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New Class of U.S. Future Tennis Pros Announced

September 15, 2009 07:00 PM

 

 The USTA National Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla.

The USTA National Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., has become ground zero for the future of men’s and women’s professional tennis in the U.S. Earlier this month the USTA announced the 2009-2010 incoming class of students who will become the players to watch over the next five years.

Thirteen boys and six girls (four total from Florida) will train full-time in Boca Raton, including 2008 USTA Girls’ 18s champion Christina McHale. Students will receive coaching from the elite USTA National Coaching staff and continue their academic education through course work provided by Kaplan Virtual Education. 

The following players will train full-time at the USTA Training Center Headquarters this school year: Justin Butsch, Miami Beach, Fla.; Julia Boserup, Boca Raton, Fla.; Luca Corinteli, Alexandria, Va.; Mia King, Hendersonville, N.C.; Joseph DiGiulio, Newport Beach, Fla.; Spencer Liang, Potomac, Md.; Jeremy Efferding, Lake Worth, Fla.; Amanda Lin, West Chester, Ohio; Tyler Gardiner, Novi, Mich.; Christina McHale, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Alexios Halebian, Glendale, Calif.; Grace Min, Duluth, Ga.; Daniel Kerznerman, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Thai Kwiatkowski, Charlotte, N.C.; Nikko Madregallego, Duarte, Calif.; Spencer Papa, Edmond, Okla.; Nathan Pasha, Atlanta; Shane Vinsant, Keller, Texas; and Konrad Zieba, Glenview, Ill.

Efferding and Boserup are from Boca Raton area and live at home,  but train full-time at the USTA facility, while the remainder will live full-time at the facility.

“I think we are bringing in a very dynamic group of kids from all age groups,” said Patrick McEnroe, general manager, USTA Player Development. “We have a great group of committed players who have demonstrated a strong work-ethic and desire. Our hope is that they will push each other to become the best players they can be.”

Among other accomplishments, Boserup won the 2008 Dunlop Orange Bowl; Pasha won the 2008 USTA Boys’ 16s National Clay Court Championships; and Papa won the 2008 USTA Boys’ 12s National Championship. 

Players exiting the full-time USTA Player Development program at the Boca facility for college tennis or the pro tour include 2009 USTA Boys’ 18s National Champion Chase Buchanan, 2008 USTA National Clay Court Champion Evan King, and 2007 USTA Girls’ 18s National Champion Ashley Weinhold.

 

 

 

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