Francis Tiafoe loses in 3rd round of Wimbledon juniors

Tennis

Francis Tiafoe loses in 3rd round of Wimbledon juniors

After an error brought him within two points of conceding the opening set of his third-round match at Wimbledon's Junior Championships, Francis Tiafoe bashed his racket on the grass court and drew a warning from the chair umpire. He lost the set in a tiebreak. Then, after leveling the match at one set apiece only to fall behind in the third set, Tiafoe blasted a ball out of the court upon committing another gaffe. For that, he was docked a point that handed fellow American Noah Rubin triple match point. From there, the 18-year-old Rubin rolled to a 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-3 victory that landed him in today's quarterfinals. Tiafoe, 16, will head back to Riverdale Park without a trophy of any sort, bounced from the junior doubles event later in the day when he and fellow American Michael Mmoh were ousted by an unseeded Brazilian duo, 6-1, 7-6 (16-14). The 6-foot-1 Tiafoe flashed his considerable upside in the three singles matches he contested in his Wimbledon junior debut this week and in the two he played in last month's French Open junior event, where he was the No. 1 seed. He boasts a pro-caliber forehand and a potent, if occasionally erratic, first serve. But he was stopped short in both tournaments by bouts of inconsistency and immaturity, which took the form of negative body language on which opponents feast and emotional outbursts at critical junctures. Frank Salazar, coach of the top juniors at College Park's Junior Tennis Champions Center, where Tiafoe has trained since childhood, said he planned to discuss both with the junior, who has slipped from No. 2 in the world among boys 18-and-under to No. 8 in the past five weeks. "Part of maturity and part of being a champions and honoring the game and respecting the game is being able to control your emotions," Salazar said. "You're not going to see Federer or Nadal or any of those guys knock a ball out of Center Court." Salazar added that he had no doubt Tiafoe has the tools to contend for Wimbledon's junior title next year. But between now and then, he added, the youngster needs to focus on fundamentals. Chief among them: concentrating, making shots he ought to make, moving his feet, landing first serve and keeping his body language positive. Patrick McEnroe, general manager of pro player development for the U.S. Tennis Association, offered a similar analysis after watching the match. "Certainly he needs the maturity, and it's going to come," McEnroe said. "He's only 16."

Liz Clarke, The Washington Post

Colleges

Pa. wideout Moore commits to Maryland

Four-star wide receiver D.J. Moore, a rising senior at Imhotep High School in Philadelphia, announced his commitment to Maryland via Twitter on Wednesday night. "I'm Blessed To Say That Today I Have Committed To Being A Maryland Terp," Moore wrote. Rivals.com ranks the 6-foot, 200-pound Moore as Pennsylvania's No. 7 prospect in the class of 2015 and the nation's 33rd-best wide receiver. According to Rivals, he received offers from 14 schools, including Boston College, Duke, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and local school Temple. "He was kind of going back and forth, going to see some schools this summer. I think the last time he went down [to Maryland] was pretty much the clincher," Imhotep coach Albie Crosby said. "He got a great vibe from the school. He really enjoyed the campus, really enjoyed the coaching staff."

Aaron Dodson

Football: The Naval Academy announced Thursday that it has sold out its ticket allotment for December's Army-Navy Game, which will take place at M&T; Bank Stadium.

Men's lacrosse: Loyola Maryland assistant coach David Metzbower will join the North Carolina staff as offensive coordinator, sources said. Fellow Loyola High alumnus Joe Breschi, a Baltimore native, is the current Carolina head coach. Metzbower spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons at Loyola, where he took over for Dan Chemotti after the Greyhounds' 2012 national championship.

Inside Lacrosse

Baseball: Maryland second baseman Brandon Lowe and right-handed pitcher Mike Shawaryn have been named to the Baseball America Freshman All-America team. Lowe earned first-team honors, while Shawaryn received a spot on the second team.

Et cetera

McDonogh's Kelly invited to U.S. national team camp

McDonogh rising junior Keegan Kelly, an All-Metro first-team midfielder, has been selected to participate in the U.S. under-17 men's national team training camp, which begins Saturday in Carson, Calif. Kelly finished with five goals and 16 assists last fall to lift the Eagles to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship. This past weekend, he led the Baltimore Celtic Club under-16 team to the U.S. Youth Soccer Region 1 championship at the University of Rhode Island. The club went 5-0 to advance to the national tournament, set for July 21 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds. "He's taken a massive step forward and has really come into his own," said McDonogh and Baltimore Celtic coach Brandon Quaranta.

Glenn Graham

Women's bowling: UMES graduate Maria Rodriguez, a former National Player of the Year and three-time college national champion, was the top seed at the finals of the USBC Queens in Reno, Nev. This would be her first major title since turning professional.

Women's Premier Soccer League: The Washington Spirit and Boston Breakers played to a draw Wednesday night at the Maryland SoccerPlex in a game that featured six goals, six cards and a 30-plus-minute weather delay. Striker Jodie Taylor scored twice for the Spirit and drew a penalty in stoppage time to set up the equalizer by Diana Matheson.

Boys' lacrosse: The Baltimore Crabs won the under-19 boys Division I title at the Vail (Colo.) Lacrosse Shootout for the second year in a row Wednesday. Attackman Chase Wittich (Gilman), midfielder Jesse Uhlman (Westminster/Towson), defenseman Erik Evans (Calvert Hall) and faceoff specialist Hunter Moreland (Boys' Latin/Johns Hopkins) were chosen to the all-tournament team.

From Sun staff and news services

NBA: Washington has expressed interest in former veteran Wizards swingman Caron Butler, a person close to the free agent confirmed. Butler, 34, has also been contacted by the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers, the person said.

Matt Rennie, The Washington Post

 

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