2009 Wimbledon blog: Devin Britton
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Eighteen-year-old Devin Britton of Jackson, Miss., recently became the youngest player ever to win the NCAA Division I Men's Singles Championshipas a freshman at the University of Mississippi, where he earned All-America honorsand finished the year ranked 19th -- the highest ranking of any male college freshman. Currently at No. 58 in the ITF World Junior Rankings, the 2008 US Open boys' finalist heads into Wimbledon with some big wins under his belt, sweeping both the singles and doubles titles at the AEGON International Junior Tennis Championships - Roehampton.Britton was recently named a practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup teamwhen it takes on Croatia, July 10-12, and was selected to the 2009 USTA Summer Collegiate Team. He will be writing an exclusive blog for USTA.com while he competes this week in the boys' draw at Wimbledon. Check back often for updates.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
So it was a very good day here for me at the All England Tennis Club. I won my singles and doubles matches, and I am in the semis of singles and quarters of doubles tomorrow. It has never been this sunny and perfect in England this many consecutive days, I don't think. It's been pretty crazy weather. I have no complaints, though.
We got two American boys in the semis, which is a solid performance. I still think we would have had three if Domijan and I didn't have to go up against each other so early, but it never seems to work out the way you want it to, haha, not to mention Jordan (dubs partner/brother) and I have to play each other tomorrow, which is not ideal for America, but I guess it guarantees one of us in the final, which is a good thing.
I have to speak a little bit about Bradley Cox's (Jordan's older brother, who is a solid player himself/also good friend of mine and was my roommate in Bradenton, Fla., where we trained) coaching performance this week. It has been unreal. I am trying to squeeze a little on-court time in with him to see what he thinks of my game. Legendary.
All right, well, I am keeping it short and sweet this time because I am going to sleep, but tune in tomorrow cause I am going to give 110 percent and really try and get some good writing in... haha. It is scorching hot in my dorm room at the moment, just for an update on the conditions. I am wearing a headband while typing so the sweat doesn't get in my eyes. All right, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point.
All right, I am out of here. Take it easy.
All the best,
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Just walked into my dorm room here at the always beautiful Roehampton University. So it has been a successful day for most of the Americans boys today. Bobbie had a tough 13-11 in the third loss, as well as Tennys barely going down 4 in the third. On the other hand, Jordan, Harry, Alex and I all got through to the round of 16, and none of us play each other tomorrow, so hopefully we take four into the quarters.
There was also some doubles play underway today, and I know the unbelievably nasty team up of King-Kudla took care of business. Tennys was out there in dubs when I left, so I'm not sure of the other results, but I'm sure they are going to be solid. Match of the year is coming up tomorrow with a Britton/Cox vs. Fowler/Overbeek all-American battle. I'm not going to make any predictions on that one, but since I am writing this blog, I know who I am pulling for, but I am not gonna say who, out of respect for the other two players... haha.
So I have been lucky enough to get out and get some good food the past few nights here in London, but unfortunately tonight I am stuck with some cafeteria food. So I am really looking forward to that... not. Although they do have some good desserts here. Sometimes the jelly-filled doughnut or a nice chocolate cake. All of these are great for night-before-the-match options.
We have been getting cars for transportation lately, which is a nice luxury. Last week was only buses, and they were not big ones... ha... they seated about 12, and there were about 90 kids to transport every morning, so it was a bit of a struggle to say the least. Now we just stroll up, ask for a car, and we are good to go.
And just an update on the King-van Overbeek Mario Kart rivalry. Apparently the tables have turned, and Bob is just hammering him lately. I can hear them talking trash to each other as I write... haha. I wish them both luck in their upcoming races. Let's keep it clean, though.
All right, well, it's dinner time. I am gonna bounce out of here.
All the best,
Monday, June 29, 2009
Well, today was a very solid performance by the American juniors. Let's see, if I am counting correctly, it was 4-0 for the boys, 3-0 for the girls, and one unfinished, which was Bobsicle van Overbeek, who loves battling out the third setters. So we have 7-0, and then there is Bob just stranded at 9-9 in the third, waiting to go back out there and get it done in the morning. Harry Fowler also went the distance in his 9-7 in the third set win today over E. Molina of Italy. So basically just a good day for the U.S. of A. and looking forward to another one tomorrow.
I am a bit late posting tonight, so I may have to keep it short and sweet cause I got a match in the morning, and I need the beauty rest, but I will do my best to give a little material.
