2014/11/01

USTA Eastern Junior Awards Gala

Junior player Matthew Gamble receives his award from Justin Gimelstob and Katrina Adams at the Junior Awards Gala on Day 1 at the US Open.

Junior player Matthew Gamble receives his award from Justin Gimelstob and Katrina Adams at the Junior Awards Gala on Day 1 at the US Open.

By Dave Gertler

(August 25, 2014) FLUSHING MEADOWS – The achievements of USTA Eastern juniors in tournaments over the last 12 months, and the dedication of their families, was celebrated at the Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center before the first ball was struck at the US Open on Monday, at the 2014 Junior Awards Gala. Future stars of American tennis gathered to hear guest speakers, including former professional player and current Tennis Channel broadcaster Justin Gimelstob, honor the achievements of 30 junior players, as well as present awards to the top three in each age group.

 

“As you see out there today, for the next 15 days, this is an incredible sport,” said Gimelstob, “This sport challenges you in a way physically, mentally, tactically, emotionally, that almost nothing else can compete with, in an individual way. To find enjoyment in that, you’re a unique bunch.”

 

First Vice President of the USTA, and former world No.8 doubles player Katrina Adams, also praised the dedication of the kids and their families. While the complete list of award-winners from each age group is listed below, there were a small group of players who won awards in multiple age categories.

 

“I play every day, try to get better every day,” said Matthew Gamble, who was the top achiever in the 16s Boys category, as well as third overall in the 18s. “It’s a big part of my life.” Gamble cites the interaction with other players as an important part of the sport for him, saying, “Lately I’ve done more and more team events, so the team aspect and just playing your best, giving 100%.”

 

The junior from Rochester doesn’t want to stop here. While his favorite player, Rafael Nadal, was absent from the US Open this year, perhaps Gamble might one day find himself facing his idol at his home slam. “I obvioiusly want to play college tennis,” said Gamble, “And then after college, I’m gonna try to go pro and make it on the pro tour.”

 

The USTA Eastern Section, based in White Plains, N.Y., is a not-for-profit community service organization whose mission is to promote and develop the growth of tennis. The section encompasses all of New York State, Northern New Jersey and Greenwich, Conn. It is one of 17 geographic sections of the United States Tennis Association, the governing body of tennis in the United States, and supports more than 49,000 members.

 

Exceptional players recognized at the Awards Gala:

 

Boys’ 10s:

1. Ty Switzer (New York, N.Y.)
2. Evan Wen (Morristown, N.J.)
3. Julian Wu (Tenafly, N.J.)

Girls’ 10s:

1. Stephanie Yakoff (Fort Lee, N.J.)
2. Amaya Goulbourne (Pelham, N.Y.)
3. Hailey Stoerback (Saint James, N.Y.)

Boys’ 12s:

1. Billy Suarez (Huntington, N.Y.)
2. Jeffrey Fradkin (New York, N.Y.)
3. Ronan Jachuck (Slingerlands, N.Y.)

Girls’ 12s:

1. Rosie Garcia Gross (New York, N.Y.)
2. Gabriella Price (Montebello, N.Y.)
3. Alexa Noel (Summit, N.J.)

Boys’ 14s:

1. Sean Wei (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.)
2. Ronan Jachuck (Slingerlands, N.Y.)
3. Michael Sun (Livingston, N.J.)

Girls’ 14s:

1. Rachel Lim (Braircliff Manor, N.Y.)
2. Lea Ma (Dix Hills, N.Y.)
3. Anna Brylin (Short Hills, N.J.)

Boys’ 16s:

1. Matthew Gamble (Webster, N.Y.)
2. Brenden Volk (Dix Hills, N.Y.)
3. Jordan Benjamin (Fairport, N.Y.)

Girls’ 16s:

1. Stephanie Schrage (Millburn, N.J.)
2. Rachel Lim (Braircliff Manor, N.Y.)
3. Sabrina Xiong (Fresh Meadows, N.Y.)

Boys’ 18s:

1. Daniel Grunberger (Great Neck, N.Y.)
2. Daniel Kerznerman (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
3. Matthew Gamble (Webster, N.Y.)

