Dunlap wins, boys' final halted at 5-5
The Road to THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP 2023
May 13 - USTA WTN 20-40 (12-18U)
What do you root for when you can't choose between two great warriors locked in an epic final? Some say for the heavens to open up.
It was the only thing that could come between Ilan Faraci and Jon Ozenci, both Incubator players who'd reached the final of the USTA WTN 20-40 event on Mothers' Day Weekend. Rain halted the final at 5-5.
Daphne Dunlap was able to finish just ahead of the storm, dispatching an in-form Paisley Fromer in style, 6-1. Fromer had been dominant and dropped only one game going into the final, while Dunlap had had to contend with Serena Provinse, who made it close at 6-3 in the semis.
The semifinal between Faraci and Spencer Weiss turned heads at 7-5, but it was not the most dramatic match of the day. That belonged to Bridget Zimmermann thanks to what seemed a routine opening round against Suhani Verma. It went to 9-7 in the set tiebreak to determine the match, and then Zimmermann took eventual semifinalist Lila Briskin-Watson to the limit before bowing out.
USTA draws meant that the Civil War between brothers had to be fought. Jon Ozenci dealt with his brother Deniz in the boys' semifinal. The two are duking it out among the rankings as well. The older Jon jumps to the top of the 12U rankings this week after his finals performance and others' dropping points from last year. He's also second at 14U and 16U, while Deniz follows not far behind in sixth in the 12U.
While there was minimal movement at 10U, Deniz hopped into fifth as Siena Auzoux, idle this week, kept the top spot. Lara Dabney, thanks to her performance here, gained five places to leap the highest and enter the Top 10.
Dunlap and Fromer cannoned up the leaderboard. The finalists now sit in 17th and 35th at 16U. Paisley jumped forty spots to get there. Faraci entered the Top 10 at 18U and 14U but is just on the outside looking in at 16U.
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.
Boys: Jon Ozenci and Ilan Faraci (shared)
Girls: Daphne Dunlap
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
June 4: 14U and 16U UTR - String48 Open
June 11: 16U UTR - The Beach Open
June 18: 14U and 18U UTR - Travel Team Open
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