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Five Players Represent the USTA Southern at the French Open

May 24, 2011 03:47 PM
Mac Styslinger
John Isner
Ryan Harrison
Melanie Oudin
The USTA Southern has five players from the section playing in the French Open two in both the men’s and women’s tournaments.
By: Michael Rardon, USTA Southern
Today the USTA announced the eight boys and three girls that will be representing the United States in the Junior French Open Championships. Of the eight boys, Mac Styslinger of Birmingham, AL will be competing in the Main Draw of the boy's tournament. The draw will be announced May 30th and the tournament will be played throughout the second week of the French Open. 
In Previous Action
On the men’s side John Isner and Ryan Harrison both drew difficult first round opponents. Isner, the North Carolina native and four time All-American at the University of Georgia, faced top seeded and world number one Rafael Nadal in his opening round match. Despite facing the five time French Open Champion and arguably the best clay court player of all time, Isner battled Nadal and once again showed why he is called "Marathon John", pushing Nadal to a four hour, five set thriller. After winning a third-set tiebreak, Isner lead two sets to one.
Despite his valiant efforts, Nadal proved why is currently the best player in the world and stormed back to take the final two sets 6-2, 6-4. Despite having his opportunities in the fifth set Isner was unable to break Nadal in the final set after being broken in the third game of the fifth set. Isner played incredible tennis and has many positives to take away from his valiant effort against Nadal. Isner still is scheduled to play doubles with fellow American Sam Querry. As the 15 seed in the tournament the American duo will face Daniele Bracciali and Potito Starace of Italy.
Also in action on the men’s side was the Louisiana native, Ryan Harrison. Harrison was a lucky-loser into to the tournament. Having lost in the final round of matches in qualifying he did not make the main draw of the French Open until Benjamin Becker withdrew Tuesday due to an elbow injury. Though Harrison had luck on his side getting into the main draw, he was scheduled to face 5th seeded and last years finalist Robin Soderling. After losing a quick first set, Harrison’s nerves seemed to settle in the second set and he tied the match at one set all. Despite his best play, Harrison was overmatched in the final two sets and Soderling held on to win 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5.
On the women’s side Melanie Oudin was also faced with a tough draw. The Marietta, Ga. native was matched up against the defending champion Francesca Schiavone. Though Oudin had won their previous meeting during the Fed Cup, the defending champion was too good on the red clay in Paris and won decisively 6-2, 6-0.
The Southern Section was also represented by Jamie Hampton, of Auburn, Ala., who competed in the women’s qualifying tournament. She lost in the final round of matches, failing to qualify for the main draw of the Australian Open.



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