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Atlanta's Scoville Jenkins Becomes First African-American to Capture USTA Boys' Hard Court Singles Title

August 16, 2004 04:27 PM

Scoville Jenkins of Atlanta and Jessica Kirkland of Dayton, Ohio, captured the singles titles at the USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 18s National Hard Court Championships, respectively, earning the players singles wild cards into the US Open later this month.

Scoville Jenkins, Photo Courtesy of Corey Shelton/IBM
The country’s top junior tennis players competed in eight different USTA National Championships throughout the country this week. Traditionally, the singles and doubles champion of the USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 18s events are awarded a wild card into the US Open.

Jenkins, who will turn 18 on Aug. 23, became the first African-American to win the USTA Boys’ 18s in the event’s 89-year history. He outlasted local favorite and Kalamazoo-native Scott Oudsema in the best-of-five-set final, 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 in front of an overflow crowd of more than 3,000 fans at Kalamazoo (Mich.) College’s Stowe Stadium. Jenkins lost just one set in seven matches en route to his first USTA national championship in either singles or doubles. He was only second African-American to reach the tournament final. James Blake was runner-up to Rudy Rake in 1997.

Jenkins is also the first professional to win the USTA Boys’ 18s title, taking advantage of a new rule that took effect on January 1 that allows professionals to compete in USTA National Junior Championships for which they are age eligible. He turned pro in April.

"Scoville and his coach, Torrey Hawkins, have been working very hard to prepare for the rigors of professional tennis," said Bill Ozaki, Director of High Performance for the USTA Southern Section. "Their efforts are coming to pass as evidenced by Scoville's outstanding results and the tremendous potential for tour success he is showing."

Kirkland, 16, defeated fifteen-year-old Andrea Remynse of Battle Creek, Mich., 6-1, 6-3, in the singles final of the USTA Girls’ 18s National Championships at the Almaden Valley Athletic Club in San Jose, Calif. She did not lose a set in seven matches en route to her third USTA national title. Kirkland won the 2002 USTA Girls’ 18s National Spring Championships - The Easter Bowl at the age of 14. She also won the 2001 USTA Girls’ 14s National Winter Championships.

Highlights from the other USTA National Championships include:
Sam Querrey of Thousand Oaks, Calif., swept the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Boys’ 16s, also held in Kalamazoo. Querrey defeated his doubles partner Spencer Vegosen in the semifinals, avenging a loss in the final to Vegosen at the USTA Boys’ 16s National Clay Courts last month. Querrey and Vegosen combined to win the doubles title in Kalamazoo on Saturday. They also won the USTA Boy’s 16s National Clay Court doubles title.

Chase Buchanan won the USTA Boys’ 14s singles title a year after sweeping the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Boys’ 12s.

In a match between two players from Plano, Texas (population 222,000), No. 1 seed Michael Vutam defeated No. 4 Ben Guthrie in the final at the USTA Boys’ 14s.

Krista Damico of Parker, Colo. swept the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Girls’ 14s. She and doubles partner Asia Muhammad of Henderson, Nev., have combined to win the last four USTA National Girls’ 14s doubles titles.

No. 1 seed Connie Hsu of Cincinnati won the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Girls’ 12s a month after sweeping both events at the USTA Girls’ 12s National Clay Courts.

Below is the complete list of championship results from this week’s USTA National Championships. The draws are available at www.usta.com

USTA Boys’ 18s National Hard Court Championships
Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Mich., Aug. 6-15
Singles: (3) Scoville Jenkins, Atlanta, d. (4) Scott Oudsema, Kalamazoo, Mich. 7-5, 6-1, 6-3.
Doubles: (2) Vahid Mirzadeh, Wellington, Fla., and Phillip Simmonds, Reston, Va., d. (1) Brendan Evans, Key Biscayne, Fla., and Oudsema, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

USTA Boys’ 16s National Hard Court Championships
Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Mich., Aug. 6-15
Singles: (3) Sam Querrey, Thousand Oaks, Calif. d. (4) Clayton Alexander, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 7-6 (1), 6-3.
Doubles: (3) Querrey and Spencer Vegosen, Chicago, d. (2) Jamie Hunt, San Antonio, and Dennis Lajola, Aiea, Hawaii. 2-6, 6-2, 7-5.

USTA Boys’ 14s National Hard Court Championships
McFarlin Tennis Center, San Antonio, Texas, Aug. 8-15
Singles: (2) Chase Buchanan, Gahanna, Ohio, d. (1) Drew Daniel, Overland Park, Kan., 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Doubles: (2) Brennan Boyajian, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Joel Samaha, Tampa, Fla., d. Marc Powers, Stamford, Conn., and Mieskzo Tomczyk, Glendale, N.Y., 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-1.

USTA Boys’ 12s National Clay Court Championships
Burns Park Tennis, North Little Rock, Ark., Aug 9-15
Singles: (1) Michael Vutam, Plano, Texas, d. (4) Ben Guthrie, Plano, Texas, 6-3, 6-1.
Doubles: (3) Jordan Cox, Duluth, Ga., and Jack Sock, Lincoln, Neb. d. (1) Harry Fowler, Houston, and Vutam, 6-2, 6-4.

USTA Girls’ 18s National Hard Court Championships
Almaden Valley Athletic Club, San Jose, Calif., Aug. 8-15
Singles: (1) Jessica Kirkland, Dayton, Ohio d. (17) Andrea Remynse, Battle Creek, Mich., 6-1, 6-3.
Doubles: (2) Audra Cohen, Plantation, Fla., and Riza Zalameda, Los Angeles, d. (3) Lindsay Burdette, Jackson, Ga., and Alexa Glatch, Newport Beach, Calif., 6-2, 7-5.

USTA Girls’ 16s National Hard Court Championships
George E. Barnes Tennis Center, San Diego, Calif., Aug. 8-15
Singles: (1) Catherine Newman, Greensboro, N.C., vs. (3) Reka Zsilinska, Fayetteville, N.C. - score n/a
Doubles: (8) Hilary Barte, Newhall, Calif., and Denise Dy, San Jose, Calif., d. (1) Kristen McVitty, Woodland Hills, Calif., and Newman, 7-6(2), 6-2.

USTA Girls’ 14s National Hard Court Championships
Peachtree City Tennis Center, Peachtree City, Ga., Aug. 7-14
Singles: (3) Krista Damico, Parker, Colo., d. (17) Brittany Augustine, Northridge, Calif., 6-0, 6-2.
Doubles: (1) Damico and Asia Muhammad, Henderson, Nev., d. (2) Jessica Alexander, Tyler, Texas, and Lauren Embree, Marco Island, Fla., 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

USTA Girls’ 12s National Clay Court Championships
Hillary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Complex, Lexington, Ky., Aug 9-15
Singles: (1) Connie Hsu, Cincinnati, d. (3) Brooke Bolender, Westlake, Ohio, 6-3, 6-2.
Doubles: (1) Alexandra Bush, Vienna, West Va., and Hsu, d. (3) Ariel Caldwell, Stone Mountain, Ga., and Jordaan Sanford, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.




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