2014/04/18

Francis Tiafoe Wins Easter Bowl

Francis Tiafoe photo by Cynthia Lum / USTA

Francis Tiafoe photo by Cynthia Lum / USTA

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 13, 2014) – With his ultimate goal of winning an ASICS Easter bowl finally complete, 16-year-old Francis Tiafoe said his focus will now turn to the junior Grand Slam events in the coming months, including the French Open and Wimbledon.
Tiafoe joined No. 4-seeded CiCi Bellis of Atherton, Calif., as the big ITF 18s winners as the 47th annual event ended with rave reviews from players, parents and coaches being played for the first time at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home site of the BNP Paribas Open.
The top-seeded Tiafoe of College Park, Md., nearly let an early 5-2 first-set lead slip away, and needed three sets to beat Nathan Ponwith of Scottsdale, Ariz., 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2. Bellis had an easier time beating good friend Katie Swan of Wichita, Kan., 6-3, 6-1.
“I definitely could have made that a little easier,” Tiafoe said. “I was up in the first set and we were both playing ugly tennis.”
After dropping the second set, Tiafoe was able to pull out two long games to open the third and deciding set. “The first game of the third set is always huge. Always,” Tiafoe stressed. “I could have easily been down 0-2 but I was up 2-0. Where would you rather be?”
Tiafoe was told by his traveling coach Frank Salazar after the match that he would move up from No. 7 in the ITF world junior rankings to No. 2, becoming the highest ranked U.S. junior in the world.
“That would be huge if I’m No. 2 in the world,” he said. “If I am I’d be very happy.”
Tiafoe wore a silver crown necklace a parent in College Park gave him after he won the Orange Bowl International in December, and it’s become a good luck charm. “Some people think I’m getting a big head for it,” Tiafoe explained. “But he said ‘you’re the king now,’ and I wasn’t going to say no to it.”
Tiafoe can’t wait to get on the red clay in Paris once the French Open starts May 25. “That’s some place and I’m really looking forward to being there,” he said. “I’ve been watching that tournament on TV since I was 6 years old. I plan to get on the grounds early and hit with guys like Sam (Querrey), Stevie (Johnson) and Jack (Sock).
Bellis, who sat with Swan and watched the Tiafoe-Ponwith match before they took to the court, is also looking to head to Europe for the junior Slams, as well as the Italian Open. “I can’t wait to get on the red clay,” she said. “I love it.”
The win marked the second straight ASICS Easter Bowl title for Bellis as she won the 16s last year.
Said Swan: “I’m happy she won. I mean, if it was going to be anyone I’m glad it’s her. She’s a great player.”
John McNally, who won the 16s at the Carson International Spring Championships last week, was victorious on his second straight Sunday, avenging a heartbreaking loss in last year’s ASICS Easter Bowl 14s final. The No. 9 seed from Cincinnati defeated No. 2 Zeke Clark of Tulsa, Okla., in an entertaining match, 6-3, 7-6 (4).
McNally learned to play tennis with a balloon and a mini racquet while watching his mother Lynn Nabors McNally teach tennis lessons. Lynn was a nationally ranked junior and played at Northwestern University at the same time as Katrina Adams, the USTA first vice president, who was on hand watching and commentating for the Tennis Channel ASICS Easter Bowl show, which will air May 18.
In last year’s 14s final against Connor Hance, McNally let a match point slip away, up 6-4, 5-4 and 40-30.
On Sunday with McNally leading 6-3, 5-4, 40-love lead and serving, Clark was somehow able to get it back to deuce, and broke McNally to tie it up 5-all. But the big-serving McNally on his next service game was able to hold and then won the tiebreaker with the help of two big aces.
“Yeah, that was big,” he said, adding that he was clocked by the court speed gun serving 120 mph. “Just to be able to pull out this match is like a huge sigh of relief. I’m still shaking. As soon as I lost that game to make it 5-all I just I just said focus on the next game and hold serve.”
What did he think after Clark battled back to tie it up and letting three match points slip away? “I was in shock,” he said. “It was getting hard to breathe after losing those match points. I was pretty worried. But everybody has match points and blows them. I said in my interview last year that all good players bounce back after losing match points and I bounced back this year to win the title.”
Girls’ 16s top-seeded player Katerina Stewart of Coral Gables, Fla., did not drop a set in the tournament, beating unseeded Claire Liu of Thousand Oaks, Calif., 6-3, 6-3, in the final.
“It feels good,” Stewart said. “This is my last 16s tournament. I’ll play the 18s National Clay Courts and Hardcourts and try to get the wild card into the US Open.”
Boys’ 14s top-seeded player Steven Sun, 13, of Glen Cove, N.Y., beat Keenan Mayo, the No. 2 player from Roseville, Calif., 6-0, 4-6, 6-1, to capture his second Super National previously having won the 12s Clays. “This was a lot tougher and I played better opponents,” he said. Sun overcame a semifinal match on Saturday where he was down 6-1, 3-1, but came back to win.
Another New Yorker, No. 3 Rachel Lim of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., took out unseeded Ashley Yeah of Los Gatos, Calif., 6-1, 7-6 (2) to win the Girls’ 14s. Lim trains at the USTA National Tennis Center – East in Flushing Meadow.
“It’s amazing to win the Easter Bowl,” said Lim, who lost in the Round of 16 last year. “It’s been a tiring week, but it’s a good kind of tiring.”
Unseeded Daniel Sharygin of Newburgh, Ind., won the Boys’ 12stitle with a 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory over No. 16 Ronan Jachuck of Slingerlands, N.Y.
Sharygin battled back from being down 5-3 and then 6-5, love-30, in the first set. “I was extremely nervous today,” he said.
Sharygin said he knew all about the history of the ASICS Easter Bowl as he is coached by Stephanie Hazlett, who won the 1995 Girls’ 16s title.
Kacie Harvey, No. 9 from Braintree, Mass., edged out No. 6 Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek, Calif., in a nearly two-hour match that was closer than the 6-2, 6-1 Girls’ 12s final score indicated.
“She was a really good runner so I had to really be smart with my shots,” said the seventh grader. “I usually had to hit a few extra shots than I’m used to. This is my best tournament result. I usually lose like in the third round.”
She added: “My parents aren’t here but it feels like they are because they keep texting me and calling me.”
Bellis was awarded the overall girls’ Jackie Cooper-Tory Fretz Sportsmanship Award while Ponwith won it on the boys’ side.
Sponsors included: ASICS, Laurel Springs School, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Dent Tennis Academy, Tennis Warehouse, TennisPlayer.net Digital Magazine, the tennis website 10sBalls.com, USTA, The Old Spaghetti Factory, SCTA and Mind Matters.

Sunday’s Scores
Boys’ 18 Singles (Final Round)
Tiafoe, Francis (1) (College Park, MD) def. Ponwith, Nathan (Scottsdale, AZ) 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-2
Girls’ 18 Singles (Final Round)
Bellis, CiCi (4) (Atherton, CA) def. Swan, Katie (11) (Wichita, KS) 6-3, 6-1
Boys’ 16 Singles (Final Round)
McNally, John (9) (Cincinnati, OH) def. Clark, Zeke (2) (Tulsa, OK) 6-3, 7-6(4)
Boys’ 16 Doubles (Final Round)
Chakravarthi, Caleb (Newtown, PA) / Zhu, Evan (Greenbelt, MD) def. Vasat, Mark (Camas, WA) / Volk, Brenden (Dix Hills, NY) 8-4
Boys’ 16 Doubles (Playoff)
McNally, John (Cincinnati, OH) / Ross, Gianni (3) (Burr Ridge, IL) def. Gentry, Ty (Olympia, WA) / Kirkov, Vasil (Tampa, FL) Wo (pc)
Girls’ 16 Singles (Final Round)
Stewart, Katerina (1) (Coral Gables, FL) def. Liu, Claire (Thousand Oaks, CA) 6-3, 6-3
Girls’ 16 Doubles (Final Round)
Chang, Katie (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) / Liu, Claire (3) (Thousand Oaks, CA) def. Chiu, Abigail (Austin, TX) / Porter, Elizabeth (4) (Dallas, TX) 8-3
Girls’ 16 Doubles (Playoff)
Reami, Adriana (Miami, FL) / Stewart, Katerina (2) (Coral Gables, FL) def. Ferrari, Paulina (San Diego, CA) / Soli, Kalani (Carson, CA) 8-4
Boys’ 14 Singles (Final Round)
Sun, Steven (1) (Glen Cove, NY) def. Mayo, Keenan (2) (Roseville, CA) 6-0, 4-6, 6-1
Boys’ 14 Doubles (Final Round)
Barretto, Paul (Tiburon, CA) / Sah, Timothy (5) (San Diego, CA) def. Lin, Cody (Thousand Oaks, CA) / Perera, Kento (Santa Barbara, CA) 8-2
Boys’ 14 Doubles (Playoff)
Thomas, Danny (Pickerington, OH) / Ton, Andrew (7) (Milpitas, CA) def. Alshon, Christian (Boca Raton, FL) / Benkaim, Russell (2) (Osprey, FL) Wo (ill)
Girls’ 14 Singles (Final Round)
Lim, Rachel (3) (Briarcliff Manor, NY) def. Yeah, Ashley (Los Gatos, CA) 6-1, 7-6(2)
Girls’ 14 Doubles (Final Round)
Menguene, Malkia (College Park, MD) / Subhash, Natasha (Fairfax, VA) def. Allen, Kolie (Lombard, IL) / Kowalski, Meg (6) (La Grange, IL) 8-4
Girls’ 14 Doubles (Playoff)
Jones, Sydney (Carrollton, TX) / Reddy, Sophia (7) (Eden Prairie, MN) def. Hwang, Madison (Frisco, TX) / Kessler, McCartney (8) (Calhoun, GA) 8-3
Boys’ 12 Singles (Final Round)
Sharygin, Daniel (Newburgh, IN) def. Jachuck, Ronan (16) (Slingerlands, NY) 7-6(4), 6-2
Boys’ 12 Doubles (Final Round)
Arimilli, Nathan (Austin, TX) / Fu, Connor (2) (Andover, MA) def. Spizzirri, Eliot (Greenwich, CT) / Suarez, Billy (4) (Huntington, NY) 9-7
Boys’ 12 Doubles (Playoff)
Dostanic, Stefan (Irvine, CA) / Jachuck, Ronan (6) (Slingerlands, NY) def. Brachman, Spencer (Commack, NY) / Vallabhaneni, Niroop (7) (Paradise Valley, AZ)
Girls’ 12 Singles (Final Round)
Harvey, Kacie (9) (Braintree, MA) def. Volynets, Katie (6) (Walnut Creek, CA) 6-2, 6-1
Girls’ 12 Doubles (Final Round)
Corley, Carmen (Sandia Park, NM) / Hochstatter, Amber (Anthem, AZ) def. Harvison, Isabella (Cardiff, CA) / Taggart, Jillian (Fair Oaks, CA) 8-6
Girls’ 12 Doubles (Playoff)
Chan, Amanda (Pasadena, CA) / Volynets, Katie (2) (Walnut Creek, CA) def. Goldsmith, Elizabeth (Chula Vista, CA) / Hayer, Giulia (4) (San Diego, CA) 8-1

