Three Avon players and two Simsbury players are on the New England team playing in the USTA’s junior national championship team tournament this weekend. (Photo courtesy USTA)
Three players from Avon and two from Simsbury will be participating this weekend at the U.S. Tennis Association’s junior (18 and under) team national championships this weekend in Cayce, South Carolina.
Avon’s Eric Selzer, Kendall Held and Michael Thramann will be participating on the New England section intermediate team along with Simsbury’s Jeffrey Baker and Uma Mehta and Cromwell’s Lauren Pingree.
The athletes will compete in singles, doubles and mixed doubles in a team format.
The national championship tournaent serves as the crown jewel of USTA Junior team tennis as the nation’s top teams compete for the title. Each year, the USTA crowns a national champion in two age divisions (14U and 18U) in both the intermediate and advanced play divisions. Thirty-two teams from around the county will be participating.
“I look at the national championships as a year-end celebration for teams who battled through local play, and then through area, district and section championships,” said Matt Barnhart, National Manager for USTA Junior Team Tennis. “My goal is that one day every player has that type of experience during their local JTT program – fun team-based competition and memories that are made even beyond the court.”
Established in 1991, USTA Junior Team Tennis provides youth with all of the health and social benefits of tennis in a co-ed, fun and competitive team environment – all while allowing participants to compete with and against individuals of similar ages and skill levels.