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  • Writer's pictureMichael Augsberger

Lou debuts at 24th


July 9 - UTR 15U & 18U Varsity Open presented by Yann Auzoux Tryout Camp

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Jackson Lou opened his Tennis Central Junior Circuit account with a title win and debut ranking of 24th in the 18U standings. The first set of his final against Malik Turner was sensational, but he ran away in the second set to stifle the drama and claim the gold medal.

Turner, for his part, winds up at 42nd on the leaderboard. Veteran player and last year's ladies' Tour Championship qualifier Atlee Hilliard got out of the first round to increase her ranking to 36th, the only other competitor this weekend so highly rated at 18U.

But the player involved in the matches of the tournament must have been Kai Gardner, who fell behind quickly in the opener against the eventual champion but then won 5-3, 4-2 in the tightest match of the morning against Adriana Gross. Evan Willard then needed a tiebreak in the second set to defeat Gardner in the backdraw final.

At the 15U, Zahra Doriwala won her second consecutive TCJC championship and has become a favorite for the Tour Championship in just as short a timeframe. Now 22nd in the 16U rankings after this title, she is all the way up to 13th at 12U. No one could quite gain a foothold against her---she dropped just three games in two matches, including only one in the final over Spencer Weiss.

Weiss, a TCJC mainstay, has played many more tournaments and has the resume to show for it. Gaining a whopping 16 spots, he is just outside the Top 10 in the 16U rankings. On the wings of a first-round bye, Weiss defeated Caroline Peterson quickly in the semis.

Peterson and Likitha Gaddipati were the other big earners who hopped thirty or more places this weekend thanks to their opening round wins, Peterson in the most dramatic fashion by taking the tiebreak 10-4 against Niklas Nuxoll, who would go on to win the consolation bracket.

Just one tournament this weekend was played, but it still outpaced last year's Independence Weekend tally when no tournaments were scheduled. That means that this year, no rankings points were dropped in the new weekly rankings, and so little changed apart from this week's competitors' added points. We saw no changes in the Top 10s at all, with Ozenci, Ravitz, and Auzoux firmly in the drivers' seats, and Doriwala and Weiss gaining the highest new places this week at 13th and 14th.

Remember the newly added feature to the rankings: the Plus / Minus, which will tell you how far up or down the player has moved within the last week.


7/9 UTR 15U: Zahra Doriwala

7/9 UTR 18U: Jackson Lou

The full tables now look like this.

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2023 Tour Schedule


Mar 18: USTA L7 Boys and Girls 12U

Mar 19: USTA L7 Boys and Girls 14U


Apr 8: UTR 14U - Sweet Spotter Open

Apr 16: USTA L7 Boys and Girls 12U

Apr 16: USTA L7 Boys and Girls 14U

Apr 23: UTR 14U and 16U - Potomac Spring Tennis Festival Open

Apr 29: 15U UTR - Teen World Open Classic

Apr 30: 12U UTR - Anguilla Service Trips Open

Apr 30: 10U Green Dot UTR - Anguilla Service Trips Open

Apr 30: 10U Green Dot UTR - Anguilla Service Trips Open - rescheduled for June 3


May 6: USTA Junior Circuit Orange & Green

May 7: USTA L7 Adult NTRP

May 13: USTA Boys' and Girls' WTN 12-18U

May 20: USTA Junior Circuit Orange Dot (16)

May 21: USTA Boys' and Girls' WTN (Rankings 28-34, 34-40)

May 21: UTR Doubles 14U presented by The Beach Tennis & Pool


June 3: 10U Green and 12U UTR - Anguilla Service Trips Open

June 4: 14U and 16U UTR - String48 Open

June 10: 10U and 12U UTR - Tennis Curator Open

June 11: 16U UTR - The Beach Open

June 17: 10U and 12U UTR - Happy Tennis Parents Open

June 18: 14U and 18U UTR - Travel Team Open

June 24: 10U & 12U UTR - Anguilla Tennis Academy Open

June 24: USTA Boys' and Girls' 14U & 18U Singles Waterfall

June 25: 18U Singles & Doubles UTR - Tennis Central Foundation Open


July 1: USTA Boys' & Girls' 12U & 16U Waterfall

July 2: 14U & 16U UTR - Central College Placement Open

July 8: 12U Singles & Doubles UTR - Holton Creative Summer Open

July 9: 15U & 18U UTR - Varsity Open presented by Yann Auzoux Try-Out Camp

July 15-16: Adult UTR - Tennis Central Open

July 16: USTA 10U Orange & 10U Green

July 22: 10U & 14U UTR - BGO Cup

July 23: 18U Singles & Doubles UTR - String48 Classic

July 29: 10U & 12U UTR

July 30: 15U Singles & Doubles UTR


Aug 5: 12U & 16U Singles & Doubles UTR

Aug 5: USTA Boys' and Girls' 14U Waterfall

Aug 6: 18U Singles & Doubles UTR

Aug 6: USTA Boys' and Girls' 18U Waterfall

Aug 12: 10U Singles & Doubles UTR

Aug 13: 14U & 16U UTR

Aug 19: 10U & 16U Singles & Doubles UTR

Aug 20: USTA 10U Orange and 10U Green

Aug 20: 12U & 18U Singles & Doubles UTR

Aug 26: 10U UTR

Aug 26: USTA Team Event: College Format 10U Orange & 10U Green

Aug 27: 14U Singles & Doubles UTR


September 2: 12U & 18U UTR

September 3: 15U Singles & Doubles UTR


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