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August 2016 Honor Roll

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 06: Reilly Opelka serves to John Isner during the BB&T Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station on August 6, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
September 19, 2016 04:17 PM

The monthly USTA Player Development Player and Coach Honor Roll recognizes the top performing young Americans and their coaches each month.

Here’s a look at some of the most outstanding performances turned in by American tennis players ages 20 and younger in August:

Michael Agee (Jan. 24, 2000), Johns Creek, Ga. – Reached the boys’ singles semifinals at the Coca Cola Grade 5 ITF event in Castries, St. Lucia. He is coached by Jason Parks.

Samir Banerjee (Oct. 2, 2003), Basking Ridge, N.J. – Won the USTA Boys’ 12s national doubles title. He is coached by Andrew Sharnov.

Hailey Baptiste (Nov. 3, 2001), Washington, D.C. – Reached the singles semifinals at the Grade 1 International Hard Court Junior Championships in College Park, Md. She is coached by Frank Salazar.

Jacob Beasley (Oct. 30, 1998), Cumming, Ga. – Won the doubles title at the Grade 4 Monterrey San Agustin ITF Junior Cup in Mexico. He is coached by Lucas Regas Melero and Emilio Sanchez Vicario.

Blaise Bicknell (Nov. 26, 2001), Miami – Won the SVGTA Juniors 2016 ITF Grade 5 junior event in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He is coached by Melville Spence.

Ulises Blanch (March 25, 1998), Pompano Beach, Fla. – Reached the singles semifinals at the Grade 1 Canadian Open Junior Championships in Repentigny. He is coached by Daniel Garcia, Rodrigo Alvarez and Claudio Menna.

Willa Breunich (Feb. 22, 2001), Port St. Lucie, Fla. – Reached the singles semifinals in Leg 2 of the Grade 4 ITF event series in Zimbabwe.

Jenson Brooksby (Oct. 26, 2000), Carmichael, Calif. – Finished runner-up in singles at the USTA Boys’ 16s national championships. He is coached by Jenson Brooksby.

Andrea Cerdan (March 30, 2001), Bloomfield, N.J. – Captured the doubles title at the USTA Girls’ 16s national championships. She is coached by John Costanzo.

Jameson Corsillo (Dec. 23, 2002), Boca Raton, Fla. – Advanced to the singles final at the USTA Boys’ 14s national championships. He is coached by Steve Longley.

Oliver Crawford (April 30, 1999), Spartanburg, S.C. – Reached the singles final at the Grade 1 International Hard Court Junior Championships in College Park, Md. He is coached by Anthony Stewart and Kelly Jones.

Kayla Day (Sept. 28, 1999), Santa Barbara, Calif. – Won the USTA Girls’ 18s national singles title to earn a wild card into the women’s draw of the US Open and defeated Madison Brengle to advance to the second round. She is coached by Mike Gennette and Henner Nehles.

Maria Drobotova (Jan. 9, 2004), Deerfield Beach, Fla. – Captured the USTA Girls’ 12s national doubles title. She is coached by Waylon Chin.

Maxi Duncan (June 23, 2002), Costa Mesa, Calif. – Won the USTA Girls’ 14s national doubles championship. She is coached by Sean Abdali.

Ryan Fishback (April 27, 2002), Geneva, N.Y. – Captured the USTA Boys’ 14s national doubles championship. He is coached by his father, Chip.

Nicole Frenkel (April 29, 1998), Winchester, Mass. – Finished runner-up in singles at the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships. She is coached by Frank Salazar.

Taylor Fritz (Oct. 28, 1997), Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. – Reached the quarterfinals at the ATP 250 BB&T Atlanta Open. He is coached by his father, Guy.

Imani Graham (Dec. 20, 2001), Saint Johns, Fla. – Won the doubles title and reached the singles final at the Grade 5 ITF Panama Mid-Season junior event in Panama. She is coached by David Witt.

Lukas Greif (Dec. 2, 1999), Evansville, Ind. – Won the singles title at the USTA Boys’ 16s national championships. She is coached by Stephanie Hazlett.

