In the fall of 2020, I will be entering my Sophmore year at Frederick Douglas Academy (FDA) in Harlem, NYC. I'm a product of the New York Junior Tennis and Learning community base Tennis program and train at Cary Leeds Center for Tennis and Learning in the Bronx, NY.
I'm a late bloomer in terms of playing USTA competitive tennis. Starting out, I played local community tournaments and won numerous tournaments in the 12's and 14's division. After participating in Cary Leeds's Intensive Training Program 4 years ago and Tournament Team Program a year ago (With 7 Time Grand Slam Champion Liezel Huber and her husband Tony Huber), my tennis development excelled and I learned about the importance of competition in advanced USTA tournaments (L1's, Super Six, Empire Cup and Nationals), USTA rankings and UTR Rankings. Since then, my USTA ranking improved dramatically. I competed in the USTA Men's National Indoor Championship in December of 2019 (Played Consolation for 1st Rd losers which was Round Robin) and raised my UTR dramatically to an 8. I have also participated in the West Side Tennis Club Junior Development Program run by Director Luke Jenson.
Due to financial limitations and before the Corona Virus breakout, I have not played in many tournaments. I have been able to train due at a few playgrounds that are opneded. Most Tennis Clubs are now starting to open up at this time. While most clubs are being delayed opening up, I am doing other activities to help improve my tennis abilities by analyzing tennis tactics and strategies in books and videos, improving my fitness, maintaining a stronger Mental Game and continuing to have the strive for the game of tennis. Before the Corona Virus breakout, I have played in 4 tournaments in 2020. 1 tournament being a 14s division and the rest being a 16s division.
My goal during this time of quarantine is to continue to work on my tennis and school work abilities so I can be at the top of my game when the quarantine is over. My goal in the year 2021 Tennis wise (Long Term Goal) is to be playing Top Tournaments such as Out of State Nationals and ITF Junior Tournaments. My goal this upcoming School year is to start positive and start off obtaining a 90 average. My immediate Tennis goal is to Increase my UTR to a 9 after competing in a few tournaments since Eastern Tournaments have resumed, achieving an 11 or 12 UTR by the end of 2020, increase my USTA ranking to Top 100 or better in my age bracket, and most importantly continuing to develop my Game!