BCTA VA Youth Tennis Players Score Points and Strike Poses at Tennis Tournament

Some of our bright and talented VA youth tennis players from our Worldgate Sport&Health location recently took to the tournament tennis courts and made us proud! Blue Chip Tennis Academy players Nikolas Stuard, CJ Mendelsohn, Blake Fitzgerald, Jacob Farmer and Dev Vakil all competed in the David LeMair Tennis BG10’s Orange Ball Lvl2.

Taking VA Youth Tennis to the Next Level

USTA Mid-Atlantic at Mount Vernon Athletic Club in Alexandria, VAThe USTA Mid-Atlantic tournament was held April 14-15, 2017 at Jefferson Park in Falls Church, VA. This was an important tournament for the boys for a couple of reasons. As a level 2 tournament, the boys are trying to score enough points to move to the next level. As part of their new Youth Progression guidelines, the USTA designates that players must gain enough points in Orange Ball L2 tournaments in order to move up to the higher Orange Ball Level 1  tournaments.

“The boys did an incredible job. As their coach I was very proud to see each of them grow and apply themselves in a competitive atmosphere!” -Coach D.J. Albergottie

This tournament also marks the first youth tennis tournament for CJ and the first American tennis tournament for Nikolas, who recently moved from Germany. In his very first USTA tennis tournament, Nikolas got second place! And Blake took home third place. All the boys played well in the tournament and had a blast both competing against each other, as well as playing against opponents they had never met before. A wonderful lesson in competition and example of sportsmanship!

BCTA VA youth tennis players compete and have fun

Nikolas Stuard (Far Left player), CJ Mendelsohn (Left Center player), Blake Fitzgerald (Right Center player), Jacob Farmer (Far Right player), Dev Vakil (not pictured)

What Does the Dab Have To Do With Tennis?

Wondering about the funky pose the boys are sporting in this picture? After taking a couple more traditional pictures, they wanted something memorable for Nikolas and CJ (since it was their first U.S. tournament). They all did a move called a “dab” to just have some fun before going on to their final match. A perfect move for these players, since the dab dance move (bowing your head into your elbow) represents confidence, accomplishment and pride. Having fun and “dabbing” are what Blue Chip Tennis Academy and Worldgate Sport&Health is all about!

Is it time you tried a BCTA tennis program? From lessons to workshops, clinics and social events, BCTA tennis is the place to play! Two locations, Mount Vernon Athletic Club and Worldgate Sport&Health, with programs for VA youth tennis players through adults make it a great fit for players of all skill levels.

Be sure to check out the upcoming summer tennis camps!

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