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

Winter Nationals Week
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.

Boys 16s Champion Christian Alshon
© Shelby Payne, USTA Central Arizona
That was until he faced the top-seeded Carson Haskins (Ballwin, Mo.) 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.

"This is the first time I made the finals in singles of a Super National," said Alshon, 15, who previously won two gold balls in doubles in Boys 14 Hard Courts and Boys 12s Clay Courts. He also has a bronze ball in singles in Boys 14s Hard Courts. "This is my best singles win ever ... It is the Super Nationals, Level 1 with the best competition, especially when I am 15 winning at 16s. It's really good.

"This is a lot more impressive knowing that there was no one there helping me, other than my family and my coaches when I was on the court," Alshon said. "It was just up to me. Winning this gives me a lot of confidence. It helps me with my next matches and my ranking."

Alshon cruised to the singles final without losing a set. Alshon lost a tough three-setter with doubles partner Russell Benkaim (Bradenton, FL), 0-6; 7-6(6); 10-6 in the round of 64. Benkaim, seeded 17th, defeated Kevin Zhu, (Pearland, Texas) 6-3; 6-2 to win the consolation singles final.

"I was just trying to get to my ranking," Alshon said. "Since I was seeded sixth, I wanted to get to the quarters and once I got there, I saw the draw and that it was possible to win. I just fought and hoped for the best."

Alshon called Haskins a mystery since he had never faced him before.

"I had never seen the kid play before so he was a mystery to me," Alshon said. "He has a very high ranking so beating him helps my confidence. I played really well the whole weekend. [Haskins] just got everything back. The points just took so much longer so by the second set I was really tired and I just stepped it up.

This Article Is Available Only to Recruiting Advantage members
Please log in to access premium TennisRecruiting.net content.
Register Now For Free!
  • Content Updated Daily
  • Complete Rank Lists
  • Exclusive Articles
  • Recruit Interviews
It's Quick, Easy, and Free!

ACP description
Learn about American College Placement - the most personalized boutique service in the nation.
10/19 McKenna Koenig chooses USC
10/19 Carson Tanguilig chooses North Carolina
10/18 Max Bengtsson chooses Northwestern
10/18 Brody Millwood chooses Point
10/18 Michael Andre chooses Indiana
10/17 Raunak Sood chooses Santa Clara
10/17 Ariella Stepleman chooses Converse
10/16 Lauren Stein chooses Cornell
10/16 Isabella Flodin chooses Air Force
10/16 Paige Duncan chooses James Madison

Full Listings: Boys' Commits & Girls' Commits

  Venus Williams
Luxilon 4G 16L (1.25) String
Sale: $37.97
Review, Feedback, Video
  Coco Vandeweghe
Luxilon ALU Power 16L String
Sale: $42.97
Review, Feedback, Video
  Daria Kasatkina
Tecnifibre Black Code 17 String
Sale: $74.97
Review, Feedback, Video
  Elina Svitolina
Luxilon ALU Power 16L String
Sale: $42.97
Review, Feedback, Video

Page updated on Sunday, October 06, 2019
Contact our web team with any corrections