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USTA FL Friday Blog: Harrison Brothers Making Noise at ATP Atlanta

July 26, 2013 09:40 AM
Whether on grass, clay or hardcourt, American Jamie Hampton is showing the ability to push through to the later rounds
Ryan Harrison's
brother Christian, who lives and trains in Bradenton, Fla., is apparently progressing pretty well -- to the point he nearly upset top-seeded John Isner on Thursday at the BB&T Atlanta Open.
Isner edged Harrison 7-6(9), 4-6, 7-5 to move into the quarterfinals in Atlanta.
"I told him he's capable of winning these matches," Ryan Harrison said of his 19-year-old brother. "I told him last night I was proud of him, I was excited for him, but I wasn't surprised. I think a lot of people were shocked, but I wasn't shocked. He wasn't shocked. He has that expectation of himself where he feels he belongs."
The younger Harrison has set points in the first on Isner, and was broken at 5-5 in the third set. Isner served it out at 7-5 after Harrison saved three match points on Isner's serve.
Also into the quarterfinals were Christian's older brother Ryan (reportedly on the search for a new coach) who upset No. 4 seed Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands, and unseeded James Blake who upset No. 8 seed Evgeny Donskoy of Russia. American Mike Russell, who earlier in the event upset fellow American Mardy Fish, lost to Santiago Giraldo.
"I always feel like the hardcourt summer is my best chance to get points," Blake said. "The courts usually suit me the best. When it's hot I play pretty well. Home crowds in the states, it's generally my favorite time of the year. This is a good start to it right away."
In the Friday quarterfinals Isner will meet Blake, while Harrison will meet Giraldo. Also into the quarters are No. 7 seed Lleyton Hewitt vs. No. 3 Ivan Dodig, and No. 2 Kevin Anderson vs. Denis Istomin.
Jamie Hampton is the last American standing at the WTA event in Stanford after second-round play, on Thursday outlasting fellow American and collegiate standout Nicole Gibbs in three sets.
"I wasn't expecting to be at the top of my game -- it was my first match since Wimbledon and it's a tough transition to come back and get into playing mode again," said Hampton after the 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3. "But I didn't get down on myself. I wasn't too hard on myself when things weren't going my way for a while...I was just thinking that I was the one with the experience here and the match is long and physical, so I might be fresher than her. That's what I was trying to be positive about."
Hampton in the quarterfinals will meet Russian qualifier Vera Dushevina, who Thursday defeated Boca Raton's Madison Keys in straight sets.

Jacksonville, Ocala Leading 2013 USTA Florida Leagues Race

USTA League new web.jpgThe unofficial title of "City/County of the Year" for USTA Florida Adult Leagues is a tight race through the first seven months of 2013.
Completed thus far are the USTA Florida Section League Championships for the 18 & Over, 55 & Over and 65 & Over age groups.
Through the three championships, Duval County (Jacksonville) leads all counties with six teams that have won sectional titles and advanced to nationals, trailed by Marion County (Ocala) with four Florida Section team championships.
Tied with three team championships are Collier and Pinellas counties, while Alachua and St. Johns counties are behind them with two team championships each. Five counties have won one team championship each.
Here are the counties that have claimed team championships thus far in 2013:
Rank County Team Titles
1. Duval 6
2. Marion 4
3T, Collier 3
3T. Collier 3
5T. Alachua 2
5T. St. Johns 2
7T. Brevard 1
7T. Broward 1
7T. Escambia 1
7T. Hillsborough 1
7T. Sarasota 1
But remember this is approximately the half-way point of the season, with USTA Florida League Section Championships yet to be played for the 40 & Over (Aug.), Mixed 18 & Over (Oct.), Mixed 40 & Over (Nov.), Combo 50 & over (Dec.), and Combo 18 & Over (Jan. 2014) leagues for the 2013 season.


Serena Williams and Martina Hingis having dinner together? Reportedly the current No. 1 and former No. 1 (who are only a couple years apart in age) were seen getting Mexican food together after a World TeamTennis match in Washington, D.C., still dressed in their tennis duds. The topic of conversation? Maybe Martina's one-match doubles comeback that has ballooned to five events, including the US Open.
Roger Federer's troubles continued this week when he made an exit in his first-round match (after a bye) against German Daniel Brands 6-3, 6-4 on clay in Gstaad, Switzerland. It was the Swiss' third loss in a row against an opponent ranked outside the Top 50 after losing at Wimbledon and Hamburg. Federer has been troubled by a bad back of late, and since the Wimbledon loss has been testing a 98-square-inch head racquet, as opposed to his normal 90 square inch Wilson. He is scheduled to make his next tournament appearance on hardcourts in two weeks at Montreal, but says his back issue may force him to withdraw.
Former Australian Open winner (1998) Petr Korda has two girls on the pro golf tour, and apparently they share the excitable fire that the scissor-kicking Czech had while he was on tour. His daughter Jessica fired her caddie mid-round a few weeks ago at a tournament, yanking her boyfriend out of the gallery to take the caddie's place on the bag. This after the end of a shouting match between Korda and her caddie. Her sister, Nelly, 14, was also playing the tournament, but hopefully she didn't fire her caddy -- since it was her dad.
No rhyme or reason at all for this photo -- just the mascot cat for the Fort King Tennis Center in Ocala, Fla., having a relaxing drink while promoting USTA Flex League
Serb pro Viktor Troicki was handed an 18-month ban from the pro tour this week after (allegedly) refusing to give a blood sample during a drug testing during the ATP Monte Carlo event. Troicki's version is he told the testers he was sick at the time and received an OK from the tester (because...testers are usually good like that if you simply don't feel like giving a sample...?). The ITF rejected the 27-year-old's claim, and says he cannot play until Jan. 24, 2015 (unless he appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport), and must forfeit his Monte Carlo event prize money and ranking points.

Tennis on TV This Weekend

1-5pm -- ATP Gstaad (delay), Tennis Channel
4-6pm -- ATP Atlanta (live), ESPN2
5-9pm -- ATP Umag (delay), Tennis Channel
7-9pm -- ATP Atlanta (live), ESPN2
9-11pm -- ATP Atlanta (live), Tennis Channel
11pm-1am -- WTA Stanford (live), ESPN2
1-3am -- WTA Stanford (delay), Tennis Channel
10am-2pm -- WTA Baku (delay), Tennis Channel
2-6pm -- ATP Gstaad (delay), Tennis Channel
4-6pm -- ATP Atlanta (live), ESPN2
6-8pm -- WTA Stanford (live), Tennis Channel
8-10pm -- ATP Atlanta (live), Tennis Channel
10pm-12am -- WTA Stanford (live), ESPN2
3-5pm -- ATP Atlanta (live), ESPN2
4-6pm -- WTA Baku (delay), Tennis Channel
5-7pm -- WTA Stanford (live), ESPN2
6-8pm -- ATP Gstaad (delay), Tennis Channel
The USTA Florida Friday blog is written by USTA Florida Communications Coordinator Rick Vach, former publications editor for the ATP World Tour and former 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, or want to express your opinion? E-mail HERE.





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