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Tiafoe Rallies to Top Fritz to Move into Easter Bowl Semis

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 11, 2014) – In a match that had all the intensity of a final between two of the nation’s top 16-year-olds, top-seeded Francis Tiafoe of College Park, Md., came back to beat No. 7-seeded Taylor Fritz of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2, on Friday to advance to the ITF Boys’ 18s semifinals at the ASICS Easter Bowl.

At 4-all in the second set with Tiafoe serving down 15-40, Fritz had a golden chance to break and then serve for the match, but Tiafoe came up with a huge serve and then played another smart point to eventually hold serve, win a close tiebreaker and close out the match at the 47th annual tournament being played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

“In the third set I really started to play my game and use the plan that my coach here Frank (Salazar) gave me,” Tiafoe said. “I knew if it was going to go three it would be mine because I knew he was getting tired. They asked if we wanted the 10-minute heat rule before the third set. I didn’t want it and I didn’t even let him get a chance to answer.”

Tiafoe has never faced his semifinal opponent Robert Levine, the No. 13-ranked player from Bedford, N.Y., who ended unseeded Michael Genender’s run in the tournament, 5-7, 7-5, 6-4.

Tiafoe said he knew Fritz would come out firing since he sorely needed to win this event to get straight into the junior French Open and Wimbledon later this spring. Tiafoe said he’s never had great results at all the past Easter Bowls he has played. “To me it’d be so huge if I won here because I’ve never done that great here,” he said. “I lost in the first round the first year, second round the next year and the third round last year. So I was thinking I might be leaving in the quarters after the first set and this would be it for me.”

In the other semifinal, Aron Hiltzik of Wilmette, Ill., will take on unseeded Nathan Ponwith of Scottsdale, Ariz. Hiltzik took out William Blumberg of Greenwich, Conn., 7-6 (7), 4-6, 6-3, and Ponwith eliminated No. 3-seeded Logan Smith of Carlsbad, Calif., 6-1, 6-4.

Hiltzik was an Easter Bowl Boys’ 16s finalist in 2012 where he lost to current UCLA Bruin Joseph DiGiulio in the final.
Hiltzik said he was down 5-2 in the first set and was down “about five set points,” winning each one and climbing back to take the first set, 7-6 (9-7). “I actually don’t know exactly how many set points it was, but just say it was a lot.”

Hiltzik, whose brother Jared is a current NCAA Top 10-ranked player at Illinois University, said his game has elevated since September when he moved to College Park, Md., and began training fulltime with the Junior Tennis Champions Center, a USTA Certified Regional Training Center.

“It’s been unbelievable there,” he said, citing coaches he’s been working with like Misha Kouznetsov, Frank Salazar and Kyle Bailey. “The level of coaching has been amazing.”

In the Girls’ 18s semifinals, it will be top-seeded Sofia Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., facing No. 4 CiCi Bellis of Atherton, Calif. Kenin won her third three-set match on Friday to move on. No. 11 Katie Swan of Wichita, Kan., meets No. 7 Michaela Gordon of Saratoga, Calif., in the other semi.

In the Boys’ 16s, No. 9 John McNally of Cincinnati, Ohio; No. 3 Matthew Gamble of Webster, N.Y.; No. 2 Zeke Clark of Tulsa, Okla., and No. 11 Alex Keyser of Danville, Calif., will play semifinal singles matches on Saturday.

In the Girls’ 16s, top-seeded Katerina Stewart of Coral Gables, Fla.; unseeded Claire Liu of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; unseeded Maria Mateas of Braintree, Mass., and No. 7 Makenna Jones of Greenville, S.C., will play semifinal singles matches on Saturday.
In the Boys’ 14s, top-seeded Steven Sun of Glen Cove, N.Y., Andrew Fenty of Washington, D.C.; No. 2 Keenan Mayo of Roseville, Calif., and unseeded Kento Perera of Santa Barbara, Calif., will play semifinal singles matches on Saturday.

In the Girls’ 14s, No. 5 Taylor Johnson of Redondo Beach, Calif.; unseeded Ashley Yeah of Los Gatos, Calif.; unseeded Hannah Zhao of San Diego, Calif., and No. 3 Rachel Lim Rachel of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., will play semifinal singles matches on Saturday.
In the Boys’ 12s, Daniel Sharygin of Newburgh, Ind.; No. 2 Blaise Bicknell of Miami, Fla., No. 16 Ronan Jachuck of Slingerlands, N.Y., and No. 6 Jeremie Casabon of Flourtown, Pa., will play semifinal singles matches on Saturday.

In the Girls’ 12s, No. Amy Huang of San Diego, Calif.; No. 6 Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek, Calif., No. 12 Amanda Chan of Pasadena, Calif., and No. 9 Kacie Harvey of Braintree, Mass., will play semifinal singles matches on Saturday.

All eight singles finals are scheduled for Sunday.

Katie Swan was named the winner of Friday’s Jackie Cooper-Tory Fretz Sportsmanship Award selected by the tournament staff and presented with a medal and free pair of ASICS shoes. Winners for the week include Aron Hiltzik, Jean Thirouin, Nicole Kalhorn and Reilly Olpeka.

