2014/04/20

At 15 Francis Tiafoe Becomes Youngest Boys’ Singles Winner at Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships

Francis Tiafoe

Francis Tiafoe

(December 15, 2013) College Park, Maryland’s Francis Tiafoe became the youngest boys’ singles champion in the history of the Orange Bowl International, defeating fellow 15-year-old American Stefan Kozlov in the final. 7-6 (3), 0-6, 6-3.

The final which was the first all-America Orange Bowl boys’ final since 2004 also marked the first time two 15-year-olds faced each other in the singles final in the tournament’s history.

Serving for the match, Tiafoe boomed an ace down the middle, tossed his racket and roared.

“Before serving, I was like, ‘I’m just going to hit it as hard as I can down the T. It doesn’t matter where it goes.’  I hit it as hard as I can, and it was probably the best serve I hit the whole match. It was unbelievable,” Tiafoe said. “I didn’t know what to do. I was too excited. I, like, slammed it. I never slammed a racket from excitement before.”

Tiafoe, seeded 13th, defeated three of the tournament’s top five seeds en route to joining the likes of John McEnroe, Roger Federer, Ivan Lendl, Bjorn Borg and Andy Roddick as Orange Bowl champions. The only other 15-year old to win the Boys’ 18s title is Sweden’s Kent Carlsson, who was 16 days older than Tiafoe when he won it in 1983.

On Sunday, Tiafoe battled from being down, 4-1, in the first set to claim it in a tiebreak. The pivotal moment came in the sixth game, on a fortunate mishit from Tiafoe that ballooned up to the sky and fell in. Shortly after, he won the rally, won the game then broke the fourth-seeded Kozlov to get back on serve.

“I came out really slow,” said Tiafoe, who trains out of the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Md. “I was really tight. I was over-thinking the moment. He’s played a Grade A final before. He was looking pretty comfortable there. Even if I went down the first set, I kind of knew I would eventually get myself into it. He coughed up a couple of errors, and I felt pretty confident and ended up squeezing out that tiebreak.”

As Tiafoe put it, he “went cold” in the second set, and Kozlov took advantage. In the third, though, Tiafoe’s superior conditioning wore down Kozlov, the top-ranked American junior, who will end the year at No. 5 in the world junior rankings, two spots ahead of Tiafoe, who projects to jump from No. 35 to No. 7.

“I’ve had a really tough week, played some long matches. My body’s obviously not fully grown yet, and that’s going to be a huge role the next time you guys see me. I’m going to be a lot stronger, and this won’t happen again,” said Kozlov, of nearby Pembroke Pines, Fla. “He’s in really good shape. I think if I played someone else, we would have been both dying.

“I don’t mind losing to him, because he’s a great player,” said Kozlov, who beat Tiafoe in their only previous meeting this year, in April’s International Spring Championships. “But I’ll get some revenge later.”

Tiafoe was featured in an article in the New York Times last year.

Russia’s Varvara Flink won the girls’ final by taking out Serbia’s Ivana Jorovic 6-1, 2-6, 6-4. With Jorovic serving at match-point down, Flink hit her return into the net but pointed out to the chair umpire that the ball had torn open. By rule, the point was replayed, and Flink won the do-over.

 

“I was lucky with it, but that’s why I missed the ball, because I felt that it was broken. If the rally is done but the ball is broken, you replay the point,” said Flink, who will finish the year ranked No. 3 in the world among juniors. “It’s an unbelievable feeling, because I was really fighting for this match. My opponent was great and congrats to her for the final.”

 

Tornado Alicia Black, from Boca Raton, Fla., and Naiktha Bains, of Australia, won the Girls’ 18s doubles title, beating Sofia Kenin, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and Kaitlyn McCarthy, of Cary, N.C., 6-0, 6-1.

 

Black projects to jump to No. 5 in the world junior rankings to become the top-ranked American junior girl with the doubles title, won with a partner she’d never before played doubles with.

 

“It feels amazing to win an Orange Bowl title,” Black said. “We get along really well.”

 

“Yeah, we do,” Bains said. “And that really helps on the court. We have good teamwork, and we work together really well.”

 

In the Boys’ 18s doubles championship, No. 2 Filippo Baldi, of Italy, and Lucas Miedler, of Austria, beat the top-seeded pair of Alexander Zverev, of Germany, and Andrey Rublev, of Russia, 6-3, 6-7(6) [10-8]. The pair also won the Eddie Herr International Championships last week.

 

“Of course it feels good,” Miedler said. “We also won last week. We won this here. I think we won half of the matches in the match tiebreak, so I think it also feels good to win the close matches. It’s a great moment.”

 

“It feels sensational,” Baldi said. “We played a good tournament, and we won.”

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Spain Boys and Russia Girls win Titles in Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup

 

(September 29, 2013) Spain boys and Russia girls won the overall titles at the 2013 Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in San Luis Potosi, Mexico on Sunday 29 September. 16 boys and 16 girls teams are taking part in the finals of the ITF’s world junior team competition for players aged 16-and-under. A total of 173 teams from 96 countries took part in this year’s event.

 

For the latest news and results, please visit the ITF juniors website: www.itftennis.com/juniors.

