A’s & Aces / NORDC Host NOLA Fall Junior Open Tennis Tournament
Seventy-nine young tennis players entered the NOLA Fall Jr. Open, a United States Tennis Association sanctioned event hosted by A’s & Aces and NORDC at Joe Brown Park Tennis Center on Nov. 21-22. Over 200 players, family members, friends, volunteers and coaches from Memphis, Lake Charles, Lafayette, Houma, and throughout the Northshore and Greater New Orleans areas, attended the event.
Tournament matches began on Saturday morning as the Kiwanis Club Dawn Busters grilled hamburgers and hot dogs that were enjoyed by players and spectators who watched quality matches by boys and girls in 10’s – 18’s age divisions. Despite rain that ended play on Saturday afternoon, all singles draws were completed on Sunday.
The Boys 10’s saw Joseph Xia take home the title by defeating Reece Beckendorf 4-2 4-1 in the finals. The Boys 12’s Green ball draw was won by Brian Davis,who defeated all opponents in the round robin draw.
Jahlil Cambrice earned second place. Carson Presser defeated Ben Chandler 6-1 6-2 to win the championship in the Boys 12’s yellow ball draw. In the Boys 14’s, Akash Melachuri defeated Samuel Prokop 6-3 6-2 to finish first, and, in the Boys 16’s, Matthew Armbruster defeated Henry Atkins 6-3 6-4 and earned the champion’s trophy. The Boys 18’s first place trophy was hoisted by Allen Miller who defeated John Ungarino 6-4 6-3.
Ava Waller won the title in the unranked Girls 10’s division by winning all 3 of her round robin matches, as did Teah Johnson in the ranked Girls 10’s division, with Alia Hitzman and Addison Presser finishing in second place respectively in those divisions.
The Girls 12’s Green Ball division had Mariella Congeni earning the 1st place trophy by beating Sydney Smyczynski 1-6 6-3 10-8 in the finals. Maya Battleearned the Girls 12’s Yellow Ball title by defeating Natalie Devraj 6-0 6-1 for the championship. In the Girl’s 14’s, Nadia Hitzman took home 1st place honors by defeating Mary Parker Whisnant 6-2 6-0 in the final.
Source: A’s & Aces