Warming Trend: Kong Breaks Through to Win Boys 14s Title
Daniel Kong captured his first gold ball by winning the Boys 14s singles title at the USTA Winter National Championships. The New York native beat Humza Noor in three sets in the final. Carson Baker and Lucas Coriaty were the doubles champions.
Maltby Captures Two Gold Balls at Girls 14s Winter Nationals
Susanna Maltby captured the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Girls 14s Winter Nationals in Arizona. The blue chip from Illinois, seeded third, defeated No. 10 Ava Bruno in the singles final and teamed with Sage Loudon to capture the doubles crown.
Zhao and Kelley Capture 12s Singles Titles, First Gold Balls
The singles and doubles champions at the USTA Boys and Girls 12s Winter Nationals all captured the first gold balls of their careers. Elena Zhao won the girls singles title and Gray Kelley captured the boys singles title.
Yakoff and Basavareddy Capture Junior Orange Bowl 14s Titles
Overcoming rain and a compressed schedule, Americans Stephanie Yakoff and Nishesh Basavareddy took the 14s titles at the 58th edition of Junior Orange Bowl in Coral Gables, Florida. Mirra Andreeva of Russia and Benjamin Gusic Wan of Great Britain claimed the championships in the 12s division.
Montgomery, Krueger Among Orange Bowl Singles Champions
Robin Montgomery, Thiago Tirante, Ashlyn Krueger and Daniel Rincon overcame every challenge to capture singles titles at the 73rd edition of the Orange Bowl in Florida. Tirante's victory secured the year-end No. 1 ITF World Junior ranking.
Argentina's Tirante, Germany's Lys Claim Eddie Herr ITF Titles
The ITF Grade 1 Eddie Herr Championships at the IMG Academy produced expected and unexpected winners, with No. 2 seed Thiago Tirante of Argentina taking the boys title and qualifier Eva Lys of Germany earning the girls title.
Americans Sweep Eddie Herr 16s Titles, Historic 12s India Win
American players swept the 16s division titles at the Eddie Herr International Championships at IMG Academy, with the United States capturing all four championships in that age group. Manas Dhamne made history in the 12s, becoming the first player from India to win an Eddie Herr singles title.
Keeping Up: Capital City Classic Debuts at Michigan State
Michigan State saw the trend spreading around the country, so the Spartans decided to host the state's first men’s professional tournament since 1988. The $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit Capital City Tennis Classic debuted last week, providing Michigan State players an opportunity to sample professional tennis.
Montgomery and Hotard Earn Pan American Closed Titles
Robin Montgomery and Welsh Hotard put together impressive runs last week to win their first International Tennis Federation Grade 1 titles at the Pan American Closed in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Montgomery and Hotard secured their titles with straight-set victories in the final.
Team USA Wins Unprecedented 3rd Straight Junior Fed Cup Title
The United States won an unprecedented third straight Junior Fed Cup title, and was able to celebrate on home soil at the USTA's National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida. Japan captured the Junior Davis Cup title with a victory over the U.S. in the final.
Osorio Serrano and Forejtek Capture U.S. Open Titles
Colombia’s Maria Camila Osorio Serrano and Czech Republic’s Jonas Forejtek captured the U.S. Open Junior singles titles and took over the top spot in the ITF world junior rankings with victories over Americans in the finals.
Latvians Sweep ITF International Hard Court Titles
Amid heat and thunderstorms, Kamilla Bartone and Karlis Ozolins of Latvia captured the singles titles with three-set victories in the final of the International Tennis Federation Grade 1 tournament in College Park, Maryland.
Gold Balls and New Cars Bring Joy to National Doubles Champs
Partnerships took center stage on Sunday during the USTA National Doubles Championship at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. Many players captured their first gold ball, and Kelsey Mize will be receiving a new car after winning a longstanding bet with her father.
Volynets Experiences 'Surge of Energy and Joy' After 18s Title Win
Katie Volynets was filled with emotion after capturing the Girls 18s singles title at the USTA Billie Jean King National Championships in San Diego. The No. 2 seed defeated No. 3 Emma Navarro to secure a wild card into the U.S. Open women's singles main draw. Abigail Forbes and Alexa Noel secured the doubles title and a U.S. Open wild card in their debut as a team.
Svajda Captures 18s Singles Title in Kalamazoo Debut
Zachary Svajda was a quick study in his first appearance at the USTA Boys 18s and 16s National Championships in Kalamazoo, with the 16-year-old capturing his first gold ball and a U.S. Open main draw wild card with a 6-7(3) 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Govind Nanda in the 18s singles final.
Brantmeier Breaks Through To Secure First Gold Ball
Reese Brantmeier notched a decisive upset win over top-seeded Valencia Xu in the Girls 16s singles final at the USTA Billie Jean King National Championships to capture the first gold ball of her career. The 14-year-old became only the second player from Wisconsin to win the title in the event's history.
Bernard Stages Comeback to Capture Boys 16s Title
Top seeded Alex Bernard rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the third set and saved a match point to capture the Boys 16s singles title at the USTA National Championships with a 5-7, 6-1, 7-5 win over No. 4 Aidan Mayo at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium.
Rabman Overcomes Nerves to Secure Girls 14s Title
Theadora Rabman overcame nerves to capture the USTA National Championships Girls 14s singles title with a 6-7(1), 6-1, 6-1 victory in the final over Brooklyn Olson in Rome, Georgia.
Williams Goes The Distance To Win Boys 14s Title
Cooper Williams won four three-set matches on his way to capturing the first USTA singles gold ball of his career. The fourth-seeded Williams defeated No. 3 Nicholas Godsick 6-1, 7-5 in the final of the Boys 14s National Championships in Mobile, Alabama.
Consistency Is Key To Claire An Winning Girls 12s Title
Claire An committed just nine unforced errors in winning the USTA National Championships Girls 12s singles title in Alpharetta, Georgia. The New York native defeated Bella Payne of Taylors, South Carolina, 6-2, 6-2 at the Windward Lake Club.
Exsted Digs Deep in Final to Capture Gold in Boys 12s
Max Exsted battled back from a large first-set deficit in the final to capture the singles title at the USTA Boys 12s National Championship in Mobile, Alabama. The No. 3 seed beat No. 2 Abhinav Chunduru 7-6 (5), 6-0 to capture his first singles gold ball.
Nakashima, Damm, Bernard Head Kalamazoo Fields
The top two 18s seeds for the 2019 USTA Boys National Championships have already experienced the satisfaction of addressing Kalamazoo’s Stowe Stadium crowd after claiming a winner’s trophy. Top seed Brandon Nakashima earned the 16s title in 2017 and No. 2 seed Martin Damm won it last year.
Allen Finds His Footing to Win Boys 18s Gold Ball
Despite spraining his ankle before the tournament, Leighton Allen lived up to his No. 1 seed billing by capturing the singles title at the USTA Boys 18 National Clay Court Championships in Delray Beach, Florida. Singles finalist Logan Zapp teamed with Aryan Chaudhary to win the doubles title.
Price Secures Gold Ball, Junior U.S. Open Wild Card
Gabriella Price needed match play after recovering from an ankle injury. She went the distance at the USTA Girls 18 National Clay Court Championshps, capturing the singles title and a Junior U.S. Open main draw wild card. Lauren Stein and Reilly Tran captured the doubles titles at the LTP Tennis Club.
Nisbet Makes 'Totally Unexpected' Golden Run in Girls 16s
Playing "up" a division proved beneficial for Aubrey Nisbet. The 14-year-old captured her first singles gold ball at the USTA Girls 16 National Clay Court Championships at the Athletic Club Alabama. Sonia Maheshwari and Lina Mohamed won the doubles title.
Casper Digs Deep to Secure Another Gold Ball in Boys 16s
Luke Casper saved seven championship points to outlast Samir Banerjee 3-6, 7-6(1), 7-6(6) and capture the singles gold ball at the USTA Boys 16 National Clay Court Championships in Delray Beach. Ben Shelton and Maxwell Smith also needed three close sets to win the doubles title.
Smejkal Goes the Distance To Capture 14s Singles Gold Ball
Lara Smejkal lost the second set in each of her final three matches at the USTA Girls 14s National Clay Court Championships, but still prevailed to win her first gold ball in singles. Alexis Blokhina and Natalia Perez won the doubles title in Plantation, Florida.
Basavareddy Cruises to Boys 14s Clays Singles Title
Unseeded Nishesh Basavareddy dropped only one game in the final to capture the Boys 14s singles title at the USTA National Clay Court Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Nicholas Godsick won the gold ball in doubles with partner Joseph Phillips and the bronze ball in singles.
Payne Captures First Gold Ball By Winning Girls 12s
Bella Payne captured her first gold ball by winning the singles title at the USTA Girls 12 National Clay Court Championships in Boca Raton, Florida. Claire An and Caitlin Bui were the doubles champions at the Polo Club in Boca Raton.
Boys 12s Winners Add to Their Gold Ball Collections
Repeat gold ball winners were abundant in the USTA Boys 12s National Clay Court Championships at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. Abhishek Thorat captured the singles crown while Max Exsted and Cooper Woestendick were the doubles champions.
Mochizuki Makes History, Americans Win Doubles Title at Junior Wimbledon
History was made during this year's Junior Wimbledon Championships when Shintaro Mochizuki became the first Japanese boy to win a junior slam singles title. Unseeded Daria Snigur captured the girls singles title, and Americans Abigail Forbes and Savannah Broadus won the girls doubles crown at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
USTA Pro Circuit Event Returns to Iowa
The University of Iowa Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex is hosting a United States Tennis Association Pro Circuit event on July 15th. The Old Capitol Tennis Championships, a men’s professional tournament, will return for a second consecutive year in Iowa City.
Gupta Captures Prestigious Boys CIF Title at The Ojai
Junior champions were crowned over the weekend at the prestigious 119th Ojai Tennis Tournament in Ojai, California. The winners and finalists will add their faces to the photo boards at Libbey Park that include many legends of the sport.
Top Seeds Black, Draxl Earn ITF Grade 1 Titles
Top seeds Hurricane Tyra Black and Liam Draxl both held off the challenges of young Californian wild cards to claim the singles crowns at the ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Chang and Woldeab Claim ISC 16s Titles in Carson
Two unseeded 15-year-old Californians earned titles in the 16s division at the International Spring Championships, with Berkeley’s Alexander Chang and La Mesa’s Winta Woldeab claiming the crowns by identical 6-3, 6-4 scores in the finals.