 

JUNIOR DAVIS CUP AND JUNIOR FED CUP BY BNP PARIBAS FINALS, SAN LUIS POTOSI, MEXICO

RESULTS – 29 SEPTEMBER

 

Junior Davis Cup Final

 

Spain [7] defeated Korea, Rep. [2] 2-1:

Pedro Martinez Portero (ESP) d. Kukeon Kang (KOR) 76(6) 63

Seongchan Hong (KOR) d. Jaume Antoni Munar Clar (ESP) 61 36 62

Pedro Martinez Portero/Jaume Antoni Munar Clar (ESP) d. Yun Seong Chung/Kukeon Kang (KOR) 63 75

 

Junior Davis Cup 3rd/4th Play-Off:

 

Australia [6] defeated Germany [3] 2-0:

Oliver Anderson (AUS) d. Tim Sandkaulen (GER) 63 57 62

Marc Polmans (AUS) d. Alexander Zverev (GER) 63 10 ret.

 

Junior Davis Cup 5th/6th Play-Off:

 

Russia [1] defeated USA [4] 2-0:

Andrey Rublev (RUS) d. Tommy Paul (USA) 64 62

Roman Safiullin (RUS) d. Henrik Wiersholm (USA) 63 60

 

Junior Davis Cup 7th/8th Play-Off:

 

Japan [5] defeated France 2-1

Sora Fukuda (JPN) d. Corentin Moutet (FRA) 36 76(6) 63

Mandresy Rakotomalala (FRA) d. Jumpei Yamasaki (JPN) 62 63

Yusuke Takahashi/Jumpei Yamasaki (JPN) d. Theo Fournerie/Mandresy Rakotomalala (FRA) 61 62

 

Junior Davis Cup 9th/10th Play-Off:

 

Norway defeated South Africa 2-0:

Casper Ruud (NOR) d. Brandon Laubser (RSA) 76(4) 61

Viktor Durasovic (NOR) d. Lloyd Harris (RSA) 62 75

 

Junior Davis Cup 11th/12th Play-Off:

 

India defeated Bolivia 2-0:

Garvit Batra (IND) d. Daniel Arrien (BOL) 63 62

Sumit Nagal (IND) d. Stephan Koenigsfest (BOL) 76(4) 63

 

Junior Davis Cup 13th/14th Play-Off:

 

Argentina defeated Peru [8] 2-0:

Juan Pablo Ficovich (ARG) d. Guillermo Cabrera (PER) 64 63

Franco Capalbo (ARG) d. Juan Jose Rosas (PER) 61 62

 

Junior Davis Cup 15th/16th Play-Off:

 

Netherlands defeated Mexico 2-0:

Joris Bodin (NED) d. Gerardo Penchyna (MEX) 62 62

Tim van Rijthoven (NED) d. Santiago Suarez (MEX) 61 63

 

 

Junior Fed Cup Final:

Russia [1] defeated Australia [2] 2-0:

Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) d. Priscilla Hon (AUS) 64 64

Darya Kasatkina (RUS) d. Naiktha Bains (AUS) 63 62

 

Junior Fed Cup 3rd/4th Play-Off:

 

USA [3] defeated Hungary [4] 2-0:

Kaitlyn McCarthy (USA) d. Fanny Stollar (HUN) 62 36 61

Katerina Stewart (USA) d. Anna Bondar (HUN) 64 61

 

Junior Fed Cup 5th/6th Play-Off:

 

Brazil [8] defeated Mexico 2-1:

Luisa Stefani (BRA) d. Constanza Gorches (MEX) 64 61

Renata Zarazua (MEX) d. Leticia Vidal (BRA) 46 63 60

Julia Gomide/Luisa Stefani (BRA) d. Constanza Gorches/Renata Zarazua (MEX) 63 64

 

Junior Fed Cup 7th/8th Play-Off:

 

Slovenia defeated New Zealand 2-1:

Tamara Zidansek (SLO) d. Ella Hassall (NZL) 62 61

Rosie Cheng (NZL) d. Manca Pislak (SLO) 60 64

Manca Pislak/Tamara Zidansek (SLO) d. Rosie Cheng/Ella Hassall (NZL) 62 62

 

Junior Fed Cup 9th/10th Play-Off:

 

Czech Republic [5] defeated France [6] 2-1:

Petra Melounova (CZE) d. Apolline Rassat (FRA) 60 63

Margot Yerolymos (FRA) d. Simona Heinova (CZE) 64 63

Simona Heinova/Petra Melounova (CZE) d. Apolline Rassat/Margot Yerolymos (FRA) 63 63

 

Junior Fed Cup 11th/12th Play-Off:

 

Slovak Republic defeated Egypt [7] 2-1:

Tereza Mihalikova (SVK) d. Habiba Lasheen (EGY) 46 76(7) 62

Sandra Samir (EGY) d. Kristina Schmiedlova (SVK) 61 06 63

Tereza Mihalikova/Kristina Schmiedlova (SVK) d. Habiba Lasheen/Sandra Samir (EGY) 64 61

 

Junior Fed Cup 13th/14th Play-Off:

 

Korea, Rep. defeated Colombia 2-1:

Suyeon Choi (KOR) d. Laura Daniela Arcinegas (COL) 61 36 64

Maria Fernanda Herazo (COL) d. Dabin Kim (KOR) 36 76(4) 64

Yu Jin Ahn/Dabin Kim (KOR) d. Laura Daniela Arcinegas/Maria Fernanda Herazo (COL) 62 61

 

Junior Fed Cup 15th/16th Play-Off:

 

Bolivia defeated Namibia 2-0:

Natalia De Ugarte (BOL) d. Lize Elfrida Moolman (NAM) 46 62 75

Daniela Ruiz (BOL) d. Lesedi Sheya Jacobs (NAM) 75 60

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Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Results for September 25, 2013

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(September 25, 2013) Wednesday’s results from the 2013 Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals taking place in San Luis Potosi, Mexico on 24-29 September. Sixteen boys and 16 girls teams are taking part in the finals of the ITF’s world junior team competition for players aged 16-and-under. A total of 173 teams from 96 countries took part in this year’s event.

