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Championship Week
Bengals and Broncos Claim Titles at USTA National Spring Team Championships
by Colette Lewis, 10 March 2017

The USTA National Spring Team Championships were in their fourth year at the Mobile Tennis Center, yet it was two first-time coaches who led the Bengals and the Broncos to victory. Bryan Minton's Broncos won the boys title with a 5-2 victory over the Patriots, while Seth Walrath's Bengals came from behind to defeat the Stingrays 4-3 to earn the girls team championship.

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Winter Nationals Week
Seggerman and Kung Capture Winter 18s Titles
by Todd Holcomb, 6 January 2017

Princeton-bound senior Ryan Seggerman of Coronado, Calif., and sophomore Chelsea Kung of Fort Worth, Texas, were the 18U singles champions this week at the USTA National Winter Championships in Chandler, Ariz., where upsets were common and none of the top-five seeds made the semifinals in either draw.

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Winter Nationals Week
Top Seeds Nakashima, Blake Take Winter Nationals 16s
by Gary Curreri, 5 January 2017

Inclement weather failed to put a damper on the week for San Diego, California's Brandon Nakashima and Boca Raton, Florida's Angelica Blake who both blitzed through the 16s competition in winning the USTA National Winter Championships in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Winter Nationals Week
Southern California Players Win 14s Winter Nationals Titles
by James Hill, 4 January 2017

Two Southern Californians emerged as the singles winners of the USTA Boys and Girls 14 Winter National Championships at the Reffkin Tennis Center. Top-seeded Maxwell McKennon of Newport Beach captured the boys gold ball, while No. 5 Jenna DeFalco of Tustin won the girls national title. The tournament, plagued with rain delays, finished this past Monday, January 2nd.

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3-Jan-2017
Top Seeds Triumph at 12s Winter Nationals
True to form, the boys and girls top seeds emerged as the 2016 champions of the Winter Nationals in Tucson, Ariz. Californian Vivian Ovrootsky took home two gold balls in Tucson without losing a set. On the boys' side, Jackson Armistead of South Carolina defeated seventh-seeded Learner Tien of California in a match that came down to the wire by a score of 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5).

2-Jan-2017
Winter Nationals Week
While most people were enjoying a winter break, many top American junior tennis players were pursuing gold balls in Arizona. This week, Tennis Recruiting and Van Der Meer Academy celebrate the winners of the USTA National Winter Championships. Take a look at our coverage schedule for Winter Nationals Week.

19-Aug-2016
Mmoh Masters Kalamazoo 18s
With his professional experience and an ATP ranking inside the Top 400, Michael Mmoh was a heavy favorite this year at Kalamazoo's USTA Boys 18 National Championships. Despite the considerable pressure that comes with a No. 1 seeding, Mmoh delivered, winning the title and a US Open main draw wild card with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 victory over No. 7 seed Vasil Kirkov.

19-Aug-2016
Kayla Day Wins Girls 18s, Wild Card in San Diego
Kayla Day veered from her normal routine. The Santa Barbara native usually just trains the week before a major event, but this year she played a warm-up tournament before the USTA Girls' 18s Nationals. The new formula worked to perfection, as the top-seeded Day capped a strong run through the singles draw by beating seventh-seeded Nicole Frenkel of Winchester, Mass., 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in the final at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.

18-Aug-2016
Greif Gains Gold Again
The summer of 2016 will be remembered as a golden one for US Olympians like Michael Phelps and Simone Biles. Although Kalamazoo is not Rio, Lukas Greif will share in their fond memories of the past few weeks, after defeating Jenson Brooksby 6-0, 6-3 to win the USTA Boys 16s National Championships, adding a second gold ball after claiming the 16s Clay Courts title three weeks earlier.

18-Aug-2016
Mossmer Finishes Strong in Girls 16 Nationals
Throughout her seven matches in the 2016 USTA Junior Girls Nationals, Nicole Mossmer proved to be an an excellent starter and finisher. That powerful combination was clearly too much for all her opponents as the La Jolla, California, resident captured the Girls 16 singles championship on Saturday afternoon with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over fellow San Diegan Julia Haynes on the Stadium Court at the Barnes Center in San Diego.

17-Aug-2016
Alex Lee Claims USTA Boys 14 Nationals
Alex Lee of Oak Brook, Ill., is now a two-time national champion. The top-seeded Lee captured the singles crown of the USTA Boys 14 National Championships, with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over No. 5 Jameson Corsillo of Boca Raton, Fla. Prior to his win at McFarlin Tennis Center, Lee captured the Easter Bowl championship in a three-set match against Andrew Dale.

17-Aug-2016
Pielet Wins Third Gold Ball in 14s Nationals
Gianna Pielet summed up the meaning of the USTA Girls 14 National Championships pretty well. "You win a gold ball in this tournament; the others you don't," Pielet said. "I get my name put in back of the USTA yearbook. That's a very prestigious award." Pielet defeated seven opponents in the tournament without losing a set. She was at her best in the final - a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Sonia Maheshwari of Morrisville, N.C.

16-Aug-2016
Victor Lilov Strikes Gold Twice in Boys 12s
Victor Lilov, displaying the precocious abilities to analyze an ongoing match calmly and to make the appropriate adjustments, defeated a relentless 17th seed Braden Shick 6-4, 6-1, to win the singles crown at the rain-soaked Boys 12s National Hardcourt Championships in Little Rock, Arkansas.

16-Aug-2016
Wiersholm Validates Clay Title by Winning 12s Nats
It's been quite a summer for Kirkland, Wash., resident, Katja Wiersholm. Three weeks after winning her first gold ball at the USTA Girl's 12s National Clay Court Championships in Boca Raton, the rising seventh grader added a second gold ball to her collection at the Lake Windward Club in Alpharetta, Ga. by winning the USTA Girl's 12s National Championships. Wiersholm edged Vivian Ovrootsky of San Jose, Calif., 6-3, 6-3, in a match that lasted just over 75 minutes.

15-Aug-2016
Hard Court Championship Week
Last week, the best American juniors were competing for gold balls at the USTA National Championships all across the country. National titles were awarded for both boys and girls in all four age divisions. TennisRecruiting.net and Van Der Meer Academy announce our Championship Week coverage - with photo galleries and articles that celebrate the best of the best in junior tennis.

29-Jul-2016
Li Captures Girls 18s Clay Title in Steamy Memphis
Memphis in July is no place for the faint of heart. Temperatures in the high 90s and a heat index often in the 110s, compounded by five rain or lightning delays, presented one physical and mental challenge after another as the USTA Girls 18s Clay Court Championships wore on. For Ann Li, no obstacle proved insurmountable, as she earned her first singles gold ball with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Amanda Meyer.

29-Jul-2016
Sebastian Korda Wins Boys 18s Clay Courts
Unseeded and undaunted, Sebastian Korda picked up the first gold ball of his singles career as he downed Alexandre Rotsaert in the finals of the Metropolia USTA Clay Court Boys 18s National Championships at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. Korda, 16, needed a little over two hours as he defeated the hometown favorite 6-4, 6-1 to win the singles title in an all-Florida match-up.

28-Jul-2016
Noel Wins Second Straight Clay Court Title
Overcoming a significant deficit when the heat index is in triple digits is never part of the game plan. But scrappy, feisty 13-year-old Alexa Noel did so anyway to capture the singles title at the USTA Girls 16 National Clay Court Championships. In a clash of two players who now call New Jersey home, Noel outlasted Amber O'Dell in 2 hours and 20 minutes by a score of 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.

28-Jul-2016
Good Greif - Indianapolis Teen Wins Boys 16s
In the end, it was too much Greif for Jenson Brooksby in the finals of the USTA Clay Court Boys 16s National Championships in Delray Beach. The seventh-seeded Lukas Greif failed to lose a set in the entire tournament and cruised past Brooksby, 6-1, 6-1 for his first gold ball in singles play. Greif, 16, a rising junior, had won two gold balls in doubles play and a silver ball in the 16s this year.

27-Jul-2016
Christine Inah Canete Takes Girl's 14 Clays
Nobody had to light a fire under 12-year old, Christine Inah Canete, this week at the USTA National Girls' 14s Clay Court Championships in Plantation, Fla. - as an electrical fire caused some minor disruptions to the schedule and a bit of smoke. Canete, the No. 9 seed, went up against Ellie Coleman, a No. 17 seed, in the singles final and took a 6-1, 6-1 match to win her second gold ball of the year.