Hohmann and Navarro Crowned Easter Bowl ITF Champions
Ron Hohmann and Emma Navarro captured the ITF Easter Bowl singles titles last week in Indian Wells. Hohmann became the first qualifier to win a title and Navarro was a repeat champion after capturing the 16s title in 2017.
Banerjee, Ovrootsky Claim Easter Bowl 16s Titles
Samir Banerjee and Vivian Ovrootsky recorded straight set victories in their respective finals to capture the boys and girls singles titles at the Easter Bowl National Championships in Indian Wells.
Past Results Motivate Easter Bowl 12s and 14s Champions
Three of the four champions in the 12s and 14s divisions at last week’s Easter Bowl Championships arrived in Indian Wells determined to improve on their previous appearances at the prestigious USTA Level 1 National event.
High School Team Championships Ready For 12th Annual Event
The 2019 edition of the DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships presented by Icy Hot will take place on Friday and Saturday in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The 12th annual event will feature 68 teams from 13 states.
Firecrackers and Patriots Capture USTA Spring Team Titles
Dealing with a variance in weather and opponents, the Patriots and Firecrackers walked away with titles at the USTA National Spring Team Championships in Mobile, Alabama earlier this week.
Seeing Double: Chunduru Twins Share Big Dreams
Abhinav and Prathinav Chunduru captured the first gold balls of their careers last month by capturing the Boys 12s doubles title at the USTA Winter Nationals. The identical twins have big dreams for their tennis careers, and yes, they hear the comparisons to Bob and Mike Bryan.
Georgia Weathers Several Storms to Capture ITA Indoor Title
The Georgia women's team staged several impressive rallies to capture the program's fourth ITA National Indoor Championship title, capped by a 4-3 win over defending champion North Carolina on Tuesday afternoon in Seattle.
Ravichander Wins Boys 18s Title for Gold Ball Breakthrough
With motivational words written on his arm, Ishaan Ravichander captured the first gold ball of his career by winning the Boys 18s singles title at the USTA Winter National Championships in Lake Nona, Florida. Jeremie Casabon and Henry Ruger won the doubles crown.
Ma Joins Exclusive Company by Capturing Girls 18s Titles
Connie Ma became only the third player in the event's history to capture the Girls 18s singles and doubles titles at the USTA Winter National Championships in Lake Nona, Florida. The 15-year-old blue chip paired with Anna Campana to take home the doubles crown.
Maslova Rallies From a Set Down to Win Girls 16s Title
Nadejda Maslova rallied to capture the Girls 16s singles title at the USTA Winter Nationals in Lake Nona, Florida with a three-set victory over Leyden Games. Top seeds Ava Catanzarite and Avery Durham were crowned the doubles champions.
Ankle Injury Doesn't Slow Casper's Run to Boys 16s Title
Luke Casper's ankle injury didn't hinder his performance at the USTA Winter National Championships in Florida. The blue chip sophomore captured his first career gold ball by winning the Boys 16s singles title. Samir Banerjee and Louis Cloud won the doubles crown.
Bhakta Earns 14s Gold Ball for Birthday Celebration
Ria Bhakta celebrated her 14th birthday by capturing the Girls 14s singles title at Winter Nationals in Tucson, Arizona. Bhakta didn't drop a game in the final, beating Kinaa Graham 6-0, 6-0. Tsehay Driscoll and Emma Roeck won the doubles crown.
Gorzny Rallies in Final to Win Boys 14s Title
Sebastian Gorzny of Irvine, California rallied from a set down in the final to capture the Boys 14s singles title at the Winter Nationals in Tucson, Arizona. Lucas Brown and Aidan Kim won the doubles crown.
Nguyen, Yin Capture 12s Titles, First Gold Balls
Mason Nguyen and Amber Yin captured their first gold balls by winning the Boys 12s and Girls 12s singles titles, respectively, at Winter Nationals in Tucson, Arizona. Yin also won the doubles title.
Americans Sweep 12s Titles at Junior Orange Bowl
The top seeds in the 12s divisions dominated the competition in the 57th edition of the Junior Orange Bowl, with Americans Clervie Ngounoue and Rudy Quan claiming titles. Coleman Wong of Hong Kong and Melisa Ercan of Turkey made history for their countries in the 14s.
Rybakov, Gordon Capture Blizzard Wild Card Challenge Titles
TCU senior Alex Rybakov and Stanford sophomore Michaela Gordon won the Blizzard Wild Card Challenge titles at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. The All-Americans received wild cards into a professional event and spots on the 2019 USTA Collegiate National Team.
Gauff and Virtanen Claim ITF Orange Bowl Titles
Americans Coco Gauff and Madison Sieg swept the girls singles titles at the Orange Bowl, and Otto Virtanen made history by becoming the first player from Finland to win a singles title at the prestigious event in Florida.
2018 Eddie Herr Champions Are Crowned
The United States had at least one finalist in six of the eight divisions in last week’s Eddie Herr International Tennis Championships, with two emerging as champions while local fans were treated to outstanding tennis in all eight finals.
Defending Champ Andreev, World No. 1 Burel Return to Eddie Herr
The ITF Grade 1 Eddie Herr Championships welcome back two of the top juniors in the ITF World Junior rankings, with 2017 boys champion Adrian Andreev of Bulgaria and 2017 girls finalist Clara Burel of France returning to the Har-Tru courts at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
Perez Takes Surgical Approach to Winning Title
Fabiola Perez, an aspiring surgeon, won the Girls 18s singles title at the TennisRecruiting.net National Junior Level 7 tournament last week in Miami. Perez didn't drop a set in three matches.
Nanda, Mandlik Earn First Grade 1 Titles
In a tournament greatly marred by weather delays, Govind Nanda and Elli Mandlik survived to capture their first ITF Grade 1 singles titles by winning the Pan American Closed last week at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
Gonzaga's Whittle Completes Historic Run at ITA All-American
Gonzaga senior Sophie Whittle made a historic run to the singles title at the ITA All-American Championships. Despite badly spraining her ankle in the final, the qualifier and former four-star recruit became the first player in Gonzaga history to win an ITA National title.
The Heat Was on Junior U.S. Open Champions
Brazil’s Thiago Seyboth Wild and China’s Xiyu Wang earned their countries’ first boys and girls U.S. Open Junior Championship titles under the roof of the new Louis Armstrong Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Americans Caty McNally and Coco Gauff won the girls doubles title.
Volynets and Klier Claim International Hard Court Titles
American Katie Volynets and Brazilian Gilbert Soares Klier Junior both earned their second International Tennis Federation Grade 1 titles last Saturday in College Park, Maryland. However, their last steps on their paths to Prince George’s County International Hard Court titles diverged.
Brooksby Breezes to Kalamazoo 18s Title
Jensen Brooksby made it 2 for 2 in winning prestigious junior tournament titles this year. A few months after winning Easter Bowl, the TCU commit captured the Boys 18s singles title at the USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo.
Osuigwe Sweeps Girls 18s Titles, U.S. Open Wild Cards
Whitney Osuigwe captured the Girls 18s singles and doubles titles at the USTA Billie Jean King National Hard Court Championships in San Diego. Fighting back from an early deficit in singles, Osuigwe received wild cards into the main draw of the U.S. Open women's singles and doubles.
Damm Makes History with Kalamazoo 16s Title
Martin Damm became the youngest Boys 16s singles champion at the USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo since the age divison changed from 15 to 16 in 1963. The 14-year-old wild card defeated Zane Khan in straight sets in the final.
New Outfit, Lucky Penny Boost Crawley's Championship Outlook
A new outfit and a lucky penny provided Fiona Crawley peace of mind before she took the court for the Girls 16s singles final at the USTA Billie Jean King Hard Court National Championships. The blue chip captured the title in straight sets to earn a gold ball and a wild card into the U.S. Open Junior Championships.
Shang Powers Way to Boys 14s Title
Juncheng Shang added to his collection of titles at the USTA Boys 14s National Hard Court Championships. The Beijing native and Florida resident won the gold ball with a straight set victory over Nicholas Heng in the final in Mobile, Alabama
From Brink of Defeat to Girls 14s Champion, Yu Claws Back
Feeling the pressure as the top seed, Eleana Yu went from the brink of elimination to winning the singles title at the USTA Girls 14s National Hard Court Championships in Rome, Georgia. It marked the second straight national hard court title for Yu after winning the Girls 12s event last year.
Rudy Quan Continues To Roll in Alabama
Top-seeded Rudy Quan won his fifth straight national singles title by defeating Dylan Charlap in straight sets at the USTA Boys 12s National Hard Court Championships in Mobile, Alabama. Quan has yet to lose a set in his five title runs.
Puerto Rico's Perez Nets Two Gold Balls
Puerto Rico's Natalia Perez captured two gold balls at the USTA Girls 12s National Hard Court Championships in Alpharetta, Georgia. Perez outlasted doubles partner Brooklyn Olson in three sets in the singles final.
Gauff Gets Wins and Hugs From Little Brother in San Diego
Cori "Coco" Gauff has received hugs from her little brother Cameron, 5, after every match at the USTA Girls 18s National Hard Court Championships this week in San Diego. It's only the second tournament outside of their home state of Florida Cameron has been able to attend to watch his sister play.
Kypson Set To Defend 18s Title; Chopra Top Seed in 16s
Patrick Kypson is returning to Kalamazoo this year to seek a third singles title at the USTA National Championships, a rare accomplishment in the tournament’s 75 years. Kypson is the top seed in the Boys 18s while Keshav Chopra is the No. 1 seed in the Boys 16s.
Rajesh Showcases His Very Best In Boys 18s Title Run
Neel Rajesh, a four-star rising senior, earned his first USTA gold ball in scintillating fashion. Seeded in the group from 33rd to 64th, he won all eight of his singles matches in Delray Beach, Florida, capped by a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 upset of defending champion Axel Nefve in the championship match of the USTA Boys 18 National Clay Court Championships.
Hometown Support Boosts Navarro to Girls 18s Titles
Playing at her home club in front of family, friends and even her dog, Emma Navarro captured the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Girls 18s National Clay Court Championships. The blue chip rising junior provided a special ending for the event's debut at LTP Tennis Club in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.
Present-Minded Approach Helps Zapp Win Boys 16s Titles
Staying focused on the task at hand helped Logan Zapp capture the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Boys 16s National Clay Court Championships. The five-star recruit dropped only two games in the singles final in his home state of Florida.
From Frazzled to Champion, Zamarripa Captures Girls 16s Title
After misreading her match time early at the USTA Girls 16s National Clay Court Championships and taking the court unexpectedly, Allura Zamarripa managed to stay composed and walk away with her first gold ball in singles. The rising sophomore blue chip defeated No. 1 Valencia Xu in the final, while Xu teamed with Elise Wagle to win the doubles title in Memphis.
Heng Rises to the Challenge to Capture Boys 14s Title
Nicholas Heng used the experience gained in the last year to emerge as the champion of the USTA Boys 14s National Clay Court Championships. The blue chip rising eighth grader rallied to beat John Kim in three sets in the final.
Ngounoue Caps Birthday Week With Girls 14s Title
Clervie Ngounoue celebrated her 12th birthday week in style, capturing the singles title at the USTA Girls 14 National Clay Court Championships at Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Florida. The blue chip rising seventh grader defeated top-seeded Vivian Ovrootsky in the final in three sets.
Boca Raton's Slama Wins Hometown Championship
Blue Chip Mia Slama took the lessons learned from last year's USTA Girls 12 National Clay Court Championship to grow into this year's champion. The Boca Raton native defeated Alexia Harmon in three sets in the final last Saturday.
Quan Prolongs Successful Run at Boys 12s Clays
Rudy Quan continued his sensational play this year by capturing the singles and doubles title at the USTA Boys 12 National Clay Court Championships at the National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida. The blue chip rising eighth grader also won singles titles at Winter Nationals and Easter Bowl.
Tseng, Swiatek Claim Wimbledon Junior Titles
Taiwan’s Chun Hsin Tseng and Poland’s Iga Swiatek each dropped only one set on their way to capturing the singles titles at the Wimbledon Junior Championships. The only American represenation in the finals came in girls doubles, where Caty McNally and Whitney Osuigwe lost in straight sets.
TCU Welcomes Chance to Host ITA National Summer Championships
Texas Christian University is hosting the ITA National Summer Championships for the second straight year with hopes of becoming the permanent home. This year's event will feature $20,000 in prize money along with usual wildcards into the ITA All-American Championships.
Zhang, Rabjohns Claim Midwest Closed Titles
Top seed Andrew Zhang and No. 2 seed Kiley Rabjohns won their first Midwest Closed singles titles on Thursday at the Barbara Wynne Tennis Center at North Central High School in Indianapolis, taking the 18s championship matches in contrasting fashion.
Georgia Southern Joins ITA Summer Circuit Calendar
Georgia Southern University is hosting an ITA Summer Circuit event for the first time this year at the Wallis Tennis Center. The circuit consists of 49 events spanning six consecutive weekends from mid-June through July. The points winners earn automatic entry into the ITA Summer National Championships at TCU.
O’Dell and Benabraham Capture USTA Level 2 Titles
Rain was no obstacle for Amber O’Dell and Daniella Benabraham. Despite having to move indoors to play, the two captured singles titles at the USTA Level 2 National tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan with straight-set victories in the finals.
Black, Nakashima Win ITF International Spring Championships
Although their final steps were very different, Brandon Nakashima and Hurricane Tyra Black both captured their first ITF Grade 1 titles at the International Spring Championships last Sunday. Zachery Lim and Anne Lutkemeyer Obregon won the 16s titles.
Brooksby and Volynets Capture Easter Bowl ITF Titles
Northern Californian's Katie Volynets and Jenson Brooksby both rallied from a set down in their championship matches to defeat the top seeds on Easter Sunday and capture the Easter Bowl ITF singles titles at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Chopra and Lee Earn Easter Bowl 16s Titles
Keshav Chopra and Anessa Lee started the 2018 Easter Bowl with contrasting expectations, and navigated different paths to the 16s singles finals. But they both ended the event with gold balls after capturing the titles at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Yu, Kuzuhara, Quan and Ngounoue Claim Easter Bowl Titles
Rudy Quan and Clervie Ngounoue captured the 12s singles titles while Eleana Yu and Bruno Kuzuhara reigned victorious in 14s singles at the 51st edition of the Easter Bowl. Ngounoue teamed with singles final opponent, Stephanie Yakoff, to also win the doubles title.
Stingrays and Titans Claim USTA Spring Team Titles
New mixed with old to help the Stingrays and Titans capture the titles at the USTA National Spring Team Championships this week at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama. The Stingrays beat the Diamondbacks in the girls final and the Titans beat the Eagles in the boys final.
Hohmann and Crowley Claim USTA Level 2 Titles
Sixteen-year-olds Ron Hohmann and Briana Crowley, who come from colder climes but now train in Florida, captured the singles titles at the USTA National Level 2 18s tournament at the National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida.
Chopra Celebrates Holidays By Winning Boys 16s Titles
Keshav Chopra didn't spend much time celebrating the holidays. The blue chip sophomore was more focused on trying to win the first ball of his career. Chopra doubled his pleasure by capturing gold balls in the Boys 16s singles and doubles at the USTA Winter National Champioships in Florida.
Pielet Lives Up To Top Billing By Winning Girls 16s Titles
Top-seeded Gianna Pielet didn't cower amid high expectations at the USTA Winter National Championships in Florida. The El Paso, Texas resident swept the singles and doubles titles in the Girls 16s division two months after winning the National Indoors title in singles.
Castillo Makes Triumphant Return to Win Girls 14s Singles Title
Midori Castillo Meza just wanted to win one match at the USTA Winter National Championships in Arizona to improve from last year's result. The Chula Vista, California resident accomplished much more. She won the Girls 14s singles title while only losing two sets.
Banerjee Sustains Success With Two Titles in Boys 14s
Samir Banerjee carried over his confidence, mental discipline and maturity stemming from his stellar play at the National Indoor Championships and Orange Bowl to capture the Boys 14s singles and doubles titles at the USTA Winter National Championships in Tucson, Arizona.
Yakoff Makes Full Recovery to Win Two Gold Balls in Girls 12s
Stephanie Yakoff recovered from an elbow injury to return to top form at the USTA Winter National Championships in Arizona. The Fort Lee, New Jersey native won the Girls 12s singles and doubles titles without losing a single set in the tournament.
Quan Makes Dominant First Impression To Win Boys 12s Title
Rudy Quan made a strong first impression in his first national championship. The Roseville, California native dropped only 13 total games in seven matches to capture the gold ball in Boys 12s singles at the USTA Winter National Championships in Arizona.
Crawley Hits Her Stride On Clay to Capture 18s Title
Fiona Crawley started the new year with the same positive momentum she established in 2017, defeating Sophia Graver 6-1, 7-5 to capture the Girls 18s singles title at the USTA Winter National Championships in Florida. The blue chip sophomore from San Antonio played some of her best tennis to earn another gold ball on clay.
Alshon Finishes Strong To Capture Boys 18s Title
In a bizarre day that started by warming up with his mom and ended by fixing a flat tire, Christian Alshon managed to capture the Boys 18s singles title at the USTA Winter National Championships in Florida. Alshon outlasted Bradley Frye 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 in the final between longtime friends.
This year, some divisions of the USTA National Winter Championships moved from Arizona to the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida. Top American junior tennis players from around the country pursued gold balls at the premier tennis facility in the country. Tennis Recruiting and Van Der Meer Academy are scheduled to provide all the details.
Kalieva Wins, History Made At Junior Orange Bowl
Elvina Kalieva won the Girls 14s title, Japan entered the record book with sweeps of the Boys 12s and 14s crowns and Linda Fruhvirtova added to her December trophy collection at the Junior Orange Bowl. Colette Lewis of Zoo Tennis has it all covered.
Osuigwe Ends Impressive Year with Orange Bowl Title
Having already clinched the title of ITF World Junior Champion, Whitney Osuigwe made collecting a second Orange Bowl title her focus at the last International Tennis Federation Grade A of the year. The 15-year-old put the finishing touches on a strong season with a 6-1, 6-2 win in the final.
Five Americans Capture Eddie Herr Titles
Five Americans won singles titles at the 31st Eddie Herr International Championships. Whitney Osuigwe won the ITF title, Katrina Scott and Ron Hohmann earned 16s championships and Vivian Ovrootsky and Juncheng “Jerry” Shang took home titles in the 14s and 12s, respectively.
Vitale Thinks Tennis is 'Awesome Baby!'
Dick Vitale is known for his love of college basketball. But his passion for tennis runs nearly as deep. Vitale's daughters played at Notre Dame and grandchildren are rising junior stars. He's hosting his annual college clay court tournament this week in Florida that helps raise money for pediatric cancer.
Top Seeds Osuigwe, Fenty Win Pan Am Closed
Top-seeded Americans Whitney Osuigwe and Andrew Fenty accomplished important goals by winning singles titles at the International Tennis Federation Grade B1 Pan American Closed at the University of Tulsa.
OSU’s Di Lorenzo, Stanford’s Fawcett Claim ACI Titles
Ohio State's Francesca Di Lorenzo and Stanford's Tom Fawcett won the titles at the American Collegiate Invitational, an event for top-ranked Division I players from the United States that is now an established part of the final weekend at the U.S. Open
Anisimova, Wu Claim Historic U.S. Open Junior Titles
History was made at the 2017 U.S. Open Junior Championships with Amanda Anisimova becoming the third different American junior slam girls winner in the same year for the first time ever, and Wu Yibing becoming the first junior from China to win a slam singles title just hours after he captured the doubles title.
Fourlis, Mejia Sweep ITF Grade 1 Titles in College Park
Australian Jaimee Fourlis and Colombian Nicolas Mejia outshined the competition at the ITF Grade 1 Prince George’s County International Hard Court Championships by sweeping both the singles and doubles titles Saturday at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Md.
Kratzer Exceeds Expectations To Win Girls 18s
Hoping to just reach the semifinals, Ashley Kratzer did much better. She captured the singles title at the USTA Girls 18 National Hardcourt Championships in San Diego. The 18-year-old professional earned a wild card into the women's main draw of the U.S. Open.
Kypson Digs Deep For Second Kalamazoo Title
Patrick Kypson added a second Kalamazoo singles title to his name, capturing the USTA Boys 18 National Hardcourt Championships in five sets over JJ Wolf. The 17-year-old Kypson earned a wild card into the main draw of the U.S. Open.
Blake Channels Focus Into Girls 16s Titles
Angelica Blake overcame some early jitters with the television cameras rolling to spark a big day at the USTA Girls 16 National Hardcourt Championships in San Diego. After beating her doubles partner, Nikki Redelijk, in the singles final, Blake teamed with her to add a doubles title a few hours later.
