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February 2016 Honor Roll

Neel
March 8, 2016 02:06 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 February:

Alexandra Angyalosy (Nov. 9, 1998), Boca Raton, Fla. – Won the girls’ doubles title at the Grade 4 Copa Universidad Galileo ITF junior event in Guatemala City, Guatemala, then reached the singles semifinals and won the doubles title at the Grade 4 El Salvador ITF junior event the next week in La Libertad, El Salvador. She is coached by Andrei Mlendea and Rob Budacsek.

CiCi Bellis (April 8, 1999), Atherton, Calif. – Won the women’s doubles title at the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament in Midland, Mich., then reached the women’s singles final at the $25,000 Pro Circuit event in Surprise, Ariz. She is coached by her mother, Lori.

Liam Caruana (Jan. 22, 1998), New Braunfels, Texas – Reached the boys’ singles final at the Grade 4 El Salvador ITF junior event in La Libertad, El Salvador. He is coached by his father, Massimo.

Naomi Cheong (May 16, 2002), Las Vegas – Reached the girls’ singles semifinals at the Grade 3 junior New Zealand ITF Summer Championships in Auckland. She is coached by Henner Nehles.

Zeke Clark (July 19, 1998), Tulsa, Okla. – Won the boys’ doubles title at the Grade 2 ITF Copa FTCh 2016 junior event in Santiago, Chile, then reached the singles semis at the Grade 2 Argentina Cup a week later. He is coached by Matias Marin and his father, Toby.

Neri Cohen (Sept. 2, 1999), Tucker, Ga. – Qualified and won the girls’ singles title at the Grade 5 NWU Pukke South Africa 1 ITF junior event in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Morgan Coppoc (April 16, 1999), Tulsa, Okla. – Reached the girls’ singles semifinals at the Grade 2 Inka Bowl ITF junior event in Lima, Peru. She is coached by Trent Tucker.

Paris Corley (Jan. 3, 1998), Grants, N.M. – Won the girls’ singles title at the Grade 4 Copa Universidad Galileo ITF junior event in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She is coached by Joey Blake.

Salma Ewing (Aug. 28, 2000), Long Beach, Calif. – Reached the girls’ singles semifinals at the Grade 4 Copa Universidad Galileo ITF junior event in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She is coached by her mother, Reyana.

Andrew Fenty (March 8, 2000), Washington, D.C. – Won the boys’ singles title at the Grade 4 El Salvador ITF junior event in La Libertad, El Salvador. He is coached by Asaf Yamin.

Taylor Fritz (Oct. 28, 1997), Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. – Reached the singles final at the ATP World Tour’s Memphis Open, becoming the youngest American to reach an ATP singles final since Michael Chang in 1989, then advanced to the quarterfinals of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel ATP event in Acapulco, Mexico. With the results, Fritz leaped to No. 81 in the world rankings, becoming the youngest player in the Top 100. He is coached by his father, Guy.

Gui Gomes (Jan. 23, 1998), Newport Beach, Calif. – Won the boys’ doubles title at the Grade 2 ITF Copa FTCh 2016 junior event in Santiago, Chile. He is coached by Jimmy Johnson.

Nathan Han (April 15, 2001), Tulsa, Okla. – Won the boys’ doubles title at the Grade 4 Jalisco Junior Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico. He is coached by Trent Tucker.

Dalayna Hewitt (Dec. 16, 2000), Pepper Pike, Ohio – Won the girls’ doubles title at the Grade 2 Inka Bowl ITF junior event in Lima, Peru. She is coached by Bill Adams, Rick Shy and Todd Wojtkowski.

Dasha Ivanova (Oct. 11, 1996), Brooklyn, N.Y. – Won the women’s doubles title at a $10,000 pro circuit event in Antalya, Turkey. She is coached by Tim Neilly and Maurice Trail.

Taylor Johnson (Aug. 7, 2000), Redondo Beach, Calif. – Reached the girls’ singles semifinals at the Grade 2 Inka Bowl ITF junior event in Lima, Peru. She is coached by Marc Lucero.

