Clay Courts - 18's - Finals

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  1. tennis5

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    So, did anyone else hear a strange story about the rain out of the Boy's 18's Finals at Clays and how it was handled.....
     
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  2. Austinator

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    Yes I did my coach's sons made it to the round of 32. They knew one of the guys who were down in score in the final. Since you didn't explain it, I suppose I will.

    At the National Clay Court Championships Final, one team was up 6-3 3-1 (I believe that's what it was) and it rained out and was cancelled. The team who received the gold ball (1st place award) was determined by a coin toss. that's just ridiculous. And then of course the team who was down a set and a break gets the gold ball. Once again, I *facepalm* at USTA.
     
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  3. Austinator

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    Sorry for the double post, I don't know my way around here yet and don't know how to edit posts but I will find out how shortly.

    My post was about the 18 doubles final, I have no idea what happened in the singles final if anything happened at all.
     
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  4. tennis5

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    My post was on the 18 singles final.
    I didn't post what I had heard as it seemed not credible....
    So, I am on this board to see if anyone was actually there at the finals?
     
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  5. Alohajrtennis

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    Come on, spill the beans...no final result posted yet....
     
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    One of TRN's regular contributors - Marcia Frost - was in Delray Beach. We have a story on the 18s planned for Friday, and Marcia is trying to get official explanations from people at the tournament and from the USTA. Again, that story is scheduled for Friday morning.

    Best,
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  7. Rob_C

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    Well, the draw says abandoned. Not sure if the tournament officials cancelled play, or something else. Dont think the players would choose not to play, especially after making the finals.
     
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  8. kme5150

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    Hiltzik won the first set 6-4 and then was up 3-1 when the rain came.
     
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  9. MethodTennis

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    so how was the winner decided or was there not one?
     
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  10. tennis5

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    As strange as it reads:

    Official record:

    1 seed Jared Hiltzik (Wilmette, IL) climbed into the final match against #16 seed George Goldhoff (Irvine, CA) claiming the first set 6-3. Mercilessly trying to keep momentum, Jared got up a break in the second set 3-1 before [you-know-who] brought her fury over the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. Conceivably Jared was just three games from the Boys 18 title: the illustrious Gold Ball, the potential Wild Card into the ATP event Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, and printing his name amongst the pantheon of Clay Court deities.
     
    The stage was set, trophies were put on presentation, ball kids on standby, TV commentators eager to report, and the eight day breath-hold was finally ready to be let out. Suddenly the rains came down and neither time nor radar showed a change to the torrential conditions.
     
    The Tournament Referee and Site Director brought all players in to do what millions of South Floridians do every day in the Seminole Casinos…gamble their life away. The law was laid down…a coin flip was set to determine which clay court venture capitalist would acquire some shiny hardware.  Fear not: No moral hazard was to be infringed upon as points earned to get to the finals would be evenly divided. All that was to be left up to chance were the glitters n’ gold.
     
    Operation ‘heads or tails’ commenced. In a packed room surrounding the tournament desk, umpired by Referees, tournament staff and parents, doubles teams approached the desk finding a lighthearted humor in the ‘coin flip’ … requesting alternative games of risk like ‘thumb war,’ ‘twister’ and ‘rock, paper, scissors’. But suddenly the buoyant vibe dissipated when Jared Hiltzik and George Goldhoff advanced to the pulpit. The realization that the Boys 18s title would be (trophy-wise) left to chance suddenly rang a more sullen chord…all those years of working towards the Gold Ball and ::: poof:::: decided by either George Washington or his shadow, the flying eagle. Goldhoff and Washington may share the same first name, but Jared and GW were #1. Quandaries, quandaries…
     
    George cleared his throat and prepared to call the flip mid-air. With everyone’s breath clenched the coin landed favoring…the Hoff. Such conflict: to secure heads while losing sensation in your face. Background emotions became nearly suffocating and with all eyes on George and Jared, the boys turned to each other and embraced as if sheltering their eyes from the room piercing them. Walking outside they prepared a smile for the media cameras. Positioned with award and a jilted smile, George turned to his once adversary and now compatriot and said, “Here [Jared], you deserve it.”
     
    And just like that, Danielle Steele was cursing her loss over this heroic tale of scandalous coins, golden crowns, dismal climates and festive climaxes.
     
    What this finale proved was that after all the years of training and sacrifice-directed competition, all of the off-court personal growth and development (the stuff taught by parents, teachers, coaches and peers) showed that both George Goldhoff and Jared Hilztik took home the ultimate prize…the Golden Mensches titles and Day 8 Boys 18 “Players of the Day.”
     
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  11. Rob_C

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    Couldnt they have finished the match the next day?
     
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  12. MethodTennis

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    Thats an absolute joke. No one ever think of finishing it later or finishing it the next day, or hell even finishing the clay courts on indoor hard court! Anything would have been better than that
     
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  13. Austinator

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    People have flights to catch.
     
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    I'm still none the wiser, who was awarded the win?

    It seems Goldhoff won on the coin toss but gave the win to Hiltzik, is that correct?
     
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  15. tennis5

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    Good question. I am hearing that Goldhoff won the coin toss and gave the gold ball to Hiltzik, but that Goldhoff kept the wild card?

    I don't know who was awarded the win. Wish someone would chime in who was there.......

    But, it appears the biggest issue is who gets all the good wild cards that go along with being the winner......
     
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  16. Rob_C

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    ???

    People like who?? The Tournament Director?? The staff?? I'm assuming here, but I'm pretty sure the two finalists would've preferred sticking around an extra day to complete things properly.
     
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    Wow, that sounds ridiculous. Chalk that up as a win for the USTA?
     
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  20. andfor

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    Your right, the Semis and Finals must be played on the surface the tournament was intended to be played on. Although this outcome was ridiculous on the surface and it is, I'm sure over the years the USTA has dealt with this many times before. I'm also sure there is solid rational behind the processes.
     
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  21. Number1Coach

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    Seems like Goldhoff is the smartest one I have heard of ,made the absolute right move and we will still debate it here .LOLOLO

    Great charactor ,common sense and in reality. Great kid Goldhoff.
     
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  23. tennis5

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    Wild cards still up in the air. No decision has been made.
     
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  25. Tennishacker

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    How ridiculous.
    Has there ever been a "coin flip" at any of the Grand Slams?

    Super's are the pinnacle for the majority of junior career's.

    USTA has the money to pay for the players, umpire, can of balls to have the finals played out.

    Coin flip, what a disgrace for American junior tennis!
     
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  26. andfor

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    Yea. Let's next compare the NFL to Pun, Pass and Kick. Why not also comp everyone's hotel, travel, coaching, entry fees, food and misc. fees along with holding up any tournaments being played the following week?
     
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