Midland’s Ellie Coleman, 10, was selected to the Midwest junior team, representing the five-state USTA Midwest Region, competing against four other national districts, winning first place.
Held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Coleman, ranked # 34 in the Midwest girls’ 12, joined three players from Chicago and juniors from Bloomfield Hills and Okemos to take the title.
The Midwest Team swept all the other sections, winning all of the matches. In singles, Coleman lost only four games in three singles contests. Coleman was selected on the basis of recent tournament performance and her Midwest ranking.
The youngster, who trains at the Midland Community Tennis Center, is the daughter of Rod and Jen Coleman, Midland.
About 50 juniors competed in the USTA Midwest Junior Fall Open at the Midland Community Tennis Center, with all the singles championships going to players in the MCTC’s Tournament Training Program (TTP), directed by Steve Host, PTR & USTA High Performance Coach.
Singles winners included Anish Middha, Boys’ 12; Zoe Angell, Girls’ 12;Tyler Conrad, Boys’ 14; Tyler Wood, Boys’ 10, and Ellie Coleman, Girls’ 14. Midland consolation winners were Gavin Killmaster, Boys’10, and Arianna Hohner, Girls’ 14.
The MCTC will host the Boys’ Division I MHSAA High School State Championships, October 18-19, and the Women’s Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, October 25-27. Viewing is free.
Midland’s Tyler Conrad won the singles championship of the USTA Midwest Boys’ 12, defeating tournament training program mate Saketh Kamaraju, 6-4, 6-2.
Hosted by the MNidland Cmmunity Tennis Center, the 32-player draw drew players from around the stateHosted by the Midland Community Tennis Center, the 32-player draw attracted players from around the Midwest, including Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. The doubles title went to Ozan Colak and Benjamin Letzer, Western Michigan, who stopped Southeast Michigan’s Luke Baylis and J.J. Tracy, 8-3.
The TTP-Tournament Training Program headed by South Africa’s Steve Host, USTA High Performance Coach, is designed to train top competitive juniors for school, and collegiate tennis.
The Midland Community Tennis Center’s Caroline Szabo, 14, won her first U.S. junior championship, taking the doubles title of the USTA Girls’ 16 Nationals in Kalamazoo.
Szabo teamed with Alyvia Jones, Midland, to defeat Ahmeir Kyle, St Joseph, Michigan, and Zoe Taylor, Long Grove, Illinois, 8-4.
But the match of the tournament came in the quarterfinals against the #4 seeds when the unseeded Midland duo had to come from behind. Down 6-1, they rallied to beat Tiffany Chen, Naperville, Illinois, and Kirby Einck, Geneva, Illinois, 9-8.
Szabo plays in the TTP-Tournament Training Program, directed by Steve Host, PTR and USTA High Performance Coach.
Host has coached 10 professional ATP and WTA tour players, several South African national junior champions and numerous high- ranked ITF juniors. This is the third national junior title on his watch.
Szabo is a freshman at Dow High School. She is ranked #20 in the Midwest Girls’ 14 and #94 nationally.
“She’s got a big upside for a big power game due to her athleticism,” said Host. “We just have to teach her play to win no matter who is across the net.”
Szabo is the daughter of Mike and Christi Szabo, Midland. Her brother Michael is a top ranked member of TTP.