Thursday, December 9, 2021

Stanford commit reaches Orange Bowl doubles quarters

   Wild cards Nishesh Basavareddy, a Stanford commit from Carmel, Ind., and Aidan Kim of Milford, Mich., ousted top-seeded Bruno Kuzuhara of Coconut Creek, Fla., and Mili Poljicak of Croatia 2-6, 6-2 [11-9] today to reach the boys 18-and-under quarterfinals on clay in the Orange Bowl in Plantation, Fla.
   Also advancing in the top half of the draw was the team of Nicholas Godsick of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and Ethan Quinn, a Georgia signee from Fresno, Calif.
   Godsick and Quinn, last year's doubles champions in the 16s, beat Gerard Campana Lee of South Korea and Dylan Dietrich of Switzerland 7-6 (4) 6-4 in a second-round matchup of unseeded teams. 
   Godsick's mother, Mary Joe Fernandez, won consecutive Orange Bowl singles titles in the 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s (1982-85). A former top-five player in singles and doubles as a professional, Fernandez now works as a tennis commentator for ESPN. Godsick's father, Tony Godsick, is Roger Federer's agent.
   All seeded teams in the top half of the Orange Bowl boys 18 doubles draw have been eliminated.
   In the bottom half, seventh-seeded Edas Butvilas of Lithuania and Abedallah Shelbayh of Jordan downed Samir Banerjee, a Stanford commit from Basking Ridge, N.J, and Braden Shick of Greensboro, N.C., 6-4, 6-4.
   In Wimbledon boys events this year, Banerjee won the singles title, and Butvilas took the doubles crown with Alejandro Manzanera Pertusa of Spain.
   In the second round of Orange Bowl girls 18 doubles, third-seeded Alexandra Eala of the Philippines and Solana Sierra of Argentina dismissed Mirra Andreeva of Russia and Katja Wiersholm, a University of California, Berkeley signee from Kirkland, Wash., 6-3, 6-2.

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