The No.-8 seeded Alafia Ayeni from San Diego and top-seeded Claire Liu from Thousand Oaks, Calif., captured ITF 18s boys’ and girls’ singles titles on the final day of the 50th Annual Adidas Easter Bowl USTA Junior Spring Nationals played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
The 17-year-old Ayeni overcame a huge mental lapse in the second set, but served big when it counted most in the third to get past 16-year-old Sebastian Korda, the No. 10 seed from Bradenton, Fla., 6-4, 0-6, 7-5.
The 16-year-old Liu, who won the girls’ Easter Bowl ITF title in 2015 as a 14-year-old, avenged a loss in the fall to Ellie Douglas, the No. 4 seed from McKinney, Texas, in taking the title, 6-1, 6-2.
One current and a former USTA Midwest Section player took home the top prize as the big winners on Sunday on the final day at the 49th Annual ASICS Easter Bowl as a longtime former Illinois resident Gianni Ross, and Westerville, Ohio, native Alexandra Sanford both won prestigious ITF singles titles. In the Boys’ ITF final, the unseeded Ross beat his former doubles partner and friend John McNally, the No. 4-seed, from Cincinnati, 6-4, 7-6 (3). Ross, whose family moved to Florida in September, joins recent boys’ champions Gage Brymer (2013), Marcos Giron (2011)read more
Taylor Fritz, Claire Liu Win ASICS Easter Bowl 18s Singles Titles INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 12, 2015) – Taylor Fritz learned a lot of lessons on his way to capturing the 48th annual ASICS Easter Bowl ITF Boys’ 18s singles title. Most important was that a match isn’t over until it’s officially over. The top-seeded Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., resident Fritz, who came back from down a set and 0-5 to win a third-round match on Thursday, continued his high level of play on the final day of the tournament as he beat No. 14-seeded Sam Riffice, 6-2, 6-3, to claim the title in the tournament played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Fourteen-year-old Claire Liu, the No. 12-seed from Thousand Oaks, Calif., claimed the ITF Girls’ 18s trophy withread more
Tiafoe, Bellis Capture 18s Singles Titles On Final Day of ASICS Easter Bowl INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 13, 2014) – With his ultimate goal of winning an ASICS Easter bowl finally complete, 16-year-old Francis Tiafoe said his focus will now turn to the junior Grand Slam events in the coming months, including the French Open and Wimbledon. Tiafoe joined No. 4-seeded CiCi Bellis of Atherton, Calif., as the big ITF 18s winners as the 47th annual event ended with rave reviews from players, parents and coaches being played for the first time at the Indian Wellsread more
Just because he won four of his six ASICS Easter Bowl matches after dropping the first set and five total three-setters, doesn’t mean that Gage Brymer enjoys playing in them. “No, I don’t really like them,” was Brymer’s response to a question posed by USTA First Vice President Katrina Adams, who was handling Tennis Channel on-court commentating duties following the unseeded Brymer’s 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, win over Luca Corinteli in the Boy’s 18s ITF singles final on the final day of the 46th annual event that took place for the first time at the Sunrise Country Club. Adams called Brymer the “Marathon Man”, who later added in his post-match media interviews: “I wish I could get it done it tworead more
McDonald Takes ITF Boys’ 18s Singles Title On Final Day At 45th Annual USTA Easter Bowl Junior Spring Nationals By Steve Pratt RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (April 15, 2012) – When Mackenzie McDonald wakes up on Monday morning, his 17th birthday, it will probably have sunk in: he’s the 2012 boys’ 1TF 18s singles champion at the Easter Bowl. Just three years ago, on his final days as a 13-year-old, McDonald won the gold ball in the USTA Springs Nationals in the 14s at the Easter Bowl. “This is so big, one of the most prestigious events we have in the nation,” said McDonald, aware that so few repeat inread more
2011 Easter Bowl Singles Winners Photos by Bob and Dave Kenas Boys’ 18s Singles Finals Marcos Giron, at right, Thousand Oaks, CA def. Mac Styslinger (7) Birmingham, AL 6-1, 7-5 Girls’ 18s Singles Finals Kyle McPhillips (13), at right, Willoughby, OH def Gabrielle Andrews (9) Pomona, CA 6-4, 6-4read more
April 18, 2010, Rancho Mirage, Calif. — Gordon Watson’s comeback came full circle Sunday as he captured his fourth career gold ball with the biggest win of his career: the boys’ 16s championships at the Easter Bowl. (My forehand) was just firing today. I wish someone could tell me how many backhands I hit today because it wasn’t many,” said Watson, the No. 10 seeded player from Naples, Fla., after beating top-seeded Nolan Paige of Fairfield, Conn., 6-3, 6-1, at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort. “It hasn’t really kicked in yet. It got real emotional there for a minute when my parents came over. It’s a great feeling. I haven’t felt this way since the 12s. Watson was once the No. 1 14-and-under player in the U.S. but soonread more
Evan King and Christina McHale will be spending a lot of time together this summer. Two of America’s promising juniors were recently selected to play World Team Tennis for the defending champion New York Buzz as part of an all-juniors team. The pair had very little time to spend together during the recent 42nd annual Easter Bowl Junior Spring National Championships. That’s because they were too busy winning matches as both King and McHale captured ITF 18s titles at Seena Hamilton’s venerable event played at Rancho Las Palmas in Palm Desert, Calif. The Michigan-bound King, the20No. 4 seed who is a U.S. junior Davis Cupper from Chicago whoread more
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – They left the best for last for the second straight year at the Easter Bowl. In the final main-draw singles match of the tournament Sunday at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort, No. 8 seed Jack Sock fought through a tough three-setter in 98-degree heat, upsetting No. 2 seed Clay Thompson, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4), in the boys’ 16s final at the USTA Spring Nationals event. Last year in the same 16s final – the third and final main-draw match of the day – unseeded Lawrence Formentera also needed a third-set tiebreaker to beat No. 1 seed James “Bo” Seal of Chattanooga, Tenn. The heat was brutal for both players and fans Sunday, but Sock found a way to get through it. “The heatread more