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Ponwith To Play Junior Wimbledon

June 22, 2015 05:17 PM


17-year-old will play Wimbledon Junior event, July 4-12


Scottsdale junior Nathan Ponwith will have the chance to live out every tennis player's dream next week when he heads to the All England Club in London, July 4-12 to compete in the Wimbledon junior event.

The 17-year-old Ponwith has been on a steady climb this year, moving up nearly 100 spots in the world International Tennis Federation rankings to No. 25, allowing him entry into junior Grand Slam events like Wimbledon. Just a couple of weeks ago, the Scottsdale native played his first junior Grand Slam event, the French Open in Paris, falling in the second round to No. 11 seed Ly Hoang Nam.

NathanPPonwith (pictured, right) has had a terrific spring, reaching the semifinals of the Easter Bowl Boys' 18s singles, won a Grade 2  ITF clay event in Argentina and has played a couple of other events in Belgium and Italy, reaching the quartefinals.

He is currently the No. 12 ranked junior in Boys' 18s in the United States, despite a playing schedule that has seen him concentrate more on ITF play, than USTA events.

For Ponwith, playing at Wimbledon next week will be a goal realized, one he's had since he was a little boy.

"I'm pretty excited to get to play at Wimbledon for a couple reasons, " said Ponwith, who will head over on Wednesday of this week to begin preparing.  "One it'll be fun to just to be able to play on grass, and also because it's Wimbledon.  It doesn't get any bigger than that. I've always thought about playing at Wimbledon, since I was a about 6 years old it's been a goal of mine."

Ponwith has been hitting out on the grass courts of Desert Mountain and Desert Highlands in the last week or so to get in some quality grass court practice before heading across the Pond. A large contingent of young American junior players besides Ponwith will also be heading over to Wimbledon. See the full list below: 


Boys                                               &​nbsp;                        &​nbsp;          

Main Draw                                                &n​bsp;                        &n​bsp;                 

Player                      ITF Ranking    ATP Ranking            

FRITZ Taylor                   1                       761     
MMOH Michael               4                      633     
BLUMBERG William      9                   
PAUL Tommy                18                      528     
OPELKA Reilly              22                    1119
PONWITH Nathan        25                    1267     
BLANCH Ulises            34                 


Player                  ITF Ranking                            
EINBERG Emil          68                      

Player                     ITF Ranking        
MATEAS Catalin         97                  
CARUANA Liam       110                    


GIRLS                      ​;                         ​;                         ​;        
Main Draw                                       ​                         ​                         ​  

Player                                     ITF Ranking         WTA Ranking      
ARCONADA Usue Maitane                    6                      543            
KENIN Sofia                                            11                      778            
GORDON Michaela                               25                      708            
KINGSLEY Raveena                             28                      941            
DI LORENZO Francesca                      33                       
DOLEHIDE Caroline                             36                       979            
NEEL Ingrid                                            39                       507            
LIU Claire                                                46                       823            
DAY Kayla                                               59                         


Player                                 ITF Ranking                WTA Ranking   
SANFORD Alexandra                74                         
BLACK Tornado Alicia             109                            417


Player                              ITF Ranking     
HORVIT Mia                          118                       
HAUGER Olivia                    129                       
POLLNER Gabriella             131