Cayetano, Pulliam named to USTA
Junior Leadership Team
May 18, 2018
Eryn Cayetano and Jack Pulliam have been named to the third annual USTA Junior Leadership Team, which recognizes America’s finest junior tennis players who exhibit leadership, sportsmanship and character on and off the court.
Cayetano, a resident of Corana, Calif., and Pulliam, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., are among more than 30 players nationwide named to the USTA Junior Leadership Team. Each player was nominated by his or her USTA Section for their excellence in tennis and in the community.
“These players are our future leaders, and the values they’ve shown to embody both on the court and in the community are evidence that our future will be in good hands,” said Lew Brewer, the USTA’s Director of Junior Competition. “They are the perfect role models that represent our nationwide Net Generation efforts, and they truly deserve to be recognized with the USTA Junior Leadership Team.”ADVERTISEMENT
Cayetano, 17, has been ranked in the Top 40 of her age group in the USTA national standings (16-and-under level) and in 2017 was a Girls’ 16s singles finalist at the USTA National Winter Championships and the 117th Ojai Valley Junior Tournament. She’s won numerous sportsmanship awards at USTA junior tournaments over the years and was the co-captain of the St. Anthony’s varsity golf team in 2017, when she earned first-team all-Del Ray League honors. Additionally, she’s earned an excellence award in photography and was the ASB school president in 2015. She also volunteers to help feed the homeless with Midnight Mission, to teach kids tennis, and as a teacher’s aide at her old elementary school, among other projects.
Pulliam, 18, has been ranked in the Top 40 of the USTA Boys’ 18s national standings and as the No. 1 Boys’ 18s doubles player in Southern California. He’s set to play college tennis at Texas A&M in the fall and has won a number of singles and doubles titles at USTA national junior tournaments and has been a doubles champion at two ITF international junior tournaments. Additionally, he earned sportsmanship awards at the USTA National Winter Championships this January and at the Southern California Men’s Sectional Championships over the summer.
Each year, more than 120,000 players compete in USTA junior tournaments. Players compete in levels of competition through earned advancement in the 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s age divisions. USTA junior tournaments help kids take their game as far as they want – high school, college or pros – or just have fun competing.
In his own words...
Jack Pulliam: Tennis is such a great sport and has given me so many different opportunities. It has allowed me to meet many different people and has taken me to great locations. By traveling and meeting different people, I have gained an important perspective on what sportsmanship is and why it is so important. I have also taken these lessons and translated them into real life lessons.
One trip that I will never forget was in 2013, when I was 14 and traveled to Southeast Asia to play some of my first ITF tournaments. Not only did I play a lot of tennis on this trip, but I also learned a lot about life and the opportunities given to me. Just by walking around the first tournament site in downtown Manila, I saw what poverty looked like and how many people around the world live. This experience was absolutely eye-opening.
After seeing what poverty looked like, my whole mentality and outlook on life changed. I became much more thankful and grateful for the opportunities that I have each day here. I realized that tennis is not just a sport that I am able to play but a privilege that not everybody is blessed enough to get the chance to experience. This is why every time I take the court, I try my best to conduct myself in a way that translates my thankfulness to be able to play tennis.