Girls’ 18s:

1. Katharine Fahey (Fair Haven, N.J.)
2. Sabrina Xiong (Fresh Meadows, N.Y.)
3. Rima Asatrian (Tenafly, N.J.)

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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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ITF World Junior Tennis Finals – August 8, 2013 Results

 

(August 8, 2013) Thursday’s results from the 2013 ITF World Junior Tennis Finals taking place in Prostejov, Czech Republic on 5-10 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 PLAY-OFF 1-4

 

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

Patrick Kypson (USA) d. Alex De Minaur (AUS) 62 26 63

Gianni Ross (USA) d. Alexei Popyrin (AUS) 63 60

Doubles not played

 

RUSSIA [2] defeated FRANCE [3] 2-0:

Philipp Klimov (RUS) d. Max Broville (FRA) 06 62 76(1)

Artem Dubrivnyy (RUS) d. Corentin Moutet (FRA) 61 26 76(7)

Doubles not played

 

BOYS PLAY-OFF 5-8

 

ARGENTINA [5] defeated CZECH REPUBLIC 3-0:

Juan Bautista Otegui (ARG) d. Jakub Patyk (CZE) 26 62 75

Camilo Ugo Carabelli (ARG) d. Patrick Rikl (CZE) 62 26 75

Juan Bautista Otegui/Camilo Ugo Carabelli (ARG) d. Jakub Patyk/Patrick Rikl (CZE) 62 62

 

CANADA [6] defeated GREAT BRITAIN [7] 2-0:

Benjamin Sigouin (CAN) d. Finn Bass (GBR) 36 75 61

Denis Shapovalov (CAN) d. Max Stewart (GBR) 53 ret.

Doubles not played

 

BOYS PLAY-OFF 9-12

 

TURKEY defeated BRAZIL [8] 2-1:

Kaya Gore (TUR) d. Igor Gimenez (BRA) 63 61

Gabriel Decamps (BRA) d. Ergi Kirkin (TUR) 64 61

Kaya Gore/Ergi Kirkin (TUR) d. Lucas Cruz/Gabriel Decamps (BRA) 64 63

 

CHILE defeated THAILAND 2-1:

Felipe Escalona (CHI) d. Charles Roberts (THA) 63 62

Vorachon Rakpuangchon (THA) d. Nicolas Acevedo (CHI) 63 63

Felipe Escalona/Matias Soto (CHI) d. Sirawit Daeosaengsawang/Vorachon Rakpuangchon (THA) 64 62

 

BOYS PLAY-OFF 13-16

INDIA defeated ITALY 2-1:

Alex Solanki (IND) d. Nicolas Merzetti (ITA) 63 76(4)

Andrea Trapani (ITA) d. Nitin Kumar Sinha (IND) 63 36 63

Vasisht Cheruku/Alex Solanki (IND) d. Andrea Trapani/Nicolas Merzetti (ITA) 62 63

 

JAPAN defeated TUNISIA 3-0:

Daisuke Sumizawa (JPN) d. Mohamed Aziz El Ouakaa (TUN) 63 64

Yonosuke Tanaka (JPN) d. Youssef Dabbabi (TUN) 62 61

Kazuma Aoki/Daisuke Sumizawa (JPN) d. Youssef Dabbabi/Mohamed Ali Bellalouna 57 64 62

 

GIRLS PLAY-OFF 1-4

 

USA [5] defeated CZECH REPUBLIC [1] 2-1: 

Monica Kilnarova (CZE) d. Michaela Gordon (USA) 63 36 76(1)

Catherine Bellis (USA) d. Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) 64 62

Catherine Bellis/Claire Liu (USA) d. Anna Slovakova/Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) 67(2) 62 76(5)

 

RUSSIA [2] defeated CANADA [4] 2-0:

Sofya Zhuk (RUS) d. Vanessa Wong (CAN) 61 75

Evgeniya Levashova (RUS) d. Katherine Sebov (CAN) 61 46 76(3)

Doubles not played

 

GIRLS PLAY-OFF 5-8

 

AUSTRALIA [3] defeated ROMANIA [7] 2-1:

Jaimee Fourlis (AUS) d. Iona Guna (ROU) 63 60

Andreea Rosca (ROU) d. Destanee Aiava (AUS) 75 64

Destanee Aiava/Jaimee Fourlis (AUS) d. Ioana Guna/Andreea Rosca (ROU) 62 62

 

INDIA defeated SOUTH AFRICA 2-0:

Mihika Sanjoy Yadav (IND) d. Zani Barnard (RSA) 64 63

Pranjala Yadlapalli (IND) d. Lee Barnard (RSA) 63 63

Doubles not played

 

GIRLS PLAY-OFF 9-12

 

EGYPT defeated GREAT BRITAIN 2-1:

