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  • Writer's pictureMichael Augsberger

Walter surges into Tour Championship spots


Aug 13 - UTR 14U & 16U - The String48 Amateur

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The races are winding down to the Tour Championship just as they rise up into a crescendo of drama in the fight for the final automatic bids. The top six boys and girls on each age group's tour earn the right to play in September's Tour Championship. Repeat champion Braden Walter made his case quite emphatically this weekend, as did Keegan Knightly in winning his first event.

Walter met Atlee Hilliard in the final of the String48 Amateur, Sunday's 16U UTR tournament, where he dispatched the likely TC qualifier 4-2, 4-1. He met stiffer opposition in the semi, where Riece Grimes-Thomas tried to make her claim. That means Walter shoots into the Top 6 in all three of the highest-aged tours, climbing 24 places at 18U, and it should cement his place in the year-end championship.

Meanwhile, Hilliard is one of the top-qualifying girls at 16U and occupies a bubble spot at 18U for the Tour Championship. Grimes-Thomas, though joining the tour only recently, sits just two points behind Zahra Doriwala and Paisley Fromer for the final girls' spot. Doriwala may end up qualifying in multiple age groups, which could open the door for Grimes-Thomas, but another quality performance this week or next would likely do the damage herself.

Walter's resurgence hurts William van Horne, Anton Grib, and Benjamin Kaufman the most---these are all the boys bumped down just enough by the most recent champion's exploits.

Michael Kuoh lost out in a heartbreaking first round match to eventual semifinalist Sofia Gerhardt, 5-3, 4-2. But he rallied to win the consolation bracket and its fifteen points to jump up 18 places on the 14U tour.

Keegan Knightly, winner of his first-ever Tour title, put himself within seventy points of the qualification spots for the Tour Championship at 14U. He's now 14th and a few places behind Arnav Nadikatla after winning the 14U String48 Amateur running away, dropping just one game en route to the championship.

There he faced Lily Venzke who had defeated Lara Dabney earlier to claim second place. Venzke's silver medal now places her 5th in the 18U girls rankings, just enough to earn the invitation to the TC. Dabney, for her own merit, is the second-ranked girl on the 10U tour and should be safe to qualify for the big showdown in September.

But there are still two weeks remaining. With only five chances left in August to grab the points needed to qualify, here are the current rankings. The top six boys are marked with *, the top six girls with ^.

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.


8/13 UTR 14U: Keegan Knightly

8/13 UTR 16U: Braden Walter

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 - Tennis Curator Classic

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


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

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

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

Aug 13: 10U Singles & Doubles UTR - Teen World Open Cup

Aug 13: 14U & 16U UTR - The String48 Amateur

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

Aug 20: USTA 10U Orange and 10U Green

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

Aug 26: 18U UTR - The Anguilla Service Trips Amateur

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

Aug 27: 14U Singles & Doubles UTR - Holton Varsity Open


September 2: 12U & 18U UTR

September 3: 15U Singles & Doubles UTR

September 9-10: THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP - all age levels 10U-18U

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