Tornado Black Among Those Awarded Wild Cards for USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships

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San Diego, Calif. – (July 18, 2014) – Tournament officials have awarded singles wild cards into the main draw for the upcoming United States Tennis Association Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships.

The national tennis event, which features the top junior players from across the country, will be played July 31 through August 9 at the Barnes Tennis Center, 4490 W. Point Loma Blvd., San Diego, Calif. 92107.

The following players were given wild cards into the singles main draws:

Helen Altick, Monroe, La.
Kylie McKenzie, Anthem, Ariz.
Ndindi Ndunda, Burke, Va.
Adriana Reami, Miami, Fla.
Sydney Riley, Dallas, Texas
Rebecca Weissmann, Loveland, Colo.

Girls’ 18s
Brooke Austin, Indianapolis, Ind.
Tornado Black, Boca Raton, Fla.
Louisa Chirico, Harrison, N.Y.
Ellie Halbauer, Boca Raton, Fla.
Sofia Kenin, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Josie Kuhlman, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Christina Makarova, San Diego, Calif.
Ingrid Neel, Bradenton, Fla.

Nearly 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under will compete for the title of National Champion, as well  as a wild card entry into the singles main draw of the US Open Women’s Championships (for the 18s Champion) and a wild card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion).  The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a wild card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

“We are very pleased to give each of these players a wild card into the singles main draw,” said Co-Tournament Director Lisbeth Blum. “We are anticipating a very strong field for this year’s tournament.”

Qualifying rounds in the Girls’ 18s division will be played on Thursday, July 31 and Friday, Aug. 1. Eight qualifiers will advance to the 128-player main draw which begins with first-round action on Sunday, Aug. 3. The Girls’ 18s finals are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9.

In the Girls’ 16s division, qualifying rounds will also take place on Thursday, July 31 and Friday, Aug. 1. Eight qualifiers will advance to the 128-player main draw, scheduled to begin with first-round matches on Saturday, Aug. 2. The Girls’ 16s finals will be played on Friday, Aug. 8.

All qualifying matches will be played at the Barnes Tennis Center. Early-round main draw matches will also be played at the tournament’s secondary site at the San Diego State University Tennis Complex, 5375 Remington Rd., San Diego, Calif., 92115, from Saturday, Aug. 2 through Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Admission and on-site parking are free at the Barnes Tennis Center. Admission to the matches at SDSU is free. There is nominal fee for parking at SDSU. Please note, on-campus parking regulations are strictly enforced.

The starting time for each day of the tournament is as follows (all times are PDT):

Thursday, July 31                                                 8:30 a.m.         Barnes Tennis Center
Friday, Aug. 1                                                       8:30 a.m.         Barnes Tennis Center
Saturday, Aug. 2 to Monday, Aug. 4                      8:30 a.m.         Barnes Tennis Center & SDSU
Tuesday, Aug. 5                                                        9 a.m.         Barnes Tennis Center & SDSU
Wednesday, Aug. 6 to Saturday, Aug. 9                    9 a.m.         Barnes Tennis Center

Starting times are subject to change. For latest updates, go to: http://www.ustagirlsnationals.com/

The tournament’s Opening Ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Barnes Tennis Center. The guest speaker will be Patrick McEnroe, former U.S. Davis Cup captain and current General Manager of USTA Player Development. David Haggerty, Chairman of the Board, CEO and President of the USTA, will also be in attendance.


Kyrgios and Kokkinakis set up All-Aussie Junior Boys’ Final at the Australian Open


By Jaclyn Stacey


(January 25, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – Newly crowned ITF Junior Boys’ world No. 1 Nick Kyrgios stormed into the Australian Open Junior Boys’ final after dominating eighth seed Filippo Baldi 6-2, 6-1 in just 41 minutes on Friday.


“Obviously I’m really stoked with that performance today, I knew Baldi has been playing some pretty good tennis to make it to the semifinal and I knew I had to stick to my game plan,” Kyrgios said. “I like to come out strong, show a bit of fire in the first couple of games, show them that I’m there and that I’m going be tough to beat.”


Kyrgios was devastating in the win, sending down 9 aces and winning 75% of first serves in play against the Italian. The 17-year-old Australian will play compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis in the first All-Australian junior final since Ben Ellwood defeated Andrew Ilie in the 1994.


The unseeded Kokkinakis defeated eleventh seed Borna Coric 6-3, 6-2 in just over one hour and the win caps off an unforgettable summer for the Adelaide teen. Kokkinakis was in Perth for the Hopman Cup as a reserve for Bernard Tomic but found himself as a substitute for the injured John Isner in the US team who took on Spain in their round robin contest. Kokkinakis came within three points of taking a set off Fernando Verdasco and also teamed with Venus Williams in the mixed doubles.


Kyrgios and Kokkinakis know each others’ games well and consider themselves good friends. They also teamed up to play the Australian Open Junior Doubles competition where they lost in the quarterfinals. Most recently they squared off in the National 18 and under championships final at Melbourne Park in December with Kyrgios the victor in a tight three set match.


In the Girls’ singles, second seed Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic defeated Estonian tenth seed Anett Kontaveit in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 in just under one hour. The Czech will meet the third seed Ana Konjuh of Croatia in the final who overcame a resurgent Elizaveta Kulichkova in a three set battle 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.


The Boys’ and Girls’ doubles champions were also decided on Friday with the Australian combo of Jay Andrijic and Bradley Mousley triumphant 6-3 7-6(3) over the German/Austrian pairing of Maximilian Marterer and Lucas Miedler in the Boy’s competition. In the girls’ competition singles finalist Ana Konjuh partnered with Canadian Carol Zhao to defeat the Ukrainian/Czech pairing of Oleksandra Korashvili and Barbora Krejcikova 5-7, 6-3, (10-7)


Jaclyn Stacey is a Melbourne based freelance journalist covering the Australian Open tournament as media for Tennis Panorama News.  Follow her Australian Open updates on @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal twitter @JackattackAU.