27-Jul-2016
Khan Twins Dominate Boys 14 Clays
It might be the ultimate family victory, but twins Zane and Faris Khan don't really like playing against each other, even for the championship of a national tournament. It happened again last week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where Zane pulled out a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Faris in the singles final of the USTA Boys 14 National Clay Court Championships. The two native Texans also won the doubles title.

26-Jul-2016
Wiersholm Earns First Gold Ball in Boca Raton
In a finals match punctuated by suspense, surprise, momentum swings and two lefties, sixth seed Katja Wiersholm of Kirkland, Washington, emerged victorious over second seed Robin Montgomery of Washington, D.C., 7-6 (5), 0-6, 7-6(4) at the 2016 Girls 12 National Clay Court Championships.

26-Jul-2016
Wen Takes Title at Boys 12 Clay Courts
Top-seeded Evan Wen of Morristown, N.J., took home the singles gold ball of the USTA Boys 12 National Clay Court Championships on July 23. Wen endured a stomach ailment and long matches to win his first national title. He defeated sixth-seeded Victor Lilov of Raleigh, N.C., 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the more-than two-hour final played at the LTP Tennis and Swim Club in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

25-Jul-2016
Clay Court Championship Week
The USTA Clay Court Championships have concluded around the country. This week, TennisRecruiting.net and Van Der Meer Academy have roundups of all the action from the Boys' 12s to the Girls' 18s - from Virginia Beach to Fort Lauderdale. Check out coverage of all the tournaments - and meet the latest gold ball winners of all ages. Get ready... for Clay Court Championship Week.

18-Mar-2016
Stingrays, Rams Claim USTA National Spring Team Championships
The USTA National Spring Team Championships at the Mobile Tennis Center had been plagued by rain in the first two years of its existence, but last week, with an adjustment to the schedule, every match in the 32-team tournament was played to completion, with the Stingrays capturing the girls title and the Rams collecting the boys title.

8-Jan-2016
Californians Failla and Huang Take 18s Titles
A pair of Californians - Jessica Failla of Ramona and Austen Huang of Elk Grove - won their first national singles titles on Jan. 2 at the USTA National Winter Championships in Mesa, Ariz. Failla, a freshman at Southern Cal, defeated Alyvia Jones of Midland, Mich., 6-3 6-1 in the girls 18 final. Huang, the No. 8 boys seed, didn't have a set closer than 6-3 until the final, where he defeated No. 1 seed William Genesen of Tulsa, Okla., 6-3, 0-6, 6-1 for the boys title.

7-Jan-2016
Top-seeded Choy Wins Girls 16s Winter Nationals
Sara Choy may be small in stature, but her game is quite big. The diminutive, 4-foot-11 inch, 100-pounder won her first gold ball on Saturday in the USTA Winter National Championship in Scottsdale, Arizona with a comfortable 6-4; 6-4 win over Hannah Zhao in the Girls 16s singles final.

7-Jan-2016
Sixth-seeded Alshon Wins 16s Winter Nationals
Boca Raton's Christian Alshon hadn't lost a set throughout the USTA Winter National Boys 16s Championships in Arizona. That was until he faced the top-seeded Carson Haskins in the title match at Scottsdale Ranch Park in Scottsdale. The two split the first two sets, 6-4 and Alshon trailed 5-4 in the third set before he held serve and went on to close out the match winning the final three games to secure his first ever gold ball at nationals in singles.

6-Jan-2016
First-time Champions Jackson, Canete Take 14s
The USTA National Winter Boys and Girls 14 singles titles were captured by first-time Gold Ball winners. Tenth-seeded Ryder Jackson of Nicasio, Calif., emerged as the boys champion. Mae Fmar Canete, the No. 3 seed from Los Angeles, earned the top prize in the girls event.

5-Jan-2016
Basavareddy, Canete Strike Gold in 12s
The 12s champions of the 2016 Winter Nationals share a few things in common: Nishesh Basavareddy and Christine Canete were each seeded third and upset higher ranked players. Each player has a sibling who played in the 14s division, and both have Southern California roots. And of course, they now both own USTA gold balls. Basavareddy earned his first gold by beating top seed Samuel Landau 6-7(1), 6-1, 6-2, and Canete beat second seed Katrina Scott 6-2, 6-2.

4-Jan-2016
Winter Nationals Week
Many of the top American junior tennis players were in Arizona this past week in pursuit of gold balls. All week long, Tennis Recruiting and Van Der Meer Academy celebrate the winners of the USTA National Winter Championships. Take a look at our schedule, as we celebrate Winter Nationals Week.

15-Aug-2015
Revisiting the USTA Nationals Forecast
For the second time in as many national championship events, Tennis Recruiting put out heat maps forecasting last week's USTA National Championships. We put our rankings on the line - making predictions about how the tournaments would play out. It's time to take another look at those predictions to see how we did...

14-Aug-2015
Tiafoe Outlasts Kozlov to Claim 18s Title
Upsets were as rare as rain drops during the ten days of the USTA Boys 18s Nationals at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium, with seven of the top eight seeds reaching the quarterfinals. After nine days of mostly expected results, the final delivered more than four hours of excitement and drama with top seed Frances Tiafoe defeating No. 3 seed Stefan Kozlov 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4 to claim the championship and the US Open main draw wild card that accompanies it.

14-Aug-2015
Kenin Returns, Finishes the Job at Girls 18s
Sofia Kenin was devastated last year when she lost in the semifinals of the USTA Girls 18s Nationals. She realized how close she came to receiving a coveted wild card into the main draw of the U.S. Open women's singles event. Kenin, 16, returned this year determined to be focused, and the No. 3 seeded Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., outlasted top-seeded Tornado Alicia Black of Boca Raton, Fla., 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 to capture the singles title in San Diego.

13-Aug-2015
Kypson Rebounds from Surgery to Claim 16s Title
A ruptured appendix just two months ago isn't exactly ideal preparation for the major national summer tournaments, but Patrick Kypson's rapid recovery was in evidence when he sailed through the draw without dropping a set to capture the USTA Boys 16 National Championship at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium. The 15-year-old from Greenville, North Carolina, seeded third, defeated No. 4 seed Alexandre Rotsaert 6-3, 6-3 in the championship match.

13-Aug-2015
Unseeded Desiatnikov Wins Girls 16 Nationals
Because she entered the tournament as an unseeded player, it was understandable to overlook Abigail Desiatnikov as a serious threat at the 2015 USTA Girls 16 Nationals. Desiatnikov certainly didn't see it that way, and the 14-year-old Atlanta resident capped a brilliant performance stretched over seven matches when she defeated 15th-seeded Whitney Osuigwe 6-1, 7-6 (2) on Saturday to capture the Girls 16s Nationals.

12-Aug-2015
Nathan Han Wins USTA Boys 14 Nationals
Nathan Han is now the proud owner of a USTA Gold Ball. The Tulsa, Okla., resident captured the coveted top singles prize of the USTA Boys 14 National Championships Aug. 8 at McFarlin Tennis Center. The fourth-seeded Han beat No. 5 Ronan Jachuck of Boca Raton, Fla. 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in a two-and-a-half hour battle in the San Antonio heat.

12-Aug-2015
Volynets Wins Another Gold Ball in Georgia at 14s
Georgia has been good to California's Katie Volynets. A year ago, the 13-year-old from Walnut Grove won the USTA Girls 12 Nationals in Alpharetta, Ga., to claim her first national title. Now, Volynets has won her second gold ball, also in Georgia. She defeated Naomi Cheong of Las Vegas 6-3, 6-1 on Aug. 7 to win the USTA Girls 14 National Championships at Peachtree City Tennis Center.

11-Aug-2015
Saud Alhogbani Wins Second Consecutive Gold
Saud Alhogbani's strategy in every tennis match is simple: give each point 100 percent, try to get everything back in play, and be aggressive when the opportunity arises. Superb execution earned the Blue Chip athlete from Alexandria, Va., the singles gold ball at the 2015 Boys 12s National Hard Court Championships in North Little Rock, Arkansas, defeating No. 5 seed Benjamin Kittay of Potomac, Md., 6-3, 6-0 in the final.

11-Aug-2015
Family Effort Propels Yanez to USTA Girls 12 Title
Sarasota, Fla., resident Nikki Yanez claimed her first national championship this past week at the USTA Girls 12 Nationals in Alpharetta, Ga. She wanted to improve on her performance at the Clay Court Championships, and she did just that - winning the title 7-5, 7-6 at the Windward Lake Club over No. 5 seed Rachel Arbitman of Hewlett, N.Y.

