Breakout performance for Singh
The Road to THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP 2023
Apr 29 - UTR 15U Teen World Open Classic
Millen Singh and Ilan Faraci played each other just about as close as two can do so, going all the way to an 11-9 tiebreak to decide the championship of the Teen World Open Classic 15U. Singh edged out his Incubator rival after dropping the second-set tiebreak to claim his first title.
Singh jumps to 21st in the 16U rankings and will climb higher once his previous points catch up to him next week. Faraci, meanwhile, moves up an astounding thirty-two places.
Still, it isn't a far as Sumaer Sarangal leapt after winning the tournament's Draw B in similarly tense fashion. Up forty-three places, into 29th in the 16U, Sarangal outlasted Deniz Ozenci in both the second and third-set tiebreaks to take the crown.
Both finals were classics. Alexandru Cana drew the short end of the stick by playing a finals-level match against Ozenci in the very first round, with both sets going 5-3 and then a tight tiebreak. Sammy Friel and Alina Fernandez also played a Match of the Day candidate, going 10-8 in the tiebreak for Friel, who then lost to champion Sarangal.
Singh had to squeak past both Miguel Zein in the play-in round and Solomon Ravitz in the quarters in hotly contested matches. He faced Jon Ozenci in the semis, where he won 5-3 5-3, but Ozenci may end up the real winner. He climbed into the Top 10 in three rankings lists, and fifth in the 12U thanks to his semifinal run.
Deniz found the most improvement at 10U, cracking the Top 10 after vaulting eight spots. Spencer Weiss moved up twenty-two places after winning an 11-9 first-round tiebreak against Paisley Fromer.
With the Apr 30 tournament rained out and rescheduled for June 3, there wasn't much movement in the 10U and 12U ranks. Also, after last week's reshuffling with 2022 points dropping from players' totals, there weren't any points lost this weekend. That makes for a lot of change coming when even more 2022 points drop next week.
One amendment to the rankings: Siena Auzoux still sits in first in the 10U, but a correction in last week's score against Annie Lippard brings her back into a tie with Finn Jackson.
Remember the newly added feature to the rankings: the Plus / Minus, which will tell you how far up or down the player has moved within the last week.
15U UTR Draw A: Millen Singh
15U UTR Draw B: Sumaer Sarangal
The full tables now look like this.
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2023 Tour Schedule
Apr 8: UTR 14U - Sweet Spotter Open
Apr 16: USTA L7 Boys and Girls 12U
Apr 16: USTA L7 Boys and Girls 14U
Apr 30: 10U Green Dot UTR - Anguilla Service Trips Open - rescheduled for June 3
May 7: USTA L7 Adult NTRP
May 13: USTA Boys' and Girls' WTN 12-18U
May 20: USTA Junior Circuit Orange Dot (16)
May 21: USTA WTN 16
June 4: 14U and 16U UTR - String48 Open
June 10: 12U UTR
June 11: 16U UTR
June 17: 10U UTR
June 18: 14U UTR
June 24: 12U UTR
June 25: 18U UTR
July 1: 10U UTR
July 2: 14U UTR
July 8: 12U UTR
July 9: 15U UTR
July 15-16: Adult UTR / USTA - Tennis Central Open
July 22: 14U UTR
July 23: 18U UTR
July 29: 10U UTR
July 30: 15U UTR
Aug 5: 12U UTR
Aug 6: 18U UTR
Aug 12: 10U UTR
Aug 13: 14U UTR
Aug 19: 16U UTR
Aug 20: 12U UTR
Aug 26: 10U UTR
Aug 27: 14U UTR
September 2: 12U UTR
September 3: 15U UTR
September 9-10: THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP