ATA 18U & 14U Sweep USTA Junior Team Tennis Championships

Austin Tennis Academy’s 18U “Dream Team” captured the 2012 USTA National Championship Title in Cayce, S.C., Oct.27– 28 defeating an El Paso team in the Championship match 60-13. Their 14U teammates from ATA earned the national title last weekend in their division.

Online PR News – 10-November-2012 – Austin, TX – Austin Tennis Academy’s 18U “Dream Team” captured the 2012 USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championship Title at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center in Cayce, S.C., Oct.27– 28 by defeating a team from El Paso in the Championship match 60-13. In the semifinals, ATA defeated a team from Jacksonville, Florida 59-33. Overall, the Dream Team logged a dominant 24-1 record in individual matches on the weekend. The ATA 18U championship team is coached by Kendall Brooks and features Brittany Brewster, Josh Hagar, Meredith Parks, Jonah Kral, Austin Mayo, Morgan Barnhill, Meghan O’Malley.

The 18 and Under national champions defended their spot as the nation’s best, after capturing this title in 2011 as well. The 18 and Under team joins their 14 and Under teammates from ATA who also earned the national title last weekend. They are
Georgia Wright, Haarika Somarouthu, Alexandria Beardsley Mjos, Abigail Chiu, Erik Alexander Kerrigan, Payton Holden, Jack Ryan Schiffman, Tyler Anson and Jesse Wikso. Coach Kendall Brooks led both of the teams on their journeys to national junior tennis titles.

“The ATA Dream Team concept grooms ATA’s best players for team competition – first, to win USTA JTT National Championships, and second, to prepare these young men and women for successful collegiate team tennis careers,” said Jack Newman, CEO/Master Professional of ATA, “and we are proud this remarkable accomplishment.”

“This group played focused and motivated in every match, and I received compliments all weekend not only about our players’ abilities, but also on their poise and sportsmanship,” said Coach Brooks. “As a coach, this is all you can ask for and I am very proud to have been a part of this championship effort.”

The National Championships are the crown jewel of USTA Jr. Team Tennis as the nation’s top teams compete for the title. Each year the USTA crowns a national champion in two age divisions (14U and 18U) in Advanced play divisions. This year, there were 32 teams from across the United States who have advanced to the National Championships totaling 249 participants.

ABOUT ATA Founded in Austin in 2002, Austin Tennis Academy is a year-round junior tennis training facility, coaching over 200 children ages 8 to 18 through its rigorous Academy, Junior Academy, Junior Development, and Quickstart programs. An United States Tennis Association Certified Regional Tennis Center with 12 full time coaches and an onsite College Prep Academy school, the ATA program is dedicated to developing students to their fullest potential in tennis, academics and character, producing top ranked juniors, scholarship-ready collegians, and players who give back to their community. Follow ATA player and community updates on our Facebook page, or via Twitter with the hashtag #ataresults for match updates, training techniques, and unique coaching insights.

ABOUT USTA JR TEAM TENNIS Established in 1991, USTA Jr. Team Tennis provides youth with all of the health and social benefits of tennis in a co-ed, fun and competitive team environment, and allows participants to compete with and against individuals of similar skill and age levels. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering a spirit of cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. USTA Jr. Team Tennis is also a fun environment for kids to learn that succeeding is really more about how they play the game—win or lose.