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  • Writer's pictureMichael Augsberger

Races heat up for six Tour Championship places


8/13 - 18U UTR (60 points)

8/14 - 12U UTR (80 points)

This week THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP rankings are finally published with tentative qualification spots---the top six boys and top six girls from each age group earn the right to play, and those on the outside looking in know what they need to do for the invitation. Just three tournaments remain to get those ranking points.

William Stallings solidified his challenge for one of the six Tour Championship spots winning the sole group at the 18U UTR tournament. He defeated second-place finisher Kenny Przychodzen 6-3 in group play.

It is a game of styles. Avery Wagner came closest to defeating this weekend's 18U champion, falling just shy 6-4, despite finished third behind Przychodzen. After finishing in fourth, Luke Mearns still sits in 14U and 16U qualification spots but remains on the 18U bubble.

Players like him may benefit from those above qualifying for multiple events. Since players can only play in one Tour Championship age group, the next highest qualified player will earn the berth. Harrison Schultz and Christopher Tower Morris are next in line for 18U. With Zi Yang and Mearns likely qualifying in other age groups, the former two could get the call they've been waiting for.

Wild finishes peppered the 12U knockout round on Sunday. A tiebreak decided 5th place, while each semifinal and the final went into extra time, 7-5, with Anthony Crouch emerging from the wreckage as champion for his first title in his first SSS tournament. The win catapults him to 8th place, just missing out on the six boys' spots for The Tour Championship, for now.

Silver medalist Aiden Shen now sits in 11th, while Steven Herrle's third place finish means third and a likely qualification for September.

The last major of the season is on the way. The L6 Boys' and Girls' 16U will be coming this weekend. Since it has the shortest ranking list, the 16U qualification spots may see some upheaval following the 200-point major.

The full tables now look like this.

Each weekend this spring and summer, Tennis Central is bringing you USTA and UTR tournaments at The Landon School. Earn points for advancing through each round, just like on the pro tours, and qualify for the TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP at season's end.

Bigger events offer more points, with the TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP offering the most, as well as prizes.

Check here for updates each week to the Sweet Spotter Series Rankings, a 52-week points system based on the pro tours, as well as recaps of all the action and photos.

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