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USTA Boys 18's & 16's National Clay Court Championships

July 10, 2007 10:40 AM

Delray Beach, FL - The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has a lot to be proud of when the fields at the highest level national junior tennis tournaments have included tennis icons such as James Blake, the world’s #1 doubles team—the Bryan Brothers, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Michael Chang.  These American tennis heroes paved the way for the nation's current juniors, the elite of which will gather in Delray Beach, July 15 – 22, 2007 for such an event, the USTA Boys 18's & 16's National Clay Court Championships hosted by the City of Delray Beach.

These sacred surfaces by the seashore have played host to some of the most storied matches in our great game—Sony Ericsson (formerly known as The Lipton), Virginia Slims Championships, Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Sunshine Cup, Easter Bowl and the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ITC).  Here, in South Florida's "Village by the Sea," these talented tennis legions will vie for the coveted Gold Ball, a higher national ranking, recognition from college coaches and in the most auspicious of occasions, the winner of the Boys 18's singles competition will receive a wildcard into the main draw of the Delray Beach ITC, February 9 -17, 2008 ($437,000 ATP Tour Event).

Descending on the two-time awarded “All-America City,” more than 400 of America’s finest junior boys will compete—192 players in each of the 18 & 16 and under divisions, plus the doubles fields.  These incredible tennis players have packed their racquets, socks and sunscreen and boarded flight “Nationals” alongside family, friends and coaches—non-stop to their long-awaited destination point—Delray Beach, Florida.

Their places of origin are near and far and represent the diverse culture that makes up our nation, a fitting tribute to a National Championship—from Puerto Rico, Honolulu, Hollywood, Phoenix, Dallas, Chattanooga and Nashville, from “the Big Apple” down to the sunny ocean boulevards of Miami to the glitz and glamour of Boca Raton—Put out the welcome mats, the best in the business are coming and they're bringing their A-game!

The tournament is estimated to bring over 1,200 visitors to the area and provide an economic impact of over $1 million annually.  "We are extremely excited to host this major USTA national event," said Tournament Director, Mark Baron.  "Our goal is to make Delray Beach the place where the best junior players in the country come to compete."

From the throng of competitors, over 50 are from Florida, six of which are from Palm Beach County.  Also worth boasting is the fact that the tournament has attracted seven out of the top 13 players in the country in the Boys’ 16's and eight out of the top 10 in the Boys’ 18's. The six County ballers to watch for are Evan Bernstein (18's), Adam Bernstein (16's), Viju George (18's), Bob Van Overbeek (18's), Matthew Braunworth (16's) and Sam Wells (16's).  Another South Florida 18's player to keep an eye on is Brennan Boyajian (Weston, FL).  As the nation’s # 5 ranked player, could he add to his already 'golden' resume? 

Follow the trail of Delray Beach sand from the yellow brick (Atlantic) Avenue to the green clay of Delray Beach's fabled courts as the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center will serve as the main venue for both the Boys' 18's and 16's divisions, with three other venues also hosting matches—Delray Swim & Tennis Club, Broken Sound Country Club and Boca West Country Club.  Admission to watch these future red, white, and blue stars is FREE.

The event will be televised both statewide and nationally, reaching an estimated 20 million homes, and will include the Summer College Coaches Expo, held July 14, 2007, offering an up-close and personal opportunity for players to meet numerous NCAA tennis coaches.

For additional information, including volunteering and sponsorship opportunities, please call the tournament office at (561) 330-6000.

2007 Sponsors
A USTA National Championship Event

Host Site Sponsor
City of Delray Beach

Host County
Palm Beach County & Palm Beach County Sports Commission

Bronze Partners
Carrabba's Italian Grill, Crystal Art Associates, Kirschbaum USA, Wilson, Zephyr Sport

Official Hotels
Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel Boca Raton, Embassy Suites Boca Raton

Site Partners
Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center, Delray Swim & Tennis Club, Boca West Country Club, Broken Sound Country Club






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