Friday’s Scores
Boys’ 18 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Tiafoe, Francis (1) (College Park, MD) def. Fritz, Taylor (7) (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-2
Levine, Robert (13) (Bedford, NY) def. Genender, Michael (Los Angeles, CA) 5-7, 7-5, 6-4
Ponwith, Nathan (Scottsdale, AZ) def. Smith, Logan (3) (Carlsbad, CA) 6-1, 6-4
Hiltzik, Aron (Wilmette, IL) def. Blumberg, William (Greenwich, CT) 7-6(7), 4-6, 6-3
Boys’ 18 Doubles (Semifinal Round)
Arconada, Jordi (Rio Piedras, PR) / Kerznerman, Daniel (1) (Brooklyn, NY) def. Fritz, Taylor (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) / Kodali, Anudeep (3) (Durham, NC) 3-6, 7-6(5), 10-7
Paul, Tommy (Coconut Creek, FL) / Wiersholm, Henrik (2) (Kirkland, WA) def. Lebedev, Alexander (Island Park, NY) / Wasserman, James (New York, NY) 6-3, 6-3
Girls’ 18 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Kenin, Sofia (1) (Pembroke Pines, FL) def. Ho, Jessica (12) (Tampa, FL) 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-1
Bellis, Catherine (4) (Atherton, CA) def. McCarthy, Kaitlyn (8) (Cary, NC) 6-0, 6-3
Swan, Katie (11) (Wichita, KS) def. Dilorenzo, Francesca (New Albany, OH) 6-2, 6-2
Gordon, Michaela (7) (Saratoga, CA) def. Daniell, Andie (Douglasville, GA) 6-1, 6-4
Girls’ 18 Doubles (Semifinal Round)
Haffey, Mary (Naples, FL) / McCarthy, Kaitlyn (7) (Cary, NC) def. Dilorenzo, Francesca (New Albany, OH) / Kenin, Sofia (Pembroke Pines, FL) 6-3, 7-6(4)
Ruder-Hook, Mira (Denver, CO) / Smith, Gabrielle (Henderson, NV) def. Larner, Erin (Portland, OR) / Letzt, Alexandra (Scottsdale, AZ) Wo (inj)
Boys’ 16 Singles (Round of 16)
McNally, John (9) (Cincinnati, OH) def. Loeb, Robert (Hilton Head, SC) 7-6(5), 6-0
Phillips, Alex (5) (Peachtree City, GA) def. Wood, Chase (15) (Heath, TX) 6-1, 6-1
Clark, Zeke (2) (Tulsa, OK) def. Ross, Gianni (10) (Burr Ridge, IL) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
Gamble, Matthew (3) (Webster, NY) def. Rowe, Billy (12) (Coronado, CA) 7-6(4), 6-0, 6-2
Kypson, Patrick (Greenville, NC) def. Ayeni, Alafia (San Diego, CA) 6-2, 6-2
Genesen, William (4) (Tulsa, OK) def. Holt, Brandon (Rolling Hills, CA) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Keyser, Alexander (11) (Danville, CA) def. Joshi, Abhijeet (Millington, NJ) 6-2, 6-0
Howells, William (Richmond, VA) def. Downing, Chaz (Newport Coast, CA) 6-2, 6-3
Boys’ 16 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
McNally, John (9) (Cincinnati, OH) def. Howells, William (Richmond, VA) 6-1, 6-4
Gamble, Matthew (3) (Webster, NY) def. Kypson, Patrick (Greenville, NC) 2-6, 7-5, 6-1
Clark, Zeke (2) (Tulsa, OK) def. Phillips, Alex (5) (Peachtree City, GA) 3-6, 6-0, 7-5
Keyser, Alexander (11) (Danville, CA) def. Genesen, William (4) (Tulsa, OK) 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
Girls’ 16 Singles (Round of 16)
Stewart, Katerina (1) (Coral Gables, FL) def. Soli, Kalani (Carson, CA) 6-0, 7-5
Sanford, Alexandra (2) (Westerville, OH) def. Pothoff, Maddie (11) (Tucson, AZ) 6-1, 6-4
Mateas, Maria (Braintree, MA) def. Waldram, Bess (3) (Portland, OR) 6-2, 6-1
Meredith, Madeline (14) (Vestavia, AL) def. Livianu, Jessica (Brooklyn, NY) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
Peus, Ryan (8) (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) def. Spence, Zoe (12) (Chicago, IL) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
Liu, Claire (Thousand Oaks, CA) def. Corse, Cameron (Baltimore, MD) 6-2, 6-1
Jones, Makenna (7) (Greenville, SC) def. Quevedo, Danielle (Tyler, TX) 4-1 Ret (inj)
Miller, Alaina (Saratoga, CA) def. Van Alphen, Sydney (Laguna Beach, CA) 6-3, 6-4
Girls’ 16 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Stewart, Katerina (1) (Coral Gables, FL) def. Meredith, Madeline (14) (Vestavia, AL) 6-0, 6-3
Liu, Claire (Thousand Oaks, CA) def. Miller, Alaina (Saratoga, CA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
Mateas, Maria (Braintree, MA) def. Peus, Ryan (8) (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) 6-3, 1-6, 7-5
Jones, Makenna (7) (Greenville, SC) def. Sanford, Alexandra (2) (Westerville, OH) 2-6, 7-5, 6-1
Boys’ 14 Singles (Round of 16)
Sun, Steven (1) (Glen Cove, NY) def. Woodall, William (16) (Washington, DC) 6-1, 7-5
Mayo, Keenan (2) (Roseville, CA) def. Duo, Bill (Portage, MI) 6-4, 6-4
Baylon, Robert (8) (Buena Park, CA) def. Oscislawski, Adam (Scottsdale, AZ) 6-3, 6-3
Bellamy, Roscoe (Pacific Palisades, CA) def. Huang, Austen (6) (Elk Grove, CA) 6-3, 6-3
Frye, Bradley (14) (Overland Park, KS) def. Fresen, RJ (7) (Short Hills, NJ) 6-2, 6-4
Fenty, Andrew (Washington, DC) def. Nakashima, Brandon (4) (San Diego, CA) 6-4, 6-4
Perera, Kento (Santa Barbara, CA) def. Croyder, Blake (Marietta, GA) 7-5, 6-2
Barretto, Paul (Tiburon, CA) def. Mukherjee, Josh (Bloomfield Hills, MI) 6-2, 6-1
Boys’ 14 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Sun, Steven (1) (Glen Cove, NY) def. Bellamy, Roscoe (Pacific Palisades, CA) 7-5, 7-5
Fenty, Andrew (Washington, DC) def. Frye, Bradley (14) (Overland Park, KS) 6-4, 6-4
Mayo, Keenan (2) (Roseville, CA) def. Baylon, Robert (8) (Buena Park, CA) 6-1, 6-2
Perera, Kento (Santa Barbara, CA) def. Barretto, Paul (Tiburon, CA) 6-4, 6-4
Girls’ 14 Singles (Round of 16)
Zhao, Hannah (San Diego, CA) def. Van Linge, Elena (Menlo Park, CA) 6-3, 6-1
Henry, Somer (Franklin, TN) def. Clark, Mackenzie (College Park, MD) 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
McNally, Caty (Cincinnati, OH) def. Kowalski, Meg (9) (La Grange, IL) 1-6, 6-1, 6-3
Lim, Rachel (3) (Briarcliff Manor, NY) def. Eason, Rachel (14) (Union City, CA) 6-2, 6-3
Subhash, Natasha (Fairfax, VA) def. Hwang, Madison (Frisco, TX) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
Yeah, Ashley (Los Gatos, CA) def. Paulus, Kate (13) (Leawood, KS) 7-6(4), 6-4
Joyce, Grace (1) (Newton, MA) def. Decoste, Emma (15) (Stuart, FL) 6-2, 6-1
Johnson, Taylor (5) (Redondo Beach, CA) def. Jones, Sydney (10) (Carrollton, TX) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
Girls’ 14 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Johnson, Taylor (5) (Redondo Beach, CA) def. Joyce, Grace (1) (Newton, MA) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
Yeah, Ashley (Los Gatos, CA) def. Subhash, Natasha (Fairfax, VA) 6-2, 6-3
Zhao, Hannah (San Diego, CA) def. Henry, Somer (Franklin, TN) 7-6(4), 6-3
Lim, Rachel (3) (Briarcliff Manor, NY) def. McNally, Caty (Cincinnati, OH) 6-2, 6-3
Boys’ 12 Singles (Round of 16)
Yang, Harry (1) (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) def. Yu, James (Bellevue, WA) 7-5, 6-3
Bicknell, Blaise (2) (Miami, FL) def. Fradkin, Jeffrey (9) (New York, NY) 7-6(7), 4-6, 10-7
Labrador, Daniel (8) (Tampa, FL) def. McKennon, Maxwell (Newport Beach, CA) 6-1, 6-0
Whitaker, Spencer (3) (Richmond, VA) def. Nava, Emilio (Woodland Hills, CA) 2-6, 6-2, 10-5
Jachuck, Ronan (16) (Slingerlands, NY) def. Vallabhaneni, Niroop (5) (Paradise Valley, AZ) 6-2, 7-6(4)
Casabon, Jeremie (6) (Flourtown, PA) def. Arimilli, Nathan (14) (Austin, TX) 6-2, 2-6, 10-3
Lunin, Alexey (Irvine, CA) def. Smith, Ivan (4) (Chula Vista, CA) 6-3, 6-2
Sharygin, Daniel (Newburgh, IN) def. Mayo, Aidan (7) (Roseville, CA) 6-1, 6-1
Boys’ 12 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Sharygin, Daniel (Newburgh, IN) def. Yang, Harry (1) (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) 6-1, 6-1
Bicknell, Blaise (2) (Miami, FL) def. Labrador, Daniel (8) (Tampa, FL) 6-3, 6-4
Jachuck, Ronan (16) (Slingerlands, NY) def. Whitaker, Spencer (3) (Richmond, VA) 6-3, 6-2
Casabon, Jeremie (6) (Flourtown, PA) def. Lunin, Alexey (Irvine, CA) 6-2, 6-3
Girls’ 12 Singles (Round of 16)
Volynets, Katie (6) (Walnut Creek, CA) def. Lee, Anessa (San Marino, CA) 6-1, 6-0
Price, Gabriella (1) (Montebello, NY) def. Gallagher, Sedona (Henderson, NV) 6-4, 6-1
Harvey, Kacie (9) (Braintree, MA) def. Pielet, Gianna (2) (El Paso, TX) 7-6(1), 6-3
Gulbransen, Nina (15) (Boca Raton, FL) def. Hu, Victoria (3) (Northborough, MA) 4-6, 6-4, 11-9
Huang, Amy (11) (San Diego, CA) def. Anzalotta, Lauren (7) (Trujillo Alto, PR) 6-2, 6-1
Chan, Amanda (12) (Pasadena, CA) def. Goldsmith, Elizabeth (Chula Vista, CA) 6-0, 6-3
Canete, Mae Fmar (Los Angeles, CA) def. Garcia Gross, Rosie (13) (New York, NY) 7-5, 3-6, 11-4
Osuigwe, Whitney (5) (Bradenton, FL) def. Stein, Lauren (16) (Paradise Valley, AZ) 6-3, 6-1
Girls’ 12 Singles (Quarterfinal Round)
Huang, Amy (11) (San Diego, CA) def. Gulbransen, Nina (15) (Boca Raton, FL) 6-4, 6-1
Volynets, Katie (6) (Walnut Creek, CA) def. Price, Gabriella (1) (Montebello, NY) 6-3, 6-0
Chan, Amanda (12) (Pasadena, CA) def. Canete, Mae Fmar (Los Angeles, CA) 6-1, 6-0
Harvey, Kacie (9) (Braintree, MA) def. Osuigwe, Whitney (5) (Bradenton, FL) 7-5, 6-2