Nakashima Dominates To Earn Kalamazoo 16s Title
Brandon Nakashima didn't drop a set in capturing the singles title at the USTA Boys 16 National Championships in Kalamazoo. The top seed from San Diego punctuated his run with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over No. 8 Stefan Dostanic.
Montgomery Closes Strong To Win Girls 14s
Robin Montgomery saved her best performance for last at the USTA Girls 14 National Hardcourts, defeating Reese Brantmeier 6-0, 6-1 in the singles final last weekend.
Alhogbani Goes Back-To-Back Again
Just like he did two years ago, Saud Alhogbani captures gold balls at USTA hardcourt and clay court nationals. Alhogbani beat Ben Shelton to win this year's Boys 14s hardcourts in Mobile, Ala.
Brown Strikes Gold Twice in Boys 12s
Lucas Brown emerged from the USTA Boys 12 National Hardcourt Championships with gold balls in both singles and doubles. The Texan has won three gold balls this summer after claiming the doubles title at 12s Clay Courts last month.
Yu Completes Quest for Gold Ball
Eleana Yu's chase for a gold ball began this year at the Easter Bowl in California. The Ohio native broke through on Saturday with a singles title at the USTA Girls 12s National Hardcourt Championships in Alpharetta, Ga.
Teenage Ton Is An Official Prodigy
Albert Ton is only 17 years old, but he's already on the fast track of tennis officiating. Ton chaired the Girls 16 singles final at the USTA National Hardcourt Championships in San Diego this weekend.
Ma Makes Big Impression in Girls 16s
Standing only 5-foot-1, Connie Ma more than held her own at the USTA Girls 16s National Hardcourt Championships this week in San Diego. The rising freshman blue chip reached the semifinals and captured the bronze ball.
How To Watch USTA National Hardcourts
If you can't witness the final rounds of the Boys and Girls USTA 18s & 16s in person, there are still ways to watch all the action as the top juniors slug it out for a gold ball and U.S. Open wild cards.
Tennis Channel to Air USTA Girls 16s and 18s
The USTA Girls 16s & 18s National Hardcourts in San Diego is getting a major exposure boost this weekend with matches airing live on the Tennis Channel. It's one of many upgrades for the event this year.
Riffice, Nakashima No. 1 Seeds at 75th Kalamazoo Nationals
The expansion of the draws and the addition of a new site are among the changes this year as Kalamazoo celebrates 75 years of hosting the USTA Boys 18 and 16 National Championships.
Gold Ball a Birthday Gift for Nefve
A day after celebrating his 17th birthday, Axel Nefve captured his first gold ball with a victory over his doubles partner in the USTA National Boys 18 Clay Court Championships in Delray Beach, Fla.
Golden Vision for Volynets
Katie Volynets added another gold ball to her bedroom collection by capturing the USTA National Girls 18 singles title at The Racquet Club of Memphis. The rising sophomore blue chip didn't drop a set in seven matches during her run.
Johns Nets 'Biggest Win Ever'
Playing his way into top form by tournament's end, Garrett Johns captured the first singles gold ball of his career at the USTA National Boys 16 Clay Court Championships in Delray Beach, Fla. The five-star beat Jacob Bullard 6-2, 6-2 in the final.
Crawley Shows Fight in Title Run
Fiona Crawley dug deep to win her first gold ball by rallying in several three sets matches to win the USTA National Girls 16 Clay Court Championships in Virginia Beach, Va. The top seed defeated No. 2 Ruth Marsh 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in the final.
Patience a Virtue for Wagle
Elise Wagle exercised patience on and off the court to capture the singles title at the USTA National Girls 14 Clay Court Championship in Plantation, Fla. The rising eighth grader beat Valencia Xu in three sets in the final
Family Support Boosts Alhogbani
Calling the family to celebrate required a large group chat for Saud Alhogbani after the blue chip captured the singles and doubles titles at the USTA National Boys 14 Clay Court Championships last Sunday at the Jimmy Evert Tennis Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Driscoll Bags Two Gold Balls at Girls 12s
Tsehay Driscoll didn't settle for winning just one gold ball at the USTA Girls 12 Clay Court Championships in Boca Raton. The California native grabbed two, capturing the singles and doubles titles.
Move Pays Off For Shang
After moving to the United States from his native China, Juncheng “Jerry” Shang captured the USTA Boys 12 National Clay Court singles title with 6-3, 7-5 win over Aidan Kim in the final. The unseeded Shang didn't drop a set in winning his first Gold Ball.
Rare Air: American Liu, Spain's Davidovich Fokina Claim Wimbledon Singles Titles
Claire Liu and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina’s titles at last week’s Wimbledon Junior Championships ended long droughts for their countries. When Liu, a 17-year-old from Thousand Oaks California, defeated surprise finalist Ann Li 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 she became the first American since Chanda Rubin in 1992 to capture the girls championship at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Davidovich’s 7-6(2), 6-3 win over Argentina’s Axel Geller ended 50 years of futility for Spain, whose only other Wimbledon boys champion was Manuel Orantes in 1967.
Reigniting the Tournament Flame
After reducing her tournament schedule to focus on academics, four-star Demi Snyder has returned with more energy. The Florida native is hoping a strong showing at the national clay courts can help boost her momentum and potential college opportunities.
Liu, Geller Earn Grade 1 Titles at Roehampton
Seventeen-year-old Claire Liu is a veteran of grass court tennis,
having played both major junior events on the surface in Roehampton
and Wimbledon in 2015 and 2016, reaching the singles quarterfinals and
winning the girls doubles title at the All England Lawn Tennis Club
last year. Eighteen-year-old Axel Geller of Argentina had never played
a grass court tournament prior to the Grade 1 in Roehampton last week,
yet both came away from the Bank of England Sports Ground in Southwest
London with the champion's trophy.
Midwest Closed 16s and 18s Champions Draw on Past Titles
Success in the 12s division does not guarantee comparable results in
older age divisions. Yet three of the four champions crowned last
Thursday at the Midwest Closed 16s and 18s Championships had claimed
sectional titles in the 12s age group, suggesting their development
paths have emphasized continued improvement.
What makes The Ojai special? Ask that question of any Southern
California tennis player, past or present, and you will get a variety
of answers, all of which can be traced back to the tournament's
117-year history of hospitality.
Liu Earns Second Easter Bowl ITF Title, Ayeni Breaks Through to Claim Boys Championship
As a former champion and top seed, expectations were high for Claire
Liu at the adidas Easter Bowl Championships, and she met them,
defeating Ellie Douglas 6-1, 6-2 to claim her second title. Boys
champion Alafia Ayeni was in unchartered territory once he advanced to
the semifinals, but he emerged with his first Grade 1 title, beating
Sebastian Korda 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 in a tense and entertaining championship
Gold Balls Return at 50th Easter Bowl
The adidas Easter Bowl returned to its previous status as a USTA gold
ball event in 2017, after three years of reduced status for one of the
top tournaments in junior tennis. Taking home the USTA's coveted token
of excellence in the California tournament's 50th year were Priya
Nelson and Kyle Kang in the 12s division, Charlotte Owensby and
Alexander Bernard in the 14s division, and Emma Navarro and Brandon
Nakashima in the 16s division.
Former Champions Prevail at 2017 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships
The 2016 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships presented by
Icy Hot had a very different feel this spring with boys and girls
competing on the same weekend for the first time in tournament
history. The monumental weekend of high school tennis featured more
than 950 individual matches with 60 teams from 14 states taking to the
courts throughout the Scenic City of Chattanooga, Tenn.
Branstine, Rotsaert Capture Titles at ITF Grade 1 International Spring Championships
Carson Branstine and Alexandre Rotsaert each earned a first ITF Grade
1 singles title last week at the International Spring Championships in
Carson, California. No. 2 seed Branstine defeated top seed Taylor
Johnson 6-4, 6-3 in the girls final, while No. 10 seed Rotsaert downed
No. 3 seed Gianni Ross 6-3, 6-3.
Bengals and Broncos Claim Titles at USTA National Spring Team Championships
The USTA National Spring Team Championships were in their fourth year
at the Mobile Tennis Center, yet it was two first-time coaches who led
the Bengals and the Broncos to victory. Bryan Minton's Broncos won
the boys title with a 5-2 victory over the Patriots, while Seth
Walrath's Bengals came from behind to defeat the Stingrays 4-3 to earn
the girls team championship.
Rebeka Masarova Aims for Second Major Title at Australian Open
As is typical for the Australian Open Junior Championships, many of
the top juniors have skipped the trip to Melbourne this year. But one
major winner has made the long plane ride, with 2016 French Open girls
champion Rebeka Masarova of Switzerland, No. 4 in the current ITF
junior rankings, looking for a second title.
Seggerman and Kung Capture Winter 18s Titles
Princeton-bound senior Ryan Seggerman of Coronado, Calif., and
sophomore Chelsea Kung of Fort Worth, Texas, were the 18U singles
champions this week at the USTA National Winter Championships in
Chandler, Ariz., where upsets were common and none of the top-five
seeds made the semifinals in either draw.
Top Seeds Nakashima, Blake Take Winter Nationals 16s
Inclement weather failed to put a damper on the week for San Diego,
California's Brandon Nakashima and Boca Raton, Florida's Angelica
Blake who both blitzed through the 16s competition in winning the USTA
National Winter Championships in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Southern California Players Win 14s Winter Nationals Titles
Two Southern Californians emerged as the singles winners of the USTA
Boys and Girls 14 Winter National Championships at the Reffkin Tennis
Center. Top-seeded Maxwell McKennon of Newport Beach captured the boys
gold ball, while No. 5 Jenna DeFalco of Tustin won the girls national
title. The tournament, plagued with rain delays, finished this past
Monday, January 2nd.
Top Seeds Triumph at 12s Winter Nationals
True to form, the boys and girls top seeds emerged as the 2016
champions of the Winter Nationals in Tucson, Ariz. Californian Vivian
Ovrootsky took home two gold balls in Tucson without losing a set. On
the boys' side, Jackson Armistead of South Carolina defeated
seventh-seeded Learner Tien of California in a match that came down to
the wire by a score of 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5).
Americans Lilov, Gauff Sweep Junior Orange Bowl 12s Titles, Noel Wins 14s Championship
After a sweep of the 16s singles titles earlier this month at the
Metropolia Orange Bowl, Americans continued their success this week at
the Junior Orange Bowl, with Victor Lilov, Cori Gauff and Alexa Noel
claiming the biggest silver bowls of oranges on offer at 12s and 14s
event in Coral Gables, Florida.
