WTT Junior Nationals
Many of the nation’s most promising junior tennis players compete in the WTT Junior Nationals. This tournament is a premier national junior invitational event featuring 16 co-ed teams from throughout the U.S. The teams use the WTT format during their three days of non-elimination draw competition. In addition to the competition, players also participate in seminars and a clinic hosted by event host and WTT co-founder Billie Jean King. The 16 teams receive grants of $500 each.
2017 EVENT:The 2017 WTT Junior Nationals will be held July 23-26 at the George E. Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, Calif. Claremont defeated CA Central Coast Crushers 37-36 in a Supertiebreaker to win the title in 2016. For information about Junior Nationals or other Mylan WTT Rec League programs, call 866-PLAY WTT or contact Delaine Mast at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Team members are selected based on their sectional and national rankings, but are NOT eligible if they attained a ranking of 1-150 on the USTA Seed Selection List as of May 11, 2017. The targeted junior players are 14-18 years of age.
Tournament matches follow the WTT non-elimination draw format. The 16 co-ed teams are divided into 4 groups.
2016 JUNIOR NATIONALS RESULTS
July 25 - July 28, 2016 – George E. Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, CA
CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL: Claremont def. CA Central Coast Crushers 37-36
3rd place: Ohio Buckeyes def. Team Texas 36-26
5th place: Ansboury/PNW def. Southwest 38-31
7th place: OC Breakers def. B-Town Heat 34-29
9th place: Northern Lights def. Intermountain 37-32
11th place: San Diego Attackers def. Barnes Grinders 43-30
13th place: Lanakila Hawaii def. Eastern Empire 37-36
15th place: Spin Burgh def. Stars and Stripes 48-14
The Maureen Connolly Brinker Team Spirit Award
The Maureen Connolly Brinker Team Spirit Award is presented to the one team in the WTT Junior Nationals that exemplifies Maureen Connolly’s legendary love of the game, her competitive spirit, her commitment to fair play and her respect and high regard for others. The Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation provides a $1,000 grant to be used for travel expenses for the team that wins the Maureen Connolly Brinker Team Spirit Award.
Hawaii Lanakila, representing the USTA Hawaii Pacific section (pictured above) won the Maureen Connolly Brinker Team Spirit Award in 2016 which is voted on by coaches, players and tournament officials for a team’s outstanding sportsmanship and camaraderie.
Katherine Willette Leadership Scholarship
In 2009, Mylan World TeamTennis started a new scholarship program to recognize Katherine Willette, who has helped run the WTT Junior Nationals in San Diego for over fifteen years. The scholarship annually awards $500 to one male and one female attendee of WTT Junior Nationals. Winners are chosen based on essays they submit which demonstrate a variety of lessons learned, friendships made, and the impact of the coed team format on the individual player and his or her team.
Two players from the 2016 World TeamTennis Junior Nationals, Casey Cummings and Jonah Wafala, were awarded the Kathy Willette Leadership Scholarship after writing about a life-changing experience from taking part in the tournament.