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Top seeds pass test on soggy Tuesday at USTA Nationals

by Carolyn Binder

Rain dominated Day 5 of play from the USTA Boys 18 and 16 National Championships in Kalamazoo. Matches were delayed an hour at the start, and again for 2 hours during the afternoon. In that time, a number of potential upsets popped up all around Stowe Stadium with the top two seeds in the 16s division needing three sets to advance while the top two seeds in the 18s were also contested before advancing to Wednesday’s round of 16.

The biggest surprise early came from Sameer Kumar, the top seeded 16s player, who dropped the opening 6-3 before rolling in sets two and three ahead of the afternoon’s strong but short rain delay. The tournament’s Cinderella story so far, Samuel Shropshire continued his roll through Kalamazoo with a straight set victory over Christopher Vrabel. Shropshire cruised through the first set 6-1, and held a 1-0 advantage before the afternoon rain delay.

The 18s division round of 16 will feature three unseeded players in Samuel Shropshire, Trevor Johnson and Colin Altamirano.

Locally, Kalamazoo is represented in the 18s doubles as Paul Oosterbaan and Ronnie Schneider advanced to the Quarterfinals round with a three-set victory (6-3,3-6, 1-0(3)).

Strong storms have already delayed play on Wednesday. When action resumes, watch live coverage on the USTA website 

Carolyn Binder is a sports anchor for 1660 The Fan and WKZO in Kalamazoo. Follow Carolyn on Twitter