Unseeded Volynets and Sun Capture Metropolia Orange Bowl 16s Titles
A rainy day didn't keep Katie Volynets from making history at the
Metropolia Orange Bowl last Saturday, while Steven Sun won a dramatic
final to take the boys title, giving the United States a sweep of the
16s singles championships at the Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation
Kecmanovic Defends Title, Juvan Claims Girls Championship at Metropolia Orange Bowl
Serbia's Miomir Kecmanovic completed two of the toughest tasks in
tennis last weekend, adding a second straight Metropolia Orange Bowl
title to his International Tennis Federation Grade 1 Eddie Herr
championship the previous week. Kaja Juvan of Slovenia ousted
top-ranked junior Anastasia Potapova of Russia to capture girls title
at the ITF Grade A tournament, held on the Har-Tru courts of the
Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Florida.
Kecmanovic, Carle Claim Eddie Herr ITF Titles
After a week of excellent weather and hundreds of matches played
across the sprawling IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, the Eddie Herr
International Championships concluded Sunday with the crowning of
eight singles champions in four age divisions.
World Junior No. 1 Kecmanovic Leads Eddie Herr ITF Boys Field; China's Wang Heads Girls Draw
When Miomir Kecmanovic returns to Bradenton's IMG Academy for next
week's ITF Grade 1 Eddie Herr, he'll do so as the No. 1 junior in the
world. The only Top 10 player in the girls draw is China's Xiyu Wang,
who has a recent win over current ITF No. 1 and Wimbledon girls
champion Anastasia Potapova of Russia. Kecmanovic and Wang are
favorites at the Eddie Herr, but there are a number of other
Day Repeats, Brown Ascends at ITF Grade B1 Pan American Closed
The champions at last week's International Tennis Federation Grade B1
Pan American Closed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were on opposite ends of the
world junior rankings spectrum. World No. 1 Kayla Day defended her
title with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Ellie Douglas in the girls final,
while No. 732 Alex Brown edged wild card Lukas Greif 6-4, 7-6(4) to
win his first ITF junior title.
Day, Auger-Aliassime Win US Open Singles Titles; Shibahara and Hart Capture Doubles
After American boys dominated the 2015 US Open Junior Championships,
US girls were the story of the 2016 tournament, with two championship
performances providing a fitting ending. Kayla Day defeated Viktoria
Kuzmova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-2 in the singles final, and wild cards Ena
Shibahara and Jada Hart won the girls doubles championship, beating
Day and Caroline Dolehide in a dramatic all-American final.
Liu Sweeps Girls Titles at ITF International Hard Courts, Kecmanovic Wins Boys Singles
The ITF Grade 1 International Hard Court Tournament last week at the
Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland was left
without a boys final when Oliver Crawford, who injured his ankle in
the doubles semifinals the day before, was unable to take the court
against Serbiaís Miomir Kecmanovic. But the girls final nearly filled
the void, with Claire Liu defeating Xiyu Wang of China 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
in a match that took just under three hours to complete.
Mmoh Masters Kalamazoo 18s
With his professional experience and an ATP ranking inside the Top
400, Michael Mmoh was a heavy favorite this year at Kalamazoo's USTA
Boys 18 National Championships. Despite the considerable pressure
that comes with a No. 1 seeding, Mmoh delivered, winning the title
and a US Open main draw wild card with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 victory over
No. 7 seed Vasil Kirkov.
Kayla Day Wins Girls 18s, Wild Card in San Diego
Kayla Day veered from her normal routine. The Santa Barbara native
usually just trains the week before a major event, but this year she
played a warm-up tournament before the USTA Girls' 18s Nationals. The
new formula worked to perfection, as the top-seeded Day capped a strong
run through the singles draw by beating seventh-seeded Nicole Frenkel
of Winchester, Mass., 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in the final at the Barnes Tennis
Center in San Diego.
Greif Gains Gold Again
The summer of 2016 will be remembered as a golden one for US Olympians
like Michael Phelps and Simone Biles. Although Kalamazoo is not Rio,
Lukas Greif will share in their fond memories of the past few weeks,
after defeating Jenson Brooksby 6-0, 6-3 to win the USTA Boys 16s
National Championships, adding a second gold ball after claiming the
16s Clay Courts title three weeks earlier.
Mossmer Finishes Strong in Girls 16 Nationals
Throughout her seven matches in the 2016 USTA Junior Girls Nationals,
Nicole Mossmer proved to be an an excellent starter and finisher. That
powerful combination was clearly too much for all her opponents as the
La Jolla, California, resident captured the Girls 16 singles
championship on Saturday afternoon with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over fellow
San Diegan Julia Haynes on the Stadium Court at the Barnes Center in
Alex Lee Claims USTA Boys 14 Nationals
Alex Lee of Oak Brook, Ill., is now a two-time national champion. The
top-seeded Lee captured the singles crown of the USTA Boys 14 National
Championships, with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over No. 5 Jameson Corsillo of
Boca Raton, Fla. Prior to his win at McFarlin Tennis Center, Lee
captured the Easter Bowl championship in a three-set match against
Pielet Wins Third Gold Ball in 14s Nationals
Gianna Pielet summed up the meaning of the USTA Girls 14 National
Championships pretty well. "You win a gold ball in this tournament;
the others you don't," Pielet said. "I get my name put in back of the
USTA yearbook. That's a very prestigious award." Pielet defeated
seven opponents in the tournament without losing a set. She was at her
best in the final - a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Sonia Maheshwari of
Victor Lilov Strikes Gold Twice in Boys 12s
Victor Lilov, displaying the precocious abilities to analyze an
ongoing match calmly and to make the appropriate adjustments, defeated
a relentless 17th seed Braden Shick 6-4, 6-1, to win the singles crown
at the rain-soaked Boys 12s National Hardcourt Championships in
Little Rock, Arkansas.
Wiersholm Validates Clay Title by Winning 12s Nats
It's been quite a summer for Kirkland, Wash., resident, Katja
Wiersholm. Three weeks after winning her first gold ball at the USTA
Girl's 12s National Clay Court Championships in Boca Raton, the rising
seventh grader added a second gold ball to her collection at the Lake
Windward Club in Alpharetta, Ga. by winning the USTA Girl's 12s
National Championships. Wiersholm edged Vivian Ovrootsky of San Jose,
Calif., 6-3, 6-3, in a match that lasted just over 75 minutes.
Mmoh Heads 18s Field, Greif Tops 16s Draw at Kalamazoo
The USTA Boys 16 and 18 Nationals have always drawn the cream of the
US junior crop, with the 18s champions offered wild cards into the US
Open main draws and the 16s champions receiving wild cards into the US
Open Juniors. New this year are an array of new enticements: wild
cards into USTA Pro Circuit events - as well as additional US Open
Junior wild cards - are being offered tor those who finish in the Top
5 in each division. Colette Lewis of ZooTennis.com takes a look at the
Li Captures Girls 18s Clay Title in Steamy Memphis
Memphis in July is no place for the faint of heart. Temperatures in
the high 90s and a heat index often in the 110s, compounded by five
rain or lightning delays, presented one physical and mental challenge
after another as the USTA Girls 18s Clay Court Championships wore on.
For Ann Li, no obstacle proved insurmountable, as she earned her first
singles gold ball with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Amanda Meyer.
Sebastian Korda Wins Boys 18s Clay Courts
Unseeded and undaunted, Sebastian Korda picked up the first gold ball
of his singles career as he downed Alexandre Rotsaert in the finals of
the Metropolia USTA Clay Court Boys 18s National Championships at the
Delray Beach Tennis Center. Korda, 16, needed a little over two hours
as he defeated the hometown favorite 6-4, 6-1 to win the singles title
in an all-Florida match-up.
Noel Wins Second Straight Clay Court Title
Overcoming a significant deficit when the heat index is in triple
digits is never part of the game plan. But scrappy, feisty
13-year-old Alexa Noel did so anyway to capture the singles title at
the USTA Girls 16 National Clay Court Championships. In a clash of
two players who now call New Jersey home, Noel outlasted Amber O'Dell
in 2 hours and 20 minutes by a score of 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Good Greif - Indianapolis Teen Wins Boys 16s
In the end, it was too much Greif for Jenson Brooksby in the finals of
the USTA Clay Court Boys 16s National Championships in Delray Beach.
The seventh-seeded Lukas Greif failed to lose a set in the entire
tournament and cruised past Brooksby, 6-1, 6-1 for his first gold ball
in singles play. Greif, 16, a rising junior, had won two gold balls
in doubles play and a silver ball in the 16s this year.
Christine Inah Canete Takes Girl's 14 Clays
Nobody had to light a fire under 12-year old, Christine Inah Canete,
this week at the USTA National Girls' 14s Clay Court Championships in
Plantation, Fla. - as an electrical fire caused some minor disruptions
to the schedule and a bit of smoke. Canete, the No. 9 seed, went up
against Ellie Coleman, a No. 17 seed, in the singles final and took
a 6-1, 6-1 match to win her second gold ball of the year.
Khan Twins Dominate Boys 14 Clays
It might be the ultimate family victory, but twins Zane and Faris Khan
don't really like playing against each other, even for the
championship of a national tournament. It happened again last week in
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where Zane pulled out a 6-4, 6-4 victory over
Faris in the singles final of the USTA Boys 14 National Clay Court
Championships. The two native Texans also won the doubles title.
Wiersholm Earns First Gold Ball in Boca Raton
In a finals match punctuated by suspense, surprise, momentum swings
and two lefties, sixth seed Katja Wiersholm of Kirkland, Washington,
emerged victorious over second seed Robin Montgomery of Washington,
D.C., 7-6 (5), 0-6, 7-6(4) at the 2016 Girls 12 National Clay Court
Wen Takes Title at Boys 12 Clay Courts
Top-seeded Evan Wen of Morristown, N.J., took home the singles gold
ball of the USTA Boys 12 National Clay Court Championships on July 23.
Wen endured a stomach ailment and long matches to win his first
national title. He defeated sixth-seeded Victor Lilov of Raleigh,
N.C., 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the more-than two-hour final played at the LTP
Tennis and Swim Club in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Shapovalov, Potapova Claim Wimbledon Junior Titles; Liu and Arconada Win Girls Doubles
The brief junior grass season ended perfectly for Anastasia Potapova
of Russia and Denis Shapovalov of Canada, with the pair celebrating
Wimbledon Junior Championships in front of large, enthusiastic crowds.
Potapova defeated Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine 6-4, 6-3 in Saturday's
girls final, while Shapovalov overcame Alex De Minaur of Australia
4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in Sunday's boys championship match.