10-Aug-2015
Images from the Girls' 14s and 12s Nationals
The Girls' 14s and 12s are both in the Atlanta metro area - which is a convenient drive from our Georgia-based offices. TennisRecruiting.net photographers were in Peachtree City and Alpharetta to get some great action shots from these younger girls' divisions.

10-Aug-2015
Hard Court Championship Week
The USTA National Championships have now concluded - and gold balls have been awarded to your latest national champions. All week long, TennisRecruiting.net and Van Der Meer Academy celebrate these winners - from the East Coast to the West Coast - with coverage of the Nationals. Enjoy the 2015 edition of Championship Week.

25-Jul-2015
Revisiting the Clay Court Forecast
Before the USTA Clay Court Championships began, Tennis Recruiting put out heat maps forecasting the chances players had to make runs through the tournament. So, how did we do? Let's take a look now that the tournaments are complete...

24-Jul-2015
Riffice Pulls Through to Claim Gold in Boys 18s
A seven-hour rain delay and a few rounds of pickle ball may have saved Sam Riffice in the boys' 18s final of the USTA National Clay Court Championships. Riffice trailed 5-1 in the first set of the title match against fellow Boca Raton resident Alexandre Rotsaert before a downpour forced the competitors off the court. When the pair returned Riffice rallied for a 7-6 (5); 6-3 victory for the first gold ball of his career.

24-Jul-2015
Ellyse Hamlin Wins Singles, Doubles in Girls 18s
Ellyse Hamlin has some glittering hardware on display at her home in Fairfield, Conn. Hamlin captured the gold balls of the singles and doubles events at the USTA Girls 18 Clay Courts Championships at The Racquet Club of Memphis. The sixth-seeded Hamlin beat No. 17 Kaitlyn McCarthy of Cary, N.C., 6-7 (8), 6-1, 7-5 in a three-hour singles battle. Hamlin and teamed with Katharine Fahey of Fair Haven, N.J., to claim the doubles title.

23-Jul-2015
Danny Thomas Wins Boys 16s in South Florida
It wasn't until four years ago that Danny "DJ" Thomas first started taking tennis seriously. Now the talented 15-year-old is taking the sport by storm - literally. Thomas, of Columbus, OH, won his first gold ball in singles as he captured the Boys 16s USTA National Clay Court Championships with a 6-2; 6-4 win over Aleks Huryn (Alpharetta, GA) at the Boca West Country Club.

23-Jul-2015
Noel Sweeps Through Draw to Claim Girls 14 Clays
As the USTA Girls 14 National Clay Court Championships kicked off at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla., the future stars of the game showed off their talent with intense competition. And when the clay court dust had finally settled, new singles and doubles champions had been crowned. In singles, top seed Alexa Noel charged her way through the draw with ease, dropping only one set the entire week before eventually defeating Hailey Baptiste in the final.

22-Jul-2015
Martinelli Takes 16s Title in Virginia Beach
Samantha Martinelli usually enjoys clay-court tennis about as much as swimmers and surfers enjoy seeing a shark's fin in the coastal Virginia water. But with smart preparation, the Denver Blue Chip recruit navigated her way through a draw of 192 to capture the title at the USTA Girls' 16 National Clay Court Championships.

22-Jul-2015
William Grant Takes Control of Boys 14s
Will Grant was the No. 7 seed seeking his first singles national title, but the Santa Barbara, Calif., teenager didn't doubt he could get it done last week at the USTA Boys 14 Clay Court Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Grant won three three-set matches and beat two higher-seeded players - including No. 4 JT Brooksby of Carmichael, Calif., 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the final - to win the title at the Jimmy Evert Tennis Center.

21-Jul-2015
Saud Alhogbani Wins USTA Boys 12 Clays
Twelfth-seeded Saud Alhogbani won the singles title of the USTA Boys 12 Clay Court Championships with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over No. 4 Karl Lee on July 18 at Hanes Park-Joe White Tennis Center. Alhogbani, who hails from Alexandria, Va., captured the coveted gold ball by knocking off four higher-seeded players in the process.

21-Jul-2015
Kalieva Upsets Top Seed in Three Sets in 12s
Elvina Kalieva earned her first USTA Gold Ball at the Girls 12s National Clay Court Championships on a sunny Saturday morning. Kalieva, the No. 9 seed, won five three-set matches during the tournament - four where she lost the first set. The championship match against top-seeded Charlotte Owensby was no different, where she pulled out a thrilling 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory against the local favorite.

20-Jul-2015
Clay Court Championship Week
Last week, the USTA Clay Court Championships took place throughout the Southeast - in Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia. This week at the website is all about the Clay Courts. TennisRecruiting.net and Van Der Meer Academy have roundups of all eight age divisions - from the Boys' 12s to the Girls' 18s. Meet the latest gold ball winners... in Clay Court Championship Week.

17-Mar-2015
Angels and Patriots Win Titles at Wet USTA Spring Team Championships
Declaring Mother Nature the winner at the second annual USTA Spring Team Championships in Mobile, Alabama would be appropriate, as rain disrupted play on all four days of competition, requiring shortened formats throughout. But when a steady rain ended play on the final day, two teams - the Angels and the Patriots - did claim their gold balls.

17-Aug-2014
Images from the Boys' 18s and 16s Nationals
One last bonus prize in our coverage of Championship Week - a photo gallery featuring images of the USTA Boys' 18 and 16 Nationals from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Tennis photographer Bill Kallenberg from Captured In Action was onhand to capture the event...

15-Aug-2014
Rubin Collects Two Titles, Two Wild Cards
Noah Rubin's summer went from great to extraordinary in the just over a month. In July, the 18-year-old New Yorker won the Wimbledon boys title as an unseeded qualifier. Last week he trumped that with two titles at Kalamazoo, defeating defending champion Collin Altamirano 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the singles final, after joining with Stefan Kozlov to take the doubles championships, and in the process earning two US Open main draw wild cards.

15-Aug-2014
CiCi Bellis Defeats Black to Claim 18s
Before even stepping onto the court at the USTA Girls' 18s National Championships, CiCi Bellis had her trip booked to the U.S. Open. But Bellis wanted an upgrade in her playing status in New York. Instead of just playing against the juniors, the 15-year-old from Atherton, Calif., wanted a shot at the professionals. Bellis earned that chance by capturing the hardcourt title at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.

14-Aug-2014
McNally Sweeps 16s Kalamazoo Titles
John McNally definitely had a target on his back entering the 16s USTA National Championships. The Easter Bowl and Clay Courts champion was 57-1 this year entering the tournament. At the end of the week, McNally had extended his singles record to 64-1 and earned two more USTA gold balls.

14-Aug-2014
Kylie McKenzie Completes Run at Girls 16s
During her early-round matches at the USTA Girls 16s National Championships Kylie McKenzie was not only building momentum, she was dismantling the field in impressive fashion. The 15-year-old blue chip recruit from Anthem, Ariz., maintained that same high level of play the rest of the week and went on to capture the title with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over No. 2 seed Kayla Day of Santa Barbara at the Barnes Center.

13-Aug-2014
William Woodall Wins Boys 14 Singles
William Woodall of Washington, D.C., put on a blue chip performance in winning the USTA Boys 14 National Singles Championship on August 8 in San Antonio. Woodall, the tournament's No. 5 seed, took out a scrappy 17th-seeded Bill Duo of Portage, Mich., 6-1, 6-3 to capture his first USTA gold ball.

13-Aug-2014
Caty McNally Plays Up, Wins USTA Girls' 14s Title
At age 12, Caty McNally became one of the youngest singles and doubles champions at the USTA Girls 14 National Championships last week in Peachtree City, Ga. The rising seventh-grader at Madeira Middle School in Cincinnati didn't lose a set in her seven singles matches and defeated third-seeded Taylor Johnson of Redondo Beach, Calif., 6-3, 6-2 in the final.

12-Aug-2014
Khan Twins Dominate Boys 12s in Little Rock
They may not yet be the most famous twins in tennis, but Zane and Faris Khan certainly are making their presence known in the junior tennis circuit. So far, the blue chip brothers have altogether won four gold USTA balls, three silver and four bronze. Zane has the upper hand for now, pulling a title over Faris 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 at the 2014 Boys 12s National Hard Court Championship.

