-JTCC Champion player Usue Arconada has advanced to the Quarterfinals of the Chang LTAT ITF junior tournament in Thailand. She defeated Nilar Win (6-3, 6-1) in the first round, Greetje Minnen (7-5, 6-1) in the second round and Isabelle Wallace (7-5, 6-1) in the third round. She will face Sara Tomic of Australia in the Quarters. The two have not faced each other in their careers. The Chang LTAT is a Grade 1 tournament. In layman’s terms, it is a notch below a Grand Slam. Congratulations Usue and best of luck in your next matchup! For full results, click here.
-The Tennis Center at College Park (home to the Junior Tennis Champions Center) has been selected as the Mid-Atlantic site for a US Open Sectional Qualifier. The tournament at TCCP will take place from June 1 to June 4.
-The International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2013 will include Martina Hingis, Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, Ion Tiriac and Thelma Coyne Long. They will be inducted on July 13 in Newport, Rhode Island.
-The Mylan World TeamTennis 2013 schedule was released earlier this week. The Washington Kastles will be seeking their 33rd straight victory when match play begins on July 7. JTCC alum Trice Capra played for the Philadelphia Freedom last year.
-The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, New York, the site of the US Open in 1978, will mark their 100th anniversary with a pro-am called the New York Open. The Club is well-equipped to host a premier tournament as they operate a 15,000 seat stadium.
-Bill Dwyre of the Los Angeles Times penned an eloquent column on the well-deserved induction of Charlie Pasarell into the Tennis Hall of Fame.
-Venus Williams will be featured in an upcoming ESPN documentary. The film, entitled “Venus VS.”, will weave the story of Venus’ advocacy for equal prize money. The debut will be on July 2.
-Roger Federer has already introduced tennis to his 3-year-old twin girls. “We’ve tried to put them into lessons, just for their hand-eye coordination and all of that. I think it’s important for kids to do all sports if they have an opportunity,” said Federer in an interview with CNN. Watch out WTA tour players.
Tweet of the Week
Maria Sharapova might hold the record for the shortest amount of time for a tennis player to amass 100,000 followers on Twitter. After a drubbing in the first round of the 2012 Australian Open, Sharapova sent her first tweet. In a scant three months, she has gained a fierce following. She recently tweeted the below in celebration of the WTA turning 40 this year.
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) March 6, 2013
Video of the Week
Comedian Ben Stiller tried to intimidate a youngster in a light moment during a Tennis Night in America match this past Monday at Madison Square Garden.
Non-Tennis Factoid of the Week
Malik Obama, the half-brother of President Barack Obama, lost the gubernatorial race in the Kenyan county of Siaya.