In 10 days we will have the qualifying rounds for the Albany Sectional Championships. Each USTA Section gets several tournaments that qualify for Sectional rankings AND National rankings. This is the only one of those tournaments that is played in our area. The Boys and Girls 12 and Unders are played at Capital Region. The Boys and Girls 14 and Unders are played at Tri City. The Boys and Girls 16 and Unders are played at Sportime and the Girls 18 and Unders are played at the Saratoga Y.
How do the players that win these events do afterwards? I decided to track the rankings results of the tournament winners from last year.
So the logical place to start is the youngest age group. The 12 and Under Boys event was won by Gary Fishkin (Staten Island, NY) last year. Gary was the 3rd seed and came into the event ranked 13th, he ended the year ranked #1. Aleksandra Bekirova (Brooklyn, NY) was the top seed and she was 7th in the Eastern Section rankings at the time. Aleksandra’s year end ranking was 4th.
Onto the 14 and Unders. Madison Battaglia (Cold Springs Harbor, NY) was the top seed and she was ranked 2nd coming into the tournament. Madison was playing in the 16’s by the end of the year but she never made it past #2 and actually dropped to #5 at one point. She is currently ranked 19th in the 16 and Unders. Sam Turchetta (Pound Ridge, NY) was only the 8th seed in the Boys 14’s. He came into the event ranked 26th. He is currently ranked 3rd.
Josh Silverstein of Great Neck, NY is currently the top ranked boy in the 16 and Unders. He was 6th going into last years Sectional in Albany. Girls winner Jessica Golovin (New York City) is also currently the #1 ranked player. She started last years event as the 11th ranked player in the Eastern Section.
The 18 and Unders were played in other Regions. We can see winning Albany is a good experience for most of these players and it looks like it leads to bigger things. Let’s see what future stars this years tournaments bring.