26 May New National Event Sparks Players’ Pride
USTA National Sweet 16 hosted by the City of Delray Beach
Nation’s top juniors gather on Memorial Day weekend for new event on junior tennis calendar
May 26, 2014 Contact: John Butler, (561) 350-6795, JButler@YellowTennisBall.com
Delray Beach, FL—It was a prideful weekend to play your heart out if you were one of the 64 competitors at the all-new USTA National Sweet 16 event in Delray Beach, Florida. Gaining entry into the smaller 16-player draws in the Tier 1 event and competing at a national event when the topic of “national pride” is at the absolute forefront of people’s minds is incredibly empowering. These top-notch ballers performed at world-class levels and even embraced a new “Player Promise”, each player signing a contract with the USTA to uphold the values of the game and the United States Tennis Association with each match, win or lose.
On the court, the weekend proved doubly successful for two players in particular, Ryan Peus (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) and Roscoe Bellamy (Pacific Palisades, CA). Both Cali players made their cross-country experience something special by winning both their singles and doubles events. Peus using a 4-hour semifinal match as a warm-up for her 6-1; 6-1 run through the Girls’ 16’s final against Alexandra Sanford (Westerville, OH) then teaming with Kayla Day (Santa Barbara, CA) to win the doubles in the afternoon. Bellamy, the boys’ double-dipper, took out a strong Sebastian Korda (Bradenton, FL) in the Boys’ 14’s championship match, 6-4; 6-3. Notable there is the fact that Bellamy is the son of Steve Bellamy, the entrepreneurial media genius who founded Tennis Channel (I thank you daily) while Korda is the progeny of Petr Korda, former #2 ranked player in the world and 1998 Australian Open Champion…and had one of the coolest one-handed backhands ever.
Complete Championship results are as follows:
- Boys’ 16’s Singles: (3) Gianni Ross d. Sam Riffice 7-6; 2-6; 6-2
- Boys’ 16’s Doubles: Ayeni/Mermersky d. (2) Kirkov/Riffice 6-4; 6-3
- Girls’ 16’s Singles: (2) Ryan Peus d. (3) Alexandra Sanford 6-1; 6-1
- Girl’s 16’s Doubles: (1) Day/Peus d. (2) Chiu/Coppoc 6-4; 7-5
- Boys’ 14’s Singles: Roscoe Bellamy d. Sebastian Korda 6-4; 6-3
- Boys’ 14’s Doubles: Bellamy/Mayo d. Fenty/Nefve 6-2; 3-6; 6-1
- Girls’ 14’s Singles: Emma Decoste d. Elysia Bolton 6-4; 3-6; 6-4
- Girls’ 14’s Doubles: (2) Bolton/Jones d. Menguene/Subhash 6-2; 2-6; 7-5
For complete draws and previous results, please visit: http://bit.ly/1isbL9e. For further information, including media needs, please call John Butler at 561-350-6795.
About The City of Delray Beach: In the southeast corner of Palm Beach County on the Atlantic seashore, a village by the sea that began as an agricultural community in 1895 has become one of Florida’s most popular destinations for visitors, new families and seasonal residents. The City of Delray Beach encompasses slightly over 16 square miles with a permanent population of nearly 65,000 and growing. Over the past decade, renewal and re-development efforts have resulted in recognition as the All-America City in 1993 and 2001, the Blue Wave designation for clean and beautiful beaches and hailed by city planners around the nation as a model for growth management. In 2012 Delray Beach was chosen by Rand McNally as the Best Small City in America.