Joyce, Daavettila Repeat as Champions at US Open Midwest Playoffs
The location had changed, but the results were the same as teenagers
Martin Joyce and Sara Daavettila defended their titles at the US Open
Midwest Playoffs at the University of Notre Dame Monday.
Asics Easter Bowl ITF Tournament Pioneers Travel Grants
In its nearly fifty years on the United States junior tennis scene,
the Easter Bowl has developed a reputation for innovation. This year
saw a new initiative emerge for those participating in the
International Tennis Federation's Grade B1 event at the Indian Wells
Tennis Garden: travel vouchers for boys and girls who reached the
round of 16 in their respective 64-player draws.
Ross, Sanford Earn Asics Easter Bowl ITF Titles
Both Gianni Ross and Alexandra Sanford made their first appearances in
International Tennis Federation Grade 1 finals at the Asics Easter
Bowl earlier this month. They succeeded in making that new experience
to a winning one, coming away with the trophies at the ITF Grade B1
event. The unseeded Ross defeated No. 4 seed John McNally 6-4, 7-6(3)
in the boys championship match, with No. 8 seed Sanford overcoming No.
13 seed Ellie Douglas 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 in the girls final.
Asics Easter Bowl Champions Crowned in 12s, 14s and 16s Divisions
Staggered completion dates for the Asics Easter Bowl meant the 12s and
14s finals were played on the hottest day of the nine-day tournament,
while the 16s were required to deal with an unusual threat of rain in
the desert. Players from across the country had converged on the
Indian Wells Tennis Garden for the prestigious tournament, with the
champions coming from Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Georgia and
Caruana and Day Claim Titles
The week started seasonably windy and unseasonably cold for the ITF
Grade 1 International Spring Championships last week in Carson,
California, but when it was over, No. 11 seed Liam Caruana and No. 2
seed Kayla Day were basking in warm sunshine as they held their
crystal championship trophies.
Southern Section Dominates at 2016 DecoTurf High School Tennis Championships
The 2016 DecoTurf High School Tennis Team Championships presented by
Icy Hot had a very different feel this spring with boys and girls
competing on the same weekend for the first time in tournament
history. The monumental weekend of high school tennis featured more
than 950 individual matches with 60 teams from 14 states taking to the
courts throughout the Scenic City of Chattanooga, Tenn.
Stingrays, Rams Claim USTA National Spring Team Championships
The USTA National Spring Team Championships at the Mobile Tennis
Center had been plagued by rain in the first two years of its
existence, but last week, with an adjustment to the schedule, every
match in the 32-team tournament was played to completion, with the
Stingrays capturing the girls title and the Rams collecting the boys
Defending Champion, World No. 1 Target Australian Open Junior Titles
After winning the Australian Open girls title last year unseeded,
Tereza Mihalikova returns to Melbourne to defend her title, a rare
occurrence in junior tennis. The 17-year-old Slovakian, the only
junior slam champion in either of this year's boys and girls fields,
has had mixed results since her title last year, winning only four
matches in the three junior slams since.
Californians Failla and Huang Take 18s Titles
A pair of Californians - Jessica Failla of Ramona and Austen Huang of
Elk Grove - won their first national singles titles on Jan. 2 at the
USTA National Winter Championships in Mesa, Ariz. Failla, a freshman
at Southern Cal, defeated Alyvia Jones of Midland, Mich., 6-3 6-1 in
the girls 18 final. Huang, the No. 8 boys seed, didn't have a set
closer than 6-3 until the final, where he defeated No. 1 seed William
Genesen of Tulsa, Okla., 6-3, 0-6, 6-1 for the boys title.
Top-seeded Choy Wins Girls 16s Winter Nationals
Sara Choy may be small in stature, but her game is quite big. The
diminutive, 4-foot-11 inch, 100-pounder won her first gold ball on
Saturday in the USTA Winter National Championship in Scottsdale,
Arizona with a comfortable 6-4; 6-4 win over Hannah Zhao in the Girls
16s singles final.
Sixth-seeded Alshon Wins 16s Winter Nationals
Boca Raton's Christian Alshon hadn't lost a set throughout the USTA
Winter National Boys 16s Championships in Arizona. That was until he
faced the top-seeded Carson Haskins in the title match at Scottsdale
Ranch Park in Scottsdale. The two split the first two sets, 6-4 and
Alshon trailed 5-4 in the third set before he held serve and went on
to close out the match winning the final three games to secure his
first ever gold ball at nationals in singles.
First-time Champions Jackson, Canete Take 14s
The USTA National Winter Boys and Girls 14 singles titles were
captured by first-time Gold Ball winners. Tenth-seeded Ryder Jackson
of Nicasio, Calif., emerged as the boys champion. Mae Fmar Canete, the
No. 3 seed from Los Angeles, earned the top prize in the girls event.
Basavareddy, Canete Strike Gold in 12s
The 12s champions of the 2016 Winter Nationals share a few things in
common: Nishesh Basavareddy and Christine Canete were each seeded
third and upset higher ranked players. Each player has a sibling who
played in the 14s division, and both have Southern California roots.
And of course, they now both own USTA gold balls. Basavareddy earned
his first gold by beating top seed Samuel Landau 6-7(1), 6-1, 6-2, and
Canete beat second seed Katrina Scott 6-2, 6-2.
Ukrainian Girls Sweep Junior Orange Bowl Titles; Tirante, Wang Win Boys Championships
The 2015 junior tennis season wrapped up last week at the 54th annual
Junior Orange Bowl in Miami, with historic firsts for three of the
four champions. When Marta Kostyuk won the Girls 14s title and Dasha
Lopatetska won the Girls 12s title, they entered the tournament's
record books as the first champions from Ukraine, while Boys 12s
champion Xiaofei Wang is the first champion from China at the
prestigious international event.
Second Orange Bowl Title for Andreescu, Kecmanovic Claims Boys Championship
Rain early in the tournament and on the final day made the 2015
Metropolia Orange Bowl tough on players and officials alike, but when
the final point was played after dark last Sunday, No. 9 seeds Bianca
Andreescu of Canada and Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia had claimed their
first Grade A titles.
McKenzie, Auger-Aliassime Make Dramatic Runs to Eddie Herr ITF Titles
Both Kylie McKenzie and Felix Auger Aliassime were a point from being
eliminated from the Eddie Herr Grade 1 ITF tournament in the third
round, but when the warm and sunny week at the IMG Academy came to a
close, the winners' trophies belonged to them.
Defending champion Galfi, Ruud Lead Eddie Herr ITF Fields
Since winning last year's Eddie Herr title as a 16-year-old, Dalma
Galfi of Hungary has reached the semifinals of the Australian Open
Junior Championships, won the Wimbledon girls doubles title, the US
Open girls championship and two ITF Women's Circuit titles in
Australia. All that success has given her a shot at ending 2015 as the
ITF Junior World Champion, so she will return to defend her title next
week in Bradenton, Florida.
Wild Card Holt Sweeps Boys Titles, Day Wins Girls Singles Championship at ITF Pan American Closed
Southern Californians Brandon Holt and Kayla Day undoubtedly felt at
home with the weather for the ITF Grade B1 Pan American last week in
Tulsa. With cloudless skies and warm temperatures providing an ideal
backdrop, Holt and Day rolled into the final weekend. The weather
cooled, but the pair stayed hot, with Holt defeating unseeded JJ Wolf
6-1, 6-7(5), 6-0 and No. 2 seed Day downing No. 9 seed Kelly Chen 6-4,
6-1, securing the first ITF Grade 1 titles for both.
Fritz Tops Paul to Earn US Open Boys Title
Top seed Taylor Fritz came through in his last opportunity to win a
junior slam in yet another boys major dominated by Americans, while
No. 2 seed Dalma Galfi of Hungary became the first from her country to
take home the winner's trophy at the US Open Junior Championships last
week at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
College and Junior Players Give it a Try at US Open
The USTA gave out quite a few wildcards this year to junior and
former college players. Those players joined some veterans of college
tennis in the main draws at the US Open.
Kalinskaya Sweeps International Hard Courts Titles Again; Auger Aliassime Takes Boys Championship
A veteran and a newcomer were the stars of last week's ITF Grade 1
International Hard Court Championships, with top seed Anna Kalinskaya
of Russia defending her title with a 6-4, 7-6(3) win over No. 2 seed
Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia, and No. 7 seed Felix Auger Aliassime
defeating No. 15 seed Denis Shapovalov 6-2, 7-6(6) in an all-Canadian
final at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland.
US Open Qualifiers Include College and Junior Players
The US Open Qualifying event has not received the recognition it
should over the years. That changed this year - as nearly 47,000
attended the free event over a four-day period. Those who did come to
the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center were treated to top notch
tennis from both veterans and rising stars.
Smrikva Bowl - and Junior Tennis - a Decade Later
At the turn of the century, an international union was formed that
didn't get worldwide recognition. Carol Weyman, now Vice President of
the Maureen Connolly Brinker Foundation, most known for the
'Little Mo' tournaments, and Miodrag Bozovic, tournament
director of the Smrikva Bowl, formed a bond across the ocean between
the two premier 10-and-under programs in the world. Marcia Frost looks
back on the ten-year history of the relationship.
Tiafoe Outlasts Kozlov to Claim 18s Title
Upsets were as rare as rain drops during the ten days of the USTA Boys
18s Nationals at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium, with seven of the
top eight seeds reaching the quarterfinals. After nine days of mostly
expected results, the final delivered more than four hours of
excitement and drama with top seed Frances Tiafoe defeating No. 3 seed
Stefan Kozlov 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4 to claim the championship and
the US Open main draw wild card that accompanies it.
Kenin Returns, Finishes the Job at Girls 18s
Sofia Kenin was devastated last year when she lost in the semifinals
of the USTA Girls 18s Nationals. She realized how close she came to
receiving a coveted wild card into the main draw of the U.S. Open
women's singles event. Kenin, 16, returned this year determined to be
focused, and the No. 3 seeded Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., outlasted
top-seeded Tornado Alicia Black of Boca Raton, Fla., 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 to
capture the singles title in San Diego.
Kypson Rebounds from Surgery to Claim 16s Title
A ruptured appendix just two months ago isn't exactly ideal
preparation for the major national summer tournaments, but Patrick
Kypson's rapid recovery was in evidence when he sailed through the
draw without dropping a set to capture the USTA Boys 16 National
Championship at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium. The 15-year-old
from Greenville, North Carolina, seeded third, defeated No. 4 seed
Alexandre Rotsaert 6-3, 6-3 in the championship match.
