Athletic DNA proudly watched all of our players represent the brand with fierce tenacity and dedication. Whether it was a win or a loss, each player fought to the very last point. We hope that ADNA players left these tournaments with a sense of accomplishment, but also the realization that they can never allow themselves to get comfortable. Only continued hard work will achieve your goals. One thing is clear though, all of these players were Born For This.
Boys 12s: Little Rock, AR
It was extremely hot down in Little Rock with temperatures hitting triple digits almost every day, and our new Sales and Sponsorship Representative, Bryan Thorp, came down to watch the first couple rounds of boys 12s Hard Courts. There were a couple standouts with the new crop of ADNA Select members with Trey Hilderbrand upsetting two players seeded above him in three sets on his run to the quarterfinals. In the quarters, he had a tight first set which he lost, and then bowed out to the top seeded player, Roscoe Bellamy.
In doubles action, ADNA player Austen Huang had a great single’s run to the round of 16, but where he really made an impact was doubles, where he made it all the way to the finals earning a silver ball! Bryan Thorp was able to watch a lot of both players, and was extremely impressed with how well they could handle the heat, despite being so young. There is a really talented group coming up, and we are looking forward to watching them develop over the next couple of years.
Boys 14s: San Antonio, TX
We saw one of the more impressive performances by our ADNA Select players at a national event. Lane Leschly had the most successful national tournament of his life, with a great run to the quarter finals, and he then followed it up with a run to the finals, winning an absolute battle in the semis 7-6 (6), 6-7 (7), 6-3. Leschly earned his first silver ball, and made an amazing jump in his development as a junior.
The real standout at 14s was 6’5 Taylor Fritz. Taylor went the ENTIRE TOURNAMENT without dropping a single set, in singles AND doubles! Using his big game and the quicker surface, Taylor was able to overpower his opponents, and dictate play, allowing him to put together one of the most impressive runs at the 14s nationals we have seen. He also teamed with fellow ADNA Select member Anudeep Kodali and despite having the pressure of being the #1 seeds, they cruised through the draw, and put a heavy stamp on their run with a 6-0,6-1 finals victory giving them their gold ball, and Taylor the rare feat of a double gold ball in a national tournament.