Mathura, Lan win silverware
Blue Glove Open: Week 18
JT Mathura and Jeremy Chud were pals at the Travel Team Plus Awards earlier in the day, but they had to set it aside come that evening for the Group A Final of the Winter BGO Season. Mathura won 8-3 to claim the championship.
Mathura is now a name set among Darius Vedadi, Daniel Goldblatt, and Rex Bondi as champions of the Blue Glove Open's top group. No player has yet won multiple titles---it is almost as elusive as tennis or golf major championships.
Indeed the lower seeds in both finals took some direction from the NCAA tournament and ousted the favorites (though perhaps not the betting favorites), with Yael Lan earning promotion to Group A for next season after her 8-4 victory over Renata Cavallo in the Group B Final.
Lan and Mathura earn Player of the Week honors for their championships. Lan joins Valentine Parrella and Sasha Brooks as newly promoted Group A players.
Speaking of promotion, it was merely Cavallo's first season as a Group B player following her own promotion there at the end of the fall season. Many players trace a meteoric rise in the BGO, and she is one.
Kiran Mathura won twice in convincing fashion to argue that his missing the final was only due to his total number of matches played.
In the lower divisions, both finals had to be postponed due to player availability---only the second instance of that happening, the last being the Group A Final between Ivy McConarty and Darius Vedadi. Finalist Julia Ross fell in her challenge to David Gong while she waited for final, now scheduled for April 8.
Group A: Jeremy Chud v JT Mathura
Mathura wins 8-3
Group B: Renata Cavallo v Yael Lan
Lan wins 8-4
Group C: Ariana Ipakchi v David Gong, TBD
Group D: Elina Ipakchi v Julia Ross, Apr 8, 8 pm
The new Spring BGO Season begins! Join us on our RACE TO CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND when the Group Finals will be played. Continue the journey through the spring and summer with our outdoor BGO matches, Bethesda CC indoor training and matches, our BGO-fueled Travel Team Plus, and the new USTA and UTR tour---the Sweetspotter Series.
NEW - SWEETSPOTTER SERIES
Each weekend Tennis Central hosts two USTA or UTR tournaments. Earn points for reaching each successive round just like at the ATP/WTA Tour, and qualify for the season-ending TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP, all while earning USTA and UTR points too. If you love the BGO, you'll love the Sweetspotter Series.
April Sweetspotter Series Schedule
April 16 - UTR Tournament (age TBD) April 17 - USTA Junior Circuit - Coed 10U Orange Ball - Sign up Now! April 23 - USTA L7 Boys' and Girls' 18 Singles - Sign up Now! April 24 - UTR Tournament (age TBD) April 30 - USTA Junior Circuit - Coed 10U Orange Ball - Sign up Now!
BGO Power Rankings - April 7, 2022
Currently registered players among the top 50 overall.
BGO Winter Group Standings - Final Standings (post-qualification) - April 7, 2022
Top two from each group automatically qualify for group final.
Players are ranked by points (three for win, one for draw), then wins, percentage of games won, and games won.
Game scores are not included for wins by higher group players against lower group players.