North Carolina juniors are held in high regard in the tennis community. Lately we’ve seen several juniors from the state step up on bigger stages, like Patrick Kypson winning the National Boys 16s in Kalamazoo or Tommy Paul capturing the Junior French Open Championships. You can rest assured there’s more talent on the rise still, as we saw over a dozen North Carolina players participate in the 2015 TEAM USA Sectional Training Camp from Aug. 15-16.
Dave Licker, a national coach for the USTA, traveled to North Hills Club in Raleigh to team up with North Carolina and USTA Southern coaches for a full day of training with some of the section’s top players born between 2002 and 2005. Of the 26 players invited to participate in the camp, 16 were from North Carolina.
“The North Carolina players look very good. They’ve had some big wins and overall results are good,” said Bill Ozaki, USTA Southern Director of Programs and Player Development. “North Carolina is doing well.”
Ozaki said USTA National coaches and the USTA Southern Coaches Commission select which players are invited to participate at these camps. The TEAM USA camp, one of three the USTA Southern section holds each year, focuses on creating an inclusive atmosphere with player’s personal coaches, USTA Player Development and USTA Section personnel. Seven North Carolina pros joined the juniors at the Raleigh camp.
“The TEAM USA concept that’s been going on for a few years has helped a lot,” Ozaki said. “These camps are trying to identify top players in each section and then get them together to improve what they’re doing, to work with them and their personal coaches and take these trainings home with them.”
Ozaki credited North Carolina’s facilities and coaches as a major factor in the success of the state’s juniors.
Dan Holman, USTA North Carolina Director of Junior Player Development and Tournament Tennis, said the camp was a huge benefit for everyone involved.
“It was rewarding to see so many North Carolina juniors in action,” Holman said. “We have a fantastic group of pros across the state who continue to do an excellent job every year producing top players. We’re proud of the progress our juniors are making and their dedication to tennis.”
Here are the North Carolina juniors who were invited to the TEAM USA August camp:
The North Carolina pros who attended camp included Adrian Baluyot, Bruce Hawtin, Chris Hoshour, Cameron Moore, Tony Mule, Randy Pate and Shane Wells.
Alexandra Torre received the Resiliency Award at the end of camp. The award is voted on by the coaches in attendance.
16 NC juniors take part in TEAM USA camp