2013 Wrap-Up

Just because he won four of his six ASICS Easter Bowl matches after dropping the first set and five total three-setters, doesn’t mean that Gage Brymer enjoys playing in them. “No, I don’t really like them,” was Brymer’s response to a question posed by USTA First Vice President Katrina Adams, who was handling Tennis Channel on-court commentating duties following the unseeded Brymer’s 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, win over Luca Corinteli in the Boy’s 18s ITF singles final on the final day of the 46th annual event that took place for the first time at the Sunrise Country Club. Adams called Brymer the “Marathon Man”, who later added in his post-match media interviews: “I wish I could get it done it two [read more]

2012 Wrap-Up

McDonald Takes ITF Boys’ 18s Singles Title On Final Day At 45th Annual USTA Easter Bowl Junior Spring Nationals By Steve Pratt RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (April 15, 2012) – When Mackenzie McDonald wakes up on Monday morning, his 17th birthday, it will probably have sunk in: he’s the 2012 boys’ 1TF 18s singles champion at the Easter Bowl. Just three years ago, on his final days as a 13-year-old, McDonald won the gold ball in the USTA Springs Nationals in the 14s at the Easter Bowl. “This is so big, one of the most prestigious events we have in the nation,” said McDonald, aware that so few repeat in [read more]

2011 Wrap-Up

2011 Easter Bowl Singles Winners Photos by Bob and Dave Kenas Boys’ 18s Singles Finals Marcos Giron, at right, Thousand Oaks, CA def. Mac Styslinger (7) Birmingham, AL 6-1, 7-5 Girls’ 18s Singles Finals Kyle McPhillips (13), at right, Willoughby, OH def Gabrielle Andrews (9) Pomona, CA 6-4, 6-4 [read more]

2010 Wrap-Up

April 18, 2010, Rancho Mirage, Calif. — Gordon Watson’s comeback came full circle Sunday as he captured his fourth career gold ball with the biggest win of his career: the boys’ 16s championships at the Easter Bowl. (My forehand) was just firing today. I wish someone could tell me how many backhands I hit today because it wasn’t many,” said Watson, the No. 10 seeded player from Naples, Fla., after beating top-seeded Nolan Paige of Fairfield, Conn., 6-3, 6-1, at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort. "It hasn’t really kicked in yet. It got real emotional there for a minute when my parents came over. It’s a great feeling. I haven’t felt this way since the 12s. Watson was once the No. 1 14-and-under player in the U.S. but soon [read more]

2009 Wrap-Up

Evan King and Christina McHale will be spending a lot of time together this summer. Two of America’s promising juniors were recently selected to play World Team Tennis for the defending champion New York Buzz as part of an all-juniors team. The pair had very little time to spend together during the recent 42nd annual Easter Bowl Junior Spring National Championships. That’s because they were too busy winning matches as both King and McHale captured ITF 18s titles at Seena Hamilton’s venerable event played at Rancho Las Palmas in Palm Desert, Calif. The Michigan-bound King, the20No. 4 seed who is a U.S. junior Davis Cupper from Chicago who [read more]

2008 Wrap-Up

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – They left the best for last for the second straight year at the Easter Bowl. In the final main-draw singles match of the tournament Sunday at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort, No. 8 seed Jack Sock fought through a tough three-setter in 98-degree heat, upsetting No. 2 seed Clay Thompson, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4), in the boys’ 16s final at the USTA Spring Nationals event. Last year in the same 16s final – the third and final main-draw match of the day – unseeded Lawrence Formentera also needed a third-set tiebreaker to beat No. 1 seed James "Bo” Seal of Chattanooga, Tenn. The heat was brutal for both players and fans Sunday, but Sock found a way to get through it. "The heat [read more]