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Letzt, Pecor Shine at Winter Nationals

January 5, 2010 08:21 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

Scottsdale's Alexandra Letzt wins double gold in Girls 12s at the USTA Winter National Championships. (Photo courtesy Julie Wrege, tennisrecruiting.net)

USTA Southwest had a strong showing at the recent USTA Winter National Championships, as Alexandra Letzt (Scottsdale, Ariz.) captured two gold balls in Girls 12s and Billy Pecor (Scottsdale, Ariz.) picked up a silver in Boys 18s singles.

The traditional USTA Winter National Championships, held in Phoenix and Tucson between the Christmas break and New Year's featured a field of the nation's best competitors - nearly 1,000 of them - in Boys and Girls 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s.

The top-seeded Letzt cruised to her first two gold balls, winning 13 total matches in singles and doubles during the weekend, the tournament's most dominant display.

Ranked No. 1 in the USTA Southwest and No. 4 nationally coming into the event in Girls 12s, the top-seeded Letzt lost just one set in those 13 matches.

She rolled through her semifinal of Girls 12s singles with a 6-0, 6-0 score, then took out ninth-seeded McKenna Root (Midland, Mich.) in the finals, 6-2, 6-2. Letzt lost just 21 games in 7 matches en route to an impressive first national championship age group title.

In doubles, Letzt paired with Nicole Frenkel of Winchester, Mass.. The top-seeded duo breezed through their first two rounds before struggling in the Round of 16 with Tiffany Chen (Naperville, Ill.) and Marybeth Hurley (Novi, Mich.), dropping a set before winning 6-3, 4-6, 6-1. It would be the duo's only stumbling block, as they prevailed in straight sets in the remainder of their matches, including a final-round 6-, 6- over Root and Karina Traxler (Rockwall, Texas) in the final.

On the boys' side, the best showing by a USTA Southwest player was by Pecor, who made it all the way to the finals before being subdued by second-seeded Daniel Kosakowski.

Billy Pecor (Scottsdale) reached the finals of the Boys 18s singles competition.

Pecor, who is originally from Texas but who recently moved to Scottsdale, Ariz. to train at the Topnotch Tennis Academy in Phoenix, had a breakout tournament in singles, and also reached the quarterfinals of doubles with Evan Song

Pecor, the 23 seed at the event, battled through seven rounds of singles, including an impressive fight back in the semfinals against 29 seed Robert Verzaal (Shreveport, La.) to win 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 and reach his first-ever national championship age group final. It ws there where the second-seeded Kosakowski (Downey, Calif.) proved too difficult, handing Pecor a 6-2, 7-6 defeat. 

Several other USTA Southwest players competed in all of the various age group categories. For a complete list of participants and results from the tournaments, click on the links at the top of the page. 

Nine sites across the Tucson and Phoenix areas fielded the incredible number of matches played over the six days of the tournament. Tucson hosted the Boys and Girls 12s and 14s divisions, while Phoenix took care of the Boys and Girls 16s and 18s divisions.  

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

A special thanks to all who helped out at the USTA Winter National Championships, and congratulations to the winners.