AXEL NEFVE, KATIE VOLYNETS WIN USTA BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ 18s
NATIONAL CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS SINGLES TITLES
Nefve, Volynets Earn Wild Cards into 2017 US Open Junior Championships
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 24, 2017 – Seventeen-year old Axel Nefve, of Boca Raton, Fla., and 15-year old Katie Volynets, of Walnut Creek, Calif., each won singles titles at last week’s USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 18s National Clay Court Championships to earn wild card entries into the 2017 US Open Junior Championships.
Nefve, who until six years old lived in Paris, within walking distance of Roland Garros, defeated Ryan Goetz, of Greenlawn, N.Y., 6-2, 6-4, in the singles final at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in Delray Beach, Fla. Nefve is coached by Jack Sharpe and Robbye Poole.
Volynets (Coaches: Richard Tompkins and Mark Orwig), who in December became the first player ever to sweep the Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl 16-and-under singles titles, defeated Abigail Forbes (Coach: Cameron Moore), of Raleigh, N.C., 6-2, 6-2. Forbes, however, won the doubles title, with Alyvia Jones (Gonzales, La.: Coach: Mike Flowers), over Sophie Graver (Allenwood, N.J.) and Marlee Zein (Sugar Land, Texas), 6-4, 6-3.
In addition to their US Open junior wild card entries, Nefve and Volynets each receive a wild card into a future USTA Pro Circuit event.
Atlanta native Garrett Johns (Coach: Noel Wadawu) and San Antonio’s Fiona Crawley (Coach: Peter Crawley) won the Boys’ and Girls’ 16s singles titles, each earning a wild card into a future USTA Pro Circuit event. Johns beat Jacob Bullard (Coaches: Gerald Matthews, Josh Wiseman), of Calabasas, Calif., 6-2, 6-2, at Delray Beach, and Crawley defeated Atlanta’s Ruth Marsh (Coaches: Brian de Villiers, Laura Marsh), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, in Virginia Beach, Va.
Fourteen-year old Saud Alhogbani (Alexandria, Va.; Coach: Kenny Calandar) and 12-year old Tsehay Driscoll (La Canada Flintridge, Calif.; Coach: Cecil Mamiit) and were the only players to sweep singles and doubles titles last week, winning the Boys’ 14s titles in Fort Lauderdale, and the Girls’ 12s titles in Boca Raton, Fla., respectively.
Singles and doubles finals results from all four age groups can be found below. For complete tournament results, visit the USTA website.
USTA Boys’ 18s National Clay Court Championships
Delray Beach, Fla., July 16-23, 2017
Singles: (17) Axel Nefve (Boca Raton, Fla.) d. Ryan Goetz (Greenlawn, N.Y.), 6-2, 6-4
Doubles: (5) Christian Alshon (Boca Raton, Fla.) / Tyler Zink (Bradenton, Fla.) d. (12) Patrick Maloney (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) / Harris Walker (South Salem, N.Y.), 6-3, 6-2
USTA Girls’ 18s National Clay Court Championships
Memphis, Tenn., July 16-23, 2017
Singles: (13) Katie Volynets (Walnut Creek, Calif.) d. (2) Abigail Forbes (Raleigh, N.C.), 6-2, 6-2
Doubles: (17) Forbes / Alyvia Jones (Gonzales, La.) d. (6) Sophie Graver (Allenwood, N.J.) / Marlee Zein (Sugar Land, Texas), 6-4, 6-3
USTA Boys’ 16s National Clay Court Championships
Delray Beach, Fla., July 16-23, 2017
Singles: (14) Garrett Johns (Atlanta) d. (8) Jacob Bullard (Calabasas, Calif.), 6-2, 6-2
Doubles: (6) Robert Cash (New Albany, Ohio) / Ryder Jackson (Nicasio, Calif.) d. (2) Jeffrey Fradkin (New York) / Phillip Jordan (Spartanburg, S.C.), 6-2, 6-4
USTA Girls’ 16s National Clay Court Championships
Virginia Beach, Va., July 16-23, 2017
Singles: (1) Fiona Crawley (San Antonio) d. (2) Ruth Marsh (Atlanta), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Doubles: (15) Sophia Sassoli (Gladwyne, Pa.) / Rhea Shrivastava (Skillman, N.J.) d. (9) Zoey Weil (Columbus, Ohio) / Brigitte Wu (Jersey City, N.J.), 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
USTA Boys’ 14s National Clay Court Championships
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., July 16-23, 2017
Singles: (11) Saud Alhogbani (Alexandria, Va.) v. (15) Jonah Braswell (Sarasota, Fla.)
Doubles: (27) Alhogbani / Nishesh Basavareddy (Carmel, Ind.) d. (5) Grant Durham (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) / Isaac Smith (Clearfield, Utah), 6-7(3), 6-0, 6-3
USTA Girls’ 14s National Clay Court Championships
Plantation, Fla., July 16-23, 2017
Singles: (26) Elise Wagle (Niskayuna, N.Y.) d. (5) Valencia Xu (Livingston, N.J.), 4-6, 6-4, 6-0
Doubles: (9) Robin Montgomery (Washington, D.C.) / Katrina Scott (Woodland Hills, Calif.) d. (7) Mia Kintiroglou (Livingston, N.J.) / Tara Malik (Secaucus, N.J.), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
USTA Boys’ 12s National Clay Court Championships
Orlando, Fla., July 16-22, 2017
Singles: Juncheng Shang (Naples, Fla.) d. (4) Aidan Kim (Milford, Mich), 6-3, 7-5
Doubles: (1) Lucas Brown (Plano, Texas) / Cooper Williams (New York) d. (12) Andrew Delgado (High Point, N.C.) / James Rico (Cary, N.C.), 6-3, 6-0
USTA Girls’ 12s National Clay Court Championships
Boca Raton, Fla., July 16-23, 2017
Singles: (3) Tsehay Driscoll (La Canada Flintridge, Calif.) d. Clervie Ngounoue (Washington, D.C.), 7-6(4), 6-2
Doubles: (4) Driscoll / Ava Krug (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.) d. Natalie Block (Plantation, Fla.) / Lara Smejkal (Boca Raton, Fla.), 4-6, 6-4, 6-0