Georgina Axon (GBR) d. Sara Ismail (EGY) 63 62

Laila Elnimr (EGY) d. Anastasia Mikheeva (GBR) 62 64

Laila Elnimr/Dalila Said (EGY) d. Georgina Axon/Katie Swan (GBR) 61 63

 

SPAIN [6] defeated COLOMBIA [8] 3-0:

Paula Arias Manjon (ESP) d. Valentina Gonzalez Ramirez (COL) 60 61

Eva Guerrero Alvarez (ESP) d. Sofia Munera Sanchez (COL) 62 62

Eva Guerrero Alvarez/Noelia Buozo Zanotti (ESP) d. Sofia Munera Sanchez/Emiliano Arango Restrepo (COL) 76(3) 36 75

 

GIRLS PLAY-OFF 13-16

 

JAPAN defeated ITALY 2-1:

Tatiana Pieri (ITA) d. Haruna Arakawa (JPN) 64 63

Saya Ito (JPN) d. Arianna Capogrosso (ITA) 61 46 60

Kimika Sakata/Saya Ito (JPN) d. Arianna Capogrosso/Tatiana Pieri (ITA) 46 64 64

 

THAILAND defeated PERU 3-0:

Priyachanok Sukkanha (THA) d. Anastasia Iamachkine (PER) 76(3) 61

Yinglak Jittakoat (THA) d. Maria Gracia Koo (PER) 63 26 75

Priyachanok Sukkanha/Pichayatida Jandaeng (THA) d. Anastasia Iamachkine/Alejandra Garmendia (PER) 76(3) 63

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Top-Seeded Sachia Vickery Eliminates 33rd Seed Megan McCray to Advance to Girls’ 18s Round of 16

Sachia Vickery

Sachia Vickery

San Diego, Calif. – (August 7, 2013) – Eighteen-year-old Sachia Vickery of Miramar, Fla. has played professional tennis tournaments in Mexico, France, Canada and around the United States this year as she recently established a career high singles ranking of 230 in the world.

This week, she is the top-seed at the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championship at the Barnes Tennis Center where she reached the Round of Sixteen after getting past local entrant Megan McCray of Oceanside, Calif., 6-4, 6-2, in a fourth round match on Stadium Court.

“My opponent went out there with nothing to lose. She was hitting really big shots. I was just trying to make her play and find my rhythm,” Vickery said after the match. “I’ve been playing pro tournaments all year, so obviously there is some pressure (as the top seed) from everyone here.”

When asked about the wild card to the US Open that will be awarded to the Girls’ 18s champion on Sunday, Vickery responded, “It’s what I dreamed of all of my life, playing at the US Open. It would mean so much to me. I just want to do the best I can this week and hopefully that will be enough to win the tournament.”

In other Girls’ 18s tournament action, third-seed and defending champion Victoria Duval of Bradenton, Fla., eased past 17th seeded Kristin Wiley of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 6-0, 6-0, to advance to the Round of 16. Also advancing was fourth-seeded Taylor Townsend of Boca Raton, Fla., a 6-4, 6-2 winner over 17th seeded Madison Westby of Tulsa, Okla.

San Diegan Christina Makarova thrilled local tennis fans as the tenth-seed in the Girls’ 18s got past hard-hitting Gabrielle Andrews of Pomona, Calif., 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the Round of Sixteen. Makarova, a resident of the San Diego community of Scripps Ranch, will face second-seeded Alexandra Kiick on Thursday at 11 a.m. (PDT). Kiick is the daughter of former Miami Dolphins running back Jim Kiick.

Tournament officials named Cassandra Vazquez of Houston as the Babolat Player of the Day. On Tuesday, Vazquez ousted seventh-seeded Louisa Chirico of Harrison, N.Y., with a 6-3, 6-1 upset in a Girls’ 18s third-round match. The award, which is presented to a player each day of the event, is based equally on competitive achievement and sportsmanship.

On Thursday night, the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships will continue its tradition of hosting a Final Eight dinner at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, which will be attended by each of the singles and doubles quarterfinalists.

