Austin Tennis Academy hosted the Spenco ATA Thanksgiving Junior Open this past weekend, with many ATA Academy players competing in the tournament.
Molly Fisher, who just turned 14, fought her way through the girls’ 18s draw, winning 8 straight sets to take the title. Fisher faced K. Delgado in the finals, taking the match 6-0, 6-1.
“Molly has learned over the past 6 months to work hard on her own,” Coach Lucie Schmidhauser said. “Her competitive spirit is off the charts, so I’m not surprised that she is succeeding against older girls.”
In the boys’ 16s Champ draw, Caleb Rightmer ran through three matches to secure a spot in the final round. He took down teammate Justin Allen in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-4.
“Caleb comes every single day working hard,” Coach John Schoenmakers said, “so I could definitely see this coming.”
Keaton Qualls and Justin Allen also had strong performances, each reaching the semifinals.
In the boys’ 18s Qualified draw, Frankie Colunga fought his way to the final round with three straight set wins. He took down teammate Andrew Parks in the semis. In the same draw, Jonah Kral won his first round match before going down to the eventual champion in the quarterfinals.
In the boys’ 14s non-qualified division, Brooks Lane won two matches to make the final round. Lane lived up to his number 2 seeding, with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over T. Gong, followed by a 6-4, 6-0 win over P. Gajjala.
“Brooks has worked hard to make huge progress in the past few months with his game,” Coach Brian Notis said. “It's great to see him getting the results to match that effort. Brooks reached his first B14's final and beat a player in the semi's that he had lost to in a recent ZAT.”
Also in the boys’ 14s NQ draw, Alex Konkol reached the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Thomas Gilburg.
In the boys’ 12s qualified draw, Jesse Wikso won two matches to reach the semifinals. He took down V. Aduru 6-2, 6-0, followed by G. Singh 6-1, 6-0, before going town to Roger Chou, 6-1, 6-0. Max Schmidhauser and Tyler Anson also competed in this draw, each reaching the quarterfinals.
In the boys’ 14s qualified draw, Tyler Wilkie bounced back from a first round loss to win three matches to secure a spot in the consolation finals. He knocked out Jacob Stern in the consolation semi’s 6-1, 6-0.
Congratulations to all of the Academy players who competed in the Spenco ATA Thanksgiving Junior Open, and good luck in the upcoming major zones!