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Tiafoe, Smith and Fritz Advance at ASICS Easter Bowl

Logan Smith photo by David Kenas

Logan Smith photo by David Kenas

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 9, 2014) – With potential future college coaches looking on, No. 3-seeded Logan Smith of Carlsbad, Calif., beat Javier Restrepo of Miami, 7-6 (0), 6-1, on a busy Wednesday in the Boys’ 18s ITF division at the ASICS Easter Bowl being played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Smith, a 17-year-old high school junior ranked in the world Top 60 ITF rankings, is undecided where he will attend college, but wouldn’t mind staying close to home in Southern California.
Smith said he was “definitely” aware that four-time NCAA champion USC men’s Coach Peter Smith was on hand to check out the match, as well as other Division I coaches. “USC is an option, so is UCLA,” Smith said. “I have a lot of options. Not sure I’d go out state, but I’m just not sure.”
Smith, who later teamed with Aron Hiltzik to win their Round of 16 doubles match, said he lost to Restrepo in three sets three years ago in the 14s Easter Bowl. “It’s a great tournament,” said Smith, who works with coach Christian Groh in San Diego. “I love playing the Easter Bowl. It’s definitely one of my favorite tournaments.”
Later in the day, player registration was held for the boys’ and girls’ 16s, 14s and 12s with play in those divisions beginning on Thursday at 12 sites around the Coachella Valley.
Also on Wednesday, more than 350 players attended the Laurel Springs Player Party that was catered by the The Old Spaghetti Factory in Rancho Mirage. That coincided with a USTA hosted Team USA Coaches Reception. There, four legendary coaches, including Jerry Baskin, Nick Bollettieri, Robert Lansdorp and Jack Sharpe, were honored. In addition USTA Player Development General Manager Patrick McEnroe presented Joseph Gilbert with the 2013 USOC Developmental Coach of the Year and the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Md., was honored as the 2013 Team USA Developmental Program of the Year.
In the only big upset in Boys’ 18s singles, Eduardo Nava of Woodland Hills, Calif., beat Daniel Kerznerman, the No. 6-seed from Brooklyn, N.Y., 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Also moving on were top-seeded Francis Tiafoe of College Park, Md., who beat Alan Sweet of Naples, Fla., 6-2, 6-1, and Taylor Fritz, the No. 7-seeded player from Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. He beat John Jorgeson of Bradenton, Fla., 6-0, 6-1.
If both can win Round of 16 matches on Thursday, the two would square off in a quarterfinal match everyone wants to see on Friday.
“I lost a tough one last week, but I just had to get it out of my mi

nd and focus on a fresh week,” said Tiafoe, who fell in the Carson ISC final Sunday in a third-set tiebreaker.
Said Fritz: “I was just working on other things that may help me later in the tournament, trying to come into the net more.”
On the girls’ 18s side, top-seeded Sofia Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., was pushed against Kelly Chen of Cerritos, Calif., but held on to advance, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
Gabby Smith of Henderson, Nev., had a big upset, beat No. 5-seeded Olivia Hauger of Tulsa, Okla., 6-2, 6-0.
Nicole Kalhorn was named the winner of Tuesday’s Jackie Cooper-Tory Fretz Sportsmanship Award selected by the tournament staff and presented with a medal and free pair of ASICS shoes. On Monday, Reilly Olpeka won the award.

 

Wednesday’s Scores
Boys’ 18 Singles (Round of 32)
Nava, Eduardo (Woodland Hills, CA) def. Kerznerman, Daniel (6) (Brooklyn, NY) 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
Hiltzik, Aron (Wilmette, IL) def. Garay, Christian (Columbus, GA) 6-4, 6-2
Kodali, Anudeep (11) (Durham, NC) def. Gordon, Henry (New Braunfels, TX) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
Chamdani, Adrian (Santa Clara, CA) def. Cargill, Christian (15) (Wesley Chapel, FL) 6-4, 7-6(5)
Levine, Robert (13) (Bedford, NY) def. Klinger, Cameron (Elk Grove, CA) 6-4, 6-1
Blumberg, William (Greenwich, CT) def. Duncan, Walker (14) (Atlanta, GA) 7-6(4), 0-6, 6-3
Boyd, Kalman (8) (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) def. Lin, Vincent (Schaumburg, IL) 7-6(9), 6-1
Opelka, Reilly (Palm Coast, FL) def. Epshteyn-Losev, Mark (Sunny Isles Beach, FL) 6-3, 5-2 Ret (inj)
Smith, Logan (3) (Carlsbad, CA) def. Restrepo, Javier (Miami, FL) 7-6(0), 6-1
Ponwith, Nathan (Scottsdale, AZ) def. Paul, Tommy (12) (Coconut Creek, FL) 6-3, 6-1
Kumar, Sameer (5) (Carmel, IN) def. Madison, Jared (Medina, WA) 7-6(4), 6-1
Thirouin, Jean (Houston, TX) def. Reinberg, Emil (Atlanta, GA) 6-4, 7-6(8)
Fritz, Taylor (7) (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) def. Jorgeson, John (Bradenton, FL) 6-0, 6-1
Tiafoe, Francis (1) (College Park, MD) def. Sweet, Alan (Naples, FL) 6-2, 6-1
Arconada, Jordi (4) (Rio Piedras, PR) def. Silverstein, Josh (Great Neck, NY) 6-4, 6-2
Genender, Michael (Los Angeles, CA) def. Lenhard, Rafael (Carlsbad, CA) 6-3, 6-3

Boys’ 18 Doubles (Round of 16)
Hiltzik, Aron (Wilmette, IL) / Smith, Logan (8) (Carlsbad, CA) def. Schalet, Myles (Montville, NJ) / Tishman, Gabe (Bedford, NY) 5-7, 7-5, 10-6
Paul, Tommy (Coconut Creek, FL) / Wiersholm, Henrik (2) (Kirkland, WA) def. Kessler, Mcclain (Calhoun, GA) / Staggs, Logan (Tracy, CA) 6-4, 6-0
Lebedev, Alexander (Island Park, NY) / Wasserman, James (New York, NY) def. Blumberg, William (Greenwich, CT) / Opelka, Reilly (Palm Coast, FL) 6-0, 6-7(5), 10-4
Fritz, Taylor (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) / Kodali, Anudeep (3) (Durham, NC) def. Caruana, Liam (New Braunfels, TX) / Ji, Henry (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) 7-5, 6-1
Nava, Eduardo (Woodland Hills, CA) / Ponwith, Nathan (Scottsdale, AZ) def. Madonia, Stephen (Bradenton, FL) / Restrepo, Javier (Miami, FL) 6-2, 7-6(4)
Arconada, Jordi (Rio Piedras, PR) / Kerznerman, Daniel (1) (Brooklyn, NY) def. Duncan, Walker (Atlanta, GA) / Reinberg, Emil (Atlanta, GA) 3-6, 6-2, 10-8
Mateas, Catalin (Braintree, MA) / Zlobinsky, Julian (5) (Greenvale, NY) def. Gordon, Henry (New Braunfels, TX) / Rapp, Austin (Rancho Mirage, CA) 7-5, 3-6, 10-3
Janglin, Victor (Sarasota, FL) / Levine, Robert (7) (Bedford, NY) def. Lin, Vincent (Schaumburg, IL) / Lorenzini, Michael (Clarendon Hills, IL) 2-6, 7-6(4), 10-7

Girls’ 18 Singles (Round of 32)
McCarthy, Kaitlyn (8) (Cary, NC) def. Chang, Sophie (Hvre De Grace, MD) 6-2, 6-4
Dolehide, Caroline (Hinsdale, IL) def. Flores, Victoria (Fort Dodge, IA) 6-0, 5-7, 6-2
Smith, Gabrielle (Henderson, NV) def. Hauger, Olivia (5) (Tulsa, OK) 6-2, 6-0
Arconada, Usue (2) (Rio Piedras, PR) def. Ruder-Hook, Mira (Denver, CO) 6-3, 6-2
Ho, Jessica (12) (Tampa, FL) def. Golovin, Jessica (New York, NY) 6-4, 6-0
Shibahara, Ena (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) def. Altick, Helen (16) (Monroe, LA) 6-0, 6-4
Pedraza, Raquel (6) (Claremont, CA) def. Lampl, Caroline (Bluemont, VA) 6-3, 1-6, 6-1
Swan, Katie (11) (Wichita, KS) def. Traxler, Karina (Rockwall, TX) 6-0, 6-1
Dilorenzo, Francesca (New Albany, OH) def. Hamlin, Ellyse (14) (Fairfield, CT) Wo (ill)
Kenin, Sofia (1) (Pembroke Pines, FL) def. Chen, Kelly (Cerritos, CA) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
Aney, Jessie (Rochester, MN) def. Bourguignon, Madison (10) (Boca Raton, FL) 7-5, 1-6, 6-1
Gordon, Michaela (7) (Saratoga, CA) def. Andrews, Gabrielle (Pomona, CA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
Daniell, Andie (Douglasville, GA) def. Higuchi, Emma (15) (Los Angeles, CA) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
Bellis, CiCi (4) (Atherton, CA) def. Haffey, Mary (Naples, FL) 7-6(0), 6-3
Day, Kayla (Santa Barbara, CA) def. Kelley, Meghan (Falmouth, ME) 6-1, 6-1
Nelson, Alexis (Saint Paul, MN) def. Kalhorn, Nicole (Colorado Springs, CO) 6-4, 6-0

