February 14, 2016

Same-Gender Tennis Tournament Becomes USTA National Championship Event

during the 2015 same-gender couples' doubles tournament in Palm Springs, California at the Plaza Racquet Club March 8, 2015

during the 2015 same-gender couples’ doubles tournament in Palm Springs, California at the Plaza Racquet Club March 8, 2015

From the USTA: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., February 10, 2016 – The USTA today announced that the same-gender couples’ doubles tournament, inaugurated last March in Palm Springs, will now become a USTA National Championship event, and will become an annual part of the USTA’s adult competition tennis calendar moving forward.  Last year’s groundbreaking tournament opened the door to new play opportunities for same-gender spouses, those in civil unions, domestic partners, and spousal equivalents, making the USTA’s popular adult competition more diverse and inclusive.  The Plaza Racquet Club will again host this year’s historic event, March 4-6.

 

The tournament’s divisions can be found in the “Family Divisions” categories on Tennislink, and include: Same Gender Female Couples Doubles, Same Gender Male Couples Doubles, Same Gender Female Couples Doubles (Combo Ages 80 Years), Same Gender Female Couples Doubles (Combo Ages 100 Years), Same Gender Female Couples Doubles (Combo Ages 120 Years), Same Gender Male Couples Doubles (Combo Ages 80 Years), Same Gender Male Couples Doubles (Combo Ages 100 Years) Same Gender Male Couples Doubles (Combo Ages 120 Years).

 

In the divisions where no combo age is listed, the players may be of any age.  In divisions where a combined age is defined, the players’ ages must add up to, or be more than, the listed number (ex. 80, 100 or 120) for the team to meet the eligibility requirements for the event.

 

“The USTA is proud to recognize this tournament as an official USTA National Championship event,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO and President.  “We were thrilled at the success of last year’s inaugural event, and sincerely hope that giving the event National Championship status will allow it to continue to grow and attract even more same-gender couples to competition. Tennis once again has stepped to the front to break down barriers and ensure that our sport is inclusive and welcoming to all.”

 

“I was thrilled by the announcement of the single-gender couples’ doubles tournament last year, and I’m even more excited now that the USTA has made it a National Championship event,” said Hall-of-Famer Billie Jean King. “It’s another important step forward in leveling the playing field and making tennis more accessible and available to more people.  I’m looking forward to continued growth and success of this event and hope to see a lot more like it in the near future.”

 

“Same gender married couples Nationals is history in the making,” said Nabil Najjar, the Co-Tournament Director of the Palm Springs event.   “The Desert Tennis Association is honored to host such a prestigious event.”

 

St. Louis, Mo., Kansas City, Mo., Oak Lawn, Ill., and West Hollywood, Calif. to also host local same-gender couples doubles events in 2016.

 

For more information on the National Championship in Palm Springs click below:

http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=178416#&&s=0

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USA Defeats Poland in Fed Cup World Group II

 

(February 7, 2016) The United States is now one step closer to competing in the World Group next year by sweeping Poland, 4-0, in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II First Round at the Holua Tennis Center at Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, today.

 

In Sunday’s first match of the day in windy conditions, world No. 12 Venus Williams cruised past world No. 96 Magda Linette, 6-1, 6-2, in one hour and one minute to clinch the victory for the United States. Williams and Linette had never faced each other on the WTA Tour. Williams is now 19-2 in Fed Cup singles play, while Linette is 1-5. The Sloane Stephens-Paula Kania match was not played.

“This has been the most enthusiastic crowd I’ve ever played in front of, for Fed Cup, or even at home,” Williams said. “The enthusiasm, exciting. When they announced they were going to play the doubles, the crowd was so excited. You can hear them right now.

“It’s just been a pleasure to play for that.

“I love playing. I love looking forward to playing the next ties, seeing who we’re going to play when the draw comes out. I love all of that.

“I think I had a little bit of an advantage today because Sloane had a chance to play against Magda, so had a nice scouting report. I was able to really get started quickly. I think she did a little of the work beforehand for me. I kind of like had the heads-up.”

In the dead doubles rubber, CoCo Vandeweghe and Bethanie Mattek-Sands faced playing captain Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Paula Kania, who substituted for Alicja Rosolska. In the end, Vandeweghe and Mattek-Sands won their match, 6-1, 7-5, in one hour and 15 minutes. Vandeweghe and Mattek-Sands were playing together for the first time and Vandeweghe had beat Mattek-Sands in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Australian Open mixed doubles tournament last month. Vandeweghe is now 2-0 in Fed Cup doubles play, also playing in a dead doubles rubber last year with Taylor Townsend in the World Group II First Round in Argentina, while Mattek-Sands is 4-0 in doubles, last playing Fed Cup doubles in the 2010 World Group Semifinal against Russia. Jans-Ignacik is now 20-10 in Fed Cup doubles play, while Kania is 1-2.

“We just played our game,” said Mattek-Sands. “We kept playing aggressive, closing the net. That’s how we won the first set. We’re prepared for our opponents to step up and play better. Maybe have a little less pressure on them in the second and go for a few shots.

“I think it’s business as usual. We had our game plan and we stuck to it.”

“There’s ebbs and flows to every match,” said Vandeweghe. “It’s how you weather the storm for their good play and also adjusting to your own play. At times Bethanie and I were playing in sync, and at times we weren’t. This is the first time we ever played together. I think we have to take that into account as well.

“But I think we adjusted well right after the break, showing our dominance and presence again, basically dominating their serves right back.”

The U.S. is now 21-0 when leading 2-0 after the first day of play (since the World Group format was instituted in 1995), 38-6 all-time in Fed Cup ties played at home, and holds an overall 145-36 record.

 

Fed Cup is the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport with approximately 100 nations taking part each year. The U.S. leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup titles, the last coming in 2000.

