Only four months into the year, and it already looks as if 2018 is shaping up to be one for the ages at Centercourt Tennis Acadmey.
Continuing to build off their recent respective successes, CTA players, which included Evan Wen, Samir Banerjee, and Michael Zheng, took their talents out west to the California desert for the 2018 Easter Bowl, held specifically in Indian Wells, which hosts one of the most prestigious Masters 1000 tennis events for the ATP and WTA tours. The Easter Bowl comes with a long list of professional players, some of which are hall of fame players, who competed at the event themselves. The list includes players such as Andy Roddick, Pete Sampras, Justin Gimelstob, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Jennifer Capriati, Pam Shriver, and Tracy Austin. Also included in the CTA army was Michael Sun, recent Yale University commit, who made his mark at the Boys 18s ITF tournament, held in Newport Beach, where he eventually fell in the semifinal round in both singles and doubles.
Over at the Easter Bowl, under the watchful eye and tutelage of Centercourt’s Clay Bibbee, three of Centercourt’s finest were ready to leave their marks on the tournament.
Sitting atop the boy’s 14s draw was Samir Banerjee, the first seed, who in dominant fashion made his way through to the semifinals without dropping a single set. Upon reaching the semifinal, Samir dug deep and pulled through in a tough 3-set match, to earn himself a spot to the final. On the bottom half of the draw, sixth seeded Evan Wen also made his way through to the semifinals without dropping a single set, where he ultimately fell just short in what would have been an all Centercourt final. Despite a first round loss, Michael Zheng fought every moment throughout his match, where the scoreline could have easily tipped into his direction if not for a couple crucial points at high-pressure moments.
Coming off a hard fought semifinal victory, Samir somehow found it within him to keep pace in the final.
Unfortunately, after securing the first set, Samir eventually fell to his opponent in the 2nd and 3rd set. Despite the loss, Samir and Evan both fought valiantly throughout the whole tournament, earning themselves a Silver Ball and Bronze Ball, respectively, for their efforts in singles. Both Samir and Evan, did not stop there however, as the duo linked up to make the finals of the doubles event, where they would eventually fall in a final set tiebreaker to their competition. Samir and Evan would claim an additional Silver Ball each, for their efforts in doubles.
As mentioned earlier, CEO + Managing Partner, and one the finest coaching minds at Centercourt, Clay Bibbee accompanied the boys on their successful trip and had nothing but praise for all of the competitors. “I am extremely proud of all the boys that came out to California and left not only Centercourt’s mark, but their own mark personally on the rest of the Tennis world,” said Coach Clay. “The level of competition throughout the event was extremely fierce, and I could not be happier with the effort shown by all of CTA’s players. A huge shoutout and big thank you to all of the coaches both past and present, who have worked tirelessly with our CTA players, especially with Samir, Evan, Michael Zheng, and Michael Sun,” Bibbee added.
Be sure to keep an eye out for future updates on all of our CTA players and athletes and their success throughout the year as Centercourt continues to strive for nothing but excellence, announcing themselves further to the rest of the world.
Centercourt’s own Samir Banerjee capped off his 2017 with a bang as he rolled through the Boys 14’s singles and doubles draw out west in Tucson, Arizona for the L1 USTA National Winter Championships. Samir has been training at the Centercourt Academy for a couple of years now, and it’s very clear to see all the hard work paying off.
“I have been playing quite well since the National Indoor Hard Court Championships in November, and was able to take that form and momentum into the highly coveted and historic Orange Bowl tournament, as well as Winter Nationals,” said Samir.
“Centercourt Tennis Academy has played a vital role in preparing me to compete at the national level. I now recognize the importance of planning for each match both on and off the court physically and mentally. I would like to thank Coach Clay, and Coach Adrian for their pivotal roles in preparing me to become the best player I can be. Having the opportunity to train at Centercourt with other high quality players and coaches is what I attribute to getting me where I am today,” Samir also added.
Coach Adrian Contreras, Director of Elite Tennis at Centercourt Tennis Academy has seen Samir really prove himself as of late as well. “Team Centercourt is extremely proud of Samir and what he has accomplished in Tucson. Samir is a very resilient and resourceful competitor. Not only does he love to play the big points, he is exceptional at finding the right combinations necessary to stay aggressive while playing high percentage tennis. Samir has continued to improve his tactical discipline and awareness; areas which I feel led him to his championship run so dominantly. We look forward to Samir’s continual tennis development here at Centercourt.”
Centercourt Tennis Academy looks forward to the continued success of it’s players heading into 2018. We hope to see many more trophies in the future for Samir and all of our hard-working players. Once again, congratulations to Samir and best wishes for continued success in your career!
This past Wednesday saw a great turnout for Centercourt’s 1st annual “Snowball UTR Tournament” with some incredible competition along the way.
Centercourt would like to wish a big thank you and congratulations to all players and parents that came out to support this event. UTR continues to revolutionize the sport of tennis in so many ways, and we at Centercourt will look to continue building off its momentum in the coming future. Allowing players to be seeded in various divisions based on their personal UTR ratings encourages and enhances the level of competition on a consistent basis. For our first tournament, there were three separate divisions, which included the Grinch Division, the Frost Division, and the Rudolph Division. A massive congratulations to the winners of each respective division, seen below:
Grinch Division Winner:
Frosty Division Winner:
Rudolph Division Winner:
All results from the tournament can be found by clicking the link below:
1st Annual Snowball UTR Tournament Results
Please be sure to keep an eye and ear out for information on our next event and all future events going forward in 2018. Thank you again to everyone included and we look forward to seeing everyone again very soon!