Unseeded Desiatnikov Wins Girls 16 Nationals
Because she entered the tournament as an unseeded player, it was
understandable to overlook Abigail Desiatnikov as a serious threat at
the 2015 USTA Girls 16 Nationals. Desiatnikov certainly didn't see it
that way, and the 14-year-old Atlanta resident capped a brilliant
performance stretched over seven matches when she defeated 15th-seeded
Whitney Osuigwe 6-1, 7-6 (2) on Saturday to capture the Girls 16s
Nathan Han Wins USTA Boys 14 Nationals
Nathan Han is now the proud owner of a USTA Gold Ball. The Tulsa,
Okla., resident captured the coveted top singles prize of the USTA
Boys 14 National Championships Aug. 8 at McFarlin Tennis Center. The
fourth-seeded Han beat No. 5 Ronan Jachuck of Boca Raton, Fla. 6-3,
4-6, 7-5 in a two-and-a-half hour battle in the San Antonio heat.
Volynets Wins Another Gold Ball in Georgia at 14s
Georgia has been good to California's Katie Volynets. A year ago, the
13-year-old from Walnut Grove won the USTA Girls 12 Nationals in
Alpharetta, Ga., to claim her first national title. Now, Volynets has
won her second gold ball, also in Georgia. She defeated Naomi Cheong
of Las Vegas 6-3, 6-1 on Aug. 7 to win the USTA Girls 14 National
Championships at Peachtree City Tennis Center.
Saud Alhogbani Wins Second Consecutive Gold
Saud Alhogbani's strategy in every tennis match is simple: give each
point 100 percent, try to get everything back in play, and be
aggressive when the opportunity arises. Superb execution earned the
Blue Chip athlete from Alexandria, Va., the singles gold ball at the
2015 Boys 12s National Hard Court Championships in North Little Rock,
Arkansas, defeating No. 5 seed Benjamin Kittay of Potomac, Md., 6-3,
6-0 in the final.
Family Effort Propels Yanez to USTA Girls 12 Title
Sarasota, Fla., resident Nikki Yanez claimed her first national
championship this past week at the USTA Girls 12 Nationals in
Alpharetta, Ga. She wanted to improve on her performance at the Clay Court
Championships, and she did just that - winning the title 7-5, 7-6 at the
Windward Lake Club over No. 5 seed Rachel Arbitman of Hewlett, N.Y.
SoCal is Back on Top at USTA Boys 18 Team Championships
From 2004 to 2009, the Southern California section ruled the USTA
Boys 18 National Team Championships, but they haven t held the trophy
again since - until this year. USTA SoCal defeated the top-ranked Eastern
squad 5-2 to take the title.
Junior Slam Champions, World No. 1 Junior Headline Kalamazoo Field
French Open boys champion Tommy Paul, Wimbledon boys champion Reilly
Opelka and Taylor Fritz, the International Tennis Federation's No. 1
junior, are competing this year in the 73rd edition of the USTA Boys
Nationals in Kalamazoo, but the strength of the field is such that
none of the three will be the top seed in the 18s division.
Riffice Pulls Through to Claim Gold in Boys 18s
A seven-hour rain delay and a few rounds of pickle ball may have saved
Sam Riffice in the boys' 18s final of the USTA National Clay Court
Championships. Riffice trailed 5-1 in the first set of the title
match against fellow Boca Raton resident Alexandre Rotsaert before a
downpour forced the competitors off the court. When the pair returned
Riffice rallied for a 7-6 (5); 6-3 victory for the first gold ball of
Ellyse Hamlin Wins Singles, Doubles in Girls 18s
Ellyse Hamlin has some glittering hardware on display at her home in
Fairfield, Conn. Hamlin captured the gold balls of the singles and
doubles events at the USTA Girls 18 Clay Courts Championships at The
Racquet Club of Memphis. The sixth-seeded Hamlin beat No. 17 Kaitlyn
McCarthy of Cary, N.C., 6-7 (8), 6-1, 7-5 in a three-hour singles
battle. Hamlin and teamed with Katharine Fahey of Fair Haven, N.J.,
to claim the doubles title.
Danny Thomas Wins Boys 16s in South Florida
It wasn't until four years ago that Danny "DJ" Thomas first
started taking tennis seriously. Now the talented 15-year-old is
taking the sport by storm - literally. Thomas, of Columbus, OH, won
his first gold ball in singles as he captured the Boys 16s USTA
National Clay Court Championships with a 6-2; 6-4 win over Aleks Huryn
(Alpharetta, GA) at the Boca West Country Club.
Noel Sweeps Through Draw to Claim Girls 14 Clays
As the USTA Girls 14 National Clay Court Championships kicked off at
the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla., the future stars
of the game showed off their talent with intense competition. And when
the clay court dust had finally settled, new singles and doubles
champions had been crowned. In singles, top seed Alexa Noel charged
her way through the draw with ease, dropping only one set the entire
week before eventually defeating Hailey Baptiste in the final.
Martinelli Takes 16s Title in Virginia Beach
Samantha Martinelli usually enjoys clay-court tennis about as much as
swimmers and surfers enjoy seeing a shark's fin in the coastal
Virginia water. But with smart preparation, the Denver Blue Chip
recruit navigated her way through a draw of 192 to capture the title
at the USTA Girls' 16 National Clay Court Championships.
William Grant Takes Control of Boys 14s
Will Grant was the No. 7 seed seeking his first singles national
title, but the Santa Barbara, Calif., teenager didn't doubt he could
get it done last week at the USTA Boys 14 Clay Court Championships in
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Grant won three three-set matches and beat two
higher-seeded players - including No. 4 JT Brooksby of Carmichael,
Calif., 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the final - to win the title at the Jimmy
Evert Tennis Center.
Saud Alhogbani Wins USTA Boys 12 Clays
Twelfth-seeded Saud Alhogbani won the singles title of the USTA Boys
12 Clay Court Championships with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over No. 4 Karl
Lee on July 18 at Hanes Park-Joe White Tennis Center. Alhogbani, who
hails from Alexandria, Va., captured the coveted gold ball by knocking
off four higher-seeded players in the process.
Kalieva Upsets Top Seed in Three Sets in 12s
Elvina Kalieva earned her first USTA Gold Ball at the Girls 12s
National Clay Court Championships on a sunny Saturday morning.
Kalieva, the No. 9 seed, won five three-set matches during the
tournament - four where she lost the first set. The championship match
against top-seeded Charlotte Owensby was no different, where she
pulled out a thrilling 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory against the local
Opelka Captures Wimbledon Boys Final, Zhuk Takes Girls Championship
Reilly Opelka of the United States and Sofya Zhuk of Russia were
unseeded novices at the 2015 Wimbledon Junior Championships, yet their
lack of experience on one of tennis's grandest stages proved no
impediment, with both leaving London with Wimbledon titles.
Why Tennis is the Overall Best Sport
The sport of tennis has been played since the 19th century. As simple
as the game may seem, with a simple court layout and fundamental
rules, it is in fact one the most complex sports. It is one of the few
sports that thoroughly blends mental and physical aspects and can be
played at a high level for a lifetime. Tennis is the best sport to
pick up during youth and it comes with many benefits throughout life
as well as epic experiences.
Talking About the New Balance HS Tennis Championships
We chat with Evan Zeder, Sports Marketing Manager for Tennis at New
Balance, about the 2015 edition of the New Balance High School Tennis
Championship to be held at Harvard University in July.
USA Qualifies for Finals of ITF Junior Team Championships
Representing your country at the International Tennis Federation's two
world team championships is a highlight of any junior career. The
cheers, the uniforms, the face painting and the pressure of team
competition all were on display last weekend in Boca Raton, Florida,
where the four teams from the US secured places in the 16-team world
finals this summer and fall.
Fritz, Liu Win ITF Championships at Easter Bowl
Fantastic weather and unlikely comebacks made the 2015 Asics Easter
Bowl a tournament to remember last week, with the famous Indian Wells
Tennis Garden hosting both the ITF Grade B1 competition and the later
stages of the USTA 12s, 14s, and 16s championships.
Blumberg, Kenin Take ISC Grade 1 Titles; Crawford, Subhash Claim 16s Championships
A week of beautiful Southern California weather ended on a high note
for four US players, who left the Stubhub Center in Carson with
International Spring Championship titles. Top seed William Blumberg
and No. 2 seed Sonya Kenin earned their first ITF Grade 1 titles with
victories over international opponents, while Oliver Crawford and
Natasha Subhash took the 16s singles championships in all-American
ITF International Spring Championships Mark Decade of Excellence
Many a top professional player has found success on the hard courts of
the International Tennis Federation Grade 1 International Spring
Championships, which begin next week at the StubHub Center in Carson,
California. Colette Lewis talks with tournament director John
Lansville and others about the past decade since the event has been
held in California.
Angels and Patriots Win Titles at Wet USTA Spring Team Championships
Declaring Mother Nature the winner at the second annual USTA Spring
Team Championships in Mobile, Alabama would be appropriate, as rain
disrupted play on all four days of competition, requiring shortened
formats throughout. But when a steady rain ended play on the final
day, two teams - the Angels and the Patriots - did claim their gold balls.
Xu, Safiullin Target Australian Junior Titles
Eight different players from five countries claimed junior slam titles
last year, with a similar pattern expected in 2015 as the Australian
Open junior championships kick off this weekend in Melbourne.
Osuigwe Stands Tall at Junior Orange Bowl
Whitney Osuigwe began the Junior Orange Bowl 12s tournament unseeded,
but that didnít keep the 12-year-old from ending it as a champion last
week in sunny Miami, Florida. Osuigwe, who trains at the IMG Academy
in Bradenton, avenged a recent loss to Japanís Himari Sato, one of
eight No. 1 seeds in the Junior Orange Bowl 12s, by posting a 6-4, 6-4
win in the championship match at the University of Miamiís Neil Schiff
American Juniors Shine at Metropolia Orange Bowl
Stefan Kozlov, Sonya Kenin and Sam Riffice made the 2014 Metropolia
Orange Bowl in Plantation, Florida a tournament to remember for US
juniors, with Kozlov and Kenin claiming their first Grade A titles and
Riffice joining exclusive company in adding the 16s championship to
his Eddie Herr title.
Opelka and Galfi Claim Eddie Herr ITF Titles
For the first time in the history of the Eddie Herr International ITF
tournament, two American boys met in the final, with unseeded Reilly
Opelka taking home the title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 2 seed
Michael Mmoh at the IMG Academy in Bradenton Florida. The girls final,
played earlier in the day, saw No. 7 seed Dalma Galfi of Hungary
defeat No. 5 seed Gabby Ruse of Romania 6-4, 7-5 to earn her second
major junior title in three weeks.
