By Steve Wideen, special to USTA.com
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Jack Sock captured the boys' 18s singles championship at the 2010 USTA National Championships on Sunday, Aug. 15, at Kalamazoo (Mich.) College's Stowe Stadium. Sock, seeded No. 3 in the tournament, defeated No. 9 Bob van Overbeek, 6-2, 7-5, 6-4, in the best-of-five championship match.
With his win, Sock (Lincoln, Neb.) earns an automatic bid into the 2010 US Open men's singles draw.
After winning the opening set 6-2, Sock trailed van Overbeek (Boca Raton, Fla.) 5-2 in the second set before rallying to win five straight games to take the set 7-5. van Overbeek kept the third set close, but Sock battled on and claimed the championship with a 6-4 win in the third.
Sock, runner-up in last year's 16s championship, defeated No. 1 Jordan Cox, 6-3, 6-4, in the semifinals to advance to this year's championship match. Along the way, he also defeated the No. 11 and 15 seeds, including a 7-6 (3), 3-6, 7-6 (5) win over No. 15 Daniel Kosakowski in the quarterfinals.
Sock and partner Matthew Kandath competed in the 18s doubles finals on Saturday but came up short in a 7-5, 6-3 defeat.
van Overbeek advanced to Sunday's singles championship match with a 5-7, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) win over No. 2 Denis Kudla in the semifinals. He also defeated the No. 6, 18 and 31 seeds in the tournament. van Overbeek lost in the quarterfinals last year and finished fourth in the 16 singles in 2008.
The USTA Boys 18 & 16 National Championships are held annually at Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo (Mich.).
Redlicki knocks off No. 1 Shane Vinsant to claim boys' 16s title
Michael Redlicki captured the 2010 USTA Boys' 16s National Championships singles title Sunday, Aug. 15, with a 7-5, 6-4 win over top-seeded Shane Vinsant.
From Hawthorn Woods, Ill., Redlicki entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed. After a first-round bye and wins over two unseeded opponents, Redlicki defeated seeds No. 30, 15, 5 and 2 on his way to the championship match. All wins came in straight sets, except for a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 victory over the No. 15 seed in the fifth round.
Last year, an unseeded Redlicki won his first three matches before falling in the fourth round.
The runner-up Vinsant (Keller, Texas), had won all of his singles matches in straight sets, and no previous opponent had taken more than four games in a set.
Vinsant was also the tournament runner-up in doubles. He and partner Mitchell Krueger were the No. 1 seeds but fell, 6-3, 7-5, in Saturday's championship match.