And USTA president Katrina Adams (the first African American to hold that title in USTA history) has penned a thoughtful essay to introduce a month in which the organization will pay tribute to the past – and the future.
“Each was in love with a sport that most often did not love them back, and because of that, each was bridled by the heavy weight of responsibility – not only to themselves but to others like them,” Adams of those who came before, in an essay on the USTA website.
The 35-year-old played in one Davis Cup tie. That came in 2004, when he won two singles matches in a 5-0 win over Austria in Connecticut.
Through his academy in Georgia, Ginepri has been traveling coach for a lot of the young US players, including Frances Tiafoe, Noah Rubin and Stefan Kozlov. So they’re well-positioned for the future with his addition.
The odd-looking stick called the Natural Power-Grip was brought to some prominence by the Battistones, American brothers Brian and Dann, who reached No. 88 and No. 177 in the ATP Tour doubles rankings.
This week, local teaching pro Hiromi Sasano is making full use of it to blitz through the draw at the US 40-and-over hard-court nationals in La Jolla, Calif.
Sandgren earned a wild card into the French Open in similar fashion this spring. Now, ranked a career-high No. 85 after consistent results on the American fall Challenger circuit, he’s in on his own merit.
On the women’s side, Taylor Townsend clinched her own berth Down Under.
But having just moved inside the top 100, she’s likely to get in on her ranking. If she does, Kirstie Ahn will receive the wild card.
With the U.S. Fed Cup team headed to Minsk, Belarus for its first appearance in the final since 2010, it’s a good time to bring back a cute video put out by the US Tennis Association before the team’s semifinal win over the Czech Republic in April.