Shelby Rogers is thrilled about winning her first WTA Tour doubles title with Coco Vandeweghe.
But Rogers is making a special effort to be ready to play in the year’s third Grand Slam event after a right knee injury forced the Charleston touring pro to retire from a first-round qualifying match last weekend in Birmingham, England. She is skipping next week’s last grass-court warmup at Eastbourne to rehabilitate the knee.
Of course, the majors often hold the finanial well-being for many second 50-ranked players. If you’re a direct entry player such as Rogers, you certainly want to be around to pick up the check for $35,802 just for playing in the first round at Wimbledon.
“I did withdraw from Eastbourne to give myself time to recover. Wimbledon is (a) priority and I’m doing everything I can to be ready to play,” said the 84th-ranked Rogers, who has remained in England since the injury.
The player Rogers lost to a couple of weeks ago in the first round at Nottingham, 17-year-old Ana Konjuh of Croatia, won that $250,000 event.
Rogers’ doubles title came the first week of June in a small tournament at Eastbourne. The success lifted Rogers’ doubles ranking to No. 155 in the world. “I had a great time playing with Coco,” Rogers said.
Former Berkeley standout Zac Dye has completed an outstanding second year of tennis for Spartanburg Methodist College. Dye helped lead Methodist to a final No. 10 national junior college ranking. He was ranked No. 9 in singles and 14 in doubles.
“Zac was also awarded as one of the 10 ITA All-Americans and is the first tennis player at Spartanburg Methodist to ever receive this award,” Methodist coach Zach Williams reported.
After finishing two years at Methodist, Dye has committed to Union (Ky.) College to play his last two seasons of college tennis.
The Charleston area produced one singles finalist in last week’s Southern Closed Junior Championships. Allie Gretkowski, who trains out of MWTennis Academy, advanced all the way to the girls 12 final of the Southerns in Cary, N.C. The tournament’s No. 2 seed, Gretkowski won six matches before losing.
Also in the girls 12 competition, Maggie Navarro was a quarterfinalist, while Carri Hayes lost in the round of 32.
As the No. 3 seed in girls 16 at Little Rock, Ark., Emma Navarro advanced to the quarterfinals, then won the consolation draw. Brant Fenno made the boys 16 round of 16, while Jared Pratt and Jacob Jahn lost in the round of 32.
In 14-and-under at Macon, Ga., Kat Lyman and Lara Schneider advanced to the round of 32 in girls, while Reilly Wilson made the round of 32 in singles before retiring with cramps.
Citadel signee Adam Elliget and Mark Militzer advanced to the round of 32 in boys 18s at Mobile, Ala.
The small-court 10-and- under East section competition at Cayce Tennis Center saw Grace Baker and Dylan Voeks make it to the round of 16 in girls, and Otto Sewell advance to the round of 16 in boys.
Family Circle Tennis Center academy player Jessie Pegula’s world ranking has climbed nearly 500 places since the start of the year to a current No. 298 after her five wins in seven matches in Europe. The 21-year-old notched three straight qualifying tournament wins for the $250,000 Topshelf event in the Netherlands, just missing the main draw. She defeated a top 100 player along the way.
Diane Barker and the women’s 55 U.S. team failed in their bid to give the USTA a fourth straight Maureen Connolly Cup in La Baule, France, losing to Great Britain.