Out in Chattanooga 10 GTP players were competing in the Southern L1A. Chattanooga was the site for Boy’s and girl’s 16’s and 18’s with top players from all over the southern region. With very cold temperatures and a lot of rain, the player’s mental toughness and patience was tested all weekend long. A few standouts from the tournament were Drew Broadstreet (15), Sophie Strugnell (15) , and Amanda Nowak.
In girls 16’s Sophie Strugnell made it to the round of 16 in the main draw and then went on to win two matches in the back draw. She had a very strong doubles tournament as well. Sophie and her partner from Kentucky won the Girl’s 16’s! Sophie had a busy tournament playing 11 total matches over the span of 4 days.
In Boy’s 16’s Drew Broadstreet made it to the finals and lost a tight match in three sets to the number 4 seed from Arkansas. Drew won four singles matches on his path to the finals and earned second place in singles. Peyton Gatti made it to the round of 16 and lost a tough third set tiebreak. Peyton Gatti won three singles matches and two doubles.
Amanda Nowak in Girls 18’s won two total singles matches, both in the main draw. The highlight of her tournament was in the round of 32 taking down the #5 seed of the tournament from Georgia 6-1 7-6. Carolyn Ansari playing in Girl’s 18’s who won two main draw singles matches and 1 consolation match in the Girl’s 18’s.
Back home in the NC Level 3 doubles Amelie Gonzalez (11) and Andrea Chacon (11) won the Girl’s 12’s doubles, only dropping 8 total games in three matches. In Girl’s 10,s Aubrey Effler (10) and Gabriella Slovak (8) made it to the finals and lost to the 1 seeds 5-3 4-0, earning second place. In Boy’s 16’s Harrison Gwynn (15) and Brad Henley (16) finished in second place, losing a tough finals match.
Other results from this doubles tournament were Seth Christian (8) and Patrick Porcnja (9) finishing in 3rd place in Boy’s 10’s.