Ozenci, Nickerson win titles
The Road to THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP 2023
Apr 23 - UTR Potomac Spring Tennis Festival 14U and 16U
Tim Nickerson emerged from the twenty-six total players to descend upon Holton-Arms this weekend to claim the most coveted title of all: 16U champion.
His dominant display was capped off in a 4-1, 4-0 final against Solomon Ravitz, who had spent nearly all of his energy just to get past Atlee Hilliard in the quarters and Kiran Mathura in the semis. Both matches included multiple tiebreaks and extended sets.
Across the net, Nickerson had barely been tested, with Diego Levi getting the most games from him in his three-match run to the title.
Siena Propst almost upended the semifinalist Mathura's dreams from the start. The next-closest match of the tournament was their first-round thriller, in which Mathura needed a 10-6 tiebreak to move on.
At the 14U, Jon Ozenci overpowered Millen Singh in a tense match that went Ozenci's way early but quickly swung in the second set before the champion finished off the tiebreak going away, 7-2. Neither had trouble en route to the final, though fireworks did go off in the early Round of 16. Annie Lippard took Ozenci to the brink at 5-3 in the first set, while Spencer Weiss and Leighton Rogers also played a tight first set before Weiss took off.
In the 14U rankings, only Luke Mearns dropped points from last year, having earned them at another age group tournament. Singh leaps the farthest at 82 places, and Mathura goes up to sixth. Ozenci sits just outside the Top 10 now, though he does move up to sixth in the 12U, where Stella Dybczakova and Archer Pollak produced the longest upward strides.
The 18U and 16U rankings look like an earthquake hit them. Big winners from last spring find themselves much lower and lighter than before. William van Horne's 17 points from the weekend launch him above Jeremy Chud for the top 16U spot. Nickerson makes the biggest move, up forty places with his championship.
Siena Auzoux jumps to first in the 10U rankings thanks to her performance in the consolation rounds of the 14U this weekend. Those five points place her ahead of Finn Jackson, though Auzoux will have to defend points from last July earlier in the year than he does.
A newly added feature to the rankings is the Plus / Minus, which will tell you how far up or down the player has moved within the last week.
14U UTR: Jon Ozenci
16U UTR: Tim Nickerson
The full tables now look like this.
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2023 Tour Schedule
Apr 8: UTR 14U - Sweet Spotter Open
Apr 16: USTA L7 Boys and Girls 12U
Apr 16: USTA L7 Boys and Girls 14U
May 7: USTA AD L7 Adult NTRP (16)
May 13: USTA WTN 16
May 20: USTA Junior Circuit Orange Dot (16)
May 21: USTA WTN 16
May 21: UTR Doubles 14U
June 3: 10U and 12U UTR - Tennis Curator Open
June 4: 14U and 16U UTR - String48 Open
June 10: 12U UTR
June 11: 16U UTR
June 17: 10U UTR
June 18: 14U UTR
June 24: 12U UTR
June 25: 18U UTR
July 1: 10U UTR
July 2: 14U UTR
July 8: 12U UTR
July 9: 15U UTR
July 15-16: Adult UTR / USTA - Tennis Central Open
July 22: 14U UTR
July 23: 18U UTR
July 29: 10U UTR
July 30: 15U UTR
Aug 5: 12U UTR
Aug 6: 18U UTR
Aug 12: 10U UTR
Aug 13: 14U UTR
Aug 19: 16U UTR
Aug 20: 12U UTR
Aug 26: 10U UTR
Aug 27: 14U UTR
September 2: 12U UTR
September 3: 15U UTR
September 9-10: THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP