SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Some of the nation's top 14-under girls and boys tennis players will compete at Huether Family Match Pointe in Sioux Falls, January 26-28, for the USTA National Level 3 – Sioux Falls Presented by Sanford Health.
This marks the second consecutive year Match Pointe has hosted the event. This year the draw sizes have doubled from 16 to 32.
“This is such a cool event to be able to feature in our facility and Sioux Falls,” said Mark Vellek, tennis and tournament director at Match Pointe. “We have been able to land a number of higher level USTA tournaments this year which creates an opportunity for kids that has never existed here before.”
Each age division has six sites hosting Level 3 tournaments this weekend. In addition to Sioux Falls, 14-under divisions are also being held in Las Vegas, Nevada; Hilton Head, South Carolina; Irvine, California; Delray Beach, Florida; and Spring, Texas.
A total of 127 players from around the country registered for the Match Pointe tournament with the top 32 boys and girls in the country receiving entry. A total of 17 states will be represented, including South Dakota, as Sioux Falls' Rocky McKenzie has qualified to be in the field.
“We have kids coming in from New York City to California and everywhere in between,” Vellek said. “We invite the whole Sioux Falls tennis community to come out and join us in supporting Rocky and watching an impressive level of junior tennis.”
Defending champion, Astro Pilipovic from New York City, is seeded sixth. Oskar Janssen, from Minneapolis, is one of the top 14-under players in the country and is the top seed on the boys side, while Mason Nguyen from El Dorado Hills, California, is the two-seed.
On the girls side, Zoe Adkins of Maple Grove, Minnesota is the top seed. Adkins has Sioux Falls ties as her brother, Charlie Adkins, plays number-one singles for Augustana University. Jayna Clemens from Lewisville, Texas, is seeded second.
Play begins with doubles opening rounds Saturday at 8 a.m. with opening round singles matches for boys and girls to go on the rest of the day. Round of 16 singles matches will be Saturday night beginning at 5 p.m. Round of 16 matches will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday and semifinals will be Monday at 9 a.m.
McKenzie will play his first singles match Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and his first doubles match with partner James Yousef, also from Sioux Falls, at 8 a.m. Saturday. The boys singles finals are scheduled for Monday at noon with the girls finals to follow.
The tournament will mark the first of three-out-of-four weekends Match Pointe will host USTA tournaments with its Blizzard Classic (Level 5) February 1-3 and its new Level 4, The Match Pointe Championships, February 15-17.