Riverdale Park's Francis Tiafoe falls in second round of Junior French Open

June 03, 2014|Sports Digest

Francis Tiafoe of Riverdale Park, who on Sunday advanced to the second round of the 2014 Junior French Open with a straight-sets win, was eliminated Monday by unseeded German Jan Choinski. The Prince George's County product entered the tournament at Roland Garros as the No. 1 seed in the junior competition. "It's not easy," Tiafoe said afterward. "Obviously you're feeling pressure, me being the one seed, and the guy is playing unbelievable tennis. Obviously you're thinking you don't want to lose in the second round. I think it just comes out: all the emotions you feel inside. Sometimes it has to come out. And today, more than usual." Tiafoe took the first set from Choinski, 6-3, before dropping the next two and the match. Starting almost every game at a deficit, the struggle took a toll. He shrugged his shoulders, yelled, "So bad!" at one point and looked repeatedly to Frank Salazar, his coach at major events, as if to ask, "What more can I do?" "I definitely wasn't expecting this tournament to end like this," Tiafoe conceded later. "Everybody has bad losses here and there. But respect to the guy I played today: He played unbelievable. I hope he can go on a run this week."

Liz Clarke, The Washington Post

More: The Mid-Atlantic sectional finals of the US Open National Playoffs will be held today at College Park Tennis Club, with the winners moving on to the next round of U.S. Open wild-card qualification. Maryland players will feature in all three matches. Baltimorean Alexander Centenari, 24, a former Dartmouth player, will compete in the men's singles final, while Bethesda's Skylar Morton will face an opponent from New York in the women's final. Wisconsin player Sydney Monroe of Annapolis will look to advance in mixed doubles, alongside her partner from New Jersey.

Et cetera

After two games at Perdue Stadium in Salisbury over the weekend, National Pro Fastpitch came to Hanover on Monday, with the USSSA Pride of Florida concluding its series against the Pennsylvania Rebellion at 7 p.m. tonight at Joe Cannon Stadium. Both teams feature a handful of American Olympians, including pitcher Cat Osterman, outfielder Caitlin Lowe and shortstop Natasha Watley. The series finale will be broadcast online on ESPN3. Tickets can be purchased online through either team's website.

Varsity baseball: Laurel native Cody Morris recently accepted an invitation to Perfect Game's National Showcase in Fort Myers, Fla., from June 12-16. Morris is currently ranked as the No. 26 prospect nationally for the class of 2015, the No. 7 right-handed pitcher nationally and the No. 1 prospect in Maryland for the class of 2015. He has committed to South Carolina. Past invitees to the National Showcase include current Orioles third baseman Manny Machado.

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