by Julie Wrege
Sunday, July 25, 2004
On a cool, blustery day north of Washington, DC, local Mid-Atlantic favorite Treat Huey of Alexandria, VA took to court against Florida?s Daniel Yoo. All in attendance were expecting a great clay court match as both young men are experienced clay courters, and Treat and Daniel gave the crowd what they were expecting. Often one would hear the crowd "ooh and aah" at the high level of play and shot selection of both players.
The first set was close all the way. Early on Huey used his drop shot effectively, but overuse may have opened the door for Yoo to be able to anticipate it. At 5-all in the first set, Huey got down 0-40 on his serve. After missing the first service, Yoo took advantage of a weak 2nd service when the toss had been affected by the wind, and his return was too strong for Huey to return.
With Yoo ahead 6-5 and serving for the set, Huey seemed to try for more powerful returns and groundstrokes, but this resulted in three (3) unforced Huey errors. Yoo closed out the 1st set 7-5.
The biased crowd really tried to bolster Huey in the 2nd set, but Yoo seemed to relax a bit having the 1st set in his pocket. His returns were more forceful and he decided to come in to net more than earlier in the match. Huey never seemed to be able to regain the composure he had early in the match, and the 2nd set and match went to Yoo 6-3.
After winning match point, Yoo collapsed on the court for about 30 seconds. When later asked what had happened, he said "I could not believe that I had actually won a USTA National Junior Championship. I was just overcome with emotion."
But Daniel regained his composure as he was awarded the Boys' 18 trophy along with the coveted wild card into the main draw of the Legg-Mason Classic that will be played in Washington, DC beginning on August 14th. Treat Huey was awarded a wild card into the Legg-Mason qualifier.