December 29th, 2015
Florida’s Garcia Named to USTA 14-Under International Tennis Team
Nicholas Garcia of Hollywood, Fla., has been named to the USTA 14-under international tennis team that will represent the U.S. at two 14-under international competitions — the Nike Junior International Bolton in Great Britain, and the Les Petits As in Tarbes, France.
“This year both the [U.S.] girls and the boys had playoffs in Boca Raton, with eight players invited to play in a round robin competition, with the top four finishers receiving spots [on the team],” said USTA Florida junior tennis contributor Colette Lewis of zootennis.com. “The girls have not always had a playoff, but they did this year.”
Garcia, an 8th grader, is ranked No. 17 nationally and No. 2 in Florida according to the Tennis Recruiting Network.
The Hollywood resident has had a great deal of success on the doubles court in 2015. This month at the Eddie Herr he won the title with Boca Raton’s Ronan Jachuck, in the final toppling No. 1 seeds Joao Ferreira/Thiago Tirante of Argentina, and at the USTA Sweet Sixteen in June in Delray Beach he captured the title with Leighton Allen (Austin, Texas).
Also on the USTA 14-under boys’ international team will be Stefan Leustian (Mather, Calif.), and brothers Faris and Zane Khan (New Braunfels, Texas). The team will be coached by Eric Nunez. The girls’ team will be comprised of Gabriella Price (Montebello, N.Y.), Victoria Hu (Northborough, Mass.), Vanessa Ong (Oklahoma City, Ok.), and Alexa Noel (Summit, N.J.), coached by Jean Desdunes.
For more info go to www.usta.com.