Wild Cards Awarded For Upcoming Girls’ National Championships

Wild Cards Awarded For Upcoming USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships At San Diego’s Barnes Tennis Center

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King Named Honorary Chair for National Tournament

The United States Tennis Association Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships has awarded a total of ten wild card entries into the tournament, which is scheduled for August 5-13 at the Barnes Tennis Center at 4490 W. Point Loma Blvd., San Diego, CA, 92107.


Michaela Gordon

The following players from across the U.S. received a wild card to play in this year’s championships:

Girls’ 18s

  • Naomi Cheong – Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Emma DeCoste – Stuart, Fla.
  • Michaela Gordon – Saratoga, Calif.
  • Victoria Hu – Northborough, Maine
  • Alana Smith – Fort Washington, Md.

Girls’ 16s

  • Najah Dawson – Rosedale, N.Y.
  • Tara Mailk – Secaucus, N.J.
  • Makayla Mills – Wilmington, N.C.
  • Michelle Sorokko – Little Neck, N.Y.
  • Maria Mateas – Braintree, Mass.

Tournament officials also announced that tennis legend Billie Jean King has been named Honorary Chair for this year’s USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships. King, a 39-time major champion and a former No. 1 player in the world, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987.

Billie Jean King – Honorary Chair – USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships

King defeated Bobby Riggs in one of the greatest moments in sports history – the Battle of the Sexes on September 20, 1973 at the Astrodome in Houston. Actress Emma Stone will portray King in an upcoming movie titled, “Battle of the Sexes,” which will be released in theaters in September. The movie cast includes stars Elisabeth Shue, Steve Carell and Andrea Riseborough.

“We are very proud to have Billie Jean King as the Honorary Chair for our tournament. Over the years, she has been as a great inspiration for so many girls, on and off the tennis court,” said Tournament Director Lornie Kuhle. “Billie Jean is a big supporter of this event and we will always be thankful for her continued involvement and what it brings to this championship.”

Kuhle also said new tournament drawboards, honoring tennis legend Pancho Segura, a San Diego North County resident, will be unveiled on opening day of the tournament. The boards, which measure 10 feet high and 16 feet wide, will allow fans an enhanced opportunity to follow players as well as scores and results in both divisions while attending the tournament.

Pancho Segura Drawboard

To view the full list of competitors in the USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships, go to:
(List is subject to change.)

Over 400 girls aged 16 and 18 and under will compete for the title of National Champion, as well as a wild card entry into the Women’s Singles main draw of the US Open (for the 18s Champion) and a wild card into the US Open Junior Championships (for the 16s Champion). The 18s Doubles Champions will also receive a wild card into the US Open Women’s Doubles main draw.

The Girls’ 16s event will begin on Saturday, Aug. 5 and conclude with the singles and doubles finals on Saturday Aug. 12. The Girls’ 18s tournament will get underway on Sunday, Aug. 6 and conclude with the 18s singles championship on Sunday, Aug. 13. Both divisions will feature 256-player singles draws with the top 32 players receiving a first-round bye. There will also be 128-team doubles draws with the top 16 teams getting first-round byes.

The starting time for each day of the tournament will be as follows:
8 a.m. – Saturday, August 5 through Wednesday, August 9
8:30 a.m. – Thursday, August 10
9 a.m. – Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12
10 a.m. – Sunday, August 13

The Opening Ceremony for the USTA National Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Barnes Tennis Center. (All times are PDT.) The scheduled guest speaker is USTA Chief Executive, Community Tennis and USTA National Campus, Kurt Kamperman.

Early-round tournament matches will also be played at San Diego State University’s Aztec Tennis Center, 5375 Remington Rd., San Diego, CA, 92115 and the Balboa Tennis Club, 2221 Morley Field Drive, San Diego, CA 92104 from Saturday, August 5 through Wednesday, August 9.

Admission and on-site parking at the Barnes Tennis Center is free each day of the tournament. For fans watching matches at SDSU and the Balboa Tennis Club, admission is free. There is a nominal charge for on-campus parking at SDSU. Parking regulations at the university will be strictly enforced. Parking is free at the Balboa Tennis Club.

About USTA Girls’ 16s – 18s Nationals:
The USTA Girls’ 16 & 18s National Championships are the premiere hard court tennis tournaments for amateur and professional American girls aged 18 and 16 and under in the United States. In 2010, both age groups began playing their events concurrently at San Diego’s Barnes Tennis Center. Tournament participants, who represent nearly every state in the United States, have been endorsed by their respective USTA Section or have received USTA special exemptions based on their results in qualifying tournaments, junior rankings, or results on the WTA Tour or International Tennis Federation Junior Circuit. Past tournament champions include Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Andrea Jaeger, Zina Garrison, Mary Jo Fernandez, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport.

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