Corley, Yohannes named to USTA
Junior Leadership Team
May 18, 2018
Carmen Corley and Abraham Yohannes 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.
Corley and Yohannes, both residents of Albuquerque, N.M, 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
Corley, 16, has been ranked in the Top 20 of the USTA Girls’ 16s national standings and the Top 40 at the 18s level, as well as No. 3 at both levels in the Southwest section. She’s been a doubles champion at multiple USTA national tournaments, including the prestigious Easter Bowl (12-and-under level) and the USTA National Winter Championships (16-and-under level). She’s been a state singles and team champion with El Dorado High School, where she’s also an Honor Roll student. Additionally, she’s hosted Project Share to raise money to feed the homeless and has volunteered at the Bart Scott Tennis Camp. See Page 2 for her own comments.
Yohannes, 17, has been ranked in the Top 200 of his age group in the USTA national standings (at the 16-and-under level). He’s represented the Southwest section in USTA intersectional team competition, and was chosen to receive the Southwest Junior Sportsmanship Award in 2017. Additionally, he started a tennis camp in 2017 to help teach underprivileged kids tennis and is involved with the Tennis on Wheels organization that helps teach the game to the disabled. See page 2 for his own comments.
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 their own words...
Carmen Corley: For me, tennis has been a way to build character. I have went through so many ups and downs in my junior career already, from my being pulled of the court because of behavior, to my ranking dropping, and then having three injuries on top of it all. These events really tested my capabilities and the will I have to keep pushing forward and to continue to adapt and create better versions of myself. Mentally, emotionally and physically I am constantly dealing with different battles, but finding a way through all these different battles is what is shaping me into the person I am becoming. Dealing with all my adversities through tennis, I feel that I am better prepared to meet an overcome adversity in the future. All in all, though, at the end of the day, no matter how frustrated I may be with the sport, and no matter how hard it may be, whenever I reflect, I still love it.
Abraham Yohannes: Tennis means a lot to me. First, tennis has helped me learn so much about myself. I have learned my physical and mental limits and how to improve them constantly. For example, a mental limit I have broken is when I am in a defensive position in a point, I should never give up because the point can always change in my favor. In addition, tennis has taught me perseverance. I have learned to always try to think in a positive manner, even when the circumstances seem hopeless.
Second, tennis has helped me to think in a long-term manner and set goals for the future. For example, if I will need to improve a specific stroke, I know that it will take several months to perfect it, so I can use it in a match. This approach has allowed me to reach the next level of my game.
Third, I think that the interaction with other players is the reason why tennis is enjoyable. For example, I remember during the Sun City tournament in 2017, I played Cezar Rata in the final. He beat me 6-1, 6-2, but the match was fun because there was no cheating during the match. I have lost my fair share of matches and even though I lost those matches, it was still fun playing them because of the sportsmanlike attitude from my opponents. These players have not tried to cheat me for the sole purpose of winning.
Fourth, tennis is the sport for me because I can still keep working on multiple aspects of my game, such as my footwork and my serve. Similar to many aspects in life, I can always improve at the sport.