12-Aug-2014
Volynets Cruises to Girls 12 National Title
When Walnut Creek, California's, Katie Volynets looked across the net during the USTA Girls 12 National Championships last week, she saw something she wasn't accustomed to seeing. An opponent her own age. The 12-year old Volynets has spent a lot of time competing with older players, and she used that experience to defeat sixth-seeded Sedona Gallagher 6-0; 6-3, to claim a gold ball and the 12s title.

11-Aug-2014
Images from the Girls' 14s and 12s Nationals
The Girls' 14s and 12s are both in the Atlanta area - in the backyard of TennisRecruiting.net. Our photographers were in Peachtree City and Alpharetta to capture images from the events.

11-Aug-2014
Hard Court Championship Week
Last week, the best American juniors were competing for gold balls at the USTA National Championships all across the country. National titles were awarded for both boys and girls in all four age divisions. TennisRecruiting.net and Van Der Meer Academy announce our Championship Week coverage - with photo galleries and articles that celebrate the best of the best in junior tennis.

25-Jul-2014
Stewart's Streak Continues in Girls 18s Clays
When Katerina Stewart lost in the quarterfinals of a pro tournament back in March, she couldn't have known she would go the next four months without losing a match, and only one set. When Stewart defeated Kennedy Shaffer 6-1, 6-3 in the final of the Girls 18s Clay Courts, she not only collected a first singles gold ball on her favorite surface, but also extended her winning streak to 34 matches in professional and junior competition.

25-Jul-2014
Paul Repeats Win at Boys 18 Clays in Delray
Some things at the Delray Beach Tennis Center never change - high temperatures, rain delays, and Tommy Paul winning. "I always play really well here," said Paul at the end of the USTA Boys' 18 National Clay Court Championships. Paul wrapped up his second consecutive USTA Gold Ball at the Clays...

24-Jul-2014
Liu Leads California Contingent in Girls' 16
A few miles from the ocean, Southern Californians dominated the USTA Girls 16 National Clay Court Championships, taking the top three places in singles and the runner-up honors in doubles. The ATLANTIC Ocean, that is. Not the Pacific. During the tournament week, dozens of spectators gathered at Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club to see which Californian would earn the gold ball in singles - and the answer was Claire Liu.

24-Jul-2014
McNally Continues Hot 2014 at 16s Clays
It has been quite a run for John McNally. The talented teen from Cincinnati, Ohio swept through his competition at the USTA Boys' 16 Clay Court National Championships in Delray Beach, Florida by not losing a set all week and captured the third gold ball of his career with a 6-2; 6-2 victory over San Diego, California's Jacob Brumm.

23-Jul-2014
Unseeded Emma Sweeps Girls 14 Clay Courts
It wasn't an easy task. Victoria Emma had to fight through the soaring temperatures, hot sun, rain, and much higher ranked opponents, but she got past all the obstacles and took home her first two Gold Balls from the USTA Girls' 14 Clay Court Championships.

23-Jul-2014
Keenan Mayo Takes Boys 14 Clay Trophy
It was a hot, wet and muggy week in Fort Lauderdale for the USTA National Boys 14 Clay Court Championships. It's hard to say that was really unusual, but what was rare was that there were no players in doubles and singles finals, not a lot of upsets, and a whole lot of Californians in the winners' circle - including singles champion Keenan Mayo.

22-Jul-2014
Gauff Takes First National in Girls' 12s
While the last remaining spectators were wiping sweat from their brows in the 96 degree heat, Cori Gauff was all smiles when she came off the court. Winning a gold ball in singles and a silver ball in doubles will at the Girls' 12 USTA National Clay Court Championships will usually do that for you.

22-Jul-2014
Zane Wins Battle of the Khans in the 12s
It has become common for twins and siblings to win doubles championships in the tennis universe. But rarely do twins face each other in a singles championship match. That was the case on July 19 as Zane and Faris Khan battled each other for the USTA Boys 12 Clay Courts gold ball. The winner was fifth seeded-Zane Khan, who defeated the No. 11 Faris Khan 1-6, 6-0, 6-0 at the Randy Pate Tennis Academy.

21-Jul-2014
Clay Court Championship Week
The USTA Clay Court Championships have concluded around the country. This week, TennisRecruiting.net has roundups of all the action from the Boys' 12s to the Girls' 18s - from Virginia Beach to Fort Lauderdale. Check out coverage of all the tournaments - and meet the latest gold ball winners of all ages. Get ready... for Clay Court Championship Week.

21-Mar-2014
First USTA Team Champions Crowned in Mobile
128 boys and 128 girls arrived for competition last week in Mobile, Alabama, and each left with seven new friends - their teammates - when the USTA's first Spring Team Championships were complete. Two 12s, two 14s, two 16s and two 18s division players were placed on each of the 32 teams. The teams had fun but competed fiercely - since a USTA gold ball served as the ultimate prize.

16-Aug-2013
Altamirano Makes History in Kalamazoo 18s
When seventeen-year-old Collin Altamirano returns to defend the USTA Boys 18s Nationals he won Sunday afternoon at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium, he won't be an underdog. After defeating No. 14 seed Jared Donaldson 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in a best-of-five match, Altamirano is now in the record books as the only unseeded player ever to win a singles title in the 71-year history of the Kalamazoo National Championships.

16-Aug-2013
Sachia Vickery Shines at Nationals in San Diego
From the moment she first picked up a tennis racket, Sachia Vickery has wanted to play in the US Open. That fantasy will soon become a reality. The top-seeded Miami resident defeated second-seeded Alexandra Kiick of Plantation, Fla., 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 to capture the singles title at the USTA Girls 18s National Championships at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.

15-Aug-2013
Tommy Paul Takes Second National 16s Title
Tommy Paul arrived in Kalamazoo as the 16s Clay Court champion in singles and doubles, and when the wet week was over, Paul left the USTA National Championships with a third gold ball, winning the 16s singles championship with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over his friend and roommate Jake DeVine.

15-Aug-2013
Katerina Stewart Streaks to 16s Title
Katerina Stewart walked on to Stadium Court at the Barnes Center on Saturday afternoon having won 12 of her last 13 matches at the USTA Girls 16s Nationals. The only thing the Miami resident had yet to do was earn a championship. Presented with a second opportunity, Stewart rose to the occasion and captured the 16s singles championship with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over top-seeded Ena Shibahara.

14-Aug-2013
Brian Cernoch Wins USTA Boys 14 Nationals
Brian Cernoch of North Bethesda, Md., dropped his first set in singles of the USTA Boys 14 National Championships in the championship match against second-seeded Maxwell Mendelsohn of Little Rock, Ark. But that would be the only set he would lose, as Cernoch went on to win his first USTA gold ball with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory after a 2-hour, 22-minute battle.

14-Aug-2013
Day Outlasts Lahey in Girls' 14s
Kayla Day and Ashley Lahey train together back home in California, and they hit together last week in Georgia before every match at the USTA Girls 14 National Championships. That included the singles final, when the two friends met for the championship. Day, of Santa Barbara, survived four match points and won 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 in Peachtree City.

13-Aug-2013
Brooksby Claims First Gold in North Little Rock
Jenson "JT" Brooksby first qualified for Level-1 tournaments as a precocious nine-year-old Californian. Now, three years and thousands of practice balls later, the blue chip athlete finally owns his first gold ball in singles. On the second Saturday of August 2013 in North Little Rock, Arkansas, Brooksby defeated the fourth-seeded surprise finalist Thomas Yu, 6-3, 6-1 in the USTA Boys' 12 Nationals.

13-Aug-2013
Hurricane Tyra Black Duplicates Sister's Victory
Mild temperatures, with a few drops of rain thrown in to make things interesting, greeted the players this week at the USTA Girls 12s Nationals in Alpharetta, Ga. But it was a hurricane that had everyone talking at week's end. Not a hurricane with swirling winds and dangerous lightning, but 12-year old Hurricane Tyra Black, with a dominating serve, quick hands, and a punishing forehand.

12-Aug-2013
Images from the Girls' 14s and 12s Nationals
The Girls' 14s and 12s are both in the Atlanta metro area - which is a convenient drive from our Georgia-based offices. TennisRecruiting.net photographers were in Peachtree City and Alpharetta to get some great action shots from these younger girls' divisions.

12-Aug-2013
Hard Court Championship Week
The USTA National Championships have now concluded - and gold balls have been awarded to your latest national champions. All week long, TennisRecruiting.net celebrates these winners - from the East Coast to the West Coast - with coverage of the Nationals. Enjoy the 2013 edition of Championship Week.

