The United States Tennis Association has announced the 2014 USTA National Winter Championships will be held Dec. 27-Jan. 2 in Scottsdale, drawing the top boys and girls nationwide in the 16s and 18s age divisions.
Each age division consists of 128 players for the singles draw and 64 teams for the doubles draw. The following tennis facilities will be hosting the championships:
- Girls 16s: Kiwanis Recreation Center in Tempe;
- Boys 16s: Phoenix Tennis Center in Phoenix;
- Girls 18s at Gene Autry Tennis Center in Mesa;
- Boys 18s at Scottsdale Ranch Park in Scottsdale.
The field for the Boys 18s division will feature local player Nathan Ponwith of Scottsdale, currently ranked No. 12 in the nation. Leading the Girls 18s division is Jesse Aney of Rochester, Minn., currently ranked No. 4 in the Girls 18s.
The Boys and Girls 16s will include top-ranked players Patrick Kypson of Greenville, N.C., and Grace Joyce of Newton, Mass.
The USTA National Winter Championships is a National Level 1 Ranking Tournament, the highest level of USTA national tournaments. Players must meet ranking requirements and be selected to compete.
The finals for the singles and doubles and third/fourth-place playoffs will take place on Jan. 1-2, at Scottsdale Ranch Park.
Each year, more than 120,000 players compete in USTA junior tournaments. Players compete in levels of competition through earned advancement in the 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s age divisions.
USTA junior tournaments help kids take their game as far as they want—high school, college or pros—or just have fun competing.
The Scottsdale Independent is available for free every Wednesday.