Girls’ 18 Doubles (Round of 16)
Andrews, Gabrielle (Pomona, CA) / Ho, Jessica (Tampa, FL) def. Chang, Sophie (Hvre De Grace, MD) / Daniell, Andie (Douglasville, GA) 7-5, 6-1
Dolehide, Caroline (Hinsdale, IL) / Minor, Brienne (Mundelein, IL) def. Day, Kayla (Santa Barbara, CA) / Flores, Victoria (Fort Dodge, IA) 6-2, 6-2
Hart, Jada (Colton, CA) / Hazell, Stephanie (Irvine, CA) def. Bellis, CiCi (Atherton, CA) / Horvit, Mia (5) (Parkland, FL) 6-4, 6-4
Ruder-Hook, Mira (Denver, CO) / Smith, Gabrielle (Henderson, NV) def. Fahey, Katharine (Fair Haven, NJ) / Lampl, Caroline (Bluemont, VA) 1-6, 6-2, 10-8
Larner, Erin (Portland, OR) / Letzt, Alexandra (Scottsdale, AZ) def. Friedel, Jenna (Mill Valley, CA) / Golovin, Jessica (New York, NY) 6-2, 6-4
Haffey, Mary (Naples, FL) / McCarthy, Kaitlyn (7) (Cary, NC) def. Hamlin, Ellyse (Fairfield, CT) / Moldovan, Bianca (Livonia, MI) Wo (ill)
Gordon, Michaela (Saratoga, CA) / Higuchi, Emma (4) (Los Angeles, CA) def. Aney, Jessie (Rochester, MN) / Rosca, Christina (Princeton, NJ) 6-3, 4-6, 10-8
Dilorenzo, Francesca (New Albany, OH) / Kenin, Sofia (Pembroke Pines, FL) def. Shibahara, Ena (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) / Slaysman, Savannah (Phoenix, AZ) 6-1, 6-2

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Mark Epshteyn-Losev Upsets No. 2 Seed at Easter Bowl

Mark Epshteyn Losev photo by David Kenas / ASICS Easter Bowl

Mark Epshteyn Losev photo by David Kenas / ASICS Easter Bowl

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 8, 2014) – Mark Epshteyn-Losev couldn’t have picked a better day to come up with the biggest win of his young tennis career.

On his 17th birthday, the Sunny Isles, Fla., resident upset No. 2-seeded and ITF-ranked No. 45 player in the world Henrik Wiersholm, 6-2, 6-1, in the first round of the Boys’ 18s singles on Tuesday at the ASICS Easter Bowl being played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

“For sure that was the best present I have ever given myself,” said Epshteyn-Losev, who was born in New York but now trains near Miami with Robert Gomez. “Henrik didn’t play his best today and made a lot of errors.”

Also moving on on Tuesday was unseeded girls’ 18s player Gabby Andrews of Pomona, Calif. She beat Paris Corley, 6-1, 6-1, in her first-round match.

The ASICS Easter Bowl is a special tournament for Andrews. In 2011 Andrews, then 14, lost in the 18s Easter Bowl final to Kyle McPhillips a year after winning the Girls’ 14s.

“I’ve had some minor injuries,” said Andrews on Tuesday before she and doubles partner Jessica Ho beat Olivia Hauger and Marie Norris in a first-round match, 6-0, 6-2.

“I took a break last year from tennis after the Claremont ITF and I didn’t play Carson or the Easter Bowl,” she said. “I was just trying to get my mind back together. It was just a mental break. I’m just trying to play as many matches and tournaments as I can.”

Andrews added: “I love the Easter Bowl and it’s so great to be back here.”

Andrews made international headlines in 2012 when she teamed with current WTA pro Taylor Townsend to win both the Australian Open and US Open junior doubles titles.

She spent some time with her best friend Townsend last month during the BNP Paribas Open. “We hung out all day and just talked,” she said. “It was great to be with her, even if it was just for one day.”

One of the new features at this year’s ASICS Easter Bowl is a speed gun on the main court that tracks how fast a player is serving. On Tuesday 16-year-old No. 7 seed Taylor Fritz cranked a couple at 130 mph during his 6-4, 6-2 win over McClain Kessler.

Epshteyn-Losev was not the only one with the big upset on Tuesday as 15-year-old Caroline Dolehide of Hillsdale, Ill., beat No. 3-seeded player Johnnise Renaud, 6-3, 6-3.

“I was just getting to every ball and playing my game,” said Dolehide, who lost in the 16s finals last year to CiCi Bellis. “Being back is here in nice. It’s a little hot. Last year was a great tournament for me.”

Dolehide said she doesn’t look ahead in the draw, giving that chore to her coach Tom Lockhart. “I don’t look at the draw,” she said. “My coach does. It’s best not to look ahead. You just have to go out there and play.”

Another player recording a significant upset on Tuesday in the first round of the 18s was 14-year-old Kayla Day of Santa Barbara, Calif. She beat last week’s Carson International Spring Championship finalist and No. 9-seeded Raveena Kingsley, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Sponsors include: ASICS, Laurel Springs School, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Taylor Dent Junior Academy, Tennis Warehouse, TennisPlayer.net Digital Magazine, the tennis website 10sBalls.com, USTA, The Old Spaghetti Factory, SCTA and Mind Matters.

To keep up with all the ASICS Easter Bowl news, visit the website at www.easterbowl.com and check out the tournament on Facebook (www.facebook.com/EasterBowl) and Twitter (@easterbowl). For more information on ASICS, check out: www.ASICSAmerica.com and follow on Twitter @ASICSAmerica.

Tuesday’s Scores
Boys’ 18 Singles (Round of 64)
Blumberg, William def. Boykin, Kenneth 6-2, 6-4
Kerznerman, Daniel (6) def. Tsao, Brian 6-3, 6-1
Kodali, Anudeep (11) def. Wasserman, James 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(5)
Nava, Eduardo def. Chari, Vikram 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
Duncan, Walker (14) def. Ji, Henry 6-4, 7-5
Fritz, Taylor (7) def. Kessler, Mcclain 6-4, 6-2
Chamdani, Adrian def. Caruana, Liam 6-2, 6-1
Silverstein, Josh def. Young-Smith, Ethan 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-3
Jorgeson, John def. Tao, Kenneth 6-4, 2-6, 6-0
Kumar, Sameer (5) def. Rozenstein, Julian 6-1, 6-0
Tiafoe, Francis (1) def. Ruder-Hook, Jesse 6-1, 6-1
Arconada, Jordi (4) def. Madonia, Stephen 6-2, 6-4
Epshteyn-Losev, Mark def. Wiersholm, Henrik (2) 6-2, 6-1

Boys’ 18 Doubles (Round of 32)
Blumberg, William / Opelka, Reilly def. Blanch, Ulises / Cargill, Christian (4) 6-3, 6-3
Hiltzik, Aron / Smith, Logan (8) def. Ross, Alex / Sweet, Alan 6-3, 6-3
Nava, Eduardo / Ponwith, Nathan def. Kumar, Sameer / Thirouin, Jean (6) 6-3, 6-3
Duncan, Walker / Reinberg, Emil def. Jorgeson, John / Lenhard, Rafael 6-2, 7-5
Lin, Vincent / Lorenzini, Michael def. Boyd, Kalman / Klinger, Cameron 7-5, 3-6, 10-6
Kessler, Mcclain / Staggs, Logan def. Silverstein, Josh / Tsao, Brian 6-3, 6-2
Chamdani, Adrian / Kaiser, Kial def. Caruana, Liam / Ji, Henry 6-2, 2-6, 10-6
Madonia, Stephen / Restrepo, Javier def. Chari, Vikram / Gealer, Daniel 6-4, 6-4
Gordon, Henry / Rapp, Austin def. Furman, Spencer / Tao, Kenneth 2-6, 6-4, 10-6
Mateas, Catalin / Zlobinsky, Julian (5) def. Boykin, Kenneth / Ruder-Hook, Jesse 4-6, 6-3, 10-6
Schalet, Myles / Tishman, Gabe def. Epshteyn-Losev, Mark / Rozenstein, Julian Wo (inj)
Janglin, Victor / Levine, Robert (7) def. Schaefer, Fabian / Young-Smith, Ethan 7-5, 6-4

Girls’ 18 Singles (Round of 64)
Arconada, Usue (2) def. Graci, Elysse 6-3, 6-4
Flores, Victoria def. Nemtsova, Stephanie 7-5, 6-3
Traxler, Karina def. Anderson, Rebekah 6-2, 6-0
Smith, Gabrielle def. Schaefer, Dominique 6-2, 6-2
Ho, Jessica (12) def. Valenstein, Alexandra 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Dolehide, Caroline def. Renaud, Johnnise (3) 6-3, 6-3
Kalhorn, Nicole def. vazquez, cassandra (13) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
Pedraza, Raquel (6) def. Vias, Ines 6-3, 7-5
Kenin, Sofia (1) def. McKenzie, Ally 6-3, 6-1
Day, Kayla def. Kingsley, Raveena (9) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Andrews, Gabby def. Corley, Paris 6-1, 6-1
Gordon, Michaela (7) def. Sanford, Allie 6-1, 6-2
Bellis, CiCi (4) def. Turner, Caroline 6-0, 6-1
Dilorenzo, Francesca def. McKenzie, Kylie 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Haffey, Mary def. Chang, Hanna 6-4, 6-4

