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Nation's Best Juniors head to AZ for Winter Nats, Copper Bowl

December 17, 2009 09:55 PM

USTA Winter National Championships
Various Sites - Tucson and Phoenix, Ariz.
Dec. 27, 2009 - Jan. 1, 2010

Tucson - 12s & 14s Homepage
Phoenix - 16s and 18s Homepage

Lacey Smyth (Oceanside, Calif.) will be one of nearly 1,000 competitors taking part in the USTA Winter National Championships.

The holiday season heats up in the Southwest for junior tennis as two of the nation's most prestigious tournaments - USTA Winter National Championships and the Copper Bowl - take place in Arizona, and bring nearly 2,000 of the best young players in America to the state.

The USTA Winter National Championships is one of the nation's four junior Level 1 'Grand Slam' tournaments, along with the Easter Bowl, Clay Courts and the Hard Courts. Due to the mammoth size of the tournament (nearly 1,000 players), the event is split into two separate cities, with Tucson hosting the 12s and 14s divisons for both the girls and boys, and Phoenix hosting the 16s and 18s divisions. The USTA Winter National Championships will be held from Dec. 27, 2009 - January, 1, 2010.

Four age groups - 12s, 14's, 16, 18's will each field 128-draws in singles and 64-draws in doubles that will keep nine playing sites (see list below) in both Tucson and Phoenix abuzz with on-court activity.

Several USTA Southwest juniors will be among those in the field. Consult the player lists on the tournament homepage to see a complete list of competitors.  

Tucson - Winter National Sites
Reffkin Tennis Center (Main Site)
Tucson Racquet Club
University of Arizona
Rincon High School
Ft. Lowell Tennis Center

Phoenix - Winter National Sites
Kiwanis Tennis Center (Girls 16s)
Scottsdale Ranch Park (Boys 16s)
Gene Autry Tennis Center (Girls 18s)
Phoenix Tennis Center (Boys 18s)

Tournament director for the event in Tucson is Jeff Brack. Tournament director for the event in Phoenix was Sally Grabham


Copper Bowl
Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort - Tucson, Arizona
Jan. 2-7, 2010

Copper Bowl - TennisLink Homepage

2009 Copper Bowl Boys' 12s singles champion Zandrix Acob (Hilo, HI) and finalist, Gregory Anderson (Tucson, Ariz.).

Immediately after the USTA Winter National Championships, the scene shifts over to the Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort for a Level 3 national event, the Copper Bowl. This traditional holiday tournaments follows the New Year, also features a huge national and Southwest Section contingent of players. This year's field is nearly 1,000 players.

Several competitors from the Winter Nationals double dip and hit both tournaments. Like the Winter Nationals, this national-level event features competition in both Girls and Boys 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s divisions.

Tournament director for the Copper Bowl is Jason Dickinson of Dickinson Sports, LLC.

Past winners of the Copper Bowl have included Wimbledon semifinalist Alexandra Stevenson and Carly Gullickson.  

Play begins on Saturday, Jan. 2 and runs through the following Thursday, Jan. 7. 
For more information on the tournament, log onto www.copperbowl.com.