 

For the latest news and results, please visit the ITF juniors website: www.itftennis.com/juniors.

 

JUNIOR DAVIS CUP AND JUNIOR FED CUP BY BNP PARIBAS FINALS, SAN LUIS POTOSI, MEXICO

RESULTS – 25 SEPTEMBER

 

Junior Davis Cup Group A

 

Russia defeated Argentina 3-0:

Andrey Rublev (RUS) d. Franco Capalbo (ARG) 46 61 64

Roman Safiullin (RUS) d. Agustin Torreano (ARG) 61 63

Roman Safiullin/Evgeny Tyurnev (RUS) d. Juan Pablo Ficovich/Agustin Torreano (ARG) 60 ret.

 

Spain defeated India 3-0:

Alvaro Lopez San Martin (ESP) d. Garvit Batra (IND) 63 46 75

Jaume Antoni Munar Clar (ESP) d. Sumit Nagal (IND) 75 64

Pedro Martinez Portero/Jaume Antoni Munar Clar (ESP) d. Sahil Deshmukh/Sumit Nagal (IND) 63 46 61

 

Junior Davis Cup Group B

 

Japan defeated Norway 2-1:

Yusuke Takahashi (JPN) d. Casper Ruud 62 61

Viktor Durasovic (NOR) d. Jumpei Yamasaki (JPN) 36 64 64

Yusuke Takahashi/Jumpei Yamasaki (JPN) d. Viktor Durasovic/Casper Ruud (NOR) 64 64

 

Germany defeated Mexico 3-0:

Fabian Fallert (GER) d. Gerardo Penchyna (MEX) 63 63

Alexander Zverev (GER) d. Santiago Suarez (MEX) 60 61

Fabian Fallert/Alexander Zverev (GER) d. Gerardo Penchyna/Pablo Sanchez (MEX) 62 76(3)

 

Junior Davis Cup Group C

 

USA defeated Bolivia 3-0:

Henrik Wiersholm (USA) d. Stephan Koenigsfest (BOL) 63 76(3)

Stefan Kozlov (USA) d. Rodrigo Banzer (BOL) 62 63

Tommy Paul/Henrik Wiersholm (USA) d. Rodrigo Banzer/Stephan Koenigsfest (BOL) 76(4) 64

 

Australia defeated Netherlands 3-0:

Oliver Anderson (AUS) d. Joris Bodin (NED) 63 64

Marc Polmans (AUS) d. Tim Van Rijthoven (NED) 64 64

Oliver Anderson/Akira Santillan (AUS) d. Joris Bodin/Casper Bonapart (NED) 61 75

 

Junior Davis Cup Group D

 

Korea, Rep. defeated Peru 3-0:

Kukeon Kang (KOR) d. Guillermo Cabrera (PER) 60 60

Seongchan Hong (KOR) d. Juan Jose Rosas (PER) 61 62

Kukeon Kang/Seongchan Hong (KOR) d. Guillermo Cabrera/Juan Jose Rosas (PER) 64 63

 

France defeated South Africa 3-0:

Mandresy Rakotomalala (FRA) d. Brandon Laubser (RSA) 60 60

Theo Fournerie (FRA) d. Lloyd Harris (RSA) 63 63

Corentin Moutet/Mandresy Rakotomalala (FRA) d. Lloyd Harris/Francois Kellerman (RSA) 63 64

 

Junior Fed Cup Group A

 

Russia defeated Czech Republic 2-1:

Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) d. Miriam Kolodziejova (CZE) 62 75

Daria Kasatkina (RUS) d. Simona Heinova (CZE) 62 62

Simona Heinova/Petra Melounova (CZE) d. Daria Kasatkina/Aleksandra Pospelova (RUS) 75 76(5)

 

Mexico defeated Korea, Rep. 3-0:

Constanza Gorches (MEX) d. Yu Jin Ahn (KOR) 64 62

Renata Zarazua (MEX) d. Dabin Kim (KOR) 16 62 61

Ana Luisa Perez Lopez/Renata Zarazua (MEX) d. Yu Jin Ahn/Dabin Kim (KOR) 76(3) 63

 

Junior Fed Cup Group B

 

Hungary defeated Egypt 3-0:

Fanni Stollar (HUN) d. Hana Mortagy (EGY) 60 60

Anna Bondar (HUN) d. Sandra Samir (EGY) 62 75

Anna Bondar/Rebeka Stolmar (HUN) d. Hana Mortagy/Sandra Samir (EGY) 63 75

 

