Mitchell Krueger is still in the early stages of his pro career, but he’s having a memorable week.The 19-year-old from Aledo was selected as a hitting partner for the United States Davis Cup team for its quarterfinal match against No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic and Serbia.Krueger has spent the week in Boise, Idaho, hitting with the U.S. squad of John Isner, Sam Querrey and the doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan.“It’s been a ton of fun,” Krueger said. “I’ve hit with all these guys before, but to be able to hit with them for an extended period, day in and day out, has been great.”Krueger said the experience has provided motivation to continue to improve his game.“This is a great opportunity,” he said. “I definitely see myself here [playing for the U.S.] someday. This makes me only want to be on the team more.”Krueger has a long way to go to reach that point, but his ranking has jumped 36 spots in the past two weeks. He’s still ranked a modest No. 749, but he’s headed in the right direction. Krueger turned pro last summer with the backing of the USTA after he became the top American junior and reached No. 5 in the world. Recently, he has started to consistently reach the round of 16 at Futures events.Wild updateWhile Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi might not have the name recognition of some of his Texas Wild teammates, he’s proving he has the game.Qureshi, who is a household name in his native Pakistan, could soon make a name for himself among fans of the Irving-based Wild of Mylan World TeamTennis.Qureshi and partner Jean-Julien Rojer won their first ATP Tour Masters 1000 title last week at Miami with a victory over Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski, 6-4, 6-1.“I feel ecstatic,” Qureshi told the ATP after the victory. “We both knew we had to go all out to win a title, especially such a big one. I’ve never had such a big result the first quarter of the year, so it feels great.“Every day is a new day. We were six match points down in our second match. Everything turned around. Sometimes you need some luck to win these big tournaments. The tennis gods were on our side this tournament, but we also worked hard.”The title was the eighth of Qureshi’s career and his third with his Dutch partner. They won twice last year, at Estoril and Halle, and qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.Qureshi’s Wild teammate, Eugenie Bouchard of Canada, got off to a good start at Miami with a victory over Shahar Peer, but the 19-year-old Bouchard ran into eventual finalist Maria Sharapova in the second round. Bouchard, who is ranked No. 114, lost 6-2, 6-0 to the No. 2-ranked Sharapova.Texas Wild’s marque players, Bob and Mike Bryan, remained the No. 1-ranked doubles team in the world despite making an uncharacteristic early exit in Miami. The brothers lost in the first round to Max Mirnyi and Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 2-6, 10-5. The Bryans, however, were coming off their record 86th career title at Indian Wells, Calif.The Wild makes its home debut July 10 at the Four Seasons Resort & Club in Las Colinas. For tickets go to Texaswildtennis.com.Briefly• The Arlington Tennis Center will once again host the U.S. Open National Playoffs USTA Texas Sectional Qualifying tournament for the fourth year in a row, June 24-29. The tournament allows players 14 and older to earn a berth in the U.S. Open National Playoffs in men’s and women’s singles and mixed doubles. To register or for more information go to USOpen.org/NationalPlayoffs. The deadline to enter the Texas sectional is June 10. The entry fee is $100 for singles and $120 for mixed doubles team ($60 per player).• Eight Texas teams, including five-time national champion Texas A&M, have advanced to the USTA’s Tennis on Campus National Championship in Surprise, Ariz., this week. The event features coed intramural and club tennis teams representing 64 colleges and universities across the country. Joining A&M are Baylor, Lone Star-CyFair, SMU, Texas State, UT Austin, Texas Tech and UT San Antonio.
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