US Nike Masters Tournament Complete; Tennis Recruiting Network Announces Fall Top Prospects; Halbauer Wins Second ITF Event; USTA Nominates New Board
The path to the Nike Junior Tour Masters tournament for 12s and 14s changed this year for players from the United States. Prior to this year, the competitors were selected when they won a designated sectional tournament sponsored by Nike. This year the players were taken from a National Selection List. The tournament was at the Evert Academy in Boca Raton last weekend, and the results of the finals are below:
Axel Nefve(3) def. Andrew Fenty(2) 6-2, 6-4
Claire Liu (4) def. Abigail Desiatnikov(1) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
John McNally def. Mwendwa Mbithi (2) 6-2, 6-3
Sofia Kenin(2) def. Jessie Aney(4) 6-2, 7-5
The complete draws can be found at the TennisLink site.
The Nike Junior Tour International Masters event is scheduled to be held at the Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Port Saint Lucie, Florida, December 5-12, 2012.
The Tennis Recruiting Network revealed their top prospects today, one of two updates to their star system they make each year. TRN has weekly rankings of course, but the blue chip, five star, four star, etc. designations are adjusted only twice, in late winter and early fall. For the individual lists of all seven classes from 2013 to 2019, see this page on the Tennis Recruiting website.
In yesterday's roundup, I failed to mention Drew Halbauer's title at the ITF Grade 5 in Honduras, his second straight championship in two weeks in that country. Two weeks ago Halbauer, the No. 3 seed, beat No. 4 seed Luis Valero of Colombia in the final 6-2, 6-0. Last week Halbauer, again the No. 3 seed, defeated No. 1 seed Carter Lin, also of the US, 4-6 7-6(3) 6-1.
Sixteen-year-old Gabriella Castaneda of the US, the eighth seed, won the girls title last week, defeating top seed Jennifer Artiga Henriquez of El Salvador 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(3) in the final. Ally Miller-Krasilnikov of the US reached the finals in the previous week, losing to Artiga Henriquez in three sets.
The USTA announced its board of directors for the 2013-2014 term:
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David A. Haggerty, President, USTA Middle States
Katrina M. Adams, First Vice President, USTA Eastern
Thomas S. Ho, Vice President, USTA Texas
Donald L. Tisdel, Vice President, USTA Pacific Northwest
Patrick J. Galbraith, Secretary-Treasurer, USTA Pacific Northwest
For the list of at-large directors, click here.