 

ORDER OF PLAY AND RESULTS

 

DAY/LOCAL TIME      MATCH             PAIRING

Saturday, 11:00 a.m.       Singles A:              Sloane Stephens (USA) def. Magda Linette (POL), 6-2, 6-4

Singles B:             Venus Williams (USA) def. Paula Kania (POL), 7-5, 6-2

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.         Singles C:             Venus Williams (USA) def. Magda Linette (POL) 6-1, 6-2

Singles D:             Sloane Stephens (USA) vs. Paula Kania (POL)  not played

Doubles:               Bethanie Mattek-Sands/CoCo Vandeweghe (USA)

def. Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Paula Kania (POL) 6-1, 7-5

 

The United States advances to the World Group Playoffs, held April 16-17, to compete for a spot in the 2017 World Group. Poland will play in the World Group II Playoffs in April to remain in World Group II in 2017.

 

The draw for the World Group Playoffs will be held this Tuesday, February 9. The U.S. will face one of the losers of World Group I – Romania, Germany, Italy, and Russia. Below are the home-away scenarios.

– Romania (coin toss)

– Germany (home tie)

– Italy (home tie)

– Russia (away tie)

 

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Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens Give USA 2-0 Lead Over Poland in Fed Cup

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(February 6, 2016) After the first day of play, the United States leads Poland, 2-0, in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II First Round played on outdoor hard court at the Holua Tennis Center at Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village.

 

The U.S. is 20-0 when leading 2-0 after the first day of play (since the World Group format was instituted in 1995). The U.S. is 37-6 all-time in Fed Cup ties played at home.

 

In the first singles match of the day, Sloane Stephens, the United States’ No. 2 singles player, defeated Poland’s No. 1 player Magda Linette, 6-2, 6-4, in one hour and 13 minutes. Stephens trailed, 0-4, in the second set before making a comeback and winning the set.

“I definitely had a little fart there at the beginning of the second set, but I regrouped well and I was happy that I was able to play some solid tennis towards the end,” Stephens said.

“It happens, so all I can really take from that is that I tried my butt off and never gave up. That’s all that really counts.

“I kind of just ran out of gas. Needed some sugar. I had some caffeine and a little taste of a bar and I felt better. I got my energy back up and I was kind of bouncing around again and I felt good. So I think that definitely helped a little bit.

Stephens and Linette had met once on the WTA Tour last year in Washington D.C., where Stephens went on to win her first career WTA title. Stephens is now 2-2 in singles in Fed Cup, while Linette is 1-4.

In the second singles match, former world No. 1 Venus Williams defeated world No. 153 Paula Kania, 7-5, 6-2, in one hour and 12 minutes. Williams and Kania had previously met once on the WTA Tour in 2014 in Stanford, where Williams won 6-3, 6-2. Williams is now 18-2 in singles in Fed Cup. Kania was making her Fed Cup singles debut.

“She had some good shots; she played well; I had a few errors,” Williams said.

“I think I at 5-4 I was actually very relaxed. I think her strengths is playing from behind. I think when she was in front it wasn’t as comfortable for her.

“So just that game, I put some balls in, she missed a few, and at 5-All I probably had more experience than she did.”

“It’s never easy to play Fed Cup because you’re playing for more than yourself. I just get pumped,” said Williams. “The whole crowd is here for you and there’s no other feeling like it in tennis.”

ORDER OF PLAY AND RESULTS

 

DAY/LOCAL TIME      MATCH             PAIRING

Saturday, 11:00 a.m.       Singles A:              Sloane Stephens (USA) def. Magda Linette (POL), 6-2, 6-4

Singles B:             Venus Williams (USA) def. Paula Kania (POL), 7-5, 6-2

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.         Singles C:             Venus Williams (USA) vs. Magda Linette (POL)

Singles D:             Sloane Stephens (USA) vs. Paula Kania (POL)

Doubles:               Bethanie Mattek-Sands/CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) vs Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Alicja Rosolska (POL)

 

Each country’s top singles players will meet on Sunday – Venus Williams (USA) vs. Magda Linette (POL) and Sloane Stephens (USA) vs. Paula Kania (POL) – as well as a doubles match pitting CoCo Vandeweghe and Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) against Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Alicja Rosolska (POL).

 

In Sunday’s first match of the day, Williams will face off against Linette. World No. 12 Williams and world No. 96 Linette have never met on the WTA Tour. The second singles match on Sunday will feature Sloane Stephens and Paula Kania. World No. 25 Stephens and world No. 153 Kania have also never met in WTA competition.

 

Vandeweghe and Mattek-Sands are scheduled to take on Rosolska and Jans-Ignacik, who is serving as Poland’s playing captain. Vandeweghe reached the mixed doubles final at this year’s Australian Open and is ranked No. 46 in the world in doubles. Mattek-Sands, ranked No. 6 in the world in doubles, won the 2015 Australian Open and French Open women’s doubles titles with Lucie Safarova and has won 17 career WTA doubles titles overall. Vandeweghe and Mattek-Sands have never paired up for a doubles match before. Rosolska and Jans-Ignacik have played doubles together 16 times, the last coming in Fed Cup last year. Rosolska is ranked No. 46 in doubles and has won four WTA doubles titles, while Jans-Ignacik is ranked No. 50 in doubles and has won three WTA doubles titles.

 

The winner of this match advances to the World Group Playoff, held April 16-17, to compete for a spot in the 2017 World Group. The losing nation will play in the World Group II Playoff in April to remain in World Group II in 2017.

 

Fed Cup is the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport with approximately 100 nations taking part each year. The U.S. leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup titles, the last coming in 2000. The U.S. holds an overall 144-36 record.

 

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Fed Cup Preview: USA vs Poland in Hawaii

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(February 5, 2016) Fed Cup is taking place in Hawaii for the first time, as Kailua-Kona hosts the United States and Poland in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II First Round on an outdoor hard court at the Holua Tennis Center at Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village, February 6-7.

“I think it’s important to grow tennis in countries that don’t see it very often, in communities that don’t see it very often,” said US Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez.

“It’s nice to be here playing Fed Cup for the first time and get new fans, hopefully encourage new children, new players to get involved in the game. This is one way of doing that.”

