As summer approaches, junior tournaments in North Carolina are starting to pick up. Last weekend Greensboro the first Level 1 junior tournament of the year, bringing 300 players to Spencer Love Tennis Center for the 2015 HondaJet NC Junior Spring State Closed Championship.
Rain interfered with some of the tournament throughout the weekend, but matches were put on at Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center, Barber Park and Starmount Forest Country Club to keep everything on schedule.
Several players who train out of Spencer Love took home titles, including James and Andrew Delgado, Amber Fuller, Sophie Strugnell, Drew Broadstreet, Vennmukiil Mathivanan and Mark Fujino. Tournament director Mike Belangia, who is also the director of the Greensboro Tennis Program, said he was proud to see his players rise to the occasion.
“It’s really satisfying to see the kids develop as players on and off the court,” Belangia said. “We have sort of a younger program, so it’s going to be interesting to see how they develop. It looks like we have a good future with them.”
Having a tournament of this size is a terrific way to show off your facility. Spencer Love has a goal of adding five courts within the next year, which will only help with their program and the city’s tennis community in the future.
“It’s great for the community to have so many people coming here and having a Greensboro be a focal point for North Carolina for that weekend,” Belangia said. “Going from 13 to 18 courts is big for us. It really helps for the junior program. That’s my focus, how many kids can we help. I think we’ve proven we can help kids get better.”
Here are the winners from the 2015 HondaJet NC Junior Spring State Closed Championship:
Winners not pictured above:
2015 Junior Spring State Closed Championship