Top U.S. Juniors to Contest Sixty-Third Nationals in Charlottesville

The nation’s top junior players descend on Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend, March 15-17, to contest the 2019 U.S. Junior Squash Championships at the McArthur Squash Center and St. Anne’s Belfield.

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288 of the top-ranked players will vie for ten national titles across boys’ and girls’ U19, U17, U15 and U13 divisions with thirty-two-player draws, and boys’ and girls’ U11 divisions with sixteen-player draws. View all draws here.

Dating back to 1956, 2019 marks the sixty-third edition of the National Juniors and the first time the tournament has ever been held in Charlottesville.

Nine of the 2018 National Juniors champions return in 2019, however only one, Marina Stefanoni, remains in the same age division, opening up the competitive field.

Stefanoni, who became the youngest U19 champion in U.S. squash history in 2016, has the opportunity to make history by equaling Lily Lorentzen’s record of four consecutive U19 national titles. Stefanoni, who won her first career professional title last weekend in Bermuda, enters the draw as the top seed opposed by World Juniors teammate Elisabeth Ross.

The Boys’ U19 draw is also headlined by a 2018 World Juniors veteran in the form of Ayush Menon, who leads the draw as the top seed. Menon is in search of his first junior national title and seeded to face Nicholas Spizziri in the semifinals and William Ezratty in the final.

The second annual US Squash Junior Awards Dinner will take place at the Boars Head Pavilion in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, March 16. The dinner will celebrate the achievements of junior players, graduating seniors and families leaving the junior program as the 2018 – 2019 season concludes.

Three awards will be presented during the US Squash Junior Awards Dinner to players qualifying for the National Juniors in Charlottesville:

  • The DeRoy Junior Sportsmanship Award – honoring two graduating seniors, Udai Pal and Elizabeth Lentz, for their exemplary behavior both on and off the squash court while competing at a high level;
  • Age Division Sportsmanship Awards – recognizing one player from each division U11 to U17 who has displayed outstanding sportsmanship throughout the season;
  • The William T. Ketcham Jr. Award – given to one player from each age division who has shown extraordinary commitment to the sport while significantly improving their game. Recipients will be the boy and girl in each division displaying the largest ranking increase between March 21, 2018 to February 27, 2019, who also qualified for the National Juniors.

US Squash Junior Awards Dinner (Charlottesville) ticketing page.

For more tournament information visit the U.S. Junior Championships tournament page.

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