 

The United States brings a strong team to Hawaii, led by world No. 12 and seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams and world No. 25 Sloane Stephens. CoCo Vandeweghe, who is ranked No. 46 in singles and also reached the mixed doubles final at the 2016 Australian Open, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who is ranked in the Top 10 in the world in doubles, also anchor the team.

 

In Saturday’s first singles match of the day, Sloane Stephens, the United States’ No. 2 singles player, will face off against Poland’s No. 1 player Magda Linette, ranked No. 96 in the world. Stephens and Linette have met once on the WTA Tour last year in Washington D.C., where Stephens went on to win her first career WTA title. In Washington D.C., Stephens defeated Linette, 6-2, 6-1. Stephens and Linette also met as junior players in 2008 at the Eddie Herr, which Stephens also won. Stephens is coming off her second WTA title, winning Auckland prior to the 2016 Australian Open.

” It’s the greatest honor play for your country and be on a team when every week you’re by yourself, Stephens said. “It makes it really fun. Of course, with girls you actually do like and enjoy being around makes it a good week and makes it a lot of fun.”

“I played before in Israel, in Eilat, which is also next to the sea,” Linette said. “But it’s obviously not this beautiful. I’m really enjoying. I believe my team also.

“We are very happy we can be here. We’re just enjoying and we try just to practice as good as we can on the tennis court, and then we just try to enjoy everything else out of the court. We really like it.”

The second singles match on Saturday will feature the United States’ top player Venus Williams versus world No. 153 Paula Kania. Williams and Kania have met once on the WTA Tour in 2014 in Stanford, where Williams won 6-3, 6-2.

“I enjoy being on the team,” said Williams. “I have a really good time on the team. It’s just a fun time. You don’t usually get to do this in tennis. It’s a different experience that you don’t get to have when you grow up as a tennis player, and you’re always solo from beginning to the end. It’s a moment where it’s a break from that.”

Hawaii becomes the 16th state to host Fed Cup. Hawaii hosted Davis Cup, the men’s equivalent to Fed Cup, in Kohala Coast at the Mauna Lani Racquet Club in the 1992 World Group First Round, where the U.S. team of Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Pete Sampras swept Argentina, 5-0. Hawaii also hosted the SportMaster Tennis Championships of Maui, a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit men’s Challenger, in mid-January in Maui and was joined by a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit women’s event that same week for the first time this year.

 

The United States holds a 3-0 record over Poland in Fed Cup. The U.S. last faced Poland in the 1990 World Group First Round in Atlanta, sweeping the tie, 3-0. The U.S., who also faced Poland in 1974 and 1980, has never lost a point in Fed Cup to Poland. This will be the United States’ first home tie since 2014 in St. Louis, as the team competed on the road against Argentina and Italy last year.

 

The winner of this match advances to the World Group Playoff, held April 16-17, to compete for a spot in the 2017 World Group. The losing nation will play in the World Group II Playoff in April to remain in World Group II in 2017.

 

Fed Cup is the world’s largest annual international team competition in women’s sport with approximately 100 nations taking part each year. The U.S. leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup titles, the last coming in 2000. The U.S. is 37-6 in ties played at home and holds an overall 144-36 record.

 

Weekend Line-up

USA v POLAND

Venue: Holua Tennis Center, Kailua Kona, USA (hard – outdoor)

Sloane Stephens (USA) v Magda Linette (POL)

Venus Williams (USA) v Paula Kania (POL)

Venus Williams (USA) v Magda Linette (POL)

Sloane Stephens (USA) v Paula Kania (POL)

Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Coco Vandeweghe (USA) v Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Alicja Rosolska (POL)

 

Tennis Channel To Air U.S. Versus Poland Fed Cup Tie

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Nominations Announced for 2016 Fed Cup World Group and World Group II ties

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(January 27, 2016) The ITF has announced the official team nominations for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties taking place on 6-7 February.

Three Zone Group I events are also taking place on 3-6 February: Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Eilat, Israel; Americas Zone Group I in Santa Cruz, Bolivia; and Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in Hua Hin, Thailand.

 

All nations contesting the Zone Group I events will be bidding to qualify for the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs on 16-17 April, with two teams qualifying from the Europe/Africa Zone, and one team from both the Americas and Asia/Oceania Zones.

 

 

 

WORLD GROUP FIRST ROUND

 

ROMANIA v CZECH REPUBLIC

Venue: Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, ROU (hard – indoor)

 

Romania

Simona Halep

Irina-Camelia Begu

Monica Niculescu

Andreea Mitu

Captain:  Alina Cercel-Tecsor

 

Czech Republic

Petra Kvitova

Karolina Pliskova

Barbora Strycova

Denisa Allertova

Captain:  Petr Pala

 

GERMANY v SWITZERLAND

Venue: Leipziger Messe, Leipzig, GER (hard – indoor)

 

Germany

Angelique Kerber

Andrea Petkovic

Julia Goerges

Annika Beck

Captain:  Barbara Rittner

 

Switzerland

Belinda Bencic

Timea Bacsinszky

Viktorija Golubic

Martina Hingis

Captain:  Heinz Guenthardt

 

FRANCE v ITALY

Venue: Palais des Sports de Marseille, Marseille, FRA (hard – indoor)

 

France

Kristina Mladenovic

Caroline Garcia

Pauline Parmentier

Oceane Dodin

Captain:  Amelie Mauresmo

 

Italy

Sara Errani

Camila Giorgi

Francesca Schiavone

Martina Caregaro

Captain:  Corrado Barazzutti

 

RUSSIA v NETHERLANDS

Venue: Olympic Stadium, Moscow, RUS (hard – indoor)

 

Russia

Maria Sharapova

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Ekaterina Makarova

Darya Kasatkina

Captain:  Anastasia Myskina

 

Netherlands

Kiki Bertens

Richel Hogenkamp

Cindy Burger

Arantxa Rus

Captain:  Paul Haarhuis

 