26-Jul-2013
Ouellet-Pizer Claims First Gold Ball at Clays
The July weather in Memphis is predictable - hot and humid - but the results of the Girls 18s Clay Courts last week at the Racquet Club of Memphis definitely were not. A week of upsets ended with 15-year-old Chloe Ouellet-Pizer defeating unseeded Terri Fleming 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-1 to claim her first gold ball in USTA competition.

26-Jul-2013
Kerznerman Prevails in Boys 18s Clays
Danny Kerznerman entered the recent USTA Boys' 18 National Clay Court Championships brimming with confidence. The Brooklyn native then found himself down 6-2; 4-2 in the semifinals against second-seeded Henrik Wiersholm before rallying for a 2-6; 7-5; 6-0 victory to advance to the final. Kerznerman went on to capture the second gold ball of his career with a 6-4; 6-3 victory over Mitch Stewart of Washington in the final.

25-Jul-2013
CiCi Bellis Wins Title at Girls 16s Clays
CiCi Bellis seemed so fresh in the second set, one of her post-match comments seemed incredible. "I've never done any off-court conditioning," the wispy Northern Californian said after wearing down Katerina Stewart of Miami 7-5, 6-1 to win the USTA Girls 16 Clay Court Championships' singles crown at Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club. "That's because my on-court drilling is so taxing and intense."

25-Jul-2013
Paul Pulls Out Win in Boys 16s
Tommy Paul won more than national bragging rights with his 6-2; 6-4 victory over Reilly Opelka in the finals of the recent USTA Boys' 16 National Clay Court Championships at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. Paul, 16, also gets bragging rights with his three roommates from the USTA Training Center who took all four spots in the semifinals.

24-Jul-2013
First Singles Gold Ball for Claire Liu
Claire Liu gained fame nearly two years ago when she won the Junior Orange Bowl as an unseeded 11-year-old. While she has won other big tournaments, a singles title at a USTA national championship has evaded her. The young teenager from Thousand Oaks, Calif., took care of some unfinished business last week in Plantation, Fla., earning a gold ball at the USTA Girls 14 Super National Clay Court Championships.

24-Jul-2013
Makarome Wins USTA Boys 14 National Clay Courts
Fifth-seeded Noah Makarome overcame heavy rain, match delays, muscle cramps and 5-1 blown leads to capture the USTA Boys 14 National Clay Court singles championship. Makarome, from Wesley Chapel, Fla., defeated No. 6 seed Sam Riffice of Roseville, Calif., 6-0, 7-6 (7-3) on July 20 at the Jimmy Evert Tennis Center to take home the gold ball.

23-Jul-2013
Branstine Battles Foes and Weather in Girls' 12s
The old cliché says that patience is a virtue, but in tennis, patience is a necessity. It's also a lesson junior tennis player and new USTA Girls' 12 Clay Courts champ Carson Branstine learned from her late coach.

23-Jul-2013
New York's Steven Sun shines in Winston-Salem
Steven Sun, affectionately known as "The Machine" at his club, started a bit off-kilter and got down 5-3 in the first set, and again 2-0 in the second of the 2013 National Clay Court Championship finals. Just as an engine sometimes sputters, Sun momentarily stalled, but a quick reboot allowed him to prevail over Blue Chip Brandon Nakashima 7-6(3), 6-2.

22-Jul-2013
Clay Court Championship Week
Last week, the USTA Clay Court Championships took place throughout the Southeast - in Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia. This week at TennisRecruiting.net is all about the Clay Courts. We have roundups of all eight age divisions - from the Boys' 12s to the Girls' 18s. Meet the latest gold ball winners... in Clay Court Championship Week.

17-Aug-2012
Novikov Earns First Gold Balls, Wild Cards in 18s
Dennis Novikov has been a top junior since the 14s age group, but a USTA gold ball had proved elusive until last weekend's USTA Boys 18 National Championship in Kalamazoo, when he collected two. Those two had added luster, courtesy of the main draw US Open wild cards he received for claiming the singles title over Alexios Halebian 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, as well the doubles title a day earlier.

17-Aug-2012
Duval Takes Nationals & U.S. Open Wildcard
When it comes to San Diego, you can always count on the weather. Though it was a bit more hot and humid than expected, not a drop of rain fell on the George E. Barnes Tennis Center. What did fall were the seeds. It was survival of the fittest, and in the end, Victoria Duval was the last player standing among a host of Floridians.

16-Aug-2012
Wiersholm Sweeps 16s Titles in Kalamazoo Debut
When a tournament has 70 years of history, chances are any accomplishment has a precedent. But to find a player younger than 15-year-old Henrik Wiersholm who swept both singles and doubles titles at the USTA Boys 16 Nationals at Kalamazoo, you would have to go back to 1971, when 14-year-old Billy Martin, the current men's head coach at UCLA, won both championships.

16-Aug-2012
Yee Sweeps Titles at Girls 16 Nationals
Kimberly Yee began her journey toward one of the most prestigious titles in junior tennis on Sunday, Aug. 5, on the Stadium Court of the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego. Six days later, she returned to that same court to complete a brilliant week with a victory over Katerina Stewart of Miami to capture the 16s championship at the USTA Junior Girls Nationals.

15-Aug-2012
Taylor Fritz Sweeps USTA Boys 14 Nationals
The home of Taylor Fritz in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., is glittering with gold balls. Fritz won his third overall top prize by sweeping the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Boys 14 National Championships held Aug. 5-10 at San Antonio's McFarlin Tennis Center.

15-Aug-2012
Sofia Kenin Wins Sixth Gold Ball in Peachtree City
Sofia Kenin had to get through the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds last week to win the USTA Girls 14 Nationals in Peachtree City, Ga., but it brought the best out in the 13-year-old from Pembroke Pines, Fla. Kenin won the title. It was her sixth career USTA Gold Ball in singles and doubles.

14-Aug-2012
Roscoe Bellamy - 2012 Little Rock Champion
Top seed Roscoe Bellamy, pushed to a third set by a 17th seeded finalist, calmly set aside the heat, humidity, fatigue, doubts, hopes and emotions that accompany a Level-1 championship match. In doing so, he overcame a spirited challenge by Danny (DJ) Thomas 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 to win the gold ball at the 2012 Hardcourts in North Little Rock.

14-Aug-2012
Desiatnikov Wins First Gold Ball
Abigail Desiatnikov was the No. 1 seed last week at the Girls 12 Nationals in Alpharetta, Ga., but getting her first Gold Ball in singles was no easy sitter for the 11-year-old from Gates Mills, Ohio. Desiatnikov beat second-seeded Ellie Douglas of McKinney, Texas, 7-6, 6-4 in the final. That's the same opponent who trounced Desiatnikov 6-1, 6-2 in the Clay Court semifinals a month earlier.

13-Aug-2012
Images from the Girls' 14s and 12s Nationals
The Girls' 14s and 12s are both in the Atlanta area - in the backyard of TennisRecruiting.net. Our photographers were in Peachtree City and Alpharetta to capture images from the events.

13-Aug-2012
Hard Court Championship Week
Last week, the best American juniors were competing for gold balls at the USTA National Championships all across the country. National titles were awarded for both boys and girls in all four age divisions. TennisRecruiting.net announces its Championship Week coverage - with photo galleries and articles that celebrate the best of the best in junior tennis.

27-Jul-2012
Collins Claims Girls 18s Clay Court Championship
With her focus on senior activities and graduating with her class at Northeast High in St. Petersburg, Fla. in June, Danielle Collins didn't play a tournament for five months. When Collins did return to the Girls' 18 Clays, she showed few signs of rust, claiming her third singles gold ball in the 18s division with a 6-1, 6-4 win over fourth-seeded Jamie Loeb in the final.

27-Jul-2012
Weather is the Real Winner at Boys 18 Clays
Summertime rain in Florida is not unexpected, but it certainly left its mark on the USTA Boys' 18 Clay Court Championships. Rain ended the final matches prematurely - which meant that the gold ball was awarded by coin flip. Singles finalists Jared Hiltzik and George Goldhoff were among several players who suffered that fate.

26-Jul-2012
Mia Horvit Wins First Gold Ball in 16s
The compelling matchup of birthday girls featured almost everything except a cake for the winner. No. 10 seed Mia Horvit of Parkland, Fla., earned her first U.S. Tennis Association gold ball, overcoming unseeded Francesca Dilorenzo of New Albany, Ohio, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 to win the Girls 16 National Clay Court Championships.

