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

Tournament Feature
Winter Nationals Lives Up to Its Name

On New Year's Day in Arizona you expect chilly mornings and 60-degree days. But no one expected rain and snow to disrupt two days of play at the USTA Winter Nationals early in both Phoenix and Tucson. With only 7" of rainfall due in an entire year, the almost inch of precipitation was unforeseen. But both tournaments recovered with hard work from the directors and players, and eight USTA gold balls were awarded to the singles winners - and eight new doubles champions were also crowned.

 

Girls' 18s

Girls' 18s Champion Emily Gelber
© Doug Wrege, TennisRecruiting.net
Several unseeded players had great runs in these championships. But noone did better than freshman Blue Chip Emily Gelber (Scarsdale, NY). Gelber did not lose a set en route to winning the 18s championship at the Scottsdale Ranch Park near Phoenix on New Year's Day.

"A week ago I did not know if I would get to play in the Winter Nationals, but then I was awarded a wild card from the USTA," said Gelber.

Her win in the finals was the fourth over a seeded player - seventh seed Lauren Embree (Marco Island, FL).

In describing the 6-3, 6-4 championship match, 14-year-old Gelber said, "She was really steady and did not give me anything for free. I had to hit a lot of balls. I had to be patient and waited until I got the opening so I could use my forehand to end the points."

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!
 

 
RECENT COMMITMENTS
9/27 Noah Morrow chooses Redlands
9/26 Keegan Smith chooses UCLA
9/26 Claire Dean chooses UC Irvine
9/26 Alyssa Hahn chooses Davidson
9/26 Kevin Huang chooses Davidson
9/25 April Wong chooses Azusa Pacific
9/25 Laura Moore chooses IN Wesleyan
9/24 David Rothweil chooses Grand Canyon
9/24 Jack Ablon chooses Colgate
9/24 Mac Kiger chooses Illinois

Full Listings: Boys' Commits & Girls' Commits

 
 THE LATEST FROM TENNIS WAREHOUSE
9/26 Kick your kick serve up a notch! Check out some tips from @paul_annacone and @PlaySight
9/26 "The art of war is of vital importance ..... a road either to safety or to ruin." - Sun Tzu.
9/26 New TW Review! We review the new Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Flyknit! Roger Federer's shoe of choice!
9/23 Watch our review of @rogerfederer's latest shoe of choice, the Nike Air Zoom Vapor 9.5 Flyknit!
 
 

Page updated on Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Contact our web team with any corrections