Local youth tennis players serve up winners at Columbus Day Open


By David DiPino The Pineapple Staff Writer Youth tennis enthusiasts were in for a treat when 273 of the top United Tennis Association (UTSA) boys and girls players from across the country competed in the Columbus Day Open presented by The Venetian® Las Vegas at the Delray Beach Swim & Tennis Club, 2350 Jaeger Drive. The elite national-level junior tennis competition at the Columbus Day Open included participants in Boys and Girls age category championship divisions. Play was structured in a singles and doubles championship format. Local players Amaya Lopez-Clay, Joshua Miller of Delray Beach and Matthew Rodriguez from Highland Beach, Charlotte Owensby, Jameson Corsillo, Robert Hammond, Pietro Rimondini and Alexandre Rotsaert, of Boca Raton, James Ignatowich of Wellington, Emily Callahan, William Howells from Plantation, Michael Heller, Andrew Heller of Weston and Jonathan Deautriell of Pembroke Pines, played in a singles or double championship at the Columbus Day Tournament. In the Girls’ 12 Singles Championship, Charlotte Owensby of Boca Raton defeated Emily Callahan of Plantation 6-3, 6-4. Owensby also teamed up with Callahan to take second place in the Girls’ 12 Doubles Championships. Callahan recently moved to Plantation to train and is originally from Lake Forest, Illinois. She is a regular at USTA Junior Tennis events and is vastly improving her status as one of the elite girls tennis players across South Florida. In the Final Round of the Girls’ 16 Doubles Championships, Delray Beach resident Amaya Lopez-Clay and teammate Hannah Lairmore of Ashville, North Carolina won 8-5 over Maryann Rompf and Maria Ross of Lakewood Ranch. On the boys side of the net, Joshua Miller of Delray Beach joined forces with Benjamin Zipay of Osprey to defeat Jameson Corsillo of Boca Raton and J.J. Tracy on Ann Arbor, Michigan, 8-6. In addition to his second place doubles finish, Corsillo, a no. 8 seed on the singles side, went on to win the Boys’ 12 Singles Final Round 7-5, 6-0 over Martin Damm of Bradenton. James Ignatowich of Wellington continued the local dominance with a win in the Boys’ 14 Doubles win with JanMangus Johnson of North Hampton, New Hampshire. The Ignatowich and Johnson duo defeated no. 1 seed Robert Hammond of Boca Raton and Michael Heller of Weston, 8-6. Hammond would get redemption by defeating Ronan Jachuck of Slingerlands, New York, in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, for the championship of the Boys’ 14 Singles. In the Boys’ 16 Singles Final Round, William Howells of Plantation defeated Alexandre Rotsaert of Boca Raton 7-5, 6-4. Andrew Heller of Weston captured a Boys’ 18 Doubles Championship win when he teamed up with William Shkrob of Venice, FL to win 8-4 over a second place team made up of a top youth tennis player from Arizona and New York. Pietro Rimondini of Boca Raton also added to the local dominance when he outplayed Andrew Heller of Weston in a 7-6, 7-5 thriller to capture the Boys’ 18 Singles Championship. In all, of the 273 players combined, over 175 were from the State of Florida. USTA youth tennis players from Puerto Rico, Hawaii, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona, Minnesota, Illinois, Maryland, Georgia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Indiana, South Carolina, West Virginia, California, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Colorado, Michigan, Massachusetts, Alabama, Connecticut, Louisiana, Washington D.C., Iowa, Rhode Island and Kansas competed in the Columbus Day Open presented by The Venetian® Las Vegas. According to tournament director John Butler, players, coaches and families enjoyed hospitality at some of south Palm Beach County’s most prominent and desirable tennis destinations at the Delray Swim & Tennis Club, Delray Beach Tennis Center, Hunters Run Country Club, Boca West Country Club and Wycliffe Country Club. Sponsors included the City of Delray Beach, Palm Beach County Sports Commission, Palm Beach County, Hyatt Place Delray Beach, Prince, Wilson Springhill Suites & Towneplace Suites Boca Raton. Wyndham Hotel Boca Raton, The Seagate Hotel & Spa and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.