WORLD GROUP II FIRST ROUND

 

SLOVAKIA v AUSTRALIA

Venue: Aegon Arena, National Tennis Centre, Bratislava, SVK (hard – indoor)

 

Slovakia

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova

Dominika Cibulkova

Daniela Hantuchova

Jana Cepelova

Captain:  Matej Liptak

 

Australia

Samantha Stosur

Casey Dellacqua

Jarmila Wolfe

Kimberly Birrell

Captain:  Alicia Molik

 

CANADA v BELARUS

Venue: PEPS, Québec City, CAN (hard – indoor)

 

Canada

Gabriela Dabrowski

Francoise Abanda

Carol Zhao

Aleksandra Wozniak

Captain:  Sylvain Bruneau

 

Belarus

Victoria Azarenka

Olga Govortsova

Aliaksandra Sasnovich

Vera Lapko

Captain:  Eduard Dubrou

 

USA v POLAND

Venue: Holua Tennis Center, Kailua Kona, USA (hard – outdoor)

 

USA

Venus Williams

Sloane Stephens

Coco Vandeweghe

Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Captain:  Mary Joe Fernandez

 

Poland

Magda Linette

Paula Kania

Alicja Rosolska

Playing captain: Klaudia Jans-Ignacik

 

SERBIA v SPAIN

Venue: Kraljevo Sports Centre, Kraljevo, SRB (hard – indoor)

 

Serbia

Jelena Jankovic

Bojana Jovanovski

Ivana Jorovic

Nina Stojanovic

Captain:  Tatjana Jecmenica

 

Spain

Garbine Muguruza

Carla Suarez Navarro

Lara Arruabarrena

Lourdes Dominguez Lino

Captain:  Conchita Martinez

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Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens To Lead U.S. Fed Cup Team Against Poland

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From the USTA: (January 27, 2016) WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., – The USTA and United States Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez today announced that former world No. 1 and current world No. 10 Venus Williams, No. 26 Sloane Stephens, No. 42 CoCo Vandeweghe and world No. 3 doubles player Bethanie Mattek-Sands will represent the U.S. in the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II First Round against Poland.

 

The best-of-five match series will be played at the Holua Tennis Center at the Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Feb. 6-7. This will be the first Fed Cup tie held in Hawaii.

 

The winner of this match advances to the World Group Playoffs, held April 16-17, to compete for a spot in the 2017 World Group. The losing nation will play in the World Group II Playoffs in April to remain in World Group II in 2017.

 

Poland’s Fed Cup Captain Klaudia Jans-Ignacik named No. 93 Magda Linette, No. 159 Paula Kania, and Alicja Rosolska, ranked No. 44 in the world in doubles, to face Team USA. Jans-Ignacik, who is ranked No. 40 in doubles, is also part of the four-team roster as a playing captain.

 

“We have great variety and depth on our team for Hawaii,” said Fernandez. “I am thrilled to have Venus, one of tennis’ greatest champions, competing for us. Sloane had a strong start to the season, winning Auckland for her second tour singles title, and CoCo and Bethanie are both playing really well in singles and doubles. Poland brings a skilled team and we look forward to competing. We are very excited to bring Fed Cup tennis to Hawaii for the first time and for the fans to come cheer us on.”

 

Play begins on Saturday, Feb. 6, with two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Sunday’s schedule features two “reverse singles” matches, where the No. 1 players square off and then the No. 2 players meet, followed by the doubles match. Play on Saturday begins at 11 a.m. local time (4 p.m. ET) and on Sunday at 10 a.m. local time (3 p.m. ET). Tennis Channel will present daily coverage.

 

The United States holds a 3-0 record over Poland in Fed Cup. The U.S. last faced Poland in the 1990 World Group First Round in Atlanta, sweeping the tie, 3-0. The U.S., who also faced Poland in 1974 and 1980, has never lost an individual match in Fed Cup to Poland. This will be the U.S.’s first home tie since 2014 in St. Louis, as the team competed on the road in Argentina and Italy in 2015.

 

Hawaii becomes the 16th state to host Fed Cup. Local sponsors of the event include Hawaii Tourism Authority, Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, Holua Tennis Center at Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village, KTA Super Stores, and Kona Coffee & Tea.

 

World No. 10 Williams, 35, posted her first Top 10 season since 2010 last year, winning three WTA titles and reaching the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and US Open. In 2013, she re-entered the Top 20 for the first time since revealing that she had been diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disorder, following the 2011 US Open. Williams holds a 21-4 overall record in Fed Cup competition, including 17-2 in singles. In 2015, she joined sister Serena on the team that defeated Argentina in Buenos Aires in the Fed Cup World Group II First Round; her second singles win clinched the tie. She was also a member of the title-winning team in 1999. Williams is a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion and has won 48 career WTA singles titles. She has been ranked No. 1 in both singles and doubles. In Olympic play, she has won three gold medals in doubles (with Serena) in 2000, 2008 and 2012, and she captured the singles gold medal in 2000.

 

World No. 26 Stephens, 22, is coming off a tournament title, the second of her career, at the 2016 Australian Open tune-up event in Auckland, New Zealand. She won her first WTA title in 2015 in Washington D.C. Stephens’ breakout came at the 2013 Australian Open, where she defeated Serena Williams en route to the semifinals. At 19 years, 10 months, 3 days old, Stephens was the youngest American to reach a Grand Slam singles semifinal since Williams reached the 2000 Wimbledon semifinals at 18 years, 9 months, 8 days old. Stephens also advanced to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2013 to peak at No. 11 in the world that October. Stephens has played in three Fed Cup ties for the U.S., the last coming in 2014, and holds a 1-2 record in singles and 1-1 record in doubles. She is the daughter of the late New England Patriots running back John Stephens.

