Two teams, representing San Diego, were Junior Team Tennis Section Championship winners. The Surf and Turf 14 Advanced “Grinders”, coached by Alex Levie, and Nick Bennett’s Rancho Penasquitos Tennis Club 18 Satellite “Smart Aces” were each victorious. Nooah Bennett, Thomas Chin, Ted Foussianes, Jordan Goodman, Steven Pineda, Austin Schmid, Adam Talpalatsky and Dean Vo were part of the Bennett contingent.
The Surf and Turf 14 Satellite “Smashers” finished second. Levie guided both Surf and Turf teams. The players he worked with were: Ethan Baurle, Valeria Caballeros, James Freedman, Caden Hollander, Noah Kay, Lilly Lin, Daniel Patel, Lauren Rose, Michael Savides, Luke Shugert, James Singer, Eshan Talluri, Max Tokman and Justin Wilkey.
The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club 10 Satellite “Spindrift” came in third. Nelson Alapi, Garrett Eastman, Maille Flynn, Dylan Howard, Nathan Kirn, Blake Lorenzo, Maddie Lyons and Frankie Soltero played on Conan Lorenzo’s team.
Junior tennis is available in many forms in the San Diego District. Youngsters are able to participate in programs at their tennis clubs, take private lessons and compete in local USTA tournaments.
Junior Team Tennis (JTT) is another important learning the game while having fun avenue to take. The concept is simple: Allow juniors to be part of a team while competing in tennis. It is what baseball, basketball, football, soccer and so many other sports have been doing for years – with much success. A team consists of six players. Two singles and two doubles matches are played. The total number of games won in the four categories determines the winner. Playing for a team keeps kids in the game and allows them to create lasting friendships as well as indelible memories.
JTT has two seasons that take place in fall and winter. Each season last seven to nine weeks. Competitive divisions include 18s, 14s, 12s and 10s. Levels of play range from the Novice to the Open level.
Area clubs, (including but not limited to), participating in the program include: Carmel Valley, Rancho Penasquitos Tennis Center, Barnes Tennis Center, Coronado, East County, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Pacific Athletic Club, Surf and Turf and many more.
Anyone interested in learning more about the Junior Team Tennis Program in San Diego should contact, Conan Lorenzo, San Diego Junior Team Tennis Area League Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
(For more information go to www.sandiegoteamtennis.com)