26-Jul-2012
Stewart Takes Boys 16s Title at the Beach
Prior to the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Boys' 16s National Clay Court Championships, Mitch Stewart had a fairly small bucket list. He wanted to win a gold ball in a USTA event and he wanted to play tennis in college. Cross one of those off after the third-seeded Stewart dispatched 13th-seeded Baker Newman, 6-1; 6-2 at the Delray Beach International Tennis Center on July 22.

25-Jul-2012
Higuchi wins Battle of California in 14s
For years, Emma Higuchi and Angela Kulikov often talked or texted about playing in a final of a tennis tournament. This past weekend, the two best friends found themselves competing for a gold ball at the National Clay Court Girls' 14s Championships at the Veltri Tennis Center at Plantation Central Park.

25-Jul-2012
Zhu Takes Title at Boys' 14 Clays
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.

24-Jul-2012
Victoria Emma Comes Back for More Gold
In 2011, Victoria Emma left the Girls' 12 USTA National Clay Court Championships with a plaque for winning the Gold Consolation. This year she came back to try again, and this time she left with a different gold prize. Emma defeated Ellie Douglas in the final by a score of 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-2 to claim her first national title.

24-Jul-2012
Georgia's Bryde Reigns Supreme in Winston-Salem
In the battle of wills and forehands between a pair of blue chips, Trent Bryde of Georgia emerged victorious over Californian Roscoe Bellamy in a dazzling display of grace, athleticism, sportsmanship and maturity from each competitor in the Boys 12s Clay Court National Championships.

23-Jul-2012
Clay Court Championship Week
The USTA Clay Court Championships have concluded around the country. This week, TennisRecruiting.net has roundups of all the action from the Boys' 12s to the Girls' 18s - from Virginia Beach to Fort Lauderdale. Check out coverage of all the tournaments - and meet the latest gold ball winners of all ages. Get ready... for Clay Court Championship Week.

19-Aug-2011
Sock Repeats as National Champion
Jack Sock added USTA gold balls number 22 and 23 to his collection last weekend, defending his 18s singles title with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Mitchell Frank while also capturing the doubles championship during an aggravating 10 days of wet weather in Kalamazoo. Ronnie Schneider won his first singles gold ball when he claimed the 16s championship with a 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-2 win over Luca Corinteli, and he too swept both titles - one indoors and one outdoors.

18-Aug-2011
Davis and Porter Take Top Prizes, Open Wildcards
The George E. Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, California, was the home of the USTA Girls' 16 and 18 Nationals for the second straight year. 17-year-old Lauren Davis defeated familiar opponent Nicole Gibbs, 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-4, to take the 18s title and U.S. Open Wildcard, while Peggy Porter continued her winning ways with a 7-6, 6-4 match against Alyssa Smith to win the 16s crown.

17-Aug-2011
Bellis wins Northern California Final in 12s
Catherine "C.C." Bellis and Michaela Gordon brought a slice of Northern California to Alpharetta, Ga., last week at the USTA Girls' 12 Nationals. The girls - who occasionally practice together and live about 10 minutes apart in the Palo Alto area - reached the singles final, with Bellis winning 6-1, 6-1 at the Windward Lake Club.

17-Aug-2011
Klinger Wins Double Gold at USTA Boys' 14s
Cameron Klinger of San Jose, Calif., fought his way to two titles at the USTA Boys 14 National Championships Aug. 7-12 at McFarlin Tennis Center in San Antonio, Texas. Klinger won his first USTA gold ball in doubles with Tommy Paul of Greenville, N.C. The next morning, the second-seeded Klinger beat No. 14 Jake DeVine (Boca Raton, Fla.) 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-1 to capture the top prize in singles in a two-and-a-half-hour match.

16-Aug-2011
Del Corral Plays Golden Encore in Little Rock
In the final stretch of a grueling 2011 summer schedule marked by record-breaking heat, Alexander del Corral emerged as the top 12-year-old boy in the U.S. by collecting his second consecutive Level 1 singles crown of the year. He defeated 2011 Clays doubles champion Nathan Perrone, 6-2, 6-2 in North Little Rock during a week of relentless rain.

16-Aug-2011
Second Time a Charm for Goodman in 14s
They say nobody remembers who finishes second. Lauren Goodman of Fort Wayne, Ind., can't forget the 2010 runner-up from the USTA Girls 14 Nationals - it was Goodman. Determined not to repeat the memory, Goodman, the No. 1 seed, defeated No. 6 Mia Horvit of Parkland, Fla., 6-2, 6-2 to claim her first Super National singles title.

15-Aug-2011
Images from the Girls' 14s and 12s Nationals
The Girls' 14s and 12s are both in the Atlanta metro area - which is a convenient drive from our Georgia-based offices. TennisRecruiting.net photographers were in Peachtree City and Alpharetta to get some great action shots from these younger girls' divisions.

15-Aug-2011
Hard Court Championship Week
The USTA National Championships have now concluded - and gold balls have been awarded to your latest national champions. All week long, TennisRecruiting.net celebrates these winners - from the East Coast to the West Coast - with coverage of the Nationals. Enjoy the 2011 edition of Championship Week.

29-Jul-2011
Andrews Makes Herself at Home with 18s Title
Southern Californian Gabby Andrews is comfortable in Memphis, and not just because she reached the semifinals of the USTA Girls 18s Clay Court Championships in 2010 as a 13-year-old. Andrews calls Memphis, where her father Mike grew up, her second home, and when the top seed completed her 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over unseeded Denise Starr in the final, many family members were on hand at the Racquet Club of Memphis to witness the victory.

29-Jul-2011
Second Chance is a Winner for Alexios Halebian
It was a year ago on this very court at the Delray Beach Tennis Center that Alexios Halebian lost the Boys' 18 Clay Court Championship to Bjorn Fratangelo. A lot can change in a year. Upon his return to this tournament he went from being unseeded to the top seed, and this time he was able to take home the Gold Ball with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Brett Clark.

28-Jul-2011
Fourth-seeded Corinteli Wins 16s Title at The Beach
The state of Florida has been very kind to Luca Corinteli. In May, he won an International Tennis Federation event in Plantation on a clay surface. He nearly won back-to-back ITF events after winning five matches and making it to the final of another event at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. And on July 24, Corinteli won his first gold ball at the USTA Boys' 16 Clay Court Championships in Delray Beach.

28-Jul-2011
Catherine Bellis Comes Home with Gold
The 12 and under division is the first opportunity a junior player has to compete on the national level, and it is the time for top players to set goals. For Catherine Bellis, that goal was to win the top prize, and she kept her eye on it. Bellis won the USTA Girls' 12 National Clay Court Championships with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Kayla Day in the final.

27-Jul-2011
Madison Bourguignon Wins First Gold Ball
Unseeded Madison Bourguignon went deep into the Girls; 14 National Clay Court Championships, taking on the country's top-ranked Girls 14 player, Katerina Stewart in the title match. Waiting out multiple weather delays, Bourguignon took out Stewart with a 6-3, 6-2 victory, erasing two previous losses to Stewart earlier this year.

27-Jul-2011
Opelka Survives Heat for Title at 14s Clays
The Jimmy Evert Tennis Center at Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was once again the home of the USTA Boys' 14 Clay Court Championships. In singles, Reilly Opelka posted a 6-2, 6-3 win over Cameron Klinger in the title match.

26-Jul-2011
Porter earns two titles at 16s Clays
It's hard to tell which was higher at the USTA Girls' 16 National Clay Court Championships: the record-threatening temperatures or Peggy Porter's confidence. Porter, from Dallas and seeded sixth in a field of 192, earned her first USTA gold ball with a breakthrough performance at Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club.

26-Jul-2011
Hance upsets hometown favorite in Winston-Salem
Kenneth Connor Hance, a 12-year-old Californian who once played Agassi's son in a TV ad, dashed North Carolina's dream for a three-peat when he beat Greenville's Patrick Kypson in a dominating 6-2, 6-1 finals performance at the 2011 USTA National Clay Court Championships.

25-Jul-2011
Clay Court Championship Week
Last week, the USTA Clay Court Championships took place throughout the Southeast - in Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia. This week at TennisRecruiting.net is all about the Clay Courts. We have roundups of all eight age divisions - from the Girls' 12s to the Boys' 18s. Meet the latest gold ball winners... in Clay Court Championship Week.

