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Tennis Briefs: All-American US Open Boy's Final; Linda's Legacy Deadline

September 12, 2010 10:36 PM
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Denis Kudla and Jack Sock
Sock Wins All-American US Open Boy's Final
The US Open boy's final on Sunday was an all-American final, the first since Andy Roddick beat Robby Ginepri in 2000, as Nebraska's Jack Sock defeated Virginia's Denis Kudla 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Sock has won 20 gold balls on the USTA national junior circuit, but the junior US Open is his first title on the ITF junior circuit as he has never played outside the U.S. His most recent victory prior to the US Open came at the Boys' 18s National Hard Courts in Kalamazoo, Mich.

"The match and the practices before the main draw were a good learning experience for me," said Sock, who with the Kalamazzo win earned a wildcard into the US Open main draw, losing in the first round to No. 63-ranked Marco Chiudinelli in four sets. "I was definitely happy that I came and played, and hopefully I can play again some other time."

Sock and Kudla were practice partners together for the U.S. Davis Cup team, and teamed to win the 2004 Boys' 12s National Clay Court doubles championship.

"The [US Open junior] trophy is obviously not a gold ball, but that's probably the coolest trophy I've ever won," Sock said. "When I saw that, I was pretty excited to hold that."

Sock is the second American to win the US Open boys' singles title in the last 17 years. Sock remains an amateur, and is a high school senior at Blue Valley North High in Overland Park, Kan, where he is the three-time defending state tennis champion.

"I'm indecisive right now, pretty much," Sock said. "I'm going to finish out 2010 and see where my game is and my ranking, and take some visits this fall. My ultimate goal obviously in tennis is to be a professional tennis player and hopefully make a living, so I'll just decide which path is the best for me to get there. If it's college, then it's college; if it's pros right away, then it will be pros."

American Sloane Stephens won the girl's doubles title, her third Slam win of the year with partner Timea Babos of Hungary.

lindas-legacyLinda's Legacy QuickStart Deadline with Tracy Austin

This Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, is the deadline to sign up for 10-and-unders to participate in a QuickStart Tennis clinic with Tracy Austin during the "Linda's Legacy, A Tournament of Love" women's doubles event on Sept. 18, 2010, at the Marsh Landing Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

The proceeds from the popular doubles tennis tournament will stay in Northeast Florida and will be used to support lung cancer clinical trials and early detection initiatives.

Two-time US Open champion (1979, 1981) Tracy Austin, the former No. 1 in the world and recent 2010 Wimbledon Ladies Invitational runner-up, will return as honorary chairman of the event, leading several adult and junior clinics for players throughout the four-day event.

For information on the USTA Kids QuickStart clinic for children ages 7-10 years old, go to www.lindaslegacyfoundation.org.





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