New Zealand defeated Bolivia 3-0:

Ella Hassall (NZL) d. Natalia de Ugarte (BOL) 64 64

Rosie Cheng (NZL) d. Daniela Ruiz (BOL) 62 61

Rosie Cheng/Ella Hassall (NZL) d. Natalia de Ugarte/Daniela Ruiz (BOL) 26 75 63

 

Junior Fed Cup Group C

 

USA defeated Colombia 3-0:

Kaitlyn McCarthy (USA) d. Juliana Valero (COL) 60 63

Katerina Stewart (USA) d. Maria Fernanda Herazo (COL) 60 67(7) 64

Michaela Gordon/Kaitlyn McCarthy (USA) d. Laura Daniela Arcinegas/Maria Fernanda Herazo (COL) 64 61

 

Slovenia defeated France 2-1:

Margot Yerolymos (FRA) d. Tamara Zidansek (SLO) 63 61

Nina Potocnik (SLO) d. Fiona Ferro (FRA) 46 75 62

Nina Potocnik/Tamara Zidansek (SLO) d. Apolline Rassat/Margot Yerolymos (FRA) 64 46 61

 

Junior Fed Cup Group D

 

Australia defeated Namibia 3-0:

Priscilla Hon (AUS) d. Lize Elfrida Moolman (NAM) 61 61

Sara Tomic (AUS) d. Lesedi Sheya Jacobs (NAM) 76(4) 62

Naiktha Bains/Sara Tomic (AUS) d. Lesedi Sheya Jacobs/Lize Elfrida Moolman (NAM) 62 62

 

Brazil defeated Slovak Republic 2-1:

Tereza Mihalikova (SVK) d. Luisa Stefani (BRA) 62 62

Leticia Vidal (BRA) d. Kristina Schmiedlova (SVK) 64 62

Julia Gomide/Leticia Vidal (BRA) d. Tereza Mihalikova/Katarina Stresnakova (SVK)  63 43 ret.

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Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Results for September 24, 2013

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(September 24, 2013) Tuesday’s results from the 2013 Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals taking place in San Luis Potosi, Mexico on 24-29 September. 16 boys and 16 girls teams are taking part in the finals of the ITF’s world junior team competition for players aged 16-and-under. A total of 173 teams from 96 countries took part in this year’s event.

 

For the latest news and results, please visit the ITF juniors website: www.itftennis.com/juniors.

 

JUNIOR DAVIS CUP AND JUNIOR FED CUP BY BNP PARIBAS FINALS, SAN LUIS POTOSI, MEXICO

RESULTS – 24 SEPTEMBER

 

Junior Davis Cup Group A

 

Russia defeated India 3-0:

Andrey Rublev (RUS) d. Garvit Batra (IND) 63 63

Roman Safiullin (RUS) d. Sumit Nagal (IND) 63 61

Andrey Rublev/Evgeny Tyurnev (RUS) d. Sahil Deshmukh/Sumit Nagal (IND) 63 63

 

Spain defeated Argentina 3-0:

Alvaro Lopez San Martin (ESP) d. Franco Capalbo (ARG) 61 67(1) 75

Jaume Antoni Munar Clar (ESP) d. Agustin Torreano (ARG) 76(3) 63

Pedro Martinez Portero/Alvaro Lopez San Martin (ESP) d. Franco Capalbo/Juan Pablo Ficovich (ARG) 61 64

 

Junior Davis Cup Group B

 

Germany defeated Norway 3-0:

Fabian Fallert (GER) d. Casper Ruud (NOR) 76(4) 63

Alexander Zverev (GER) d. Viktor Durasovic (NOR) 64 64

Fabian Fallert/Alexander Zverev (GER) d. Viktor Durasovic/Fredrik Moe (NOR) 62 57 62

 

Japan defeated Mexico 3-0:

Yusuke Takahashi (JPN) d. Pablo Sanchez (MEX) 60 61

Jumpei Yamasaki (JPN) d. Santiago Suarez (MEX) 64 62

Yusuke Takahashi/Jumpei Yamasaki (JPN) d. Gerardo Penchyna/Pablo Sanchez (MEX) 67(2) 62 63

 

Junior Davis Cup Group C

 

USA defeated Netherlands 3-0:

Henrik Wiersholm (USA) d. Casper Bonapart (NED) 60 60

Stefan Kozlov (USA) d. Tim van Rijthoven (NED) 76(5) 64

Tommy Paul/Henrik Wiersholm (USA) d. Joris Bodin/Tim van Rijthoven (NED) 62 63

 

Australia defeated Bolivia 3-0:

Akira Santillan (AUS) d. Stephan Koenigsfest (BOL) 60 63

Marc Polmans (AUS) d. Rodrigo Banzer (BOL) 26 64 64

Oliver Anderson/Marc Polmans (AUS) d. Daniel Arrien/Stephan Koenigsfest (BOL) 61 76(2)

 

Junior Davis Cup Group D

 

Korea, Rep. defeated France 3-0:

Kukeon Kang (KOR) d. Mandresy Rakotomalala (FRA) 75 36 60

Seongchan Hong (KOR) d. Theo Fournerie (FRA) 46 60 60

Yun Seong Chun/Kukeon Kang (KOR) d. Corentin Moutet/Mandresy Rakotomalala (FRA) 76(2) 76(5)