20-Aug-2010
Sock and Redlicki Crowned National Champions in Kalamazoo
Any USTA gold ball is special, whether it's the second or the 20th. But a gold ball won at Kalamazoo has something extra attached - a place on the long list of National Champions and a trip to New York to play at the U.S. Open. Jack Sock, the 18s champion, and Michael Redlicki, who triumphed in the 16s, survived a week of heat, humidity and rain disruptions to finish atop the 192-player fields gathered for the tournament's 68th year.

19-Aug-2010
Rogers and McPhillips Claim Gold in San Diego
San Diego played host to drama in its first Girls' 18s Nationals - third-seeded Shelby Rogers outlasted No. 4 Nicole Gibbs 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (4) to take the title. In the 16s, top-seeded Kyle McPhillips won the singles title with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over No. 7 Spencer Liang. Rogers and McPhillips won the coveted gold balls that go to the champions - along with wild cards into the main draws of the U.S. Open women's and junior events.

19-Aug-2010
Paul Comes Back to Take Girls' 14s
Jessie Lynn Paul of Greenville, N.C., won her first super national championship last weekend, and she survived three match points in a remarkable semifinal to do it. The next day, Paul defeated Lauren Goodman of Fort Wayne, Ind., 6-3, 6-2 in a final that was a one-hour, 42-minute grind of steady baseliners.

18-Aug-2010
Benjamin Tso Wins Boys' 14s Nationals
Top-seeded Benjamin Tso completed his 14-and-under career in grand style by winning the singles title of the USTA Boys 14 National Championships at McFarlin Tennis Center. Tso, from Lexington, Mass., won his first USTA gold ball with a 7-6 (6), 7-5 victory over seventh-seeded Henrik Wiersholm of Kirkland, Wash., in a tightly played match which lasted for over two hours.

18-Aug-2010
Kaitlyn McCarthy wraps up Girls 12s Nationals
Kaitlyn McCarthy was pleased - but not surprised - at the USTA Girls 12 National Championships. The rising seventh-grader from Cary, N.C., won her first singles national title Saturday, Aug. 7, with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over No. 1 seed Sofia Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., at Windward Lake Club in Alpharetta, Ga.

17-Aug-2010
With Flourish, Levine Strikes Gold In Little Rock
After competing mostly in the 14s, Robert Levine wanted to test his skills against his peers one last time. At the Clay Courts last month, he won doubles gold and lost by a hair in the semis in singles. Last week, he added a singles gold ball, overcoming Clay Courts runner up and fourth seed Nathan Ponwith 6-3, 6-2.

17-Aug-2010
Images from the Girls' 14s and 12s Nationals
The Girls' 14s and 12s are both in the Atlanta area - in the backyard of TennisRecruiting.net. Our photographers were in Peachtree City and Alpharetta to capture images from the events.

16-Aug-2010
Hard Court Championship Week
Last week, the best American juniors were competing for gold balls at the USTA National Championships all across the country. National titles were awarded for both boys and girls in all four age divisions. TennisRecruiting.net announces its Championship Week coverage - with photo galleries and articles that celebrate the best of the best in junior tennis.

30-Jul-2010
Price Captures Girls' 18s Clays in Memphis
Living just minutes from each other in suburban Atlanta, 17-year-olds Caroline Price and Whitney Kay had met many times throughout their junior tennis careers. When they met in the final of the USTA Girls' 18 Clay Court Championships in Memphis, it was Price that emerged victorious - capturing the title with a 6-3, 6-3 win.

30-Jul-2010
Fratangelo Returns to Winners' Circle in 18s
There is a lot at stake at the USTA National Boys' 18 Clay Court Championships. In addition to the USTA Gold Ball, the winner receives a qualifying wildcard into the ATP World Tour event at Delray Beach in February - as well as direct entry into the U.S. Open Junior Championship main draw and a wildcard into a USTA Pro Circuit Futures event. Second-seeded Bjorn Fratangelo was excited to win all those prizes with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Alexios Halebian in the title match.

29-Jul-2010
Redlicki Earns Gold Ball in Delray Beach 16s
Michael Redlicki threw his head back, bellowed out "Come on" and then shook hands with Gordon Watson at center court after he rallied to win the USTA Boys' 16s National Clay Court Championship 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the Delray Beach Tennis Center July 25.

29-Jul-2010
Floridians Take Homecourt Advantage in Girls' 12s
The Polo Club of Boca Raton, an exclusive gated community that boasts 29 Har-Tru courts, was the site for the girls' 12 event of the USTA National Clay Court Championships. Two Floridians - Sofia Kenin and Cristina Rovira - marched through the draw and met in the final. The two had met before, splitting their previous two matches. The rubber match - and USTA gold ball - would go to Rovira, who posted a 6-2, 7-5 victory in the final.

28-Jul-2010
Black Wins Tiebreaker Over Shiskina in 14s Final
Tornado Ali Black lived up to her nickname as she saved match point in the third set and pulled out a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4) victory over 14th-seeded Maria Shishkina to win the USTA Girls' 14s National Clay Court Championships at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center at Plantation Central Park on Sunday. The match - completed just seconds before a downpour - featured dramatic twists and turns.

28-Jul-2010
Top-seeded Kerznerman Rules Boys' 14 Clays
As irony would have it, the Jimmy Evert Tennis Center in Fort Lauderdale seemed to be the only place in Florida where it was raining every day enough to disrupt play. The delays didn't bother #1 seed Daniel Kerznerman or #9 seed Benjamin Tso - who dropped only one set between them before the finals. Kerznerman took the title with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 victory.

27-Jul-2010
Wildcard Hayley Carter Wins 16s Clays
Unseeded Hayley Carter, a wildcard who wasn't sure she'd be allowed into the tournament less than a week before it began, emerged with a hard-earned trophy and USTA gold ball in the steamy Girls' 16 National Clay Court Championships. Carter, from Columbia, S.C., overcame third-seeded Jamie Loeb 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 in the championship match this past Sunday.

27-Jul-2010
Tarheel Hero Kodali Takes 12s Clays
Down a set and 5-3, Anudeep Kodali was unflustered. He pumped himself up, moved his feet and used his ever-reliable forehand to put away the few short balls that came his way. In a 200-minute match with many momentum swings, the North Carolina native emerged victorious. He won his first USTA gold ball at the Boys 12s Claycourts National Championships 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(6).

26-Jul-2010
Clay Court Championship Week
The USTA Clay Court Championships have concluded around the country. This week, TennisRecruiting.net has roundups of all the action from the Boys' 12s to the Girls' 18s - from Virginia Beach to Fort Lauderdale. Check out coverage of all the tournaments - and meet the latest gold ball winners of all ages. Get ready... for Clay Court Championship Week.

21-Aug-2009
McHale Sweeps Final Girls' 18 Nationals in Berkeley
After eight days of unusually warm sunshine, the Girls' 18 Nationals ended with the first sweep in nine years. Third-seeded Christina McHale was the victor and her ride to the winners' circle wasn't even very bumpy.

21-Aug-2009
Lauren Davis defends 16s crown, extends win streak to 39
Lauren Davis has a shelf-load of trophies at home, including the fourth USTA gold ball that she earned at the 2009 Girls 16s National Hardcourt Championships this week. But trophies are not what drive Lauren to play tennis. She loves to compete more than anything else. This year, the Ohio native returned to San Diego to defend her title and earn another shot at the U.S. Open wild card that goes to the winner.

20-Aug-2009
Buchanan and Austin Add Their Names to List of Kalamazoo Champions, Earn Invitations to US Open
Chase Buchanan marched along a very direct path to the 18s National title at Kalamazoo College's Stowe Stadium, Gonzales Austin took a more winding road in capturing the 16s championship, but both reached their ultimate destination: Flushing Meadow, New York and the US Open.

19-Aug-2009
Albo Goes Three Sets to Claim 14s Title
Jake Albo of Plantation, Fla., is now the proud owner of a USTA gold ball. Albo, the No. 6 seed at the USTA Boys 14 National Championships, won the coveted prize with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 hard-fought singles victory over No. 4 Gregory Garcia of Poway, Calif., at McFarlin Tennis Center.

19-Aug-2009
Carter Earns Title in Girls' 14 Nationals
Two broken strings didn't decide who won the USTA Girls 14 Nationals, but it was certainly a turning point. Christina Makarova of San Diego led Hayley Carter of Hilton Head, S.C., broke strings in all of her rackets when leading in the first set, and Carter won all but one of the remaining games to win the match 7-5, 6-1.