 

World No. 42 Vandeweghe, 24, advanced to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2015 for her career-best result; she also advanced to the third round of the 2015 Australian Open to peak at No. 32 in the world in February 2015.Vandeweghe won her first WTA title in 2014 in ‘S-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, and reached her first pro final in 2012 at the Emirates Airline US Open Series event in Stanford as a qualifier, losing to Serena Williams in the title match. Vandeweghe has also had success in doubles, advancing to the semifinals at the 2015 US Open and the quarterfinals at the 2016 Australian Open. She was named to the U.S. Fed Cup team for the 2010 final versus Italy and for the 2015 World Group II First Round in Argentina, where she played singles and doubles. As a junior player, Vandeweghe won the 2008 US Open girls’ singles title. Vandeweghe’s mother, Tauna, was a member of the U.S. national team in both swimming and volleyball, and her uncle is former NBA star Kiki Vandeweghe.

 

World No. 63 Mattek-Sands, 30, is being named to her first Fed Cup team since 2011. In 2015, Mattek-Sands won the Australian Open and French Open women’s doubles titles (with Lucie Safarova) and the French Open mixed doubles title (with Mike Bryan). At the 2012 Australian Open, Mattek-Sands teamed with Horia Tecau to win her first Grand Slam title in mixed doubles. She is currently ranked a career-high No. 3 in the world in doubles.Mattek-Sands has been one of the U.S.’s most consistent performers over the past decade, playing in 14 US Opens and reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2008 and the French Open in 2013 for her career-best Grand Slam results. Overall, she holds 17 WTA doubles titles and five USTA Pro Circuit singles titles. In 2011, she was ranked a career-high No. 30 in the world in singles before being sidelined by a rotator cuff injury. Mattek-Sands holds a 3-0 record in Fed Cup doubles and a 2-6 record in singles. In the 2010 Fed Cup semifinal, with the U.S. trailing Russia 2-1, Mattek-Sands won the fourth singles match to force the decisive doubles rubber and then partnered with Liezel Huber to win the doubles match and clinch a spot in the final for the U.S. Mattek-Sands then went on to face Italy in the 2010 final—the United States’ last appearance in a Fed Cup final.

 

The United States leads all nations with 17 Fed Cup titles, the last coming in 2000. The U.S. is 37-6 all-time in Fed Cup ties played at home and holds an overall 144-36 record. Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 101 nations taking part in 2016. For more information, including access to player and historical Fed Cup records, please go to www.usta.com/fedcup or www.fedcup.com. Follow the U.S. Fed Cup Team on Twitter @USFedCupTeam.

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Stefan Kozlov Reaches Southern California Pro Futures Tournament Final

Stefan Kozlov photo by Dan Avila

Stefan Kozlov photo by Dan Avila

By Steve Pratt

(January 9, 2016) LOS ANGELES –Stefan Kozlov will attempt to win his second professional singles title on Sunday at the Southern California Pro Futures Tournament taking place at USC.

 

The No. 6-seeded 17-year-old from Pembroke Pines, Fla., hopes to draw from his past experiences winning a Futures final in Belarus in October and reaching the final in three others so far in his young career. Kozlov made quick work of top-seeded Tennys Sandgren, 6-1, 6-1, using a solid all-court game and serving eight aces during the one hour, 11-minute semifinal played on a cool day under cloudy skies.

 

You wouldn’t blame Sandgren for being a bit distracted as he had earlier learned that he had gotten into qualifying at the year’s first Grand Slam the Australian Open and was anxious to get to LAX and board a late flight in preparation for the start of qualifying on Wednesday. Sandgren was also not 100 percent healthy as he had stubbed his big right toe during his quarterfinal match on Friday.

 

“I didn’t realize it until near the end of the first set that he was limited in his running,” Kozlov said. “It’s been a good week so far for me and now the final tomorrow. I couldn’t go to Australia because of my ranking but I’m happy to be here. I could have stayed in Florida and played the Futures there, but I love SoCal and playing here.”

 

Eighteen months ago, Kozlov turned heads by making it to the final of the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Sacramento, Calif., losing to former Top 20 player Sam Querrey. By reaching the Sacramento final at age 16, Kozlov became the youngest American to reach a Challenger final since Andre Agassi in 1986.

 

Kozlov’s final’s opponent will be No. 4-seeded Philip Bester, who is poised to break into the world top 300 after a solid week in Los Angeles. Bester got past former UCLA All-American Clay Thompson on Saturday, 6-3, 6-3, in the other semifinal.

 

Canada’s Bester had a 1-1 career record against Thompson heading into the match having lost to him in the Vancouver Challenger, and then beating him a few months later at Sacramento.

 

“I knew he would come out firing,” Bester said. “He has a big serve and big forehand so I had to try and neutralize that as much as possible.”

 

Bester has never faced Kozlov but is well aware of his game. “I know he’s young and up and coming,” he said. “I just have to use my experience and keep playing like I have all week. I just need to really go out there and compete because it’s the last match of the tournament.”

 

Like Kozlov, Bester said he enjoys playing in Southern California, and even entered and won last year’s Open money tournament at the 115th Ojai Tennis Tournament. He said he’d love to do it again if his schedule is open and said the prize money came in handy and allowed him to travel into the summer. “I’ve been in touch with Mark Weil up there and just really love it there,” said Bester, who beat former touring pro Lester Cook in the final at Ojai. “If it works out to make my way up there again, I will definitely do that.”

 

In the doubles final, former college stars Evan King (Michigan) and Raymond Sarmiento (USC) beat Jean-Yves Aubone (Florida State) and Dennis Nevolo (Illinois), 6-4, 3-6, 11-9.

 

Sunday’s singles final is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and admission is free to attend.

 

Saturday’s Singles Semifinals Scores

wc: wild-card; q: qualifier

Stefan Kozlov (6), U.S., def. Tennys Sandgren (1), U.S., 6-1, 6-1

Philip Bester (4), Canada, def. Clay Thompson, U.S., 6-3, 6-3

 

Saturday’s Final Doubles Scores

Evan King, U.S. / Raymond Sarmiento (4), U.S., def. Jean-Yves Aubone, U.S. / Dennis Nevolo, U.S., 6-4, 3-6, 11-9

 

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Katie Couric and the Bryan Brothers Appointed to USTA Foundation Celebrity and Player Advisory Council

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(January 6, 2016) WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the United States Tennis Association (USTA),  announced that it has appointed Emmy Award-winning journalist and Yahoo Global News anchor Katie Couric and the winningest men’s doubles team of all time, Bob and Mike Bryan, to its Celebrity and Player Advisory Council.

