But before that, please give a round of applause to our honorable mentions:
- Alexa Glatch had wins over #3 seed Lourdes Dominguez-Lino and local Jessica Moore before falling in final round of Australian Open qualies, 4-6 5-7. The wins should get her up close to the Top 400 with a lot of confidence and nothing to defend until October.
- Frances Tiafoe impressed his way to the Sunrise, FL $10K semifinals, qualifying and then beating #2 seed Darian King in a dramatic 0-6 7-6(7) 6-3 win, then beating fellow qualifier Tommy Mylkanov (CAN) 6-4 3-6 7-6(5), and then recording a 1&2 win over #7 seed Markus Eriksson.
- Samantha Crawford reached her first final since 2012 at the $25K in Plantation, FL.
- Deiton Baughman recorded 5 five-set wins, after earning a Special Exempt entry due to his semifinal the prior week, to win the $10K USA F3 in Sunrise. He opened the tournament with three consecutive 7-5 in the 3rd wins, and came from a set down in the last 4 matches.
- Sachia Vickery wins her first 1st ITF title, at the $25K in Plantation, FL
- Madison Brengle reaches 1st WTA final, in Hobart, Tasmania, raising her ranking to #64 (she was #91 to start the year, and #158 six months ago.
- Michael Russell qualifies for the Australian Open at 36. Legend.