Girls’ 18 Doubles (Round of 32)
Larner, Erin / Letzt, Alexandra def. Turner, Caroline / Zogg, Ellie 6-4, 6-2
Aney, Jessie / Rosca, Christina def. Graci, Elysse / Wiktorin, Claudia 6-4, 6-2
Fahey, Katharine / Lampl, Caroline def. Anderson, Rebekah / Valenstein, Alexandra 6-2, 6-2
Ruder-Hook, Mira / Smith, Gabrielle def. Renaud, Johnnise / Vazquez, Cassandra (2) 6-4, 7-6(3)
Dolehide, Caroline / Minor, Brienne def. Bourguignon, Madison / Kingsley, Raveena (3) 6-4, 6-4
Friedel, Jenna / Golovin, Jessica def. Miller-Krasilnikov, Ally / Pedraza, Raquel (8) 6-2, 6-3
Shibahara, Ena / Slaysman, Savannah def. Appel, Madison / Atanasson, Amanda 6-4, 6-1
Gordon, Michaela / Higuchi, Emma (4) def. Altick, Helen / Nelson, Alexis 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-7
Bellis, CiCi / Horvit, Mia (5) def. Traxler, Karina / Vias, Ines 6-3, 6-1
Hart, Jada / Hazell, Stephanie def. Bortles, Alexa / Ouellet-Pizer, Chloe 6-4, 6-2
Andrews, Gabby / Ho, Jessica def. Hauger, Olivia / Norris, Marie (6) 6-0, 6-2
Haffey, Mary / McCarthy, Kaitlyn (7) def. Kelley, Meghan / Riley, Sydney 7-5, 6-1
Hamlin, Ellyse / Moldovan, Bianca def. Corley, Paris / Smith, Alana 6-3, 6-4
Dilorenzo, Francesca / Kenin, Sofia def. Arconada, Usue / Swan, Katie (1) 6-2, 7-6(2)
Day, Kayla / Flores, Victoria def. Nemtsova, Stephanie / Smith, Maria 7-5, 6-2
Chang, Sophie / Daniell, Andie def. Chen, Kelly / Xepoleas, Meredith 6-3, 6-2

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ASICS Easter Bowl Begins at Indian Wells Tennis Garden

 

Reilly Opelka of Palm Coast, Fla., was named the winner of the daily ASICS Sportsmanship Award. Opelka beat Catalin Mateas of Braintree, Mass., 6-4, 7-5.  Photos by Davis Kenas / ASICS Easter Bowl

Reilly Opelka of Palm Coast, Fla., was named the winner of the daily ASICS Sportsmanship Award. Opelka beat Catalin Mateas of Braintree, Mass., 6-4, 7-5. Photos by Davis Kenas / ASICS Easter Bowl

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 7, 2014) – You can count Kalman Boyd as a fan of the ASICS Easter Bowl venue switch to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

“This is unreal,” said Boyd, the Boys’ 18s No. 8 seeded player from Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., who for the second straight year eliminated Charlie Adams of Wayzata, Minn., from this event in a 6-2, 6-1 first-round victory on Monday. “It’s crazy being here. It’s almost like a dream. To be here and playing on the courts where the pros play. I don’t know if anyone else is enjoying it as much as me, but I think it’s amazing.”

The sentiment was carried out throughout the day from the players, to parents, to officials and tournament directors: the setup at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden was all first-rate.

“We did have a great first day,” said ASICS Easter Bowl tournament chairman Lornie Kuhle. “Everyone seems really excited to be here and the venue and Indian Wells Tennis Garden staff has been amazing to work with.”

It may have taken a little less than 360 days, but the bad taste of an ASICS Easter Bowl finals lost may have finally left Boyd. One year ago in the final of Boys’ 16s, Boyd fell to top-seeded Sameer Kumar without winning a game, 6-0, 6-0.

“Yeah, I think I’m just trying to make this a brand new tournament,” Boyd said. “I was so nervous in that final. A couple months later I beat Sameer in a practice match. I just think it was all the pressure of being in a final at this level.”

Boyd was forced to withdraw from last week’s Carson USTA International Spring Championships because of a long illness suffered while he was playing ITF events in South America.

Boyd is working part-time with the USTA and has spent time training in Boca Raton, Fla., this spring. He has been working primarily with Tommy Haas’ former coach Christian Groh and former ATP touring pro Guy Fritz.

Boyd said his ITF junior rank got to No. 120 before he got sick, but has fallen to No. 138. “Now I feel like I’m playing better than I was before I got sick,” he said. “I had a very busy start to the year. I went to Costa Rica then straight to Boca Raton to train. From there I went to Bolivia, Chile and then Argentina to play Grade 1 ITF events. That’s when I got really sick in Paraguay and had to pull out of tournaments there, two in Brazil and Carson.”

Local player Austin Rapp of Rancho Mirage, Calif., had his ASICS Easter Bowl singles career ended on Monday as he fell to Cameron Klinger of Elk Grove, Calif., in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. “It was a tough match and could have gone either way,” said Rapp, who is headed to UCLA in the Fall on a full-ride scholarship. “I didn’t play my best but should have been used to the conditions and the heat. This is my hometown, and I wish I would have been able to pull out a win.”

Rapp will play with Henry Gordon in doubles on Tuesday.

Fourteen-year-old Kelly Chen of Cerritos, Calif., opened up play on Monday in the Girls’ 18s with a solid 6-2, 6-0 win over Sydney Riley of Dallas. Chen advanced all the way to the semifinals of the 18s at the recent Carson USTA International Spring Championships last week losing to eventual champion CiCi Bellis.

Chen said she was used to the venue having played the BNP Paribas pre-qualifying two months ago and losing in the second round to Anne-Liz Jeukeng.

“My feet were burning out there,” Chen said of her match on Monday.

Chen next faces top-seeded Sophia Kenin on Wednesday if she wins her first-round match as expected.

Reilly Opelka of Palm Coast, Fla., was named the winner of the daily ASICS Sportsmanship Award. Opelka beat Catalin Mateas of Braintree, Mass., 6-4, 7-5.

To keep up with all the ASICS Easter Bowl news, visit the website at www.easterbowl.com and check out the tournament on Facebook (www.facebook.com/EasterBowl) and Twitter (@easterbowl). For more information on ASICS, check out: www.ASICSAmerica.com and follow on Twitter @ASICSAmerica.

Monday’s Scores
Boys’ 18 Singles (Round of 64)
Hiltzik, Aron (Wilmette, IL) def. Lam, Kevin (Galloway, NJ) 6-1, 6-1
Gordon, Henry (New Braunfels, TX) def. Gealer, Daniel (Los Angeles, CA) 6-4, 6-4
Cargill, Christian (15) (Wesley Chapel, FL) def. Ross, Alex (Burr Ridge, IL) 6-4, 6-3
Klinger, Cameron (Elk Grove, CA) def. Rapp, Austin (Rancho Mirage, CA) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
Smith, Logan (3) (Carlsbad, CA) def. Furman, Spencer (Woodinville, WA) 6-1, 6-1
Lin, Vincent (Schaumburg, IL) def. Staggs, Logan (Tracy, CA) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
Garay, Christian (Columbus, GA) def. Zlobinsky, Julian (10) (Greenvale, NY) 6-3, 5-7, 6-0
Boyd, Kalman (8) (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) def. Adams, Charlie (Wayzata, MN) 6-2, 6-1
Levine, Robert (13) (Bedford, NY) def. Lorenzini, Michael (Clarendon Hills, IL) 6-2, 6-1
Opelka, Reilly (Palm Coast, FL) def. Mateas, Catalin (Braintree, MA) 6-4, 7-5
Paul, Tommy (12) (Coconut Creek, FL) def. Lebedev, Alexander (Island Park, NY) 7-5, 6-4
Restrepo, Javier (Miami, FL) def. Schalet, Myles (Montville, NJ) 6-4, 6-2
Ponwith, Nathan (Scottsdale, AZ) def. Douglas, Jake (Rolling Hills, CA) 6-0, 4-6, 6-0
Genender, Michael (Los Angeles, CA) def. Mautner, Kyle (Greenwich, CT) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Thirouin, Jean (Houston, TX) def. Janglin, Oscar (16) (Sarasota, FL) 6-2, 6-2
Madison, Jared (Medina, WA) def. Stalder, Reese (Costa Mesa, CA) 7-5, 1-0 Ret (inj)
Reinberg, Emil (Atlanta, GA) def. Tishman, Gabe (Bedford, NY) 6-2, 7-6(3)
Sweet, Alan (Naples, FL) def. Kaiser, Kial (Saratoga, CA) def. 7-5, 6-4
Lenhard, Rafael (Carlsbad, CA) def. Blanch, Ulises (9) (Deerfield Beach, FL) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3