 

As members of the USTA Foundation Celebrity and Player Advisory Council, Couric and the Bryans will serve as ambassadors and spokespersons to support the Foundation’s mission, increase its brand awareness and raise revenue to support its programs.

 

Couric is an award-winning journalist and TV personality, cancer advocate, documentary film producer and New York Times best-selling author of “The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives.”

 

Couric joined Yahoo in November 2013 as Yahoo Global News Anchor, where she reports on live world events, anchors groundbreaking interviews with major newsmakers, and hosts the digital series “World 3.0” and “Now I Get It.” Couric is an executive producer and narrator of “Fed Up,” a documentary about the alarming spread of childhood obesity released in 2014.

 

In September 2006, Couric became the first female solo anchor of an evening news broadcast as anchor and managing editor of the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.” Couric joined CBS News after a 15-year run as co-anchor of NBC’s “Today.”

 

Couric is a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA) with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF). Couric is also a co-founder of the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health.

 

“I’m honored to join the USTA Foundation Celebrity and Player Advisory Council,” said Couric. “Being part of the USTA Foundation’s tireless support for programs nationwide that leverage tennis and education to help those in need is an ace serve.”

 

With 109 career titles, including 16 Grand Slam men’s doubles championships, Bob and Mike Bryan hold every major men’s doubles record in the Open era. Together, they have a combined total of 895 weeks ranked at No. 1 in the world, with 10 year-end No. 1 finishes. In Davis Cup play, they hold the U.S. record with 23 match wins.

 

In addition, the twins are the only team to have won an Olympic Gold medal plus four consecutive men’s doubles Grand Slam titles: the Bryans’ Golden Slam. Their total Olympic haul is five medals, including two gold medals.

 

The Bryans have been recognized as role models both nationally and internationally. Most recently, in November they were named as the recipients of the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award at the ATP World Finals. Bob and Mike were also the inaugural winners of the US Open Sportsmanship Award in 2012 and the United States Olympic Committee named the twins as the 2012-13 Olympic Team of the Year.

 

In 2010, Bob and Mike established the Bryan Brothers Foundation and have raised and donated more than $700,000 to youth tennis organizations staging an annual fundraiser in their hometown of Camarillo, Calif.

 

“The USTA Foundation’s mission of helping youth achieve their dreams through tennis and education is an amazing feat,” said Bob Bryan. “Much like what we are working to accomplish with our foundation, the overall goal is generating positive impact, and we are proud to continue those efforts by working with and supporting the USTA Foundation.”

 

“Tennis and education are the most important factors in our success,” added Mike Bryan. “Prior to our pro careers, we attended Stanford University, so we are proud to be role models and help to get the message out on behalf of the USTA Foundation.”

 

“We are thrilled and most of all honored to have Katie Couric along with Bob and Mike Bryan join the USTA Foundation’s Celebrity and Player Advisory Council,” said James Blake, USTA Foundation Chairman of the Board. “Earlier this year Katie served as the co-host of our annual Opening Night Gala, and her energy and enthusiasm was surely a driving force that made it such a successful night. It’s great to have someone with such global presence lend their influence and time to support our efforts.”

 

“As longtime supporters of the USTA Foundation, Bob and Mike spend a great deal of energy taking time out of their successful careers to give back in many ways,” added Blake, who won a Davis Cup championship with the Bryans and Andy Roddick in 2007. “Their achievements off the court are just as admirable as their stellar careers on the court. As two of my closest friends on the circuit, I’m excited to collaborate for the purpose of changing young lives and honored that they will continue to support our mission.”

 

The USTA Foundation Celebrity and Player Council is led by Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin as chairman and includes other notable members, including tennis legend Billie Jean King, world No. 30 women’s singles player Sloane Stephens, four-time Grand Slam singles champion and current U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier, three-time Grand Slam finalist and current U.S. Women’s Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez, former world No. 4 men’s singles player and two-time Grand Slam finalist Todd Martin, and past Wimbledon runner-up and four-time ATP tennis champion MaliVai Washington.

 

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USTA Foundation, the national charitable organization of the USTA, helps serve up dreams for under-resourced youth; individuals with disabilities; and wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. The foundation supports programs nationwide that leverage tennis and education to help those in need, primarily through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network, and other efforts to assist military personnel, veterans and individuals with disabilities. To date, it has awarded more than $19 million in grants and scholarships to hundreds of programs, benefitting thousands of children and adults through a tennis, education and health curricula. For more information on USTA Foundation, visit www.ustafoundation.com.

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Svitolina Heads Nominations for 2016 Fed Cup Zone Group I Events

 

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(January 6, 2016) World No. 19 Elina Svitolina heads the nominations for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Zone Group I events taking place on 3-6 February in the same week as the Fed Cup World Group and World Group II first round ties on 6-7 February.

 

The ITF has announced the full nominations for Europe/Africa Zone Group I in Eilat, Israel; Americas Zone Group I in Santa Cruz, Bolivia; and Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in Hua Hin, Thailand.

 

The draws for all three Zone Group I events will be held at the ITF offices in London on Friday 8 January at 10am GMT.

 

All nations contesting the Zone Group I events will be bidding to qualify for the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs on 16-17 April, with two teams qualifying from the Europe/Africa Zone, and one team from both the Americas and Asia/Oceania Zones.

 

Five top 50 players will contest Europe/Africa Zone Group I, with Svitolina joined by countrywoman Lesia Tsurenko, Yanina Wickmayer and Alison van Uytvanck of Belgium and Johanna Konta of Great Britain. Teliana Pereira of Brazil and Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan head the nominations for Americas Zone Group I and Asia/Oceania Zone Group I respectively.

