The US Open qualifying tournament started on Tuesday and this was a chance for many young Americans to make a name for themselves. Unfortunately, out of the 16 Americans in the qualies, only 6 remain after the first round. These 6 are Robby Ginepri, Alex Kuznetsov, Wayne Odesnik, Jared Donaldson, Donald Young, and Jarmere Jenkins. Now out of these 6, I only see one of them making a splash in the future. Ginepri, Kuznetsov, and Odesnik are all way past their prime at their respective points in their careers. Donaldson is a nice player who made the finals at Kalamazoo this year, but he has a long way to go from what I have seen at this point. You never know what you are gonna get with Donald Young at this point. He is too inconsistent with his results to play with the top pros. But Jarmere Jenkins is one of my favorite young Americans of this age. Now most might say that 22 isn’t considered young for tennis anymore. But for someone like Jarmere who had an outsanding 4 year career at the University of Virginia, I see a lot of talent. He is a superb athlete with a big forehand. The kind of athlete that reminds me of the old James Blake. With the right kind of coaching, he could be one of the top Americans in upcoming years. Jenkins plays Julian Reister tomorrow. Reister is the seven seed, but I expect Jenkins to pull the upset. Jarmere is also in the main draw of doubles after he won the NCAA doubles championship with Mac Stylsinger.
As for Winston Salem, John Isner and Tomas Berdych pulled out before the tournament started in order to rest up for the US Open. The quarterfinals are set for the rest of the field though.
Alexandr Dolgopolov vs. Yen – Hsen Lu
Fernando Verdasco vs. Gael Monfils
Dmitry Tursunov vs. Jurgen Melzer
Ricardas Berankis vs. Sam Querrey
On another note, American Steve Johnson picked up one of the biggest wins of his career against Andreas Seppi on Tuesday before falling to Lu today. Enjoy the tennis everyone and we will be back Saturday for the final recap for US Open qualies and Winston Salem.