Nassau Tennis Club High Performance Academy tennis players, Philip Szkudlarski, Ishaan Ravichander, Nolan Shah, Sameer Gangoli, and Avnika Naraparaju were part of the winning Middle States team of the Boys and Girls 14s Zone Team Championships. These elite players represented the Middle States section at the prestigious National Level Zone Championships in July.
The National Team Zone Championships are co-ed team events designed to introduce elite players to national competition in which players get to compete alongside fellow Middle States players against teams from other sections. Players are selected to participate based on USTA performance rankings.
Ten teams participated in Cary, North Carolina for the 14 and under championships. Teams came from the Southern, Mid-Atlantic and Middle States sections of the U.S.
Two teams from the Middle States section, which includes NJ, squared off in the finals. “Ishaan Ravichander and Brinlea LaBarge provided the winning points for the Middle States “B” team defeating Middle States “A” team in a thrilling mixed doubles tiebreaker,” says Ravi Vaidyanathan, parent of Ishaan Ravichander.
The finalist, Middle States “A” team included Quinn Snyder and Biren Reddy, two additional Nassau High Performance Academy players.
“It is the first time since 2001 that a team from the Middle States section won the Zone Team Championships,” says Marc Hill, Director of Nassau’s High Performance Academy. “It is a great achievement for our elite players to compete at the national level and dominate,” says Marc.
Nassau’s High Performance Academy is the premier training center for nationally and sectionally ranked junior tennis players in Central New Jersey. For more information, visit www.NextLevelTennis.com