Girls’ 18s Singles (Round of 64)
Daniell, Andie (Douglasville, GA) def. Moldovan, Bianca (Livonia, MI) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Altick, Helen (16) (Monroe, LA) def. Larner, Erin (Portland, OR) 6-1, 6-3
McCarthy, Kaitlyn (8) (Cary, NC) def. Miller-Krasilnikov, Ally (Delray Beach, FL) 6-0, 6-0
Chang, Sophie (Hvre De Grace, MD) def. Minor, Brienne (Mundelein, IL) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
Shibahara, Ena (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) def. Fahey, Katharine (Fair Haven, NJ) 7-6(5), 6-3
Chen, Kelly (Cerritos, CA) def. Riley, Sydney (Dallas, TX) 6-2, 6-0
Hauger, Olivia (5) (Tulsa, OK) def. Ndunda, Ndindi (Burke, VA) 6-1, 1-6, 6-1
Swan, Katie (11) (Wichita, KS) def. Letzt, Alexandra (Scottsdale, AZ) 6-2, 6-4
Golovin, Jessica (New York, NY) def. Ouellet-Pizer, Chloe (Chapel Hill, NC) 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(3)
Bourguignon, Madison (10) (Boca Raton, FL) def. Norris, Marie (Burdett, KS) 6-3, 6-4
Hamlin, Ellyse (14) (Fairfield, CT) def. Xepoleas, Meredith (Huntington Beach, CA) 6-4, 7-5
Ruder-Hook, Mira (Denver, CO) def. Horvit, Mia (Parkland, FL) 6-4, 6-2
Higuchi, Emma (15) (Los Angeles, CA) def. Friedel, Jenna (Mill Valley, CA) 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
Aney, Jessie (Rochester, MN) def. Wiktorin, Claudia (Davidson, NC) 6-2, 6-4
Lampl, Caroline (Bluemont, VA) def. Hart, Jada (Colton, CA) 7-6(1), 6-3
Kelley, Meghan (Falmouth, ME) def. Hampton, Samantha (Vancouver, WA) 6-2, 6-3
Nelson, Alexis (Saint Paul, MN) def. Zogg, Ellie (Dallas, TX) 6-2, 6-4

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ASICS Easter Bowl Begins Monday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden

 

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 6, 2014) – It’s a new-look ASICS Easter Bowl this year as the junior tennis tournament has plenty of changes in store once play begins with qualifying this weekend in the boys’ and girls’ 18s division.

 

The location, format and draw sizes have all changed this year for the 47th annual event. The host site is the Indian Wells Tennis Garden this year where the nation’s top boys’ and girls’ junior tennis players will have a chance to play on the same courts as their favorite pro players did last month at the BNP Paribas Open. Admission is free to attend the tournament.

 

The 18s boys and girls main draw will start on Monday and conclude on Sunday, April 13. The 18s is an ITF Grade B1 and USTA Level 1 event. It is a closed event meaning only players from the United States can play.

 

For the first time the tournament will include the nation’s top 12-and-under players. The 16′s, 14′s and 12′s will be a four-day event taking place Thursday-Sunday with 64 singles draw and 32 doubles and is a USTA Level 1A designated tournament. Also new this year, there are no wild cards being admitted for these three age divisions.

 

“I’m excited about the ASICS Easter Bowl,” said 16-year-old Francis Tiafoe, the top-seeded player in the boys’ 18s from College Park, Md., who last December became the youngest champion in the 67-year history of the Metropolia Orange Bowl International Championships. “I’m excited about every tournament I play, but especially this one. It’s been so cold in Maryland and I’ve played the past three months indoors. I just love playing outdoors here and in the sun.”

 

In the boys’ 18s, Tiafoe will be the one to watch and will battle against other ITF world top-100 ranked players like Alex Rybakov, Coral Springs, Fla.; Henrik Wiersholm, Kirkland, Wash.; Logan Smith, Carlsbad, Calif.; Jordi Arconada, College Park, Md.; Taylor Fritz, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Daniel Kerznerman, Brooklyn, N.Y.

 

Keep an eye out for 17-year-old Deiton Baughman of Carson, Calif., who has turned pro and is fighting to get into the French Open juniors and Wimbledon and for 2012 boys’ 14s ASICS Easter Bowl champion William Blumberg, Greenwich, Conn.

 

In the girls’ 18s, top players include Sofia Kenin, Pembroke Pines, Fla.; Johnnise Renaud, North Miami, Fla., CiCi Bellis, Atherton, Fla., Michaela Gordon, Los Alto Hills, Calif., Usue Arconada, College Park, Md., Kaitlyn McCarthy, Cary, N.C., and Raquel Pedraza, Claremont, Calif.

 

The top-seed players in the boys’ 16s are: Evan Zhu (Greenbelt, Md.), Zeke Clark (Tulsa, Okla.), Matthew Gamble (Webster, N.Y.), William Genesen (Tulsa, Okla.), and Alex Phillips (Peachtree City, Ga.). In the girls’ 16s they are: Katerina Stewart (Coral Gables, Fla.), Alexandra Sanford (Westerville, Ohio), Bess Waldram (Portland, Ore.), Isabella Lorenzini (Clarendon Hills, Ill.), and Rebecca Weissmann (Loveland, Colo.).

 

The top-seeded players in the boys’ 14s are: Steven Sun (Glen Cove, N.Y.), Keenan Mayo (Roseville, Calif.), Russell Benkaim (Osprey, Fla.), Brandon Nakashima (San Diego, Calif.), Axel Nefve (Hinsdale, Ill.). In the girls’ 14s they are: Grace Joyce (Newton, Mass.), Shailla Alda (Phoenix), Rachel Lim (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.), Alyvia Jones (Midland, Mich.), and Taylor Johnson (Redondo Beach, Calif.).

 

The top-seeded players in the boys’ 12s are: Harry Yang (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Blaise Bicknell (Miami), Spencer Whitaker (Richmond, Va.), Ivan Smith (Chula Vista, Calif.), and Niroop Vallabhaneni (Paradise Valley, Ariz.). In the girls’ 12s, they are: 1. Gabriella Price (Montebello, N.Y.), Gianna Pielet (El Paso, Texas), Victoria Hu (Northborough, Mass.), Cameron Compall (Winnetka, Ill.) and Whitney Osuigwe (Bradenton, Fla.).

 

The featured event of the ASICS Easter Bowl this year will be the Laurel Springs School Player Dinner catered by The Old Spaghetti Factory in Rancho Mirage on Wednesday, April 9. Also, a USTA Coaches Reception that evening will feature a complimentary dinner also sponsored by The Old Spaghetti Factory for all players, parents, and the top  coaches in the country.

 

The junior tournament started by Seena Hamilton in 1968 and now led by Tournament Director Lornie Kuhle. Long considered the Super Bowl of junior tennis, the ASICS Easter Bowl is being played at one of the biggest professional tennis facilities, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

 

The Tennis Garden features 29 hard courts and hosts a number of tournaments and special events including the Big West Conference Championships, World Team Tennis National Championships, and USTA National Championships.

 

The tournament was started in New York City by Hamilton and has been played in Florida, Arizona and California.

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New England Kids Realizing Big Dreams After Humble Beginnings

 

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By Sarah Houseknecht

 

(October 22, 2013) The USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championships represent more than tennis events – to make it this far is a journey that requires challenging one’s self to excel beyond any result on a court.

 

It’s a ride that one 14 & Under team is enjoying for the very first time. the Norwalk Grassroots Tennis (NGT) is a chapter of the USTA National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network working to change the lives of inner-city children in Norwalk, Conn.

 

“Our mission is not to produce champions, but to simply improve the lives of children of low-income families through tennis, education and life skills,” said Ellen Simmonds, Director of Administration for NGT.

 

In their 2013 Cinderella story, the players have long since surpassed their greatest expectations.

 

“We had made arrangements of only getting to state championships and stopping there,” said the team’s coach, David Kimani. “So going to Sectionals was an eye-opener, and the experience here at Nationals has been tremendous.”

 

For the group of youngsters – some of which had never been on a plane – the trip to Nationals at Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center is Cayce, S.C., has introduced them to a big stage.

 

“They are in awe of this facility,” said Kimani. “Back home, we practice in places that only have six courts. They see how big and beautiful the place is, and how many people there are – the excitement of making it to Nationals has overwhelmed all of us.

 

“You can see it in their faces how thrilled they are. I hope they use this opportunity as motivation to pursue what’s next.”

 

At USTA New England’s Jr. Team Tennis Sectionals, NGT upset the “Executive 14′s” from the Executive Health and Sports Center in Manchester, N.H. Afterward, in a show of great sportsmanship, the Manchester team donated budgeted dollars earmarked for its own trip to South Carolina to the NGT team.

 

“It’s unbelievable to have that type of support from a team that was chasing the same trophy,” said Kimani. “For them to turn around after playing us and say, ‘Hey we know you’re representing New England, and we want to give you this for your road to Nationals.’ It was beyond words to our board, volunteers and kids.”

 

With donations from well-wishers and with the help of foundations like USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the USTA, NGT was able to make its dream of playing for a national title a reality.

 

“The funding we have received from USTA Serves over the past decade has really helped us in building our Jr. Team Tennis teams,” said Kimani. “We started of initially with one 14U team and now we have six teams. It helps cover our expenses including travel, food, lodging and indoor court time.”

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2013 USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championships Kick Off on October 18

(October 15, 2013) WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The 2013 USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championships will be held at the Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center in Cayce, S.C., over the next two weekends – kicking off on Oct. 18-20 for 14 and Under division competition and Oct. 25-27 for 18 and Under play. The two-week event will bring more than 500 youth tennis players and their families from all over the country to compete in Cayce.

 

“We are thrilled to have so many young people and their families coming to our award-winning tennis and fitness facility in the City of Cayce,” said Cayce Mayor, Elise Partin. “Many of our Cayce residents and residents from across the Midlands enjoy this facility, and we couldn’t be more pleased to share it with other families across the nation for these two National events.”

