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Day 3 - USTA Boys’ & Girls’ 12 Spring National Championships

April 9, 2008 10:24 AM

Day 3—Early-week showers give rise to tidal floods as seeds get washed away at the Beach

By Marlena Hall

Delray Beach, Fla., April 8, 2008 — Thomas’ Fawcett is running through the Nationals draw and the trickle has become a tidal wave! As a non-seeded player in the Sea Island presents USTA Boys’ & Girls’ 12 Spring National Championships hosted by the City of Delray Beach (April 6-12, 2008), Thomas Fawcett has already submerged two seeds in just 3 days of the tournament’s existence. On Sunday, April 6th (Day 1), Fawcett pooled 17th seeded Jake De Vries (Irvine, CA), winning the first set 6-0 and racing out to a 3-2 lead in the second before De Vries retired due to injury. Yesterday, Fawcett mulled over the prospect of losing to Conor Mullins (Lloyd Harbor, NY) before triumphing 6-4, 6-1. Today, Fawcett read through the 3rd ranked seed in the 128 player draw—Sunay “Alpha” Bhat (Knoxville, TN), and Bhat’s fall from Graceland came to a halt as Fawcett fostered a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 come-from-behind character-building victory. Entering into the Quarterfinals in the Spring Nationals, Fawcett plans to let the wins keep pouring in. And it is for his fluid play and ability to monsoon through matches regardless of his opponent’s seed, we’d like to award him, Mr. Thomas “G. I.” Fawcett as our Day 2 Boys “Player of the Day.”
 
From the boys’ main site at the Boca Swim & Racquet to the girls’ main site at the Delray Swim & Tennis Club, the mental toughness that permeated the courts was overwhelming to even the residents in the area who came to watch great tennis. From the vantage point of a Division 1 tennis player, the mental discipline from Brittanie Eraso (Fullerton, CA) against 17th seeded Alexa Brandt (Broomfield, CO) was most impressive. Eraso expunged the first set before Brandt began grunting a little louder and moving the ball around even more, branding the second set 6-2. There was a point in the second set when Eraso and Brandt had an intense 48 ball rally on the deuce court. Brandt finally found an opportunity to step in and pound a winner with her backhand. I was more curious as to how both players would respond the next point. To my delight, Eraso did not let the previous marathon point defeat her spirits and her willingness to keep up her consistency. Eraso ended up winning the game, but failed to capture the set. Coming into the 3rd set, Eraso was determined to keep her 48-ball focus steady throughout the entire final set. “I just wanted to be a little more aggressive, not give away any free points, and move the ball around more,” said Eraso. Whether it was her Ana Ivanovic-like forehand, 5 minute jump rope preparation, pre-match iPod listening (Timbaland’s “The Way I Are”), or strong electrolyte level in her Powerade, Eraso brilliantly erased the outlook of games won for her opponent in the third set, with a final score of 6-3, 2-6, 6-0. For your impressive mental discipline today and sportsmanlike conduct, we’d like to announce Brittanie Eraso as our Day 3 Girls “Player of the Day”!

Don't miss this rare, exciting and FREE opportunity to see tomorrow's stars that will carry the tennis torch when passed on from Andy, James, Serena and Venus, all players who have taken the USTA National road to their success. Girls' matches start at 8:45 AM at the Delray Swim & Tennis Club (2350 Jaeger Dr., Delray Beach) while the boys' matches start at 9:15 AM at the Swim & Racquet Center (21626 St. Andrews, Boca Raton) and 11:45 AM Boca West Country Club (20583 Boca West Dr., Boca Raton).

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Florida Player News:

In the Girls' 12 division, Angel Deng (Safety Harbor, FL) and Alexandra Kiick (10) (Plantation, FL) have advanced to the round of 16, while Baker Newman (1) (Miami, FL), Grayson Goldin (3) (Bradenton, FL), Juan Padilla (15) (Key Biscayne, FL), Elio Livi (12) (Miramar, FL) and and David Crisovan (11) (Hallandale Beach, FL) have advanced to the round of 16 in the Boys' 12 division.  Go Florida players!

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