February 21, 2024
Katherine Hui. Picture credit score: Courtesy Youth Tennis San Diego

Youth Tennis San Diego has named Katherine Hui, 18, and Trevor Svajda, 17, as 2023 Gamers of the Yr.

Hui, who graduated from Santa Fe Christian Excessive College in Solana Seashore earlier this yr, reached the singles ultimate of the USTA Billie Jean King Ladies’ 18s Nationwide Championships at Barnes Tennis Heart this previous August the place she fell to reigning Wimbledon women’ singles champion Clervie Ngounoue 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.

The next month, Hui gained the most important title of her younger tennis profession on the USTA Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Heart in New York, as she confronted a troublesome worldwide area to seize the US Open women’ singles championship.

Hui joined a protracted record of junior champions who embrace former No. 1 gamers Jennifer Capriati, Lindsay Davenport and Victoria Azarenka.

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Trevor Svajda. Picture credit score: Courtesy Youth Tennis San Diego

Hui additionally competed on the 2023 SoCal Professional Collection, a collection {of professional} occasions to provide up-and-coming tennis gamers a possibility to achieve expertise and rating factors. She superior to at least one singles semifinal and three singles quarterfinals.

Hui, at present No. 896 within the WTA singles rankings, started her collegiate tennis profession at Stanford College earlier this fall.

Svajda is the youthful brother of present ATP participant Zach Svajda, who’s ranked within the Prime 150 on this planet. The Pacific Seashore native earned his first ATP rating level on the SoCal Professional Collection occasion on the College of San Diego.

In August, Svajda, who trains at Barnes Tennis Heart, reached the singles ultimate of the USTA Boys 18s Nationwide Championships at Kalamazoo, Mich.  In September, he defeated reigning Wimbledon boy’s singles champion Henry Searle on his solution to advancing to the third spherical of the US Open boys’ singles competitors.

Svajda, the No. 1 recruit within the class of 2024, will attend Southern Methodist College beginning in January.

 “Youth Tennis San Diego may be very proud to honor these two younger distinguished San Diegans with the 2023 Participant of the Yr Award. Katherine and Trevor have labored very arduous on and off the court docket to perform what they’ve achieved,” mentioned Steve Adamson, director of tennis at Barnes. “They’re an inspiration to many younger tennis gamers in San Diego and so they each have very shiny futures.”

Hui and Svajda will obtain their awards on the 2023 San Diego Junior Tennis Awards Ceremony offered by Esther Belinsky on Dec. 17 at Barnes Tennis Heart.

The recipients of the Most Improved Participant of the Yr, Sportsmanship Award, Service Award and the Angel Lopez Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Award additionally can be introduced in the course of the ceremony.