Christina Hand (Nov. 7, 2001), Moorestown, N.J. – Captured the doubles title at the USTA Girls’ 16s national championships. She is coached by Charles Wheeler.

Jada Hart (March 19, 1998), Colton, Calif. – Won the USTA Girls’ 18s national doubles title.

Kacie Harvey (Aug. 27, 2001), Braintree, Mass. – Won the doubles title and reached the singles semifinals at Leg 1 of the ITF Grade 4 junior event in Zimbabwe; won the doubles title and reached the singles final in Leg 2 and reached the singles semifinals of Leg 3. She is coached by Calin Mateas.

Julia Haynes (June 1, 2001), San Diego – Reached the USTA Girls’ 16s national singles final. She is coached by Marianne Werdel.

Vasil Kirkov (March 13, 1999), Tampa, Fla. – Advanced to the final at the USTA Boys’ 18s national championships. He is coached by his father, Stoyan.

Katie LaFrance (Sept. 29, 1999), Little Rock, Ark. – Reached the singles semifinals at the SVGTA Juniors 2016 ITF Grade 5 junior event in St. Vincent and the Grenadines; reached the singles semis and won the doubles title at the Grade 4 U18 Petit Camp Open in Mauritius.

Alex Lee (Jan. 12, 2002), Oak Brook, Ill. – Won the USTA Boys’ 14s national singles championship.

Victor Lilov (Feb. 11, 2004), Raleigh, N.C. – Swept the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Boys’ 12s national championships. He is coached by Steve Smith.

Claire Liu (May 25, 2000), Thousand Oaks, Calif. – Swept the singles and doubles titles at the Grade 1 International Hard Court Junior Championships in College Park, Md. She is coached by Mike Gennette and Adam Peterson.

Roger Lyn (Jan. 6, 2000), Miramar, Fla. – Reached the singles semifinals at the Grade 5 THA/BMobile junior tournament in Trinidad and Tobago.

Sonia Maheshwari (Nov. 20, 2002), Morrisville, N.C. – Finished runner-up at the USTA Girls’ 14s national championships. She is coached by Jake Lester.

Elli Mandlik (May 19, 2001), Boynton Beach, Fla. – Won the singles title at the Grade 4 Monterrey Contry ITF Junior Cup 2016 in Mexico. She is coached by Gabriel Trifu.

John McNally (Oct. 18, 1998), Cincinnati, Ohio – Won the USTA Boys’ 18s national doubles title to earn a doubles main-draw wild card into the US Open. He is coached by his mother, Lynn.

Michael Mmoh (Jan. 10, 1998), Bradenton, Fla. – Captured the singles title at the USTA Boys’ 18s national championships, earning a wild-card entry into the US Open men’s singles draw. He is coached by Glenn Weiner.

Nicole Mossmer (Aug. 5, 2000), La Jolla, Calif. – Won the USTA Girls’ 16s national singles championship. She is coached by Marianne Werdel.

Reilly Opelka (Aug. 28, 1997), Palm Coast, Fla. – Opelka (pictured above) reached the semifinals at the ATP 250 BB&T Atlanta Open. He is coached by Diego Moyano.

b(July 15, 2004), San Jose, Calif. – Finished runner-up in singles at the USTA Girls’ 12s national championships. She is coached by Byron Nepomuceno.

Gianna Pielet (June 11, 2002), El Paso, Texas – Won the USTA Girls’ 14s national singles title. She is coached by her father, Doug.

Karl Poling (Aug. 4, 1999), West Point, N.Y. – Won the singles title at the Grade 4 Maribor Open ITF junior event in Maribor, Slovenia. He is coached by his father, Jim.

Jack Pulliam (Dec. 14, 1999), Manhattan Beach, Calif. – Reached the singles semifinals at the Grade 5 THA/BMobile junior tournament in Trinidad and Tobago.

Miranda Ramirez (March 7, 1999), Port St. Lucie, Fla. – Reached the singles semifinals at the Grade 4 Taca Diogo Napoles junior event in Portugal, then won the singles title at the Grade 4 Tournoi International de Clermont-Ferrand event in France. She is coached by Thomas Finck.

