Team USA in Review: July 2017
Sam Querrey and Venus Williams both made history at Wimbledon, while John Isner was unbreakable for nearly all of the next two weeks, earning all three Team USA Player of the Month distinctions for July.
Williams added to her legacy by reaching the singles final in her 20th appearance at Wimbledon, before falling to 23-year-old Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza. The 37-year-old Williams, a five-time Wimbledon singles champion, was the oldest women’s singles finalist at the All England Club since Martina Navratilova in 1994.
Querrey, meanwhile, became the first American man to reach a Grand Slam singles semifinal since Andy Roddick at Wimbledon in 2009. The 29-year-old Californian ousted defending champion and No. 1-ranked Andy Murray in the quarterfinals – the second straight Wimbledon in which he eliminated the defending champion and top seed, after he knocked out Novak Djokovic in 2016.
In the two weeks following Wimbledon, Isner won eight straight matches to capture titles at the ATP events in Newport, R.I., and the BB&T Atlanta Open, a US Open Series event he has now won four times. Until Ryan Harrison broke his serve in the second set of their all-American Atlanta final, Isner had gone unbroken in 75 service games over the two weeks. As a result of the win, Isner again became the top-ranked American man, at No. 18 in the world.
Other highlights from American pros in July:
Grand Slam and Tour-level:
- CoCo Vandeweghe reached the singles quarterfinals at Wimbledon, her second quarterfinal-or-better showing at a Grand Slam tournament in 2017 (Australian Open, semifinals).
- Tommy Paul and Christopher Eubanks each made his first ATP quarterfinal appearance in Atlanta. Bob and Mike Bryan won their 114th doubles title together at the BB&T.
- Bjorn Fratangelo reached his first ATP semifinal, and Dennis Novikov his first quarterfinal, in Newport. Rajeev Ram won the doubles title.
Challenger and Pro Circuit level:
- Sofia Kenin won the singles and doubles titles, defeating American Ashley Kratzer in the singles final and winning in doubles with Usue Arconada, at the $80,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Stockton, Calif.
- Amanda Anisimova won her first pro singles title at the USTA Pro Circuit $60,000 event in Sacramento, Calif. Desirae Krawczyk won the doubles title.
- Bernarda Pera won the singles title at the $80,000 event in Olomouc, Czech Republic.
- Jackson Withrow won doubles titles at both the $100,000 Challenger in Granby, Canada, and the $75,000 Challenger in Gatineau, winning with Bradley Klahn in Gatineau.
- Caroline Dolehide won the singles title at a $25,000 Pro Circuit event in Winnipeg, Canada.
- Christian Harrison beat Michael Mmoh to win the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit Men’s Futures in Wichita, Kan.
- Riley Smith and Brandon Holt won the doubles title at the first $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Champaign, Ill. Harrison Adams and Yates Johnson were doubles champions at the second $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Champaign, where Deiton Baughman reached the singles final.
- Alexios Halebian and Alex Sarkissian won the doubles title at a $25,000 event in Saskatoon, Canada.
- Wimbledon girls’ finalist Ann Li won her first pro singles title, at the $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Evansville, Ind., where Madeleine Kobelt won the doubles title.
- Evan King (Middleburg, Netherlands), Hady Habib (Sri Lanka), Natalie Suk (Prokuplje, Serbia), Quinn Gleason (Brussels, Belgium), Dasha Ivanova (Amstelveen, Netherlands) Michael Zhu (Sharm El Sheik, Egypt) and Raleigh Smith (Tanger, Morocco) all won $15,000 doubles titles.