August 15th, 2019

Florida’s Bernard, Damm/Kodat Win Titles at USTA National Boys’ Hard Courts

Youth Tennis News

Toby Kodat and Martin Damm

Florida juniors won two titles in four finals at the USTA Girls’ and Boys’ 18s Hard Court National Championships this past weekend at sites across the U.S.

The nation’s top junior tennis players competed in eight national championships in the 12s-18s divisions. In addition to the US Open main draw wild cards awarded to the 18s singles and doubles champions, the singles runners-up in the boys’ and girls’ 18s divisions received wild card entries into the US Open Qualifying Tournament set to being on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. The boys’ and girls’ 16s champions earn wild card entries into the US Open Junior Championships.

Florida players thrived in doubles as the Sunshine State pair of Martin Damm and Toby Kodat of Bradenton won the boys’ 18s doubles, and Gabriella Price (Boca Raton) reached the girls’ 18s final.

Damm/Kodat were the top seeds in Kalamazoo, Mich., in the final defeating No. 3 seeds Brandon Nakashima (San Diego, Calif.) and Govind Nanda (Cerritos, Calif.) 6-3, 6-4. In the girls’ 18s final in San Diego Price teamed with Katrina Scott (Woodland Hills, Calif.) as an unseeded pairing, falling to No. 13 seeds Abigail Forbes (Raleigh, N.C.) and Alexa Noel (Summit, N.J.) 7-5, 6-1.

Alexander Bernard (Bonita Springs) won the boys’ 16s title in Kalamazoo, as the top seed in the final coming from a set down to defeat No. 4-seeded Aidan Mayo (Torrance, Calif.) 5-7, 6-2, 7-5. The 15-year-old Bernard will subsequently receive a wild card into the main draw of the US Open Junior Championships.

Another runner-up effort was from Bradenton’s Victoria Osuigwe, sister of former junior world No. 1 and current pro Whitney Osuigwe, who fell in the final of the girls’ 12s doubles at the Windward Lake Club in Alpharetta, Ga. She teamed with Kate Fakih (Arcadia, Calif.) as the No. 5 seeds, losing a 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 marathon to top seeds Haylee Conway (Bellevue, Wash.) and Aspen Schuman (Menlo Park, Calif.).

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