 

Nominations for the 2016 Fed Cup World Group and World Group II first round ties on 6-7 February will be announced on Wednesday 27 January.

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I

Venue: Municipal Tennis Centre, Eilat, Israel (hard – outdoors)

Dates: 3-6 February

 

Belgium

Yanina Wickmayer

Alison van Uytvanck

An-Sophie Mestach

Ysaline Bonaventure

Captain: Ann Devries

 

Bulgaria
Tsvetana Pironkova
Elitsa Kostova
Isabella Shinikova
Dia Evtimova
Captain: Dora Rangelova

 

Croatia
Ana Konjuh
Donna Vekic
Petra Martic
Darija Jurak
Captain: Iva Majoli

 

Estonia
Anett Kontaveit
Kaia Kanepi
Valeria Gorlats
Maileen Nuudi
Captain: Marten Tamla

 

Georgia
Sofia Shapatava
Ekaterine Gorgodze
Sofia Kvatsabaia
Oksana Kalashnikova
Captain: Margalita Chakhnashvili

 

Great Britain

Johanna Konta
Heather Watson
Anna Smith
Jocelyn Rae
Captain: Judy Murray

 

Hungary
Reka-Luca Jani
Dalma Galfi
Anna Bondar
Fanny Stollar
Captain: Gabor Juhasz

 

Israel

Julia Glushko
Shahar Peer
Alona Pushkarevsky
Shelly Krolitzky
Captain: Tzipora Hirsh

 

Latvia
Jelena Ostapenko
Diana Marcinkevica
Darta-Elizabete Emulina
Anna Ozerova
Captain: Daiga Juska

 

Portugal
Michelle Larcher de Brito
Ines Murta
Barbara Luz
Maria Joao Koehler
Captain: Neuza Silva

 

South Africa
Chanel Simmonds
Ilze Hattingh
Madrie le Roux
Michelle Sammons
Captain: Earl Grainger

 

Sweden
Rebecca Peterson
Susanne Celik
Jacqueline Cabaj Awad
Cornelia Lister
Captain: Lars-Anders Wahlgren

 

Turkey
Cagla Buyukakcay
Ipek Soylu
Basak Eraydin
Pemra Ozgen
Captain: Alaaddin Karagoz

 

Ukraine

Elina Svitolina
Lesia Tsurenko
Kateryna Bondarenko
Olga Savchuk
Captain: Mikhail Filima

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I

Venue: Country Club Las Palmas, Santa Cruz, Bolivia (clay – outdoors)

Dates: 3-6 February

 

Argentina
Maria Irigoyen
Nadia Podoroska
Julieta Lara Estable
Catalina Pella
Captain: Maria-Jose Gaidano

 

Bolivia
Maria-Fernanda Alvarez-Teran
Noelia Zeballos
Hortencia Birnbaumer
Daniela Ruiz
Captain: Rolando Nieva

 

Brazil
Teliana Pereira
Gabriela Ce
Beatriz Haddad Maia

Paula Cristina Goncalves
Captain: Fernando Roese

 

Colombia
Mariana Duque-Marino
Paula Andrea Perez-Garcia
Maria Fernanda Herazo Gonzalez
Emiliana Arango
Captain: Catalina Castano

 

Ecuador
Charlotte Roemer
Domenica Gonzalez
Rafaella Baquerizo
Camila Romero
Captain: Manuel Balda

 

Mexico
Marcela Zacarias
Victoria Rodriguez
Ana Sofia Sanchez
Renata Zarazua
Captain: Bruno Echagaray

 

Paraguay
Montserrat Gonzalez
Camila Giangreco Campiz
Sara Gimenez
Lara Escauriza
Captain: Alfredo de Brix

 

Peru
Bianco Botto
Anastasia Iamachkine
Patricia Ku Flores
Dominique Schaefer
Captain: Percy Melzi

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I

Venue: Hua Hin Centennial Sports Club, Hua Hin, Thailand (hard – outdoors)

Dates: 3-6 February

 

China, P.R.
Zheng Saisai
Wang Qiang
Wang Yafan
Liang Chen
Captain: Wang Peng

 

Chinese Taipei
Hsieh Su-Wei
Chang Kai-Chen
Chan Yung-Jan
Chan Hao-Ching
Captain: Wang Shi-Ting

 

India
Ankita Raina
Prerna Bhambri
Prarthana G. Thombare
Sania Mirza
Captain: Zeeshan Ali

 

Japan
Nao Hibino
Kurumi Nara
Eri Hozumi
Shuko Aoyama
Captain: Toshihisa Tsuchihashi

 

Kazakhstan

Zarina Diyas
Yaroslava Shvedova
Yuliya Putintseva
Galina Voskoboeva
Captain: Dias Doskarayev

 

Korea, Republic
Jang Su Jeong
Han Na-Lae
Lee So-Ra
Choi Ji-Hee
Captain: Cho Yoon Jeong

 

Thailand
Luksika Kumkhum
Peangtarn Plipuech
Kamonwan Buayam
Bunyawi Thamchaiwat
Captain: Pracharapol Khamsaman

 

Uzbekistan
Nigina Abduraimova
Agkul Amanmuradova
Sabina Sharipova
Arina Folts
Captain: Dmitriy Tomashevich

 

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US Juniors Austen Huang and Jessica Failla won the USTA National Winter Championships

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 4, 2016 – The USTA today that top young juniors Austen Huang (16, Elk Grove, Calif.) and Jessica Failla (18, Ramona, Calif.) won the USTA National Winter Championships Boys’ and Girls’ 18s singles titles last week in Scottsdale, Ariz., each earning wild card entries into future USTA Pro Circuit events.