 

South Africa defeated Peru 3-0:

Brandon Laubser (RSA) d. Guillermo Cabrera (PER) 36 76(3) 63

Lloyd Harris (RSA) d. Juan Jose Rosas (PER) 67(4) 63 76(6)

Lloyd Harris/Francois Kellerman (RSA) d. Diego Muniz/Juan Jose Rosas (PER) 62 61

 

Junior Fed Cup Group A

 

Russia defeated Korea, Rep. 2-1:

Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) d. Yu Jin Ahn (KOR) 61 61

Dabin Kim (KOR) d. Daria Kasatkina (RUS) 63 64

Daria Kasatkina/Aleksandra Pospelova (RUS) d. Suyeon Choi/Dabin Kim (KOR) 76(6) 60

 

Mexico defeated Czech Republic 2-1:

Constanza Gorches (MEX) d. Petra Melounova (CZE) 76(5) 62

Renata Zarazua (MEX) d. Simona Heinova (CZE) 64 61

Simona Heinova/Miriam Kolodziejova (CZE) d. Ana Luisa Perez Lopez/Renata Zarazua (MEX) 63 64

 

Junior Fed Cup Group B

 

Hungary defeated New Zealand 3-0:

Fanni Stollar (HUN) d. Ella Hassall (NZL) 61 62

Anna Bondar (HUN) d. Rosie Cheng (NZL) 62 63

Anna Bondar/Rebeka Stolmar (HUN) d. Rosie Cheng/Ella Hassall (NZL) 61 62

 

Bolivia defeated Egypt 2-1:

Natalia de Ugarte (BOL) d. Habiba Lasheen (EGY) 63 46 76(2)

Sandra Samir (EGY) d. Daniela Ruiz (BOL) 61 76(4)

Natalia de Ugarte/Daniela Ruiz (BOL) d. Hana Mortagy/Sandra Samir (EGY) 76(2) 46 62

 

Junior Fed Cup Group C

 

USA defeated Slovenia 3-0:

Michaela Gordon (USA) d. Manca Pislak (SLO) 62 60

Katerina Stewart (USA) d. Nina Potocnik (SLO) 63 16 76(1)

Kaitlyn McCarthy/Michaela Gordon (USA) d. Manca Pislak/Tamara Zidansek (SLO) 1-1 ret.

 

France defeated Colombia 3-0:

Margot Yerolymos (FRA) d. Juliana Valero (COL) 61 60

Fiona Ferro (FRA) d. Maria Fernanda Herazo (COL) 64 62

Fiona Ferro/Margot Yerolymos (FRA) d. Laura Daniela Arcinegas/Maria Fernanda Herazo (COL) 62 60

 

Junior Fed Cup Group D

 

Australia defeated Slovak Republic 2-1:

Tereza Mihalikova (SVK) d. Naiktha Bains (AUS) 62 46 62

Sara Tomic (AUS) d. Katarina Stresnakova (SVK) 61 46 64

Naiktha Bains/Priscilla Hon (AUS) d. Tereza Mihalikova/Katarina Stresnakova (SVK) 61 61

 

Brazil defeated Namibia 2-1:

Luisa Stefani (BRA) d. Lize Elfrida Moolman (NAM) 60 61

Lesedi Sheya Jacobs (NAM) d. Leticia Vidal (BRA) 64 26 61

Julia Gomide/Luisa Stefani (BRA) d. Lesedi Sheya Jacobs/Lize Elfrida Moolman (NAM) 64 62

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A Learning Experience for Collin Altamirano at the US Open

 

(August 27, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Collin Altamirano is a 17-year-old junior tennis player from Yuba City, California who gained entry into the main draw through a wild card earned when he won the USTA Boys 18 National Championship earlier this month in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Altamarino won Kalamazoo as an unseeded player.

“It was a big win at the biggest American tournament for juniors so it was fun. It was a nice for me to win that and obviously I get to play here,” said the Californian who trains at Arden Hills.

“I was unseeded. I felt that I should have been but I just haven’t played as many junior tournaments. I’ve played two this year. I did not get a high enough ranking.”

“Going into Kalamazoo I knew I was one of the top five or six players with a chance to win it,” he noted.

Altamirano took on 22nd seed Phillip Kohlschreiber of Germany in the first match on court 11 on Tuesday, and not surprisingly fell to the 29-year-old ATP World Tour veteran 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 in 85 minutes, in his very first main draw of a grand slam event.

Walking onto the court Altamirano said he felt relieved, despite a very probable outcome against him.

“This has been one of my goals in life to play here and to do it at a pretty young age,” he said. “I felt pretty good about myself. I was pretty happy. It’s nice to kinda get this out of the way be able to know that I can come back here and play again.”

“It was a lot of fun,” the Yuba City native continued. “First Grand slam I’ve ever played. Obviously he’s a very good player.

“I knew there was going to be a big difference. There is a big difference between a guy who won juniors and someone 20 in the world.

“Big step up from juniors when playing challengers and futures events. It’s been a good learning experience.”

This young Californian began to learn the game at five, inspired by his mother Anne who played tournaments locally.

“She had big dreams for me and got me into this game. She did a very good job,” he said with a smile.

As for Altamirano, what does the future hold for him? He intends to continue to play juniors, challengers and futures events. He’ll be playing the California swing later this year.

