win the USTA's French Open Wild Card Challenge by defeating Grace Min 7-5, 6-1 today in the final of the $50,000 USTA Women's Pro Circuit event in Charlottesville, Virginia. Townsend, who made the final of last week's $50,000 tournament in Dothan, avenged her loss there to Rebecca Peterson of Sweden in the first round in Charlottesville, and barring a title by any of the eight Americans still mathematically alive in next week's $75,000 Indian Harbour Beach, Florida event, Townsend will earn the reciprocal wild card for the second time. She made the third round of the French Open when she won the wild card in 2014, having claimed the titles in Charlottesville and Indian Harbour Beach.

Townsend and Asia Muhammad also claimed their fifth doubles title of the year, with the No. 2 seeds defeating unseeded Alexandra Panova of Russia and Shelby Rogers 7-6(4), 6-0.

At the $10,000 Futures in Vero Beach, former Ole Miss star Jonas Luetjen of Germany also swept both singles and doubles. In the singles final, Luetjen, who completed his collegiate eligibility in 2013, beat Martins Podzus 7-6(4), 6-3. In the doubles final that followed, Luetjen and Serbian teen Miomir Kecmanovic, an unlikely pairing, defeated top seeds Deiton Baughman and Anderson Reed 6-1, 5-7, 10-8.

The last two of the Power Five conferences completed their conference tournaments today with both Ohio State teams winning the Big Ten titles, and the TCU men and Oklahoma State women taking the Big 12 titles.

Although three of the four matches were close, there was nothing like last week's Virginia - Wake Forest finish for the men's ACC title.

Indoors at Michigan State due to the cold and rainy weather, the Ohio State women, who had won the regular season conference title, beat Michigan 4-2 to win their first conference tournament title.  In Minnesota, the Ohio State men met Illinois for the ninth time in the last 11 years in the tournament final and it was the Buckeyes who came out with the title, by a 4-1 score.

At the Big 12 tournament in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the home team took its first tournament title since 2003 with the top-seeded Oklahoma State women blanking Texas Tech 4-0. Oklahoma State, who, like Ohio State, had gone undefeated in their conference's regular season, won the doubles point and got three straight-set wins at 1, 2, and 3 in singles to claim the title.

In the men's final, TCU defeated Texas Tech 4-2, avenging the 4-2 loss to the Red Raiders last weekend that left the two teams co-champions of the regular season. TCU again lost the doubles point but came back to take four points in singles points, with Jerry Lopez clinching at line 4.

Not all of the conference championships are complete, but they will be by tonight.  Scroll to the bottom of the College Tennis Today tournament page to see who has earned automatic NCAA bids from the other conferences.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

USA Junior Teams Advance to ITF World Competition; Bolton, Tsygura Win Grade 4 Titles in Florida; Pro Circuit Update; Big 12, Big Ten Finals Set

Three of the four teams from the United States went undefeated in the North American qualifying for the ITF's junior team competitions, with both 14-and-under teams and the Junior Fed Cup team winning their matches 3-0 today.  The 16-and-under Junior Davis Cup team fell to Canada 2-1, but will still advance to the world finals in Budapest in September.


Canada is the defending Junior Davis Cup champion, so the US boys team of Keenan Mayo, Trey Hilderbrand and Sebastian Korda were the underdogs coming into today's tie. Although Denis Shapovalov is no longer age eligible, Felix Auger-Aliassime is, and his ITF junior ranking, 11, is much higher than any other participant in this year's Boca Raton qualifying. In today's tie, however, Korda got the better of him, posting a 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 win at No. 1 (Hilderbrand had lost to Nicaise Muamba 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2) to send the match to the doubles to decide it.  Muamba and Chih Chi Huang won the doubles over Korda and Mayo 3-6, 6-3, 10-3 to give the Canadian team first place.  This is the first year that the competition's doubles have been played with the no-ad, match tiebreaker format that has been in place for some time on the ITF Junior Circuit.

In the boys 14-and-under competition, Nicholas Garcia and Stefan Leustian won their singles to clinch the win against Canada, who did not qualify for the finals, with Mexico finishing second this year.  In the girls 14-and-under competition, Naomi Cheong and Whitney Osuigwe earned the two singles wins against Puerto Rico. In the Junior Fed Cup, the US team, a heavy favorite this week, had no difficulty with Canada, with Caty McNally and Amanda Anisimova getting singles wins.

Complete results can be found at the ITF tournament page.

Just down I-95 in Coral Gables, the ITF Grade 4 Copa Badia was completed today, with No. 2 seeds taking the titles with wins over the No. 1 seeds.  Elysia Bolton defeated Hurricane Tyra Black 6-4, 6-3, her second win over Black this month, having previously beaten her in the second round at the Carson Grade 1.  It is the 16-year-old's first ITF singles title.

Tsygura, who will turn 17 tomorrow, also claimed his first ITF singles title, beating Alexander Rotsaert 6-2, 6-0.  Rotsaert had beaten Tsygura in the semifinals of the Kalamazoo 16s last summer.

Mac Kiger and Aleksandar Kovacevic won the boys doubles, beating Steven Sun and Michael Heller 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 in a battle between unseeded teams.  The girls doubles champions also were unseeded with  16s Easter Bowl champions Chloe Beck and Emma Navarro beating Bolton (the ITF Easter Bowl doubles champion) and Emma Decoste, the No. 3 seeds, 6-4, 6-2.

Two Americans will play for the championship of the $50,000 Charlottesville event Sunday, with wild card Taylor Townsend and unseeded Grace Min facing off.  Townsend defeated unseeded Elitsa Kostova of Bulgaria 6-2, 6-1, while Min dominated No. 2 seed Anna Tatishvili 6-4, 6-0.  Townsend is the leader in the USTA French Open Wild Card Challenge, and will be very difficult to catch if she wins the title Sunday.  She also is again in the doubles final, with Asia Muhammad, with the pair going for their fifth title on the USTA Pro Circuit since late February. The No. 2 seeds will play unseeded Shelby Rogers and Alexandra Panova of Russia.

The news was not as good for the US boys competing today, with Frances Tiafoe suffering his fourth straight loss to Quentin Halys of France in the final of the Tallahassee Challenger and Vasil Kirkov falling in the semifinals of the $10,000 Vero Beach Futures.

Tiafoe, who is now 0-3 in Challenger finals, didn't hold in his last five service games, falling 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-2 to the 19-year-old, who collected his first Challenger title.  In the doubles, Julio Peralta of Chile and Dennis Novikov defended their title, beating Peter Luczak and Marc Polmans of Australia 3-6, 6-4, 12-10.

In Vero Beach, lucky loser Kirkov fell to unseeded Martins Podzus of Latvia 6-2, 6-3.  The other 17-year-old in the draw, No. 3 seed Denis Shapovalov of Canada, also lost, going out to former Ole Miss star Jonas Luetjen of Germany 6-0, 4-6, 6-3. Luetjen will also play for the doubles title Sunday, with 16-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia. They will play top seeds Deiton Baughman and Anderson Reed.

The finals are set for the Big 12 and Big Ten Conference Championships on Sunday.

In the Big 12, Texas Tech can take both the men's and women's titles, with the third-seeded women meeting top seed Oklahoma State and the No. 1-seeded men taking on No. 2 seed TCU. Both tournaments are being held in Stillwater.  The women's final will be broadcast on Fox Sports 2 at 1 p.m. Central.

In the Big Ten, Ohio State can take both the men's and women's titles, with the top-seeded women facing No. 3 seed Michigan in East Lansing, and the No. 1-seeded men taking on No. 3 seed Illinois in Minneapolis.