By Steve Pratt
CARSON, Calif., (Friday, April 6, 2012) – The way Mitchell Krueger see it, life as a pro tennis player probably won’t be much different than the way he’s spent the past six weeks.
The top-seeded player in the boys’ 18s at the eighth annual USTA International Spring Championships, Krueger beat USTA training and doubles partner and No. 5-seeded Alexios Halebian of Glendale, Calif., 7-6 (5), 6-2, on Friday at the Home Depot Center to reach the semifinals.
After shadowing ATP Pro Janko Tipsarevic at Indian Wells in March, Krueger then paired with two-time Grand Slam champion Marat Safin of Russia in the Zurich Open in an event that teams former ATP Tour stars with top-ranked juniors. It was then back home to hit with 2005 ISC winner Sam Querrey on the clay at the Dallas Country Club in his home state and then to California for the present two-week junior swing of the USTA ISC and Easter Bowl.
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