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USTA FL Friday Blog: Americans at Wimbledon, TV, More

June 21, 2013 08:42 AM

American Hampton Romping on Eastbourne Grass

Jamie_HamptonAmerican Jamie Hampton is a causing a "row" in Britain this week on grass at the Aegon International in Eastbourne. The 23 year old, who needed to qualify into the main draw, this morning faces No. 5 seed and former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals.
This week Hampton upset No. 1 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, Su-Wei Hsieh, and in the quarters Lucie Safarova from a set down to reach the semis.
Hampton beat Safarova 9-7 in the third a few weeks ago at the French Open, but the conditions were very different this time on a misty day in Eastbourne.
"We were basically playing in a cloud," Hampton said. "There was so much moisture in the air and the court was slick, so I was having a hard time with my footing and my movements. That was definitely bothering me a little bit. I thought it was really slippery. I was a little worked up today, actually, I showed a little more emotion than I would have liked to. But the conditions were tough out there today."
Hampton leads Wozniacki, the former Wimbledon junior champion, 1-0 in their head-to-head meetings -- if you count pre-tour meetings.
"We played in juniors," said Hampton, who defeated the Dane at the 2005 US Open juniors. "But I don't know how I'm going to approach it this time yet."
The other semifinal features two unseeded players in Russian Elena Vesnina and Belgian Yanina Wickmayer.
** UPDATE ** -- Hampton defeated Wozniacki in three sets Friday morning!

Americans Qualify Into Wimbledon Main Draw

Tampa's Alex Kuznetsov
Two Floridians and a total of four American men punched through to the Wimbledon main draw from the qualifying late this week, while the U.S. women suffered an 0-3 record in the final round of qualifying.
Into the main draw from the men's qualifying were 27-year-old Wayne Odesnik (Weston, Fla.), 26-year-old Alex Kuznetsov (Tampa), 30-year-old Bobby Reynolds (Georgia), and 20-year-old Denis Kudla (Virginia).
Kuznetsov has seen a career resurgence since winning the USTA Pro Circuit challenge for the USTA's French Open main draw wildcard in May. Kudla qualifies to his second straight Slam after making it through the qualies at Roland Garros.
The U.S. was stopped at the goal line in the women's qualifying final round as Florida-raised Irina Falconi lost to Croatia's Ajla Tomljanovic, Grace Min lost to Czech Petra Cetkovska, and Vania King was felled by Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, all in straight sets.

American Players and Wimbledon Draws

The Wimbledon draw was released this morning, and U.S. women received some very unlucky match-ups. Of the nine unseeded U.S. women, six face either seeds or fellow Americans. Here are the match-ups for the American men and women:
Men (10)
(18) John Isner vs. Evgeny Donskoy, RUS
(21) Sam Querrey vs. Bernard Tomic, AUS
(Q) Wayne Odesnik vs. (Q) Jimmy Wang, TPE
(Q) Alex Kuznetsov vs. Igor Sijsling, NED
(Q) Denis Kudla vs. James Duckworth, AUS
(WC) Bobby Reynolds vs. (WC) Steve Johnson
James Blake vs. Thiemo de Bakker, NED
Ryan Harrison vs. (28) Jeremy Chardy, FRA
Michael Russell vs. Grega Zemlja, SLO
Rajeev Ram vs. Lukas Lacko, SVK
Women (12)
(1) Serena Williams vs. Mandy Minella, LUX
(17) Sloane Stephens vs. Jamie Hampton
(26) Varvara Lepchenko vs. Eva Birnerova, CZE
(WC) Alison Riske vs. (31) Romina Oprandi, SUI
Mallory Burdette vs. Urszula Radwanska, POL
Bethanie Mattek-Sands vs. (7) Angelique Kerber, GER
Madison Keys vs. Heather Watson, GBR
Christina McHale vs. Alexa Glatch
Lauren Davis vs. (27) Lucie Safarova, CZE
Melanie Oudin vs. (Q) Michelle Larcher de Brito, POR
Coco Vandeweghe vs. (8) Petra Kvitova
(LL) Vania King vs. (29) Alize Cornet
* Venus Williams (back injury) withdrew from the tournament

Froehling Beating Cancer, Opponents at Age 71

FroehlingFormer Top 10er and U.S. Davis Cup player Frank Froehling of Stuart, Fla., is still taking to the courts in competitive tournaments at age 71.
USTA Florida Competitive Tennis Coordinator Andy Gladstone (pictured on right with Froehling) caught up with the former World No. 6 player this month when he competed in the Men's Open Doubles with son Sean at the Florida Tennis Center Summer Classic tournament at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.
"Frank is such a great story," Gladstone said. "Besides his ridiculous playing resume, he is a recent leukemia survivor with a stem cell [treatment]. I saw him about a year ago and he was dying, but he is a miracle!"
Froehling twice represented the U.S. in Davis Cup play, in 1971 defeating Ion Tiriac 8-6 in the fifth set in the opening-day singles, then losing to Ilie Nastase in four sets in the decider as the U.S. fell to Romania 3-2 in World Group play.
At the Florida Tennis Center Summer Classic, the Froehlings lost to the top seeds in two tight sets in the semifinals.


Tennis Channel is still hurting from the failed-logic court decision that ruled Comcast cable was in the right to put the Comcast-owned Golf Channel and NBC Sports Network in their basic cable package, but could make viewers pay a higher-tiered package for Tennis Channel. Variety weighed in on the matter with, "As NBC and other networks struggle to find hit comedies, who knew the funniest guy in showbiz was working for Comcast's PR department? Asked about the litigation involving the Tennis Channel, which has maintained that Comcast exhibited favoritism toward sports networks it owns, Golf Channel and NBC Sports Network, at Tennis' expense, the spokesman responded, 'Comcast's decision to carry Tennis Channel was the product of legitimate business considerations, not affiliation.' See what they did there? Ha ha, ha ha ha. But wait, it gets better..."
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Don't call it a comeback, Jesse Witten? Naples' Witten, who made a 2009 underdog run at the US Open where he qualified to the main draw before upsetting No. 29 seed Igor Andreev, Maximo Gonzalez, then stretching Novak Djokovic to four sets before losing, last week won the men's title at the USTA Pro Circuit stop at Indian Harbour Beach, and says a comeback to the ATP circuit may be in the works. Last month Witten and his sister won the mixed doubles title at the US Open Playoffs-Florida, advancing to the national tournament to compete for a US Open mixed doubles main draw wildcard.

Tennis on TV This Weekend

Friday (times EST)
6am -- WTA Eastbourne, Tennis Channel (live)
3pm -- ATP Rosmalen, Tennis Channel (delayed)
8am -- WTA Eastbourne final, Tennis Channel (live)
3pm -- WTA Rosmalen final, Tennis Channel (delayed)
5pm -- ATP Eastbourne final, Tennis Channel (delayed)
7pm -- ATP Rosmalen final, Tennis Channel (delayed)
7am -- Wimbledon, ESPN (live)
Happy weekending,
The USTA Florida Friday blog is written by USTA Florida Communications Coordinator Rick Vach, former publications editor for the ATP World Tour and editor/publisher of Play Tennis Florida magazine. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent those of USTA Florida, USTA national, or anyone that can fire him. Want a USTA or tennis-related question answered in the blog? E-mail HERE.





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