US Open 2010 Boy’s Champion Jack Sock (above).
Last night US Open Boy’s champ Jack Sock, an alum of the very impressive New York Junior Tennis League, defeated up and down American tennis prodigy Donald Young in 3 tight sets, advancing to the finals of the USTA’s Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs in Norcross, Georgia.
Today Sock will take on the extremely impressive American youngster Ryan Harrison, who defeated Ivan Ljubicic in the first round of the US Open, and who took the wildly talented Russian one-hander Sergiy Stakhovsky to a 5th set tie-breaker in round 2, losing 8 points to 6 in that breaker. Harrison defeated University of Tennessee sophomore and native Tennessean, Rhyne Williams to reach the final, 4-6, 6-2, 9-7, also last night.
Williams is fresh off an impressive tournament victory, as he took home the trophy at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, on the strength of his very impressive return of serve. Williams scored the surprising victory by upsetting top seeded Alexander Domijan in the first round, and then defeated Steve Johnson of USC in the final. Williams was the only player to break Johnson’s serve in the entire tournament, which was played in Flushing at the National Tennis Center.
It would be an injustice if the Australian Tennis Federation did not see fit to dispense a few discretionary wildcards to this bumper crop of young Americans. In our opinion, Sock, Williams, Harrison and Young are all worthy of direct entry into this year’s main draw in Melbourne.
That said, we’re sure the Aussies will throw bones to journeyman Australian bums like Alun Jones and Peter Luczak, who no doubt, will be steamrolled in round 1.