 

The National Championships feature teams that have advanced from the Section level to compete for the title. Each year the USTA crowns a national champion in two age divisions (14U and 18U) in both Intermediate and Advanced play divisions.

 

This is the second year that the Cayce Tennis Center will host to the USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championships. Recently, the Cayce Tennis Center was named the 2013 Featured Facility Award winner, the USTA’s highest tennis facility honor. In addition, a second tennis facility, the Lexington County Tennis Complex, also will be utilized, to serve the hundreds of players competing each weekend.

 

“The National Championships is the crown jewel of the Jr. Team Tennis season and it is an incredible opportunity for these young players to compete against teams from across the country,” said Adrienne Di Menna, National Manager, USTA Jr. Team Tennis. “These events feature the very best elements of tennis–spirited competition, friendship, achievement, sportsmanship and fun– providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience for participants.”

 

Established in 1991, USTA Jr. Team Tennis provides youth with all of the health and social benefits of tennis in a co-ed, fun and competitive team environment, and allows participants to compete with and against individuals of similar skill and age levels.

 

With more than 99,000 players competing nationwide, USTA Jr. Team Tennis brings players together to enjoy camaraderie and teamwork, providing a  fun environment for kids to learn that succeeding is really more about how they play the game—win or lose.

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USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships to Take Place at Barnes Tennis Center — August 3–11, 2013

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San Diego, Calif. – (July 19, 2013) – The top junior tennis players from across the United States and Puerto Rico will compete in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships scheduled for August  3-11 at the Barnes Tennis Center.

Nearly 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under will play 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 main draw of the US Open Women’s Doubles competition.

The Girls’ 18s field will feature players such as defending tournament champion Victoria Duval of Bradenton, Fla., 2012 US Open girls’ singles champion Samantha Crawford of Tamarac, Fla. and Krista Hardebeck of Santa Ana, Calif., a tennis All-American at Stanford University this past year.

Other notable entries in the Girls’ 18s include Sachia Vickery of Miramar, Fla., currently ranked 241 in the WTA singles rankings, Jamie Loeb of Ossining, N.Y., who won her third career USTA Pro Circuit singles title this past May in Sumter, S.C., and Louisa Chirico of Harrison, N.Y., a girls’ singles semifinalist at Wimbledon and the French Open this year.

Among local entries in the Girls 18s will be 18-year-old Megan McCray of Oceanside, Calif. This past June, McCray captured the USTA National Open Hard Court Championships at the Balboa Tennis Club in San Diego. She will begin her collegiate tennis career at Oklahoma State University later this fall.

Tournament directors will grant a total of 24 singles wild cards (12 in the Girls’ 18s and 12 in the Girls’ 16s) on a date to be determined next week.

“We have an unbelievable tournament field this year. The depth of the player field in the Girls’ 16s and 18s is pretty amazing,” said co-tournament director Lisbeth Blum, “The competition is going to be fierce throughout the tournament. If you want to see the best players in junior tennis, this is the place to be.”

The tournament’s Opening Ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3 with a performance by the United States Navy Band Southwest at the Barnes Tennis Center, followed by the presentation of colors by the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot Color Guard at 5 p.m.

The opening ceremony guest speaker will be Gretchen Magers, a former number one junior player in world, who later competed on the women’s professional tennis tour and reached the singles quarterfinals at the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open. She is the current women’s tennis head coach for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in Claremont, Calif.

In addition to the Barnes Tennis Center, early round matches are also scheduled at San Diego State University and University of San Diego. (Please see schedule below) Spectator admission is free at all sites each day of the tournament. Parking is free at the Barnes Tennis Center. There is a nominal charge for parking at SDSU and USD.

Tournament Information

Starting times       –     8:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 3 – Thursday, Aug. 8
9 a.m., Friday, Aug. 9 – Sunday, Aug. 11

Locations             –     Saturday, Aug. 3 – Sunday, Aug. 11, Barnes Tennis Center, 4490 W. Point Loma
Blvd., San Diego, Calif. 92107

Saturday, Aug. 3 – Tuesday, Aug. 6, (Early Rounds) San Diego State University,
Aztec Recreation Center, 5301 55th Street, San Diego, Calif. 92182

Sunday, Aug. 4 – Wednesday, Aug. 7, (Early Rounds) University of San Diego, 5998
Alcalá Park, San Diego, Calif. 92110

About USTA Girls’ 16s – 18s Nationals:
The USTA Girls’ 16s Nationals has been directed by Youth Tennis San Diego (YTSD) since 1990.  This year will be the 24th anniversary of this event in San Diego  and 2013 marks the fourth year of the combined G16s – G18s event at the Barnes Tennis Center. As the largest and most prestigious junior girls’ tennis event in the United States, the USTA National Championships field consists of two draws, 192 players in each, selected from the top players who enter the event.  The participants represent every USTA Member Section and nearly every state in the United States.

About George E. Barnes Family Junior Tennis Center:
The Center is owned and operated by Youth Tennis San Diego. It was built in 1995 and completed in 1997. This $4.5 million dollar junior tennis facility was made possible with generous public and private donations and is named after the lead donor family – the “George E. Barnes Family Junior Tennis Center.” The Center, which is dedicated to the youth of San Diego, offers children 18 and under court priority over adults with advanced reservations. The capital campaign was spearheaded by Dr. Homer Peabody Jr. Youth Tennis San Diego gratefully acknowledges Dr. Peabody’s tremendous contribution to make the dream a reality.

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USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships Set for Aug. 3-11 at Barnes Tennis Center, San Diego, Calif.

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San Diego, Calif. (June 26, 2013) – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships, featuring the top girls from across the United States, are scheduled to be played August     3-11 at the Barnes Tennis Center, 4490 W. Point Loma Blvd., San Diego, Calif. 92107.

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 main draw of the US Open Women’s Doubles competition.

The tournament’s Opening Ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3 with a performance by the United States Navy Band Southwest at the Barnes Tennis Center, followed by the presentation of colors by the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot Color Guard at 5 p.m.

The opening ceremony guest speaker will be Gretchen Magers, a former number one junior player in world, who later competed on the women’s professional tennis tour and reached the singles quarterfinals at the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open. She is the current women’s tennis head coach for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in Claremont, Calif.

“We are looking forward to a fantastic week of tennis at these USTA National Championships,” said co-tournament director Lisbeth Blum, “I encourage everyone to come to the Opening Ceremony. All of the players will be in attendance at this memorable event, which is always filled with lots of color and pageantry.”

In addition to the Barnes Tennis Center, early round matches are also scheduled at San Diego State University and University of San Diego. (Please see schedule below) Spectator admission is free at all sites each day of the tournament. Parking is free at the Barnes Tennis Center. There is a nominal charge for parking at SDSU and USD.

Past tournament champions include Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Andrea Jaeger, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport. Victoria Duval, last year’s Girls’ 18s National Champion, fell to Kim Clijsters of Belgium in an entertaining first round match on opening night of the 2012 US Open before a large crowd on Arthur Ashe Stadium. The 17-year-old Duval, a resident of Bradenton, Fla., is ranked No. 291 in the world (as of 6/24/13).

Tournament Information

Starting times    –     8:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 3 – Thursday, Aug. 8
9 a.m., Friday, Aug. 9 – Sunday, Aug. 11

Locations         –     Saturday, Aug. 3 – Sunday, Aug. 11, Barnes Tennis Center, 4490 W. Point Loma Blvd., San Diego, Calif. 92107

Saturday, Aug. 3 – Tuesday, Aug. 6, (Early Rounds) San Diego State University, Aztec Recreation Center, 5301 55th Street,
San Diego, Calif.  92182

Sunday, Aug. 4 – Wednesday, Aug. 7, (Early Rounds) University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, Calif. 92110

About USTA Girls’ 16s – 18s Nationals:
The USTA Girls’ 16s Nationals has been directed by Youth Tennis San Diego (YTSD) since 1990.  This year will be the 24th anniversary of this event in San Diego, and 2013 marks the fourth year of the combined G16s – G18s event at the Barnes Tennis Center. As the largest and most prestigious junior girls’ tennis event in the United States, the USTA National Championships field consists of two draws, 192 players in each, selected from the top players who enter the event.  The participants represent every USTA Member Section and nearly every state in the United States.

About Youth Tennis San Diego:
The USTA Girls’ Nationals is the most prestigious of over 40 tournament events held at the Barnes Tennis Center each year.  The Center is owned and operated by Youth Tennis San Diego, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that has been in existence since 1952.  The YTSD Mission is:  “To promote the educational, physical, and social development of all youth through organized tennis and educational activities.  Our community programs encourage youth participation, personal integrity, leadership, and competitive spirit in a friendly environment that builds responsible citizens.” For information on sponsoring the USTA Girls’ Nationals or to be a tournament volunteer, please contact the Barnes Tennis Center at 619-221-9000.

About George E. Barnes Family Junior Tennis Center:
The Center is owned and operated by Youth Tennis San Diego. It was built in 1995 and completed in 1997. This $4.5 million dollar junior tennis facility was made possible with generous public and private donations and is named after the lead donor family – the “George E. Barnes Family Junior Tennis Center.” The Center, which is dedicated to the youth of San Diego, offers children 18 and under court priority over adults with advanced reservations. The capital campaign was spearheaded by Dr. Homer Peabody Jr. Youth Tennis San Diego gratefully acknowledges Dr. Peabody’s tremendous contribution to make the dream a reality.

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