Max Benson played the USTA Winter Junior Nationals in Tucson, Arizona which went from December 27th to January 1st. He started with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Hunter Hootman (Albuquerque, NM). Max was knocked out of the main draw in the second round when he lost to the 13th seed – Thomas Jahn (Montgomery, AL) 6-1, 6-2. The tournament was run as a compass draw which means that losers in a given round go into their own separate draw. In the first compass round Max lost to co-17th seeded Kevin Zhu (Pearland, TX) 6-2, 6-3. That put another draw where he beat Boris Lunin (Chesapeak, VA) 6-0, 6-0 and lost to Joshua Leopold (Santa Clara, CA) 6-1, 6-2.
In doubles, Max teamed with regular doubles partner Michael Sun (Livingston, NJ) for a 6-3, 6-1 win over Akhil Katragadda (Sylvania, OH)/Rian Ta(Fremont, CA) before losing to Tristan Boyer (Altadena, CA) /Brandon Nakashima (San Diego) 6-4, 2-6, 10-7. Max and Michael were the co-9th seeds.
Ronan Jachuck ran into a seeded player right off the bat. He lost in the first round to co-#17 seed William Woodall (Washington, DC) 7-5, 2-6, 6-0. In the first compass round he beat Niroop Vallabhaneni (Scottsdale, AR) 6-3, 6-0 and Clark Safran (Stanford, CA) 6-2, 6-3 before losing to Blaise Bicknell (Miami, FL) 6-1, 6-0.
In doubles, Ronan played with Ronald Hohnmann (Oyster Bay, NY) . They were also co-9th seeds. They won their first round match against Hunter Hootman/Miko Pasimio (Ls Vegas, NV) 6-3, 6-4. next was a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Maximo Lawlor (Litchfield Park, AZ)/Clark Safran. In the round of 16 they had a close 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 victory over Stefan Dostanic (Irvine, CA)/Gocind Nanda (Redlands, CA). They lost in the quarter finals to the 3rd seeded team of Matthew Fenty (Washington, DC)/R.J.Fresen (Short Hills, NJ) 7-5, 6-3.
Ronan is currently ranked #319 in the country, Max is ranked #379. Both play in the 12 and unders.