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 Thursday’s 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            –     8:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 3 – Thursday, Aug. 8
9 a.m., Friday, Aug. 9 – 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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USTA-ITF Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp to take place at Mission Viejo

32 YOUTH WHEELCHAIR TENNIS PLAYERS TO PARTICIPATE

IN 2013 USTA-ITF JUNIOR WHEELCHAIR TENNIS CAMP

IN MISSION VIEJO, CALIF., JULY 28-AUG. 2

 

Camp also will Feature Appearances by International Tennis Hall of Famer Brad Parks

and Three-time Paralympic Quad Doubles Gold Medalist David Wagner

 

Camp to Include Players from 10 Different States and Six Different Countries

 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., JULY 23, 2013 – The USTA today announced that 32 young wheelchair athletes will be participating in the 2013 USTA-ITF International Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp in Mission Viejo, Calif., July 28-Aug. 2. The camp will take place at Marguerite Tennis Pavilion and is for youth ages 12-18, who live with a permanent disabling condition and use a wheelchair when playing sports including tennis.

 

This year’s camp will include players from 10 different states and six different countries (Argentina, Canada, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States). The camp is geared towards fun and camaraderie, while developing tennis skills in these young athletes.

 

Each day of camp consists of morning wheelchair tennis clinics and in-depth tennis instruction. Afternoon sessions include additional instruction, as well as an ITF-ranking wheelchair tennis tournament. Brad Parks, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and founder of wheelchair tennis, will be speaking to the campers on Tuesday, July 30. Campers also will receive world-class instruction from David Wagner, a three-time Paralympic gold medalist and US Open champion, as well as from Dan James, the USTA’s National Head Coach and National Manager of Wheelchair Tennis, Jason Harnett, a USTA Wheelchair Tennis Assistant National Coach, and other esteemed wheelchair tennis coaches. Off-court activities for campers include a trip to Universal Studios.

 

“We are thrilled and proud to hold this wheelchair tennis camp for these young athletes who want to develop their games,” said James. “These athletes, some of whom are playing in this country for the first time, are being afforded a unique opportunity to play the sport they enjoy and forge relationships with other young people who share a similar lifestyle. We hope this camp will impact the growth of these young players for years to come.”

 

The clinic is sponsored by the USTA, the ITF, the Johan Cruyff Foundation, and the City of Mission Viejo, which is providing the local tennis courts.

 

U.S. Athletes

Eliel Burroughs (Whittier, CA)

Angel Cardenas (La Mirada, CA)

Jose Estrada (San Diego)

Lauren Haneke-Hopps (San Diego)

Chris Herman (Gulfport, FL)

Nathan Hunter (Grantsville, UT)

Krystal Kelley (Grand Haven, MI)

Reo Kobayashi (Aliso Viejo, CA)

Jeffrey Marshall (Boulder, CO)

Colleen Moen (San Diego)

Genaro Perez (La Mirada, CA)

Efrain Precaido (La Mirada, CA)

Casey Ratzlaff (Wichita, KS)

Alex Saporito (Prairieville, LA)

Paul Shin (Los Angeles)

Auburn Smith (Port Orange, FL)

Charles “Parker” Smith (Tewksbury, MA)

Kailey Smith (Littleton, CO)

Juan Solis (La Mirada, CA)

Dustin Strelsky (Rockdale, TX)

Conner Stroud (Spindale, NC)

 

International Athletes

Tomas Bourassa (Canada)

Miguel Coronado (Chile)

Carlos Muro (Mexico)

Antonella Pralong (Argentina)

Luis Felipe Reye (Chile)

Amy Rojas (Guatemala)

Alejandro Ross (Mexico)

Isabel Rubio (Guatemala)

Ignacio Santise (Argentina)

Lucas Scarazzini (Argentina)

Lizabeth Soto (Mexico)

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Germany’s Molleker Captures Longines Future Tennis Aces Title

 

WEEHAWKEN, N.J. (June 3, 2013) – Sixteen of the world’s top boys’ 12-and-under players battled for the title of 2013 Longines Future Tennis Aces champion last week, with Germany’s Rudolf Molleker finally taking home the championship in a dominating performance. For the first time, the tournament was played in front of the Hotel de Ville (City Hall) in the center of Paris.

 

Molleker defeated Carlos Sanchez Jover of Spain 4-1, 4-0 in the final in the fourth annual tournament. Following the final match, the two had the opportunity to meet Longines Rising Tennis Stars Ryan Harrison and Sabine Lisicki and teamed with Fabrice Santoro, patron of the 2013 edition of the Longines Future Tennis Aces, and former ATP star Arnaud Clément of France, friend of Longines, in an exhibition doubles match.

 

Molleker dropped just five games in four matches en route to the title. Both finalists won a Longines watch and will receive tennis equipment courtesy of Longines until their 16th birthday. Countries participating in Future Tennis Aces program included Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the U.S. The United States representative at the event was Adam Neff of Bradenton, Fla., who faced Molleker in the first round.

 

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