Nicholas Heng, Hannah Ayrault win National Clay Courts
Madison, Ala.’s Nicholas Heng took home the USTA Boys’ National Clay Court Championships singles titles in the 18s division.
The fourth-seeded Heng defeated Pooler, Ga.’s No. 2 seed Jelani Sarr 6-4, 6-3 for the gold ball and a taste of redemption after falling in the 2021 final.
“I was so nervous and anxious last year, but this time I just kind of freed up and played my game and that’s when I’m at my best,” said Heng, who experienced a three-hour rain delay ahead of his match at the Delray Beach Tennis Center in Florida. He will play for Auburn University in the fall.
Heng, who was awarded the 2021 USTA Southern DeWitt Redgrave III Junior Achievement Award, talked about his Asian American/Pacific Islander heritage in this video, recorded in April 2022.
Atlanta's Hannah Ayrault downed Welles Newman, of Boca Raton, Fla. 6-3, 6-3, for the Girls' 12s title. The tournament was played in Newman's hometown.
Southerners who were champions and finalists in USTA National Clay Court Championships results:
Delray Beach Tennis Center, Delray Beach, Fla., July 10-17, 2022
Singles: (4) Nicholas Heng (Madison, Ala.) d. (2) Jelani Sarr (Savannah, Ga.), 6-4, 6-3
LTP Tennis, Mount Pleasant, S.C., July 10-17, 2022
Doubles: (1) Natalie Block (Plantation, Fla.) / Piper Charney (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) d. (2) Vivian Miller (Sullivan’s Island, S.C.) / Maddy Zampardo (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.), 7-5, 7-5
Athletic Club Alabama, Huntsville, Ala., July 10-17, 2022
Doubles: (4) Kayla Chung (Philadelphia) / Alanis Hamilton (Bentonville, Ark.) d. (1) Saray Yli-Piipari (Peachtree Corners, Ga.) / Kayla Schefke (McKinney, Texas), 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4
Westgate Tennis Center, Dothan, Ala.,, July 10-17, 2022
Doubles: (6) Sebastian Bielen (Glen Cove, N.Y.) / Kennedy d. (3) Yannik Alvarez (Cumming, Ga.) / Ryan Cozad (Alpharetta, Ga.), 6-3, 6-3
Frank Veltri Tennis Center, Plantation, Fla., July 10-17, 2022
Doubles: (1) Sara Shumate (Charlotte, N.C.) / Bella Payne (Taylor, S.C.) d. (11) Georgia Kulevich (Marblehead, Mass.) / Zosia Henryson-Gibbs (Springfield, Mass.), 6-4, 6-0
The Polo Club, Boca Raton, Fla., July 9-15, 2022
Singles: (7) Hannah Ayrault (Atlanta) d. (2) Welles Newman (Boca Raton, Fla.), 6-3, 6-3
Other top results:
4th Place- Singles- Riley Crowder-AL
4th Place- Aidan Atwood
Bronze Ball Doubles- Augustin Miramontes-Al
Bronze Ball Singles- Claire Hill-NC
4th Place- Emily Baek-Ga
Gold Ball Doubles- Alanis Hamilton-Ar
Bronze Ball Doubles- Anthony Dry and Gavin Goode-NC
Bronze Ball Singles- Sena Yoon-Ga
Third/fourth Doubles- Daniele Young-NC
Gold Draw Finalist- Tabb Tuck-Al
4th Doubles- Jason Eigbedion
4th Place Singles- Ciara Sergi-La