Bellis, Mmoh Highlight 2014 Eddie Herr ITF Tournament
The 2014 edition of the Eddie Herr ITF features two top American
prospects, with USTA 18s champion CiCi Bellis and recent ITF Grade A
Abierto Juvenil Mexicano champion Michael Mmoh among the contenders at
the prestigious event held annually at the IMG Academy in Bradenton,
Eddie Herr Preview 12s, 14s, 16s
As professional tennis winds down, junior competition heats up in
Florida, with the Eddie Herr International kicking off a busy month of
December for junior tennis players. As hundreds of competitors head to
the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, here's a look at who might
shine next week in one of the world's biggest junior tennis events.
Kingsley, Mmoh Claim ITF Pan American Closed Titles
Raveena Kingsley and Michael Mmoh took entirely different routes, yet
both emerged as champions at last week's ITF Grade B1 Pan American
Closed in Tulsa, Oklahoma. No. 3 seed Kingsley, who defeated unseeded
Claire Liu 6-1, 6-4 in the final, lost only one set in her six
victories, while top seed Mmoh saved match points in the quarterfinals
before taking the title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over No. 9 seed William
ATA Fall Open Wrap-up
The Austin Tennis Academy/TennisRecruiting.net Fall Open, held from
Sept. 26-28, provided 370 junior players, in 33 events, the
opportunity to compete against participants from a variety of locales.
One of almost 40 tournaments in the National Showcase Series presented
by adidas adiplayer, this tournament was hosted by Austin Tennis Academy in Austin,
Unseeded Jasika, Bouzkova Capture US Open Junior Titles
Marin Cilic was undoubtedly a surprise winner of the US Open men's
title, but he was seeded. Australia's Omar Jasika of Australia, who
defeated No. 5 seed Quentin Halys of France 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the boys
final, and the Czech Republic's Marie Bouzkova, who downed No. 9 seed
Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine 6-4, 7-6(5) for the girls championship,
both won US Open junior titles last week despite being unseeded and
ranked outside the Top 30.
Americans Poised to Shine in US Open Junior Championships
While the US men and women haven't had a Grand Slam finalist in 2014,
the country's younger players have had more success in the top level
of international competition, with Noah Rubin winning the Wimbledon
boys title and Stefan Kozlov reaching the final there and at the
Australian Open. With both the top seed and the 2013 finalist in the
girls draw and six of the 16 seeds in the boys draw, the US juniors
are poised for another outstanding showing at the US Open.
Opelka, Kalinskaya Claim ITF International Hard Court Titles
Top seed Anna Kalinskaya of Russia and unseeded Reilly Opelka picked
up their first ITF Grade 1 titles Saturday at the International Hard
Court Championships in College Park, Maryland. Kalinskaya won when No.
2 seed Gabby Ruse of Romania retired trailing 6-2, 2-1, while Opelka
overcame No. 2 seed Tim Van Rijthoven of the Netherlands 4-6, 6-4,
Rubin Collects Two Titles, Two Wild Cards
Noah Rubin's summer went from great to extraordinary in the just over
a month. In July, the 18-year-old New Yorker won the Wimbledon boys
title as an unseeded qualifier. Last week he trumped that with two
titles at Kalamazoo, defeating defending champion Collin Altamirano
6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the singles final, after joining with Stefan Kozlov
to take the doubles championships, and in the process earning two US
Open main draw wild cards.
CiCi Bellis Defeats Black to Claim 18s
Before even stepping onto the court at the USTA Girls' 18s National
Championships, CiCi Bellis had her trip booked to the U.S. Open. But
Bellis wanted an upgrade in her playing status in New York. Instead
of just playing against the juniors, the 15-year-old from Atherton,
Calif., wanted a shot at the professionals. Bellis earned that chance
by capturing the hardcourt title at the Barnes Tennis Center in San
McNally Sweeps 16s Kalamazoo Titles
John McNally definitely had a target on his back entering the 16s USTA
National Championships. The Easter Bowl and Clay Courts champion was
57-1 this year entering the tournament. At the end of the week,
McNally had extended his singles record to 64-1 and earned two more USTA
Kylie McKenzie Completes Run at Girls 16s
During her early-round matches at the USTA Girls 16s National
Championships Kylie McKenzie was not only building momentum, she was
dismantling the field in impressive fashion. The 15-year-old blue chip
recruit from Anthem, Ariz., maintained that same high level of play
the rest of the week and went on to capture the title with a 6-1, 6-4
victory over No. 2 seed Kayla Day of Santa Barbara at the Barnes
William Woodall Wins Boys 14 Singles
William Woodall of Washington, D.C., put on a blue chip performance in
winning the USTA Boys 14 National Singles Championship on August 8 in San Antonio.
Woodall, the tournament's No. 5 seed, took out a scrappy 17th-seeded
Bill Duo of Portage, Mich., 6-1, 6-3 to capture his first USTA gold
Caty McNally Plays Up, Wins USTA Girls' 14s Title
At age 12, Caty McNally became one of the youngest singles and doubles
champions at the USTA Girls 14 National Championships last week in
Peachtree City, Ga. The rising seventh-grader at Madeira Middle
School in Cincinnati didn't lose a set in her seven singles matches
and defeated third-seeded Taylor Johnson of Redondo Beach, Calif.,
6-3, 6-2 in the final.
Khan Twins Dominate Boys 12s in Little Rock
They may not yet be the most famous twins in tennis, but Zane and
Faris Khan certainly are making their presence known in the junior
tennis circuit. So far, the blue chip brothers have altogether won
four gold USTA balls, three silver and four bronze. Zane has the upper
hand for now, pulling a title over Faris 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 at the 2014
Boys 12s National Hard Court Championship.
Volynets Cruises to Girls 12 National Title
When Walnut Creek, California's, Katie Volynets looked across the net
during the USTA Girls 12 National Championships last week, she saw
something she wasn't accustomed to seeing. An opponent her own age.
The 12-year old Volynets has spent a lot of time competing with older
players, and she used that experience to defeat sixth-seeded Sedona
Gallagher 6-0; 6-3, to claim a gold ball and the 12s title.
Midwest Repeats at USTA Boys Team Championship
The calendar might say 2014, but everything looked the same as last
year at the USTA Boys' 18 Team Championship at the University of
Illinois in Urbana. The Atkins Tennis Center was once again lit
brightly by the sun on a perfect 75 degree day, the Midwest team beat
the Southern team, and Northern California repeated as third place
Altamirano, Donaldson and Rubin Head Stellar Field at Kalamazoo
Collin Altamirano returns to Kalamazoo to defend his 2013 18s title,
but the fact that the 18-year-old Californian is not an overwhelming
favorite, and the fifth seed, speaks to the tremendous field gathered
for the tournament's 72nd year.
Stewart's Streak Continues in Girls 18s Clays
When Katerina Stewart lost in the quarterfinals of a pro tournament
back in March, she couldn't have known she would go the next four
months without losing a match, and only one set. When Stewart defeated
Kennedy Shaffer 6-1, 6-3 in the final of the Girls 18s Clay Courts,
she not only collected a first singles gold ball on her favorite
surface, but also extended her winning streak to 34 matches in
professional and junior competition.
Paul Repeats Win at Boys 18 Clays in Delray
Some things at the Delray Beach Tennis Center never change - high
temperatures, rain delays, and Tommy Paul winning. "I always play
really well here," said Paul at the end of the USTA Boys' 18 National
Clay Court Championships. Paul wrapped up his second consecutive USTA
Gold Ball at the Clays...
Liu Leads California Contingent in Girls' 16
A few miles from the ocean, Southern Californians dominated the USTA
Girls 16 National Clay Court Championships, taking the top three
places in singles and the runner-up honors in doubles. The ATLANTIC
Ocean, that is. Not the Pacific. During the tournament week, dozens of
spectators gathered at Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club to see
which Californian would earn the gold ball in singles - and the answer
was Claire Liu.
McNally Continues Hot 2014 at 16s Clays
It has been quite a run for John McNally. The talented teen from
Cincinnati, Ohio swept through his competition at the USTA Boys' 16
Clay Court National Championships in Delray Beach, Florida by not
losing a set all week and captured the third gold ball of his career
with a 6-2; 6-2 victory over San Diego, California's Jacob Brumm.
Unseeded Emma Sweeps Girls 14 Clay Courts
It wasn't an easy task. Victoria Emma had to fight through the
soaring temperatures, hot sun, rain, and much higher ranked opponents,
but she got past all the obstacles and took home her first two Gold
Balls from the USTA Girls' 14 Clay Court Championships.
Keenan Mayo Takes Boys 14 Clay Trophy
It was a hot, wet and muggy week in Fort Lauderdale for the USTA
National Boys 14 Clay Court Championships. It's hard to say that was
really unusual, but what was rare was that there were no players in
doubles and singles finals, not a lot of upsets, and a whole lot of
Californians in the winners' circle - including singles champion
Gauff Takes First National in Girls' 12s
While the last remaining spectators were wiping sweat from their brows
in the 96 degree heat, Cori Gauff was all smiles when she came off the
court. Winning a gold ball in singles and a silver ball in doubles
will at the Girls' 12 USTA National Clay Court Championships will
usually do that for you.
Zane Wins Battle of the Khans in the 12s
It has become common for twins and siblings to win doubles
championships in the tennis universe. But rarely do twins face each
other in a singles championship match. That was the case on July 19 as
Zane and Faris Khan battled each other for the USTA Boys 12 Clay
Courts gold ball. The winner was fifth seeded-Zane Khan, who defeated
the No. 11 Faris Khan 1-6, 6-0, 6-0 at the Randy Pate Tennis Academy.
Rubin Wins Wimbledon Title as US Boys Shine
Competitors from the United States didn't perform well in men's and
women's singles at Wimbledon, with none in the fourth round for the
first time since 1911. But American juniors picked up the slack,
claiming seven of the 16 quarterfinal berths and both finalists in the
boys championship match, won by qualifier Noah Rubin 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
over No. 6 seed Stefan Kozlov.
Southern California Junior Sectionals Wrapup
Hundreds of the best junior tennis players in Southern California
gathered at Fountain Valley, Calif., and other nearby venues last week
to compete in the 112th annual Southern California Junior Sectionals.
After Sunday's final day of competition, one talented star added to
her impressive resume, while several others also tasted victory at
this prestigious tournament.