18-Aug-2009
Wiersholm Prevails in All-Washington Marathon Finals
A mere 20 days after Henrik Wiersholm flew home with the doubles gold ball from the 2009 National Claycourt Championships, he added another two: both singles and doubles gold from the Boys 12s National Hardcourt Championships in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Blue-chip recruit and third-seed Henrik defeated fellow Washington state native and sixth-seed Spencer Furman 7-5, 5-7, 7-6, in a match that lasted almost four hours.

18-Aug-2009
Hance Perseveres in Girls' 12s Final
Kenadi Hance was the higher seed in the singles final of USTA Girls 12 National Championships on Friday. But history - and the first set - told another story. Hance had never beaten her opponent, sixth-seeded Carolyn Xie of San Diego. And Xie was the champion of the Southern California sectionals, where Hance had placed third. After a poor start, Hance finally solved her singles nemesis, and doubles partner, defeating Xie 2-6, 6-3, 6-0.

15-Aug-2008
Top-seeded Brodsky Takes USTA Girls 18s Title
With few upsets, injuries, and withdrawals, this year's competition at the Girls' 18 National Championships proved to have one of the strongest depths of field USTA has seen in a while. Top-seeded Gail Brodsky won the title with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Coco Vandeweghe.

15-Aug-2008
Papa on the Summit of the Boys' 12s
The city of Edmond, Oklahoma was originally named Summit because it lies at the highest point on the once-critical Santa Fe railroad line. That old name seems appropriate today - Edmond's Spencer Papa reached the highest point in junior tennis last week when he won two gold balls - both singles and doubles - in the USTA Boys' 12 Nationals in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

14-Aug-2008
Krajicek and Cox Head to New York with Kalamazoo Titles
For Boys 18s champion Austin Krajicek, a semester of college tennis played an important role in preparing for the physical and mental rigors of Kalamazoo. For 16s champion Jordan Cox, a change in attitude between the quarterfinals and the semifinals resulted in an impressive ability to regroup when adversity struck.

13-Aug-2008
Girls 16s Wrap-up
The word of the week at the USTA Girls 16s Nationals in San Diego was upset. The semifinals only featured one of the top four seeds, and the finals saw #12 seed Lauren Davis defeat #11 Monica Turewicz by a score of 6-2, 6-1.

12-Aug-2008
USTA Boys 14 Nationals Championships Wrap-up
The web site of John Richmond's hometown of Pawleys Island displays a motto for the South Carolina resort - "Arrogantly Shabby." But Richmond's performance last week was neither arrogant nor shabby at San Antonio's McFarlin Tennis Center. The left-hander captured the singles title of the USTA Boys 14 National Championships with a convincing 6-1, 6-2 victory over Reo Asami of Irvine, Calif.

23-Jul-2008
Niu victorious in surprise final at the Girls 16 Clays
Playing a long way from her home in Portland, Ore., ninth-seeded Belinda Niu shocked herself by sliding to seven victories in seven days to gain the crown at steamy Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club. She capped her stay with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over an even more surprising finalist, co-17th seed Nicole Melichar of Stuart, Fla., in a matchup of 14-year-olds.

17-Aug-2007
Weinhold Rolls to Girls 18 Nationals Title
In last year's Girls 18 Nationals, Ashley Weinhold of Spicewood, Texas was the runner up in both singles and doubles. "I'm hoping to win one more match this year," she said going into the tournament. She did just that - not dropping a set at this year's 2007 Girls 18 National Championship.

16-Aug-2007
Top Seeds Prevail in the Boys 16 and 18 Nationals
Top seeds arrive in Kalamazoo with extra pressure and expectations. They play on the main stadium courts, and they are also playing for U.S. Open wild cards. For the second year in a row, Kalamazoo's champions held up under that top-seed pressure, with 18's No. 1 Michael McClune and 16s No. 1 Tennys Sandgren capturing the most prestigious titles in U.S. junior tennis and their spots in New York.

15-Aug-2007
USTA Boys 14 National Championships
Ninth-seeded Spencer Simon of Santa Barbara, Calif., used strong forehand drives to beat No. 10 Jeremy Efferding of Lake Worth, Fla., 6-3, 6-2 Aug. 12 in the singles final of the USTA Boys 14 National Championships at McFarlin Tennis Center.

14-Aug-2007
Images from the Girls 12 Nationals
Last week, Amanda Lin defeated Victoria Duval for the Girls 12 National title in Lexington, Kentucky. TennisRecruiting.net contributor Cary Tsamas of Tsamasart.com was there to photograph the event.

14-Aug-2007
Georgia Girls Make History in USTA Girls' 14 Final
Just a few weeks ago, on July 22nd, Grace Min (Lawrenceville, GA) and Whitney Kay (Alpharetta, GA) dueled for the championship at the Girls' 14 Clays. This past Saturday was deja vu - these same girls - seeded #1 and #2 - played for the singles championship on the nation's largest stage - the USTA Girls' 14 Nationals at the Peachtree City Tennis Center in Peachtree City, Ga.

13-Aug-2007
Gardiner tops Harron for Boys 12s Nationals title
Saying that Tyler Gardiner and Conrad Harron were both winners in the USTA Boys 12s National Championships sounds like a cop-out. But in this case, it may be the best way to frame almost a week's worth of competition.

13-Aug-2007
Images from the Girls 14 Nationals
TennisRecruiting.net was in Peachtree City, Georgia last week for the USTA Girls' 14 National Championships. This photo gallery features images from the event.

26-Jul-2007
Bowles and Sandgren Survive Florida Heat to Claim Clay Court Crowns
The USTA Boys 18s and 16s National Clay Court Championships moved south this year, to Delray Beach, Florida, ending three years of the two age divisions playing together in Rockville, Maryland. The boys joined the girls 12s and the boys and girls 14s in South Florida, and players who had participated in those events knew that heat and humidity would play a big role in deciding the champions.

25-Jul-2007
Clayton Upsets Embree to Take 18s Clay Title
Memphis, Tennessee - and the Racquet Club of Memphis - have long been home to the USTA Girls' 18 National Clay Courts championships. Last week's tournament was another success. Chair umpires - and ballkids on the featured courts - made for a great environment. And there were some great upsets as well.

24-Jul-2007
Girls' 18 Clay Courts
The Girls 18 Clay Courts took place last week in Memphis, Tenn. TennisRecruiting.net was on hand and took photos of the event.

23-Jul-2007
Bolender comes back for Girls 16 Clay crown
Brooke Bolender, who grew up in Westlake, Ohio, combined power, savvy and the power of positive thinking to gain what she said she considered her biggest singles title. She gutted out a 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory July 22 over unseeded Sloane Stephens at Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club.

21-Aug-2006
Girls' 16 Nationals Wrapup
Erik Boal of the Los Angeles Daily News checks in with a roundup of last week's Girls' 16 Nationals from San Diego.

18-Aug-2006
Girls' 18 Nationals Roundup
Alana Marcu returns with a wrap-up of the Girls' 18 National Championships from San Jose, California.

17-Aug-2006
Top Seeds Take Different Routes to Kalamazoo Championships
The championship match in the boys' 16s USTA Nationals in Kalamazoo, Mich. was a nearly three hour thrill-fest, with top seed Brennan Boyajian defeating Ryan Thacher 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(5) to capture the title. Donald Young won the 18 division without lifting a racquet when second seed Jesse Levine was unable to play in the final due to illness.

16-Aug-2006
2006 USTA Girls' 14 National Championships
TennisRecruiting.net was in Peachtree City, Georgia last week for the USTA Girls' 14 National Championships. This photo gallery features images from the event.

7-Aug-2006
2006 USTA National Boys' Clay Court Championships
We are excited to launch a new feature at TennisRecruiting.net - photo galleries. We plan to feature photos from junior tournaments across the country - and all photos are fully integrated with player profiles. Check out great action shots from last month's USTA Clay Court Championships.

4-Aug-2006
Girls' 18 Nationals Preview
Alana Marcu previews the Girls' 18 National Championships from San Jose, California.

3-Aug-2006
Kalamazoo's U.S. Open Blue Courts Welcome Nation's Top Juniors
Now in its 64th year in Kalamazoo, Mich., the "Nats at the Zoo" have served as a proving ground for the best junior boys in the United States. Arthur Ashe, Stan Smith, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and Jim Courier have all competed on the Stowe Stadium courts prior to winning Grand Slam titles. Action begins Friday in the USTA Boys 18s and 16s National Championships.


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