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Scoville Jenkins: Junior Spotlight of the Week

December 10, 2003 10:09 PM

Birthdate: Sept. 23, 1986
Birthplace: Atlanta, Ga.
Residence: Atlanta, Ga.
Height: 6’ 1”
Weight: 170 lbs.
Plays: Right-handed; two-handed backhand

Atlanta native Scoville Jenkins captured the first ITF singles title of his career last week, when he defeated France’s Sebastien Louis, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, in the final of the prestigious Eddie Herr International Junior Championships, held Nov. 29 – Dec. 7 in Bradenton, FL.

Jenkins, who became the first American to win the boys’ 18 title since Andy Roddick in 1999, withstood tough challenges in his first and second-round matches, coming from behind to beat fellow American Ryan Rowe, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, in the opening round and pulling out a 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-4 victory against Fabrice Martin of France in the second. He then cruised through his next three matches – against No. 8 seed Remko De Rijke of the Netherlands in the round of 16, No. 2 Mischa Zverev of Germany in the quarterfinals, and Viktor Troicki of Yugoslavia in the semifinals – before notching the three-set win over Louis in the final. With the victory, Jenkins’ ranking jumped from 54th in the world to a career-high No. 25.

In addition to his win at the Eddie Herr, Jenkins has had an outstanding year competing on the junior tennis circuit. Highlights from 2003 include reaching the doubles final and finishing in third place in singles at the boys’ 18 USTA Super National Spring Championships, the Easter Bowl, and advancing to the singles and doubles semifinals at the North/Central American & Caribbean Closed ITF Junior Championships. The 17-year-old also advanced to the quarterfinals of the US Open Junior Championships in only the second Grand Slam appearance of his young career.


RANKING HISTORY
2002
– *16 (USTA 16s), *45 (USTA 18s), 240 (ITF)
2001 – *11 (USTA 14s), *50 (USTA 16s)
2000 – 66 (USTA 14s)

2003 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Won the boys’ 18 singles title and reached the doubles semifinals (with Brendan Evans) at the Eddie Herr International Junior Championships.
  • Reached the singles and doubles (with Dennis Zivkovic) semifinals at the North/Central American & Caribbean Closed ITF Junior Championships in Tulsa, Okla.
  • Playing in the second junior Grand Slam of his career, advanced to the quarterfinals of the US Open Junior Championships.
  • Finished in third place in singles and reached the doubles final (with Nathan Sachs) at the boys’ 18 USTA Super National Spring Championships, the Easter Bowl.
  • Won the boys’ 18 singles title at the Franklin Winter Junior Tennis Championships.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2002

  • Reached the doubles quarterfinals (with Robert Cameron) at the 39th Coffee Bowl in Costa Rica.
  • Was a doubles quarterfinalist (with Robert Cameron) at the 17th Yucatan Cup in Mexico.
  • Advanced to the singles semifinals at the Chanda Rubin American ITF Junior Circuit, Evert.
  • Reached the singles and doubles (with Nathan Sachs) quarterfinals at the Chanda Rubin Van Der Meer ITF Junior Classic, South Carolina.
  • Won the doubles title (with Nathan Sachs) and finished runner-up in singles at the Chanda Rubin American Junior Tennis Classic – Atlanta.
  • Finished in third place in singles and reached the doubles semifinals (with Nathan Sachs) at the boys’ 16 USTA Super National Hard Court Championships.
  • Reached the round of 16 at the boys’ 16 USTA Super National Clay Court Championships.
  • Was a boys’ 18 singles finalist at the SS Closed.
  • Won the boys’ 18 singles title at the SS Super Circuit.
  • Advanced to the boys’ 18 singles final and the doubles semifinals (with Nathan Sachs) at the USTA National Open Championships.
  • Won the boys’ 16 singles title at the Gator Bowl.
  • Advanced to the singles quarterfinals at the boys’ 18 Peach State Classic.
  • Reached the boys’ 16 singles final at the Franklin Winter Junior Tennis Championships.

2001

  • Reached the singles quarterfinals at the boys’ 18 USTA National Open Championships.
  • Advanced to the singles semifinals at the Chanda Rubin American Junior Tennis Circuit – Atlanta.
  • Reached the singles quarterfinals and the doubles round of 16 (with Nathan Sachs) at the boys’ 16 USTA Super National Hard Court Championships.
  • Advanced to the boys’ 14 doubles semifinals (with Nathan Sachs) and the singles round of 16 at the USTA Super National Spring Championships, the Easter Bowl.
  • Was a singles quarterfinalist at the boys’ 16 USTA National Open Championships.
  • Finished runner-up at the boys’ 14 Franklin Winter Junior Tennis Championships.

2000

  • Reached the boys’ 14 singles quarterfinals at the Gamma Junior Championships.
  • Was a boys’ 14 singles quarterfinalist at the STA Closed.
  • Advanced to the boys’ 14 singles quarterfinals at the STA Super Circuit.
  • Reached the boys’ 14 semifinals at the STA GA Mayors.

PERSONAL

  • Father, Scoville. Mother, Carol. Younger sister, Taylor, and younger brother, Myles.
  • Was introduced to tennis at the age of 7 by his father.
  • Is coached by Torrey Hawkins.
  • Is home schooled.
  • Enjoys basketball and playing PlayStation in his spare time.
  • Favorite playing surface is hard court.
  • Hopes to turn pro in the future.
 

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