Named To Team USA
USTA Northern | April 19, 2018
Congratulations to Hunter Heck (New Brighton, Minn.) who was one of eight boys nationally who qualified for the 2018 Team USA National Junior Team, a training program designed to give a collection of America’s best young players, born in either 2002 or 2003, opportunities to train together during the summer and travel to play against top junior competition from around the world.
All eight players qualified for the team through a playoff held April 13-18 in Carson, Calif. Heck finished first in his round-robin pool with a 3-0 record and lost in the semifinals of bracket play. Players were invited to California based on tournament results, USTA national or ITF world ranking. Heck recently won the 16s doubles title at the USTA International Spring Championships with Maxwell McKennon (Newport Beach, Calif.) and is ranked No. ADVERTISEMENT 25 in the USTA Boys’ 16s national standings.
For being named to the team, USTA Player Development will provide Heck with training opportunities, coaching and travel assistance to select ITF tournaments throughout the summer.
2018 Team USA National Junior Team
Jack Anthrop (14, Orlando, Fla.; Coach: John Roddick)
Alexander Bernard (14, Bonita Springs, Fla.; Coach: Rene Gomez)
Hunter Heck (15, New Brighton, Minn.; Coach: Viet Pham)
Toby Kodat (15, Bradenton, Fla.; Coach: Ales Kodat)
Alex Lee (16, Oak Brook, Ill.; Coach: Tom Lockhart)
Marcus McDaniel (15, Vacaville, Calif.; Coach: Phil Cello)
J.C. Roddick (15, Helotes, Texas; Coach: Mark Hilderbrand)
Niroop Vallabhaneni (15, Paradise Valley, Ariz.; Coach: Jeremy Coll)