Parenting Aces Provides Coverage of Universal Tennis Junior National Pathway

Parenting Aces Provides Coverage of Universal Tennis Junior National Pathway

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This year, Universal Tennis launched the Junior National Pathway to provide more competition for junior players all over the country and to help them get seen by college coaches. Sixteen Junior Regional events are on the schedule, with more than half of them completed.

The winners of the 17U and 15U divisions (plus at-large registrants) will meet in Las Vegas from Dec. 3-7 for the Junior National Championships and Showcase.

Most of the Regional events are held on college campuses, perfectly fitting in with the goal of combining junior and college tennis. The divisions are 13U, 15U, and 17U with a format featuring round-robin play followed by a knock-out playoff, guaranteeing at least three matches for every player. Also, every 15U and 17U match is live-streamed and recorded.




Lisa Stone, the creator of Parenting Aces, a website for tennis parents by a tennis parent, was on-site for the SoCal & Arizona Regional at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif. last weekend. She shares her experience and recaps the event, as well as provides interviews with parents, coaches, and players on her website (a free account is required to view the full story).

Stone caught up with Alex Galstyan (UTR Rating 9.40), the winner of the 15U division, and his father Sergey.

"I think it's great what's been done by Universal Tennis," Sergey Galstyan said. "It makes it more fair for everybody, and it’s a unique system where matches are not based on age but based on level."

Galstyan won the 15U title over Sibby Roddi (UTR Rating 9.31), while Hans Sempre (UTR Rating 6.80) defeated Edmund Lu (UTR Rating 5.95) for the 13U title, and Zino Mirtorabi (UTR Rating 10.16) upset Lance Urlaub (UTR Rating 10.99 in the 17U final.

Check out Stone's podcast with Universal Tennis' Matt Andre and Darling Tennis Center's Brian Wilson:



Mid-Atlantic & NC Region, Boys (Oct 15-17)

13U: Romir Bhalla def. Jack Kirby

15U: Eric Lindemann def. Samir Jones

17U: Charles Wood def. Cody Benton

Mid-Atlantic & NC Region, Girls (Oct 22-24)

13U: Devin Gilroy def. Elizabeth Zhang

15U: Lisa Kranec def. Mia Matriccino

17U: Alexandra Borcich def. Allison Harris

Midwest, Boys (Oct 30-Nov 1)

13U: Abraham Rosett def. Landon Vens

15U: Ethan Portnoy def. Derek Blackwell

17U: Nicholas Meyers def. Anthony Vanoyen (USA)

North Cal & Pacific NW Region, Boys (Oct 23-25)

13U: Collin De Oliveira def. Oakley Koegler

15U: Nav Dayal def. Ty Parrish

17U: Alex Dinkov def. Siddarth Chava

Northeast Region, Boys (Oct 22-24)

13U: Chase Gerloff def. Michael Lorenzetti

15U: Mateusz Gradzki def. Brian Yi

17U: Petro Kuzmenok def. James Lorenzetti

Northeast Region, Girls (Oct 16-18)

13U: Fiona Merchant def. Ananya Rao

15U: Ayanna Varma def. Juliette Ceas

17U: Leticia Kitio def. Shu Grosso

SoCal & Arizona, Boys (Oct 22-24)

13U: Hans Sempre def. Edmund Lu

15U: Alex Galstyan def. Sibby Roddi

17U: Zino Mirtorabi def. Lance Urlaub

SoCal & Arizona, Girls (Oct 29-31)

13U: Romi D’amore def. Audyssie James

15U: Nicole Weng def. Samantha Wang

17U: Julianne Nguyen def. Tatum Buffington

South Central Region, Boys (Sept 3-5)

13U: Aaditt Rishi def. Dylan Wilhelm

15U: Valor Dare def. Rowan Matorin

17U: Lathan Skrobarcek def. Finnegan Tankersley

South Central Region, Girls (Sept 18-20)

13U: Madeleine Bridges def. Eloise Nasr

15U: Mya Bowe def. Stella De Vera

17U: Lorena Cedeno def. Jenna Bohnert

Southern Region, Boys (Oct 22-24)

15U: Nicolas Wild def. Flavius Henderson Li

17U: Michael Thomas def. Lleyton Beasley

Southern Region, Girls (Oct 31-Nov 1)

13U: Jensen Diiani def. Sadira Ouyang

15U: Elena Duva def. Sydney Brantley

17U: Isabella Theodore def. Michelle Jones

To register for events and learn more about the Junior National Pathway, please click here.


UTR Ratings as of Oct. 27, 2021 at 12 p.m. EST.

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