WHITE PLAINS, April 3, 2019 (USTA Press Release)
Top young juniors Ronald Hohman (17, Oyster Bay, N.Y.) and Emma Navarro (17, Charleston, S.C) won the adidas Easter Bowl Boys’ and Girls’ 18s singles titles on Sunday, each earning wild card entries into the US Open Junior Championships in September and into future tournaments through the new USTA Competitive Pathway linkages.
The Easter Bowl, the USTA National Spring Championships, was played last week at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif., with singles and doubles competition across the 18s, 16s, 14s and 12s age groups. The Easter Bowl is the first of five junior USTA National Championship events – the USTA adidas Junior Championship Series – of 2019 and counts John McEnroe, Tracy Austin, Jennifer Capriati and Andy Roddick among its previous champions.
For the first time in the 52-year history of the Easter Bowl, seventeen-year-old Ronald Hohman claimed the singles title as a qualifier, defeating No. 3 seed Martin Damm (15, Bradenton, Fla.), 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the finals. With the win, the LSU recruit booked his spot in the 2019 US Open Junior Championships as a wild card, in addition to earning one entry to an ATP Challenger Tour ATP 80/ATP 90 and an ITF World Tennis Tour M25 event. Damm, as the Boys’ 18s singles finalist, received a wild card entry into the ITF World Tennis Tour M25 and M15 event to be determined.
Ron Hohmann post interview. pic.twitter.com/oalOaN4SkW
— Easter Bowl (@easterbowl) 31. März 2019
After defeating Robin Montgomery (14, Washington D.C.)6-0, 7-6(2) in the finals, Emma Navarro became the eighth girl in Easter Bowl history to win the Girls’ 18s singles title after winning previously winning the Girls’ 16s title. In addition, Navarroalongside partner Chloe Beck (17, Watkinsville, Ga.) took home the Girls’ 18s doubles trophy.
Through the new USTA competitive pathway linkages, Navarro earned a wild card entry into this summer’s US Open Junior Championships and a singles main draw wild card entry into a USTA Pro Circuit W60 and ITF World Tennis Tour W25 event. As the Girls’ 18s runner-up, Montgomery earned a wild card spot in an ITF World Tennis Tour W15 event to be determined.
Championship point for Emma Navarro. pic.twitter.com/wHBy2FxYwI
— Easter Bowl (@easterbowl) 31. März 2019
Samir Banerjee (Basking Ridge, N.J.) followed up his Boys’ 16s semifinal run at the USTA National Winter Championships in January by winning the Boys’ 16s singles trophy defeating JJ Tracy (16, Hilton Head Island, S.C.) 7-6(4), 7-5. Banerjeee arned a wild card main draw entry into an ITF World Tennis Tour M15 event. On the other hand, Tracy earned a wild card entry to the singles qualifying draw of an ITF World Tennis Tour M15 event to be determined.
2018 US Open Junior Championships quarterfinalist, Vivian Ovrootsky (14, San Jose, Calif.) overtook DJ Bennett (Belleview, Fla.) to win her first USTA National Championship. As the Girls’ 16s singles champion, Ovrootsky earned a wild card into the singles main draw of the International Hard Court Championship ITF Junior tournament in College Park, Md. in August. Bennett earned a wild card entry into the singles main draw of a Junior ITF Grade 4 tournament to be determined.
Tsehay Driscoll (13, Pacific Palisades, Calif.) swept the singles and doubles titles. As the Girls’ 14s singles champion, Driscoll earned a wild card entry into the singles main draw of a Junior ITF Grade 4 tournament to be determined. Juncheng Shang (14, Naples, Fla.) overcame Boys’ 14s doubles champion Lucas Brown (14, Plano, Texas) to claim the Boys’ 14s singles title.
Thea Latak (Burr Ridge, Ill.) defeated Daniela Borruel (Buena Park, Calif.) in the Girls’ 12s singles final 7-6(3), 6-3 to finish her week as the singles champion and doubles finalist. Meanwhile, Bourrel took home the doubles trophy with partner Rebecca Kong (San Diego, Calif.) in addition to finishing as the singles finalist. Abhishek Thorat (Lithia, Fla.) won the Boy’s 12s singles title.
Each year, more than 120,000 players compete in USTA junior tournament. Players compete in levels of competition through earned advancement in the 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s age divisions. USTA junior tournaments help kids take their game as far as they want – high school, college or pros – or just have fun competing.