“I like my chances to go pro, but this year is going to decide it for me,” said Altamirano.

His US Open is not over yet, he’ll be competing in the junior tournament in both singles and doubles.

 

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama

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Top-Seeded Sachia Vickery Wins USTA Girls’ 18s Singles National Championship

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San Diego, Calif. – (August 11, 2013) – Top-seeded Sachia Vickery of Miramar, Fla. capped a strong performance at the Barnes Tennis as she defeated second-seeded Alexandra Kiick of Plantation, Fla., 4-6, 6-2, 6-0, in one-hour and 46 minutes to capture the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championship.

 

The 18-year-old Vickery, ranked 230 in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) singles rankings, earned a wild card into the women’s singles main draw of the upcoming US Open, which takes place August 26 through September 9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

 

“It feels unbelievable. It hasn’t sunken in that I’m going to be playing at the U.S. Open,” Vickery said. “It’s been my dream since I started playing tennis. I can’t even put it into words how happy I am.”

 

After winning the USTA Girls’ 18s National doubles title together on Saturday, Kiick and Vickery faced each other in the singles championship under bright, sunny skies and breezy conditions.

 

The first set was deadlocked at 4-4 with Vickery serving. At 30-30, Vickery was called for a foot-fault on her first serve and proceeded to hit a double fault to give Kiick a break point. The 17-year-old Kiick secured the service break and a 5-4 lead as Vickery’s down the line backhand sailed wide.

 

Serving for the first set, Kiick gained a set point at 40-30, but Vickery answered with a booming down the line backhand winner to send the game to deuce. Kiick went on to win the set 6-4 when Vickery’s backhand landed in the net on the third set point.

 

After losing her first set of the tournament, Vickery came back strong in the second  set as she lost only six points in her first three service games and broke Kiick twice to build a 5-1 lead. The top seed went on to close out the set in 30 minutes to tie the match at one set all.

 

Following a ten-minute break, both players returned to the court and Vickery continued where she left off. With the momentum on her side, Vickery dominated the third set, scoring service breaks in the second and fourth games to establish a 5-0 lead.

 

The match ended with Vickery breaking Kiick’s serve at love in the sixth and final game of the third set to secure the prestigious USTA Girls’ 18s National Championship and a wild card into the US Open.

 

“The first set was a lot of nerves. My shot selection wasn’t good and I was going for too much. I was letting her dictate on the bigger points,” Vickery said after her victory. “The difference between that and the last two sets was being more aggressive and going for my shots.”

 

Nearly 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under competed 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 also received a Wild Card into the main draw of the US Open Women’s Doubles.

 

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Top-Seeded Sachia Vickery Set to Face 2nd Seeded Alexandra Kiick in USTA Girls’ 18 Singles Final

Sachia Vickery

Sachia Vickery

San Diego, Calif. – (August 10, 2013) – After an exciting day of semifinal action at the Barnes Tennis Center, the stage has been set for Sunday’s singles final at the USTA Girl’s 18s National Championship, where a wild card into the women’s main draw of the US Open awaits the winner.

On a cool Saturday morning under mostly sunny skies, second-seeded Alexandra Kiick of Plantation, Fla., defeated fourth-seeded Taylor Townsend of Boca Raton, Fla., 1-6, 6-4, 6-1. In the day’s second semifinal, top-seeded Sachia Vickery of Miramar, Fla., continued her strong tournament run as she over-powered sixth-seeded Brooke Austin of Indianapolis, Ind., 6-1, 6-3.

Sunday’s final, which will begin not before 11:30 a.m. (PDT) on Stadium Court, will feature two players who are ranked in the Top 300 in the Women’s Tennis Association rankings. Vickery is ranked 230 in the world, while Kiick sits at 297 in the world.

“It’s going to be tough. Obviously we’re really good friends,” Kiick said. “We just basically said, ‘May the best person win tomorrow.’ It’s going to be a great experience for both of us, whoever wins or loses.”

Following their semifinal singles victories, Vickery and Kiick teamed to play in the Girls’ 18s doubles final on Saturday afternoon. The second seeds knocked off the top-seeded team of Townsend and Gabrielle Andrews of Pomona, Calif., 6-3, 6-4, to win the title and a wild card into the women’s doubles draw at the upcoming US Open.

One year made all the difference for 16-year-old Katerina Stewart of Miami. Last year she lost in the Girls’ 16s final, but on Saturday, the second-seeded Stewart captured the USTA Girls’ 16 singles championship with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over top-seeded Ena Shibahara of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

In addition to being awarded a USTA Gold Ball for winning the USTA Girls’ 16s singles title, Stewart also earned a wild card into the US Open Junior Girls’ singles competition.

Tournament officials named Megan McCray of Oceanside, Calif. as the Babolat Player of the Day. The 18-year-old local player, who was seeded 33rd, reached the fourth round of the main draw before dropping a hard-fought 6-4, 6-2 decision to top-seeded Sachia Vickery. McCray then entered the consolation draw where she reached Sunday’s consolation final.

The award, which is presented to a player each day of the event, is based equally on competitive achievement and sportsmanship.

Nearly 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under competed 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 also received a Wild Card into the main draw of the US Open Women’s Doubles.

