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Junior Spotlight of the Week: Jamie Hampton

May 15, 2006 10:37 AM

Birthdate: Jan. 8, 1990
Residence: Auburn, Ala
Plays: Right-handed; two-handed backhand

Jamie Hampton has been red-hot lately on the junior tennis circuit, and she continued her outstanding play last week by leading the U.S. Junior Fed Cup team to victory at the North/Central America & Caribbean Regional Championships, held May 4-8 in Yucatan, Mexico.


Along with teammates Chloe Jones and McCall Jones, Hampton, a 16-year-old from Auburn, Ala., was a dominant force at the event. Playing No. 1 singles for Team USA, the talented right-hander went 5-0 overall, winning three singles and two doubles matches without dropping a set and yielding only 10 games total in her three singles matches. With the victory, the U.S. team will now participate in the Junior Fed Cup World Finals, which will be held Sept. 26-Oct. 1 in Barcelona, Spain.

Hampton, who is now ranked second in the country in the girls’ 18s, was on a roll coming into the 16-and-under Junior Fed Cup event. Just prior to playing in Mexico, she earned a wild card into the 2006 French Open women's singles qualifying draw by winning an eight-player, round-robin tournament that consisted of American pros and top junior players competing for the spot. Last month, she reached the semifinals in both singles and doubles at the Easter Bowl - US Closed Championships, as well as advanced to the round of 16 in singles at the USTA International Spring Championships.

In 2005, Hampton picked up a gold ball in singles by winning the girls’ 18 USTA National Clay Court Championships. Other career highlights include taking home two girls’ 18 National Open doubles titles in 2004, while in 2003, she won the girls’ 14 doubles title and finished in third place in singles at the USTA Super National Hard Court Championships, and she reached the singles semifinals and doubles quarterfinals at the girls’ 14 USTA Super National Clay Court Championships.

– Sally Milano, USTA.com


RANKING HISTORY
2006 – 2* (USTA 18s)
2005 – 2* (USTA 16s), 3* (USTA 18s)
2004 – 4* (USTA 14s), 48* (USTA 18s)
2003 – 6* (USTA 14s)
2002 – 20* (USTA 14s)
2001 – 15* (USTA 12s), 53* (USTA 14s)
* Denotes highest ranking achieved during the year

2006 HIGHLIGHTS

Led the U.S. Junior Fed Cup team to victory in the 2006 North/Central America & Caribbean Regional Championships... Went 5-0 overall and didn’t drop a set during the event, yielding only 10 games in three matches while playing No. 1 singles.
Reached the singles and doubles semifinals (with Andre Remynse) at the girls’ 18 Easter Bowl - US Closed Championships.
Advanced to the round of 16 in singles at the USTA International Spring Championships.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2005
Reached the doubles quarterfinals (with Anamika Bhargava) at the girls’ 18 USTA National Hard Court Championships.
Won the girls’ 18 singles title and finished runner-up in doubles (with Anamika Bhargava) at the USTA National Clay Court Championships.
Was a doubles finalist at the girls’ 18 USTA National Open Championships held in July in Stone Mountain, Ga.
Advanced to the singles final at the girls’ 18 Peach State Classic.
Won the girls’ 18 singles title at the USTA National Open Championships held in May in Norcross, Ga.
Reached the doubles quarterfinals (with Anamika Bhargava) at the girls’ 18 USTA Spring National Championships.

2004
Reached the singles semifinals at the girls’ 14 Junior Orange Bowl.
Was a doubles quarterfinals (with Krista Damico) and mixed doubles finalist (with Eric Morgan) at the 14s Eddie Herr International.
Won the girls’ 18 doubles title (with Catherine Newman) at the USTA National Open Championships held in November in Norcross, Ga.
Advanced to the doubles semifinals (with Yumi Hasegawa) at the Chanda Rubin Evert American ITF Jr Circuit.
Reached the doubles quarterfinals (with Joanna Mather) at the Chanda Rubin American Junior Tennis Classic – Georgia.
Was a doubles quarterfinalist (with Anamika Bhargava) at the girls’ 18 USTA National Hard Court Championships.
Won the girls’ 18 doubles title (with Catherine Newman) at the USTA National Open Championships held in July in Stone Mountain, Ga.
Finished runner-up in singles at the girls’ 18 USTA National Open Championships held in May in Norcross, Ga.

2003
Won the girls’ 14 doubles title (with Anamika Bhargava) and finished in third place in singles at the USTA Super National Hard Court Championships.
Finished in third place in singles and reached the doubles quarterfinals (with Reka Zsilinszka) at the girls’ 14 USTA Super National Clay Court Championships.
Reached the singles quarterfinals at the girls’ 14 Peach State Classic.

2002
Was a doubles semifinalist at the girls’ 14 USTA Super National Hard Court Championships.
Won the girls’ 14 singles title at the July USTA National Open Championships.
Finished runner-up in singles at the girls’ 14 STA Closed.
Finished in third place in singles at the girls’ 14 Peach State Classic.
Won the girls’ 14 singles title and finished runner-up in doubles (with Allyn Mueller) at the April USTA National Open Championships.
Advanced to the doubles final (with Stephanie Jasper) and the singles quarterfinals at the February USTA National Open Championships.

2001
Reached the singles semifinals at the girls’ 14 STA Closed.
Advanced to singles quarterfinals at the girls’ 14 Peach State Classic and the February and March STA Supercircuits.
Finished in third place in singles at the girls’ 14 USTA National Open Championships.

2000
Reached the singles and doubles finals (with Christy Striplin) at the girls’ 14 USTA National Open Championships.
Finished runner-up in singles at the girls’ 12 STA Closed and STA Designated.
Won the girls’ 12 singles title at the STA Qualifying.
Finished in third place in singles at the girls’ 12 Peach State Classic.

PERSONAL
Started playing tennis at age 8 after watching a match on TV.
Expects to graduate from high school in 2008.
Hobbies include spending time with friends, talking on the computer and listening to music.
Favorite book is "Harry Potter."
Favorite food is pizza.
Hopes to turn pro in the future.

 

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