Home Boys' Lists Girls' Lists Men's Teams Women's Teams News Photos Contributors Links Help Sign-UpOnline Store
Latest News | Categories | Authors | News Archives
 
 

News & Features

Clay Court Championship Week
Zhu Takes Title at Boys' 14 Clays While Small Brings Home Three
Share:   

Evan Zhu was the gold ball winner and star of the show at the Boys' 14 USTA National Clay Court Championship, but Johnathan Small was also front and center and he took home a trio of trophies.

Boys' 14s Champion Evan Zhu with runner-up Johnathan Small
© Marcia Frost
The final singles match at the Jimmy Evert Tennis Center in Fort Lauderdale was a close one. Though the 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 score seemed to indicate a roller coaster of play, the entire match was fueled with competition and long points. Zhu and Small had played each other before, and neither of them was ready to give up this time. In the end, Zhu was just a bit more consistent, and it earned him the title.

Evan Zhu, who lives in Greenbelt, Md., didn't have to play any three-setters on his way to the last match. He made his way through the draw, and even his upset over second-seeded Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinals was a straight set win. Zhu had come into the tournament as the sixth-seed, so he didn't feel quite as much pressure going through the draw just three weeks before his fourteenth birthday.

While Johnathan Small was extremely disappointed that he didn't go home with any gold balls from the USTA Boys' 14 Clays, he certainly didn't leave for Midland, Mich., empty handed. His face lit up a bit after the singles final loss when he was presented with the USTA Sportsmanship Award. It's not something he hasn't seen before - Small admitted this is his eighth such honor - but it meant a lot just the same.

This Article Is Available Only to Recruiting Advantage members
 
Please log in to access premium TennisRecruiting.net content.
LOG IN
NOT REGISTERED?
Register Now For Free!
  • Content Updated Daily
  • Complete Rank Lists
  • Exclusive Articles
  • Recruit Interviews
It's Quick, Easy, and Free!
 

 
 VAN DER MEER TENNIS ACADEMY
 
Overheads Looking Into The Sun
 
 
RECENT COMMITMENTS
7/26 Callie Nesbitt chooses Colby
7/25 Nina Sorkin chooses Virginia Tech
7/25 Johnathan Christie chooses Schreiner
7/25 Maya Jacobs chooses Rutgers
7/25 Luisa Uscocovich chooses Virginia Tech
7/25 Nancy Fawzy chooses Virginia Tech
7/25 Barbara Delp chooses Virginia Tech
7/25 Emily Sidor chooses UNC Asheville
7/24 Derek Vincent chooses BYU
7/23 Guus Koevermans chooses San Diego

Full Listings: Boys' Commits & Girls' Commits

 
 ATP GEAR - RACQUETS
  Thanasi Kokkinakis
 
Babolat Pure Aero Plus
Buy Now: $219.00
Review, Feedback, Demo, Video
 
  Taylor Fritz
 
Head Graphene XT Radical MP A
Was: $199.95  Now: $199.95
Review, Feedback, Demo, Video
 
  Alexander Zverev
 
Head Graphene XT Speed MP Ltd. Edition
Was: $199.00  Now: $199.95
Feedback, Demo
 
  Lucas Pouille
 
Prince Textreme Tour 100P
Buy Now: $199.00
Review, Feedback, Demo, Video
 
 
 

Page updated on Thursday, August 20, 2015
Contact our web team with any corrections