Delray tennis star reaches USTA finals


By: David DiPino Contributing Writer
Amanda Meyer dreams of one day playing on the red clay courts of Roland Garros at the French Open, a Grand Slam event in women’s pro tennis.
But during her summer tennis schedule, she’s making strides in her game by making it to the finals at the USTA Girls’ 18s National Clay Court Championships in Memphis, Tenn.
Meyer, 17, of Delray Beach, won seven straight sets on the Memphis clay as she cruised into the sweet 16 portion of the tournament. She won another three sets en route to making it to the finals before falling 4-6, 6-3, 4-6 to Ann Li of Devon, Pa. During the quarterfinal round in Memphis, Meyer was named Player of the Day. Meyer even teamed up with Isabella Lorenzini of Clarendon Hills, Ill., to win two doubles matches before falling in the round of 32 in Memphis.
“My movement was one of the better aspects during this tournament and my forehand,” said Meyer.
During a phone interview while playing after Memphis at the USTA National Championships – Girls 16s & 18s, a hardcourt tourney in San Diego, Meyer did share she does enjoy and has a preference of playing on clay more so than the harder surfaces.
“I think red clay because it’s a bit finer,” she said.
Meyer said she would like to play on red clay a bit closer to home to get ready for a future French Open appearance.
“I’d love to play on red clay in the Delray Beach area,” she said.
While in San Diego, Meyer won her first match 6-3, 6-2, to advance but fell in the next round to the no. 10 seed 1-6, 4-6. She did end up making a strong run in the consolation rounds winning three straight matches before falling in the 4Q Round of the Consolation tournament at Memphis.
She said her hopes are the game of tennis will one day take her to the French Open but until then her world map has been gaining pins.
“Tennis has taken me to a couple of different countries. I’ve been to Mexico a couple of times. I have been to Romania and Belgium competing in tennis.”
Back home in Delray Beach, Meyer travels one city south to train at Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton.