Guam – Guam’s top tennis juniors will have an extremely competitive summer ahead of them following the conclusion of the Tennis Academy of Guam Spring into Action Junior Tennis Tournament, a tune-up event to this month’s Calvo’s SelectCare Junior Championships.
Chris Cajigan, Joshua Cepeda, Anthony John, Brian Tuncap, Victor Tuncap, Shane Schnabel, Mason Caldwell, Sidney Gadsden, Chloe Gadsden, Camdyn Nadler, Margaux San Nicolas, Nadine del Carmen and Caylin Hubble all have been selected to play in the Junior Championships, the first-ever ITF junior tournament to be held in Guam. The Junior Championships will feature close to 90 top players from the region competing in matches beginning Sunday.
In the recently concluded TAG Spring into Action tournament, No. 1 Cepeda defeated No. 2 John in the final 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-2, overcoming double match point in the second set to take the Boys U18 title.
“The turning point of the match was when I was down double match point and managed to come back to win the set,” Cepeda said. “The tournament was a good warm up for the upcoming Calvo’s SelectCare Junior Championships, an ITF world-class event. Kudos to Anthony for a match well played.”
In other divisions, Chloe Gadsden continued her dominance in Guam women’s tennis, defeating No. 2 Nadler 6-3, 6-1, for the Girls U18 title.
Gadsden’s brother Sidney claimed the Boys U16 crown with a 10-4 win over Caldwell. Caldwell won the Boys U14 title with a 10-5 victory over Camden Camacho. Andrew Leng’s 8-2 win over Roman Merletti earned him the Boys U12 title.
Nadler won the Girls U16 division with a 10-0 win over San Nicolas. Nozomi Yamasawa defeated Alyssa Merletti 10-5 for the Girls U14 title. Kaia Malakooti won the Girls U12 title with a victory over Joycelyn Tenai.
After the Junior Championships, many more junior netters will then compete at the North Pacific Championship the first week of June, which will feature top players from Micronesia. Players will be competing to represent the North Pacific region at the Pacific Oceania Junior Championship later in the year.
Junior players also make up the majority of Guam’s national tennis team that will be competing in the 2014 Micronesian Games in Pohnpei in July. Cajigan, Cepeda, John and Brian Tuncap will play in the men’s division. Chloe Gadsden and Nadler are two of four players representing Guam in the women’s division.