Team USA in Review:
Pat Mitsch | October 5, 2017
Years from now, the 2017 US Open may be looked upon as the lynchpin tournament for when the next generation of American champions truly “arrived” on the international stage.
Indeed, New York was the platform at which a number of American players took both the next step in their careers and made history. Sloane Stephens – the Team USA Player of the Month – won her first Grand Slam singles title in only her fifth tournament back after recovering from foot surgery in the winter. She was the first American woman other than the Williams sisters to win a Grand Slam singles title since Jennifer Capriati at the 2002 Australian Open.
Of course, Stephens triumphed over countrywoman Madison Keys, who were both making their maiden Grand Slam final appearances. The two of them, along with CoCo Vandeweghe and Venus Williams, made the 2017 US Open the first Grand Slam tournament to feature an all-American women’s semifinal round since Wimbledon in 1985 (Chris Evert, Zina Garrison, Martina Navratilova, Kathy Rinaldi) and the first at the US Open since 1981 (Tracy Austin, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Barbara Potter).
On the men’s side, while Frances Tiafoe shined in the spotlight of his first-round defeat to five-time US Open champion Roger Federer, Sam Querrey – the Team USA Player of the Month – became the first American men’s quarterfinalist at the US Open since John Isner in 2011.
More tour-level highlights from the rest of September:
- Christina McHale advanced to the semifinals at the Japan Open WTA International event in Tokyo.
- Jared Donaldson and Taylor Fritz both reached the quarterfinals of the ATP 250 Chengdu Open in China.
- Donald Young reached the quarterfinals, while Rajeev Ram triumphed over Nick Monroe for the doubles title – his fourth of the year and 14th of his career – at the ATP 250 Shenzhen Open in China.
- Sachia Vickery and Caroline Dolehide both reached the quarterfinals of the WTA International event in Quebec City, Canada.
Challenger and Pro Circuit-level highlights:
- Irina Falconi beat Louisa Chirico in an all-American singles final at the $100,000 event in Tampico, Mexico, where Caroline Dolehide won the doubles title.
- Emina Bektas defeated Maria Sanchez to win the $80,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Albuquerque.
- Sachia Vickery defeated Jamie Loeb in the all-American singles final at the $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Templeton, Calif., where Kaitlyn Christian won the doubles title.
- Kevin King captured the singles title at the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit ATP Challenger in Cary, N.C., and the $25,000 Futures event in Toronto.
- Tennys Sandgren reached the singles final at the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit ATP Challenger in Tiburon, Calif.
- Denis Kudla won the doubles title at the USTA Pro Circuit Collegiate Series ATP $75,000 Challenger in Columbus, Ohio.
- Robin Anderson won the singles title at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Redding, Calif.
- Players to win $25,000 doubles titles: Caitlin Whoriskey (Stillwater, Okla.); Victoria Duval (Lubbock, Texas); Nicholas Hu (Niagara, Canada); Nate Lammons and Alex Lawson (Plaisir, France); Dennis Nevolo and Deiton Baughman (Toronto).
- Players to win $15,000 singles titles: Ronnie Schneider (Fountain Valley, Calif.); Ryan Shane (Laguna Niguel, Calif.).
- Players to win $15,000 doubles titles: Ronnie Schneider (Fountain Valley, Calif., Laguna Niguel, Calif.); Emma Navarro and Chloe Beck (Charleston, S.C.); Amy Zhu (Hammamet, Tunisia); Ryan Shane (Laguna Niguel, Calif.); Evan Zhu (Hammamet, Tunisia); Deiton Baughman (Claremont, Calif.).