Daily Round Up - Tuesday, July 6
Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program: The Hall of Fame welcomed a group of very important visitors today - a group of 45 kids from the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program. The kids enjoyed a Museum tour, lunch and a tennis clinic, and even snuck in a meet and greet with the Hall of Fame mascot, Penny. The kids' visit was generously sponsored by the "Friends of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The group was escorted by Katrina Adams, former WTA Tour Professional, and current president of HJTEP.
The Harlem Junior Tennis Program was founded in 1972 by Bill Brown and Claude Cargill with the help of generous benefactors such as Mutual of New York, and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe. They were frustrated that few urban children had the opportunity to explore and excel in tennis. It was usually considered a “country club sport”, so they decided to provide tennis training to Harlem youth. They believed that children who learn to appreciate tennis as a lifetime sport develop self-discipline, sportsmanship, self-esteem and social skills. In 1979, HJTEP established the Homework Club and began coaching students to apply these personal skills to school as well as tennis. With the dedication of a wide variety of supporters, coaches, parents, board members, and many other volunteers, HJTEP has grown into a program that now accepts 160 children each winter and as many 300 children each summer. Click here to learn more.
Center Court Action: In the first match on Center Court, Mardy Fish dismissed fellow countryman Michael Russell in straight sets, setting Fish up to go for his fourth quarter-final in Newport on Wednesday. In another all-American match up, Sam Querrey, a three-time title winner on the ATP World Tour this year, defeated Jesse Levine. On Wednesday, he'll be looking for for his 30th win of the season (29-14) against Dustin Brown of Jamaica.
Wild Wednesday in the Works: All three wild cards won opening round matches. The led by Frenchman and 2007 Newport runner-up Nicolas Mahut, who famously played in the longest match in tennis history at Wimbledon. Mahut defeated Alejandro Falla of Columbia in 83 minutes. American teenagers Ryan Harrison and Denis Kudla also advanced. On Wednesday, 18-year-old Harrison and 17-year-old Kudla will square off for the first time. The winner of the American teenagers will advance to their first career ATP World Tour quarter-final.
Qualifiers Hang In: Three of the four qualifiers advanced to the second round, including Ukraine native Sergei Bubka, son of world record pole vault holder and 1988 Olympic gold medalist Sergey Bubka, South African Raven Klaasen and Richard Bloomfield of Great Britain. All three are looking to reach their first ATP World Tour quarter-final.
Photos by Mike Baz, William Boshes and International Tennis Hall of Fame Staff.