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Massive leap for Gong amid two tiebreak finals

The Road to THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP 2023

July 22 - UTR - BGO Cup 14U

July 23 - UTR - String48 Classic 18U


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The drama was steep at the return of the UTR Tennis Central Junior Circuit events after a week off forced by rain. David Gong is no stranger to winning group stages and boys' USTA events, but he claimed his first main draw final in his TCJC career.


It's not often the best matches of the tournaments are the finals, but it was true as well at the 18U event. Newcomers Aidan Guiles and Matthias Linke wowed the crowd with an even closer final that went 10-8 in the tiebreak to Guiles for his first championship.


Gong made massive strides in his quest for the top spot in the rankings with the win. With the 10-4 win over Carter Mills in the final, he improved to 5th in the 14U rankings. Both he and Mills entered the Top 10 with the newfound points, with Mills just behind at 7th.


Another big winner was Aryan Dhiman, against whom finalist Linke needed a 7-4 first-set tiebreak in order to move on from the semifinals. Dhiman won the opener against Likith Gaddipati and leapt up the tables. He now sits in 11th, a fifteen place jump, which is just a few places ahead of the champion, Guiles.


Zachary Mills had entered the 10U event but like Gong is no stranger to the spotlight, either. Moved up to 14U, the multi-time champion met Gong in the semis where he was outmatched in a three-year gap, a rarity for the younger Mills. Still, his semifinal performance means that he moves up three places to 6th on the 10U Tour. Having debuted on the 14U Tour this week, he enters at 36th thanks to his many 10U wins.


Shiloh Auzoux solidified his position at the 10U top as his sister Siena aimed to catch him at the same tournament, producing one of the matches of the weekend in the first round against Zachary Mills. Mills needed a 12-10 tiebreak in the second set to polish off the 10U leader, but Auzoux did have a last laugh, winning the consolation bracket and then, a few hours later, the Blue Glove Open group championship in Tennis Central's spring flex UTR league.


Not much movement at the top of the leaderboards to mention, with Solomon Ravitz and Jon Ozenci firmly in their places. But Jonah Treitler entered the Top 10 at 18U.


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.


Champions

7/22 UTR 14U: David Gong

7/23 UTR 18U: Aidan Guiles


The full tables now look like this.


Each weekend this spring and summer, Tennis Central is bringing you USTA and UTR tournaments at Holton-Arms School. Earn points for advancing through each round, just like on the pro tours, and qualify for the TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP at season's end.


Bigger events offer more points, with the TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP offering the most, as well as prizes.


Check here for updates each week to the Tennis Central Tour Rankings, a 52-week points system based on the pro tours, as well as recaps of all the action and photos.


2023 Tour Schedule


March

Mar 18: USTA L7 Boys and Girls 12U

Mar 19: USTA L7 Boys and Girls 14U


April

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

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

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

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 - Tennis Curator Classic

July 30: 15U Singles & Doubles UTR - Central College Placement Classic


August

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

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

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

September 2: 12U & 18U UTR

September 3: 15U Singles & Doubles UTR

September 9-10: THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

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