Tournament Relocated From Washington, D.C.
Two Age Groups Continue to Compete at Same Venue
The USTA today announced that Delray Beach, Fla., has been selected as the site for the USTA Boys’ 16s & 18s Clay Court National Championships from July 15-22, 2007.
The Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center will serve as the main venue for both the Boys’ 16s and 18s tournaments, with five other venues also hosting matches including Delray Swim and Racquet Club, Boynton Beach Tennis Club, Broken Sound Country Club, The Swim and Racquet Club in Boca Raton and Boca West Country Club.
Washington D.C. had hosted the Boys’ 16s tournament since 1997, and in 2004, the Boys’ 18s Championship was added to the event.
Ivan Baron, who previously served as Director of the USTA Boys’ & Girls’ 12s Spring Clay Championships, has been appointed tournament director. Most recently, Baron served as Tournament Chairman of the ATP International Tennis Championships in Delray Beach. The Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center has also been selected to host the 2007 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Quarterfinal between the United States and Belgium, April 21-22.
“The Committee felt it was very important to keep the two age groups together,” said Lew Brewer, Director, Junior Competition for USTA Player Development. “We received some excellent proposals from across the country, but the proposal from Delray Beach was deemed the best option for our players. Ivan is a proven tournament director and I’m sure he will do a great job on this event.”
The tournament draws will feature more than 400 of the country’s top junior players. Both the Boys’ 16s and 18s have draws of 192 singles players and 96 doubles teams. Since the tournament began in 1967, virtually every top American player has competed in this event, including Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Michael Chang.