Spectator admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free.

For Sunday’s full order of play, go to: http://www.ustagirlsnationals.com/Home_Page.php
To view the complete tournament draws go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=121938

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.

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ITF World Junior Tennis Finals – Russia Boys and USA Girls Win Titles

(August 10, 2013) Russia boys and USA girls won the overall titles at the 2013 ITF World Junior Tennis Finals place in Prostejov, Czech Republic on Saturday 10 August. 16 boys and 16 girls teams are taking part in the finals of the ITF’s world junior team competition for players aged 14-and-under. A total of 164 teams from 89 countries have taken part in this year’s event.

 

ITF WORLD JUNIOR TENNIS FINALS, PROSTEJOV, CZECH REPUBLIC

 

BOYS’ FINAL

 

RUSSIA [2] defeated USA [4] 2-1:

Patrick Kypson (USA) d. Philipp Klimov (RUS) 76(4) 75

Artem Dubrivnyy (RUS) d. Gianni Ross (USA) 46 63 62

Artem Dubrivnyy/Philipp Klimov (RUS) d. Sam Riffice/Gianni Ross (USA) 75 76(6)

 

BOYS’ 3rd PLACE PLAY-OFF

 

FRANCE [3] defeated AUSTRALIA [1] 2-0:

Matteo Martineau (FRA) d. Kody Pearson (AUS) 60 63

Corentin Moutet (FRA) d. Alex De Minaur (AUS) 76(2) 64

Doubles not played

 

BOYS’ 13th PLACE PLAY-OFF

 

JAPAN defeated INDIA 2-1:

Alex Solanki (IND) d. Daisuke Sumizawa (JPN) 63 64

Yunosuke Tanaka (JPN) d. Nitin Kumar Sinha (IND) 63 60

Yunosuke Tanaka/Daisuke Sumizawa (JPN) d. Vasisht Vinod Cheruku/Alex Solanki (IND) 67(4 64 75

 

BOYS’ 15th PLACE PLAY-OFF

 

ITALY defeated TUNISIA 2-0:

Guido Marson (ITA) d. Mohamed Ali Bellalouna (TUN) 60 67(5) 62

Nicolas Merzetti (ITA) d. Youssef Dabbabi (TUN) 63 60

Doubles not played

 

BOYS’ FINAL STANDINGS:

 

  1. Russia [2]
  2. USA [4]
  3. France [3]
  4. Australia [1]
  5. Canada [6]
  6. Argentina [5]
  7. Great Britain [7]
  8. Czech Republic
  9. Turkey
  10. Chile
  11. Brazil [8]
  12. Thailand
  13. Japan
  14. India
  15. Italy
  16. Tunisia

 

 

GIRLS’ FINAL

 

USA [5] defeated RUSSIA [2] 2-0:

Claire Liu (USA) d. Sofya Zhuk (RUS) 26 64 63

Catherine Bellis (USA) d. Evgeniya Levashova (RUS) 62 61

Doubles not played

 

GIRLS’ 3rd PLACE PLAY-OFF

 

CZECH REUBLIC [1] defeated CANADA [4] 2-1:

Charlotte Robillard-Millette (CAN) d. Monica Kilnarova (RUS) 46 64 63

Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) d. Katherine Sebov (CAN) 62 63

Ana Slovakova/Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) d. Charlotte Robillard-Millette/Katherine Sebov (CAN) 61 60

 

GIRLS’ 13th PLACE PLAY OFF

 

JAPAN defeated THAILAND 2-0:

Kimika Sakata (JPN) d. Priyachanok Sukanha (THA) 63 62

Saya Ito (JPN) d. Pichayatida Jandeng (THA) 36 60 63

Doubles not played

 

GIRLS’ 15th PLACE PLAY-OFF

 

ITALY defeated PERU 2-0:

Tatiana Pieri (ITA) d. Anastasia Iamachkine (PER) 63 75

Federica Bilardo (ITA) d. Maria Gracia Koo (PER) 61 63

Doubles not played

 

GIRLS’ FINAL STANDINGS:

 

 

  1. USA [5]
  2. Russia [2]
  3. Czech Republic [1]
  4. Canada [4]
  5. India
  6. Australia [3]
  7. Romania [7]
  8. South Africa
  9. Spain [6]
  10. Egypt
  11. Great Britain
  12. Colombia [8]
  13. Japan
  14. Thailand
  15. Italy
  16. Peru
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Sixth-Seeded Brooke Austin Dispatches Defending Champ Victoria Duval in Girls’ 18s Quarterfinals

 

San Diego, Calif. – (August 9, 2013) – A year ago, Victoria Duval of Bradenton, Fla. captured the USTA Girls’ National Championship. During her title run, she defeated Brooke Austin of Indianapolis, Ind. in a tough three-set semifinal match.

On Friday afternoon, in a re-match between 17-year-olds, Duval, seeded No. 3, met the sixth-seeded Austin in the Girls’ 18s quarterfinals at the Barnes Tennis Center. This time it was Austin’s turn to advance as she ousted the defending champion with a hard-fought 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 victory, which took two hours and 10 minutes.

“It’s a great feeling. Last year I lost to her and I was up 4-1 in the third set,” Austin said. “She’s a really good player. I know her really well. We’re good friends. It was a tough match to play. It was a good one.”

