Summer is, by far, the busiest season on the National Junior calendar for obvious reasons. This summer, our region, The Northern Region of the Eastern Section of the USTA is well represented at the National Level and more than the temperature is hot.
In the Boys 18’s – Alex Van Cott who is ranked 52nd Nationally – went up against Jonah Tahilan (357th from Waipahu, Hawaii) winning 6-3, 6-2 at the Boys 18 National Team Championships. Alex played at the #3 Singles spot. Next up was a 7-5, 6-2 loss to Connr Farren (76th from Hillsborough, California). Alex finished up strong. First, there was a 6-1, 6-7, 7-6 win over Andrew Korinek (151st from Mansfield, Texas); then there was a 7-5, 6-3 win over 6th ranked George Goldhoff of Irvine, California. In the doubles he teamed with 23rd ranked Josh Levine of Syosett, NY and posted a 2-2 record. They beat Marcel Chan and Tahilan. They also beat Mackenzie McDonald and Farren. They lost to Andrew Korinek and Harrison Adams of Texas and they lost to Bellamy and Craig of California. Twin brother Ian played in a National Open where he was unable to win a round. Ian withdrew from his consolation round match with an injury but had a tough 9-8 loss in doubles with partner Matthew Barry.
Okay,so you heard all about my team at zonals, time to talk about the Ronan and Max show in the 12’s. Starting off with Ronan Jachuck, from Slingerlands, ranked 133rd in the 12’s nationally. Ronan – playing in the #2 singles spot -started off zonals with a 7-5, 7-5 loss to Justin Chong (1296th from East Windsor, NJ) and then he never looked back. A 6-3, 6-1 win over Holden Koons of York, Pennsylvania (170th) was followed by a 6-0, 6-2 win over Grant Smith of Dayton Ohio (343rd) and a win over Derek Shen of East Lyme, Connecticut (533rd) by the identical score. Lastly, there was a 6-4, 6-4 win over Eric Han (284th) of Westford, Massachusetts. In doubles, Ronan had 2 wins and 1 loss. At National Clay courts Ronan drew 5th ranked Keenan Mayo of Roseville, California and lost 6-3, 6-2. In to the backdraw rounds where Ronan put together an impressive run. There were wins over Saud Alhogbani (7-5, 6-2); Niroop Vallabhaneni (6-2,6-2); and Drew Baird (7-5, 3-6, 1-0). He finally lost to Steven Sun (Glen Cove, New York) 6-1, 6-7, 1-0 in the quarter final round. Steven was the #1 player on Ronan’s Zonals team and he is ranked 45th in the country. Alhogbani (Alexandria, Virginia) is ranked 46th; Vallabhanemi (Scottsdale, Arizona) is ranked 165th and Baird (Raleigh, North carolina) is ranked 72nd). Ronan also played a Regional Tournament in Pittsford, New York where he beat Lex Decker (207th) of Flemington, New Jersey 6-0, 6-1. In the second round he lost to 41st ranked James Ignatowich of Darian, Connecticut 6-4, 6-3. That was followed by wins over Patrick O’Brien (603rd) and Patrick Sebastian (227th), The scores were 6-0, 6-2 in both matches. Both players are from the Rochester area. He finished his run with a 6-2, 6-0 loss to Cannon Kingsley of Northport, New York. In doubles, Ronan partnered with Max and they went 1-1. Ronan also played a National Open this summer. His wins were 7-6(5), 6-1 over 117th ranked Michael Benevides; 6-3, 6-0 over 320th Thomas Henry; 7-5, 7-5 over 298th ranked Reed Collier and 6-4, 6-2 over Artur Zigman. Benevides is from San Antonio, Texas; Henry is from Corpus Christi, Texas; Collier is from Seabrook, Texas and Zigman is from Houston, Texas. His losses were to #67 Max Motlagh of Richardson, Texas (7-5, 6-0) in the second round and #56 Nevin Arimilli of Austin, Texas (6-3, 6-4) in the backdraw.
Watch for Part 2 of this article tomorrow or Thursday.