Congratulations to the 2013 Babolat Players of the Day - Sunday - Kennan Johnson
Monday - Caroline Lampl Tuesday - Cassandra Vazquez
Wednesday - Jessica Failla
Thursday - Brienne Minor
Friday - Raveena Kingsley Saturday - Megan McCray Viewtheir stories and photos.
Congratulations to the winners of the Sportsmanship Awards: Ena Shibahara - Girls 16s USTA Sportsmanship Award Hayley Carter - Girls 18s USTA Sportsmanship Award Ryan Peus - Girls 16s Molden Family Award for Sportsmanship Katerina Stewart - Girls 16s Chairman's Sportsmanship Award Chloe Ouellet-Pizer - Girls 18s Chairman's Sportsmanship Award
Media Reports from J. Fred Sidhu, Media Relations Director
8/3 - The 16s started play today. Opening ceremonies -
The Navy Band Southwest's Ceremonial Band played to start the opening ceremony followed by the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Color Guard presenting colors. Kerry Blum, Executive Director of the Barnes Tennis Center, was the master of ceremonies. Tournament directors, Liz Blum and Ellen Ehlers, welcomed the players. Special guests were Dave Haggerty, USTA President and Billie Jean King. The guest speaker was Gretchen Rush Magers. During her career, Magers reached the singles quarter-finals at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the French Open. She won three top-level singles titles and reached a career-high World singles ranking of #13. After she spoke, King and Magers took questions from the players. After the ceremony, the annual photograph of all the players in their tournament t-shirts was taken.
Over 80 schools were represented by coaches or assistant coaches. List.
Serve. Smash. Win. USTA Girls' Nationals Sponsor, Rancho Valencia, is offering a smashing good time with a very special tennis package. Click on any Rancho Valencia logo to visit their website and learn more about this world class tennis resort and spa.
Charlie Adams, a veteran sportscaster and NCSA educational speaker will be talking about the recruiting process on Monday, August 5th at 6 pm. Details.
The speaker at the Final 8 dinner will be Katrina Adams. She is an on-air analyst for Tennis Channel. Adams was a professional tennis player from 1988 to 1999 and captured 20 WTA Tour doubles titles and one ITF singles crown. Her career-high world rankings included #8 in doubles and #67 in singles in 1989. She began serving as Vice President of the USTA in 2011.
Tournament History and Information:
The USTA Girls’ 16s Nationals has been directed by Youth Tennis San Diego (YTSD)
since 1990. This year will be the
24th anniversary of this event in San Diego, and 2013 marks the
fourth year of the combined G16s – G18s event at the Barnes Tennis Center.
As the largest and most important junior girls’ tennis event in the United
States, the USTA National Championships field consists of two draws, 192
players in each, selected from the top players who enter the event. The participants represent every USTA
Member Section and almost every state in the USA.
Road to the US Open:
The Champions of both events receive Wild Card entries into the US Open in New York.
Girls' 16s Champion receives an entry into the US Open Junior Main Draw.
Girls' 18s Champion receives an entry into the Women's Main Draw. The Champion also receives a Wild Card into the US Open Junior draw (provided they are age eligible to compete).
Girls' 18s Finalist receives an entry into the US Open Qualifying Draw.
Girls' 18s Doubles Champions receive entry into both the US Open Women's Main Draw and the US Open Junior Doubles Draw (provided they are ITF Jr. age eligible).
Youth Tennis San Diego:
The USTA Girls’ Nationals
is the most prestigious of over 40 tournament events held at the Barnes Tennis
Center each year. The Center is
owned and operated by Youth Tennis San Diego, a non-profit 501 (c)(3)
organization that has been in existence since 1952. The YTSD Mission is:
promote the educational, physical, and social development of all youth through
organized tennis and educational activities. Our community programs encourage youth participation,
personal integrity, leadership, and competitive spirit in a friendly environment
that builds responsible citizens.”
If you would like more information on sponsoring this event or volunteering, please contact the Barnes Tennis Center at 619-221-9000.
News about the USTA Girls' 16s &18s can also be found on Facebook & Twitter!
2013 photos by Zach Erick, J. Fred Sidhu, and Nancy Kutner.
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