When asked if she was thinking of the US Open wild card that is award to the Girls’ 18s champion, Austin said, “Obviously it’s a big deal in this tournament, so I’m trying not to think about it, but (yes), it would be pretty cool to get it.”

In other Girls’ 18s Quarterfinal action, top-seeded Sachia Vickery of Miramar, Fla., second-seeded Allie Kiick of Plantation, Fla., and fourth-seeded Taylor Townsend of Boca Raton, Fla. all advanced to the Saturday’s semifinals with straight-set victories.

In Saturday’s Girls’ 18s semifinals, Townsend will face Kiick at 9:30 a.m. (PDT) and Vickery will play Austin in the second semifinal, which will not begin before 11 a.m. (PDT).

Girls’ 16s top-seed Ena Shibahara of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. advanced to Saturday’s singles championship as she recovered from the lost of the first set to defeat 17th seeded Raveena Kingsley of Fulton, Md., 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-0.

Later in the afternoon, Shibahara teamed with Savannah Slaysman of Phoenix to win the Girls’ 16 doubles championship as the top-seeds edged the sixth-seeded doubles team of Francesca Dilorenzo of New Albany, Ohio and Lauren Goodman of Fort Wayne, Ind., 7-5, 6-3.

In tomorrow’s Girls’ 16s singles final, which will not begin before 1 p.m. (PDT), Shibahara will face second-seeded Katerina Stewart of Miami, who defeated 7th seeded Meredith Xepoleas of Huntington Beach, Calif., 7-5, 6-3 in a semifinal match.

Tournament officials named Brienne Minor of Mundelein, Ill., the No. 5 seed in the Girls’ 16s, as the Babolat Player of the Day. Minor reached the singles quarterfinals on Thursday and nearly upset Shibahara, giving the No. 1 seed all she could handle, before falling 6-4, 5-7, 7-5.

The award, which is presented to a player each day of the event, is based equally on competitive achievement and sportsmanship.

Nearly 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under are competing 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.

Spectator admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free.

For Saturday’s full order of play, go to: http://www.ustagirlsnationals.com/Home_Page.php

To view the complete tournament draws go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=121938

Tournament Information

Website          –     www.ustagirlsnationals.com/

Starting times    –     9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 10 – Sunday, Aug. 11

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.

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Fourth-Seeded Taylor Townsend Reaches Girl’s 18s Singles Quarterfinal Round

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San Diego, Calif. – (August 8, 2013) – Fourth-seeded Taylor Townsend of Boca Raton, Fla., fended off an upset bid on Thursday afternoon as she defeated 12th seeded  Kaitlyn H. McCarthy of Cary, N.C., 7-5, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships.

Playing on a cool and breezy day at the Barnes Tennis Center, Townsend and McCarthy exchanged multiple service breaks and were even at 5-5 in the first set. At that point, Townsend found the range on her shots and proceeded to win eight of the next 10 games to pull away and win the match.

“She’s a tough opponent. She gets a lot of balls back and she tries to step into the court and hit the ball flat. She has a really good down the line off the backhand and forehand,” Townsend said following her victory. “She kept me on the defensive a lot. I just stayed solid and I’m glad I came out with a win.”

Last Saturday, Townsend reached the doubles final of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) event in Washington, D.C. and then flew to San Diego later that day to begin preparing for this week’s event.

“It’s always difficult, the time change and the travel. It made me very fatigued. Especially on Sunday and Monday, I was feeling it a lot. I’m starting to feel better, but it’s always tough,” Townsend said. “This is a very strong tournament. All the top people want to play this tournament because there is something great on the line.”

In other Girls’ 18s fifth-round action, top-seeded Sachia Vickery of Miramar, Fla., defeated 15th seeded Spencer Liang of Potomac, Md., 6-0, 6-2 and second-seeded Allie Kiick of Plantation, Fla., eliminated tenth seeded Christina Makarova of San Diego, 6-3, 6-3.

Defending Girls’ 18s champion and No. 3 seed Victoria Duval rolled into the quarterfinals with an impressive 6-0, 6-0 victory over 16th seeded Ellyse Hamlin of Fairfield, Conn.

Girls’ 16s top-seed Ena Shibahara of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. advanced to the singles semifinals after scoring an exciting 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 quarterfinal victory over fifth-seeded Brienne Minor of Mundelein, Ill. Playing on Stadium Court, Shibahara served for the match at 5-4 in the third set, but dropped serve as Minor tied the set at 5-5
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Shibahara dug deep and recovered to break Minor’s serve to take a 6-5 lead. She went on to serve out match in the next game. Shibahara, who indicated that this will be her last Girls’ 16s tournament, will face 17th seeded Raveena Kingsley of Fulton, Md. in the next round. The winner will advance to the Girls’ 16s singles championship on Saturday.

Tournament officials named Jessica Failla of Ramona, Calif. as the Babolat Player of the Day. After losing in the fourth round of the Girls’ 16s main draw, Failla defeated two seeded players to reach the semifinals of the Feed-In Competition (Consolation). Tournament staff who saw her matches at the University of San Diego, recommended Failla for the award for her outstanding competitive spirit.

The award, which is presented to a player each day of the event, is based equally on competitive achievement and sportsmanship.

Nearly 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under are competing 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.

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