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Nike Junior Tour USA Team Set for International Masters in France

October 24, 2005 10:14 AM

Four US players leave on a trip of a lifetime Friday October 28th to Nice France for the Nike Junior Tour International Masters. The NJT International Masters is the world’s largest International event for boys and girls 12's and 14's. Twenty-one nations will be competing in France, representing 45,000 competitors worldwide. Past winners of the NTJ International Masters have included current top pros, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Vera Douchevina of Russia.

The US team members earned their spots winning at the NJT USA National Masters held at Stanford University, September 23-25, 2005. Forty-eight players representing 12 USTA Sections competed in the three day event to see who would represent the U.S. at the NTJ International Masters Oct 29-Nov 5 in Nice, France. The winners at Stanford who will compete in France are: Boys 14’s, JT Sundling, Thousand Oaks, CA, Boys 12’s Sean Berman, Irvine CA, G14’s Allie Will, Boca Raton, FL and G12’s Sarah Lee, Los Angeles, CA.

The NJT is a world-wide competition for 12’s and 14’s boys and girls. Participating countries hold regional events that lead to an NJT National Masters. Eleven USTA Sections held NJT qualifying events in 2005. The 11 sectional winners, (B12, B14, G12 G14) earned the trip to Stanford for this year's U.S. National Masters. One additional team qualified based on their performance over the four USTA National Championships.

USTA Southern has competed in the NJT for the last four years. Anamika Bhargava won the G14’s event in 2002 and competed at the NJT International Masters at Paradise Island, Bahamas. USTA Southern was represented this year at the USA National Masters by: B12’s Vicar Hundal, Atlanta, B14’s Nathan Pasha, Atlanta, G12’s Grace Min, Lawrenceville, G14’s Ariel Caldwell, Lawrenceville. Although no one won their division Southern girls had an extremely strong showing, living up to their seedings by reaching the semis and then winning the 3rd 4th play-off. The team was coached by Turhan Berne from Atlanta.


For complete draws from the NJT USA National Masters and to follow the NJT International Masters go to nikejuniortour.com. For more information about the NJT contact NJT USA Director Phil Cello at
cita@cellotennis.com

 

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