So I got a couple of rackets strung today before warm up, thinking that it would be a good investment to have some fresh rackets for my match. Wrong. So I went to hit and came back and was going to pick them up before I realized that it was 17 pounds per racket, which is a total of 34 pounds, which converts into dollars at about 58 or 60, I'm guessing, so we're looking at about 30 dollars per racket. I'm thinking about playing with old rackets the rest of the tournament so I don't go broke... haha. I don't break strings too often, anyways, so it should be cool.
I think I am going to dedicate "best American supporter" to Mr. King (Evan King's father) due to the fact that I have seen him at every American's match throughout the tournament, and he will stay out there until it gets dark if he needs to. One of the most positive people I have ever met. Somebody needs to give him a medal or a trophy or something.
All right, that's all from me today. I will be back tomorrow, though. Keep it real.
All the best,
Sunday, June 28, 2009
It is Sunday now, so it is a day of rest here at Wimbledon. Unfortunately, I will not be resting. I will be headed to the courts and practicing plenty. We are not allowed to hit at Wimbledon on the day of rest, so we have to go back to the Bank of England, which is where we played the Roehampton tournament last week.
The weather here has been unreal -- I've never seen more sun in my life. The only bad thing is that there is no A/C, and when the maids come in, they always leave the window curtain open so that the sun shines into your room nicely all day, and when you get back, it is like 1600 degrees in your room. So that's good fun. Not to mention that if there are dirty clothes in your room somewhere, the smell multiplies by about 30 when it is getting cooked by the heat... haha. So I may have to invest into some Febreeze.
So yesterday we had a rough day for the Americans -- make that American juniors. Melanie Oudin got out there and just handled Jankovic like it was nothing. Venus took care of business. Roddick was playing ball. Levine had his chances and just came up short, but he has played very well this week. The juniors, on the other hand, didn't have our best day of tennis. We lost 3 of 4 yesterday, with Tennys Sandgren coming up with a sturdy win over Adrien Puget of France, 6-3, 6-2.=2 0. That a boy, Tennys. I think we have 5 more to play on Monday, so I'm thinking if we go 5 for 5 on Monday, then that's still a pretty solid effort.
All right, well, that is all I got for today, but I'm looking forward to posting about all the wins tomorrow. I am off to practice with the boys. Also have to give some props to USTA coach Michael Sell for putting up with all 9 of us American boys here, haha, and not to mention the 7 o'clock workouts he does every day... the dude is pretty beastly. Although Frank Salazar (Denis Kudla and Mitchell Frank's coach, along with many other top juniors) would put up a tough fight. We may have to do a study on that to see who is the most ripped. All right, I'm late now. I'm out of here.
All the best,
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I'm Devin Britton, and I will be blogging throughout Wimbledon. Hopefully I can keep you guys up on all the on-court and off-court excitement over here in England.
As I am sure you know, the tournament is starting today. I just got done with the lead-up tournament at Roehampton, so I am just taking a nice break today and I will be going over to Wimbledon to watch some matches and get some strawberries n cream. The weather has been unreal here for the past week or so, which is pretty strange because the last two years I have been here, it has rained at least every other day, if not every day. I guess I can't complain about that.
I am just sitting in my dorm room right now, so I guess I could tell you guys a little about the setup we have here. We're staying in the dorms at a university here in England, and the room is about the size of a bathroom in the States, and the walls are pretty thin. I can hear Evan King and Bob van Overbeek in the next room listening to some music and playing some Mario Kart. I have to say it sounds like Evan pretty much dominates Bob in that game. I am using Bob's adapter now so I can charge my comp, so I should probably not insult his Mario Kart skills. Sorry man.
But, anyways, back to the dorms. We get breakfast and dinner here, and the meals couldn't be more delicious (sarcasm). For breakfast we get one tiny croissant and some bread and cereal. They don't even give us toast, just some bread. Dinner is a little better because the dessert is always pretty solid. The meal is usually pasta or some sort of meat gulash -- not sure if that is how you spell gulash, but it sounds right. A lot of the time, Jordan and Bradley Cox, Denis Kudla, Bob, Tennys Sandgren, Harry Fowler and I will walk about a mile down the road to the kebab store and get a lamb kebab and maybe some fish and chips, depending on the mood we're in ha. Speaking of food I am looking forward to getting over to Wimbledon, though, and grabbing a panini.
All right, well, there isn't much news now because we're just kicking off the tournament today. But I will let you guys know about some of the stuff going on ever here. Hopefully I can keep you slightly entertained. I'll do my best.
All the best,