Qualifying play took place Friday at the New Haven Open at Yale at the Connecticut Tennis Center in New Haven. The Melanie Oudin vs. Eva Birnerova match was held up for some time while medical staff evaluated Birnerova who was feeling ill. Birnerova eventually retired in the match due to heat illness. During the break, the ball boys and girls found shade to pass the time. Logan Berke, 13, of Woodbridge, left, waits alone as some of the girls, from left, Natalia Zhiltsova, 13, of Fairfield, Rachel Krug, 15, of Branford, and Tyler Papallo, 14, of Milford pass the time talking.
Richard Messina, Hartford Courant
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