Sofia Kenin (Nov. 14, 1998), Pembroke Pines, Fla. – Reached the women’s singles semifinals at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Surprise, Ariz. She is coached by her father, Alex.

Tomas Kopczynski (June 11, 2000), Delray Beach, Fla. – Reached the boys’ singles semifinals at the Queretaro Junior Cup Grade 4 ITF junior event in Queretaro, Mexico. He is coached by his father, Tomek.

Jamie Loeb (March 8, 1995), Ossining, N.Y. – Won the women’s singles title at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Surprise, Ariz. She is coached by Felix Alvarado.

Niluka Madurawe (March 29, 2000), Sunnyvale, Calif. – Reached the girls’ singles semifinals at the Queretaro Junior Cup Grade 4 ITF junior event in Queretaro, Mexico. She is coached by Gustavo Granitto.

Elli Mandlik (May 19, 2001), Boynton Beach, Fla. – Won the girls’ singles title at the Queretaro Junior Cup Grade 4 ITF junior event in Queretaro, Mexico, then reached the singles semis at the Grade 4 Jalisco Junior Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, the next week. She is coached by Gabriel Trifu.

Govind Nanda (Feb. 17, 2001), Cerritos, Calif. – Won the boys’ singles title at the Grade 4 Copa Universidad Galileo ITF junior event in Guatemala City, Guatemala. He is coached by Vahe Assadourian.

Ingrid Neel (June 16, 1998), Rochester, Minn. – Neel (pictured above) won the women’s doubles title at the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament in Midland, Mich. She is coached by Margie Zesinger.

Axel Nefve (July 22, 2000), Hinsdale, Ill. – Won the boys’ singles title at the Queretaro Junior Cup Grade 4 ITF junior event in Queretaro, Mexico. He is coached by Jack Sharpe.

Raquel Pedraza (Jan. 28, 1998), Claremont, Calif. – Won the girls’ doubles title at the Grade 2 ITF Copa FTCh 2016 junior event in Santiago, Chile.

Kariann Pierre-Louis (Jan. 16, 1999), Miami, Fla. – Won the girls’ doubles title at the Grade 2 Inka Bowl ITF junior event in Lima, Peru. She is coached by Bill Adams.

Melissa Plambeck (Jan. 27, 2000), Bradenton, Fla. – Won the boys’ doubles title at the Grade 4 El Salvador ITF junior event in La Libertad, El Salvador.

Jimena Rodriguez-Benito (July 7, 2000), Miami, Fla. – Reached the girls’ singles final and won the doubles title at two Grade 4 ITF junior events – the Copa Universidad Galileo in Guatemala City, Guatemala and the El Salvador ITF junior event in La Libertad, El Salvador.

Noah Rubin (Feb. 21, 1996), Merrick, N.Y. – Reached the men’s singles final at the $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit Futures tournament in Plantation, Fla. He is coached by Lawrence Kleger.

Alexandra Sanford (Jan. 5, 1999), Westerville, Ohio – Reached the women’s singles quarterfinals at the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Midland, Mich. She is coached by Doug DiRosario.

Frances Tiafoe (Jan. 20, 1998), College Park, Md. – Reached the singles quarterfinals at the $100,000 men’s Challenger in Dallas. He is coached by Jose Higueras.

Taylor Townsend (April 16, 1996), Chicago, Ill. – Won the women’s doubles title at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. She is coached by Donald Young, Sr.

Cotter Wilson (Sept. 9, 1998), Shreveport, La. – Reached the boys’ singles semifinals and won the doubles title at the Grade 4 Jalisco Junior Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico. He is coached by his father, Grady, and Dave Licker.

William Woodall (Feb. 14, 2000), Washington, D.C. – Won the boys’ doubles title at the Grade 4 El Salvador ITF junior event in La Libertad, El Salvador. He is coached by Asaf Yamin.

 

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