 

Huang, rated No. 4 in December’s USTA Boys’ 16s national rankings and as the No. 14 recruit in the Class of 2017 by TennisRecruiting.net, beat top-seeded and defending National Winter Champion William Genesen, of Tulsa, Okla., 6-3, 0-6, 6-1. Failla, who is in her freshman season at USC, beat 12th-seeded Alyvia Jones, a 15-year old from Midland, Mich., 6-3, 6-1.

 

The National Winter Championships consisted of 128 singles players and 64 doubles teams in the 18s, 16s, 14s and 12s age divisions. They were played on outdoor hard courts at Scottsdale Ranch Park (18s and 16s) and the Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz. (14s and 12s).

 

Top-seeded Sara Choy and No. 6 seed Christian Alshon won the Girls’ and Boys’ 16s singles titles, respectively. Choy, a high school sophomore from Palo Alto, Calif., beat San Diegan Hannah Zhao, 6-4, 6-4, while Alshon, from Boca Raton, Fla., defeated top-seeded Carson Haskins, of Ballwin, Mo., 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

 

A pair of sisters from Los Angeles swept the Girls’ 14s and 12s singles titles. Mae Canete won the Girls’ 14s singles title, beating Gabriella Price, of Montebello, N.Y., 6-1, 6-4, while Christine Canete swept the Girls’ 12s singles and doubles titles, beating her doubles partner – Katrina Scott, of Woodland Hills., Calif. – in the singles final, 6-2, 6-2.

 

Ryder Jackson, of Irvine, Calif., toppled Stefan Leustian,  of Mather, Calif., 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, to win the Boys’ 14s singles title. Nishesh Basavareddy, of Carmel, Ind., won the Boys’ 12s singles championship by beating Samuel Landau, of Los Angeles, 6-7(1), 6-1, 6-2. Laundau won the Boys’ 14s doubles title, with Texan Andrew Chang.

 

Each year, more than 120,000 players compete in USTA junior tournaments. Players compete in levels of competition through earned advancement in the 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s age divisions. USTA junior tournaments help kids take their game as far as they want—high school, college or pros—or just have fun competing.

 

Finals results of the USTA National Winter Championships can be found below. The complete draws are available at the following links: 18s and 16s; 14s and 12s.

 

USTA Boys’ 18s Winter National Championships

Scottsdale, Ariz., Dec. 27, 2015 – Jan. 2, 2016

Singles: (8) Austen Huang, Elk Grove, Calif., d. (1) William Genesen, Tulsa, Okla., 6-3, 0-6, 6-1

Doubles: (4) Billy Rowe, Coronado, Calif. / Keegan Smith, San Diego d. (8) Payam Ahmadi, Reston, Va. / David Horneffer, Brookfield, Wis., 6-4, 6-3

 

USTA Girls’ 18s Winter National Championships

Scottsdale, Ariz., Dec. 27, 2015 – Jan. 2, 2016

Singles: (9) Jessica Failla, Ramona, Calif., d. (12) Alyvia Jones, Midland, Mich., 6-3, 6-1

Doubles: (2) Ena Shibahara, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. / Annette Goulak, Oak Park, Calif.. d., (1) Christina Rosca, Princeton, N.J. / Savannah Slaysman, Phoenix, 6-3, 6-1

 

USTA Boys’ 16s Winter National Championships

Scottsdale, Ariz., Dec. 27, 2015 – Jan. 2, 2016

Singles: (6) Christian Alshon, Boca Raton, Fla., d. (1) Carson Haskins, Ballwin, Mo., 6-4, 4-6, 7-5

Doubles: (1) Zummy Bauer, Suwanee, Ga. / Andrew Ton, Milpitas, Calif., d. (8) Ryan Seggerman, Coronado, Calif. / Charlie Sharton, Wayland, Mass., 6-4, 7-5

 

USTA Girls’ 16s Winter National Championships

Scottsdale, Ariz., Dec. 27, 2015 – Jan. 2, 2016

Singles: (1) Sara Choy, Palo Alto, Calif., d. Hannah Zhao, San Diego, 6-4, 6-4

Doubles: (3) Dasha Kourkina, Brooklyn, N.Y. / Michelle Sorokko, Little Neck, N.Y., d. (2) Samantha Gillas, New Braunfels, Texas / Chelsea Kung, Fort Worth, Texas, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(1)

 

USTA Boys’ 14s Winter National Championships

Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 27, 2015 – Jan. 2, 2016

Singles: (10) Ryder Jackson, Irvine, Calif., d. (1) Stefan Leustian, Mather, Calif., 7-5, 3-6, 6-2

Doubles: (4) Robert Cash, New Albany, Ohio / Joel Jose, New Albany, Ohio, d. Thomas Yu, Medina, Wash. / James Yu, Medina, Wash., 6-4, 6-4

 

USTA Girls’ 14s Winter National Championships

Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 27, 2015 – Jan. 2, 2016

Singles: (3) Mae Canete, Los Angeles, d. (4) Gabriella Price, Montebello, N.Y., 6-1, 6-4

Doubles: Amanda Chan, Pasadena, Calif. / Amy Huang, San Diego, d. (2) Gabriella Price, Montebello, N.Y. / Katie Volynets, Walnut Creek, Calif., 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

 

USTA Boys’ 12s Winter National Championships

Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 27, 2015 – Jan. 2, 2016

Singles: (3) Nishesh Basavareddy, Carmel, Ind., d. (1) Samuel Landau, Los Angeles, 6-7(1), 6-1, 6-2

Doubles: (3) Andrew Chang, Trophy Club, Texas / Samuel Landau, Los Angeles, d. (9) Hudson Rivera, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. / Andrew Salu, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 6-0, 6-0

 

USTA Girls’ 12s Winter National Championships

Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 27, 2015 – Jan. 2, 2016

Singles: (3) Christine Canete, Los Angeles, d. (2) Katrina Scott, Woodland Hills, Calif., 6-2, 6-2

Doubles: (2) Christine Canete, Los Angeles / Katrina Scott, Woodland Hills, Calif., d. (3) Zoe Hammond, Edmond, Okla. / Caroline Wernli, Austin, Texas, 6-2, 6-4

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