Eastern to Honor Juniors at Open

Reprinted from the USTA Eastern web page.
USTA Eastern will honor 27 junior players on August 27 for their outstanding performance in section tournaments and provide them with free grounds passes to see the best players in the world compete on Opening Day of the US Open.
The juniors, in the 12 to 18 age divisions, will be honored at the section’s Junior Awards Gala, an annual event recognizing those players who finished the best in section tournaments in the first half of the year.Among those being honored is Jamie Loeb, who received a wild card into the main draw of the 2012 Jr. US Open and won her first pro tournament this year — capturing singles and doubles titles at the Sargent & Collins, LLP Women’s $10,000 Championships on July 1. Also being honored is Louisa Chirico, who received a wild card into the Jr. US Open qualifying tournament and also won her first pro tournament this year, capturing the singles title at the $10,000 Palmetto Pro Open on May 27.

In addition, many of the juniors being honored traveled across the country this summer to represent the Eastern section in team competitions.
“These juniors are not just great individual competitors, but also outstanding team players,” said Julie Bliss, Director of Competition and Player Development for USTA Eastern. “They recognize the importance of playing local tournaments and representing the section on Eastern teams in places like Michigan, North Carolina, and California.”
This year, the section is also recognizing ten Eastern winners of the USTA NJTL Arthur Ashe Essay Contest. The winners were selected by a section committee of staff and volunteers, and wrote essays responding to the question – If Arthur Ashe were alive today, what do you think would give him hope?”
The gala will be held at the Indoor Training Center at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Junior Award Gala Winners
Boys’ 12
1. Gary Fishkin (Staten Island, NY)
2. Brian Shi (Jericho, NY)
3. Daniel Pellerito (Syosset, NY)
Girls’ 12
1. Dasha Kourkina (Brooklyn, NY)
2. Aleksandra Bekirova (Brooklyn, NY)
3. Hannah Zhao (Syosset, NY)
Boys’ 14
1. Sam Turchetta (Pound Ridge, NY)
2. Matthew Gamble (Webster, NY)
3. Alex Knaff (New York, NY)
Girls’ 14
1. Stephanie Schrage (Millburn, NJ)
2. Brianna Williams (Brooklyn, NY)
3. Courtney Provan (New Providence, NJ)
Boys’ 16                                  &n​bsp;                        &n​bsp;          
1. Shawn Hadavi (Dobbs Ferry, NY)
2. Daniel Grunberger (Great Neck, NY)
3. Kyle Mautner (Greenwich, CT)
Girls’ 16
1. Jacqueline Urbinati (Harrison, NY)
2. Eva Siskova (Cornwall, NY)
3. Madison Stevens (Mendham, NJ)
Boys’ 18
1. Andrew Yaraghi (Mill Neck, NY); Josh Levine (Syosset, NY)
2. Jonathan Carcione (Franklin Lakes, NJ)
3. Vihar Shah (New Hyde Park, NY)
Girls’ 18
1. Emily Safron (New York, NY)
2. Louisa Chirico (Harrison, NY); Hannah Camhi (Woodbury, NY)
3. Jamie Loeb (Ossining, NY); Lexi Borr (Westfield, NJ)

USTA Eastern Arthur Ashe Essay Contest Winners


Skyla Forrester, Girls, 10 and Under
Bronx, NY (New York Junior Tennis & Learning)
Brandon Torres (National Winner), Boys, 10 and Under
Bronx, NY (Co-Op City Tennis Club)
Asia Shedrick, Girls, 11-12
Queens, NY (New York Junior Tennis & Learning)
Zachary Arthur, Boys, 11-12
New York, NY (Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program)
Taylor Jean-Jacques, Girls, 13-14
Greenwich, CT (Jerry Alleyne Memorial Foundation)
Jonathan Agyeno, Boys, 13-14
Yonkers, NY (Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program)
Mindy Hugo, Girls, 15-16
Mount Vernon, NY (Jerry Alleyne Memorial Foundation)
Jordan Drake-Griffiths, Boys, 15-16
Fayetteville, NC; formerly of Haverstraw, NY (Reach for College)
Amina Dickson, Girls, 17-18
Maplewood, NJ (Reach for College)
Christopher Charles, Boys, 17-18
Valley Stream, NY (Long Island Junior Tennis League)

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