Taysia Rogers (July 8, 2000), Sugar Land, Texas – Reached the girls’ singles semifinals at the Coca Cola Grade 5 ITF event in Castries, St. Lucia.

Pierce Rollins (July 14, 2001), Tulsa, Okla. – Qualified and reached the semifinals at the Grade 5 ITF Panama Mid-Season junior event in Panama. He is coached by Trent Tucker.

Gianni Ross (Feb. 4, 1999), Burr Ridge, Ill. – Reached the singles semifinals at the Grade 1 International Hard Court Junior Championships in College Park, Md. He is coached by Jack Sharpe, Robbye Poole and Sylvain Guichard.

Sofia Sewing (July 22, 1999), Miami – Won the girls’ doubles title at the Grade 1 International Hard Court Junior Championships in College Park, Md.

Ena Shibahara (Feb. 12, 1998), Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. – Won the doubles title at the USTA Girls’ 18s national championships. She is coached by Yoshi Shibahara.

Braden Shick (Oct. 24, 2003), Greensboro, N.C. – Reached the singles final at the USTA Boys’ 12s national championships. He is coached by Tony Mule.

Jamilah Snells (Aug. 29, 2002), Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – Captured the doubles title at the USTA Girls’ 14s national championships. She is coached by Nick Saviano.

Lauren Stein (May 23, 2002), Paradise Valley, Ariz. – Swept the singles and doubles titles at the Grade 5 ITF Panama Mid-Season junior event in Panama. She is coached by Joey Blake.

Billy Suarez (Feb. 13, 2002), Huntington, N.Y. – Won the USTA Boys’ 14s national doubles championship. He is coached by Nate Emge.

Danny Thomas (Nov. 22, 1999), Pickerington, Ohio – Won the doubles title at the Grade 1 International Hard Court Junior Championships in College Park, Md. He is coached by Kelly Story.

Frances Tiafoe (Jan. 20, 1998), Hyattsville, Md. – Won the singles title at the $100,000 ATP Challenger in Granby, Canada. He is coached by Nicolas Todero.

Andrew Ton (Nov. 12, 1999), Milpitas, Calif. – Won the USTA Boys’ 16s national doubles championship.

Camille Townsend (May 28, 2000), Coconut Creek, Fla. – Reached the girls’ singles semifinals at the Grade 4 ITF Copa Tampico event in Mexico. She is coached by Rick Macci.

Katya Townsend (May 28, 2000), Coconut Creek, Fla. – Won the girls’ singles title at the Grade 4 ITF Copa Tampico event in Mexico, then reached the singles final at the Grade 4 Monterrey San Agustin ITF Junior Cup in Mexico. She is coached by Rick Macci.

Dennis Uspensky (Oct. 22, 1996), Atlantic Beach, N.Y. – Won a doubles title at an ITF Futures event in Ourense, Spain. He is coached by Tony Bresky.

Katja Wiersholm (July 8, 2004), Kirkland, Wash. – Won the USTA Girls’ 12s national singles championship. She is coached by Dan Willman.

Max Wild (Jan. 4, 2000), Murrieta, Calif. – Won the USTA Boys’ 16s national doubles championship. He is coached by Justin Montgomery.

Savannah Williams (Oct. 1, 1999), Port St. Lucie, Fla. – Reached the girls’ singles semifinals in Leg 1 of the ITF Grade 4 junior event in Zimbabwe.

William Woodall (Feb. 14, 2000), Washington, D.C. – Won the singles title at the Grade 5 Panama Mid-Season junior event in Panama and won the doubles title at the Grade 1 International Hard Court Junior Championships in College Park, Md. He is coached by Asaf Yamin.

JJ Wolf (Dec. 21, 1998), Cincinnati, Ohio – Won the USTA Boys’ 18s doubles national championship to earn a wild card into the men’s doubles main draw at the US Open. He is coached by David Kass and his father, Jeff.

Nikki Yanez (Sept. 11, 2003), Sarasota, Fla. – Won the USTA Girls’ 12s national doubles championship. She is coached by her father, Paul.

 

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