Atherton tennis standout named to USA National Junior Team


Sixteen-year-old CiCi Bellis of Atherton is among eight girls selected for the 2015 Team USA National Junior Team, a training program designed to give America's best young players opportunities to train together during the summer and to compete against other top juniors from around the world. The boys' team will be selected at a later date.

Players were selected for the team based on automatically qualifying or through results in a qualifying playoff, held last week at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla.

Joining Bellis on the team is Michaela Gordon, 15, from Los Altos Hills.

Bellis and Gordon were among four players who were automatic qualifiers for the team while the others qualified through the playoff.

USTA Player Development will provide coaching and travel assistance to select events throughout the summer, including junior Grand Slam tournaments and the USTA Girls' 18s National Championships in San Diego.

Bellis finished the 2014 season as the No. 1 junior in the world rankings and was named the ITF World Junior Champion for the year. She also was the breakout star of the 2014 US Open after upsetting No. 12 Dominika Cibulkova in the first round to become the youngest women's player to win a main-draw match in Flushing Meadows since Anna Kournikova in 1996.

In other tennis news, the USTA Northern California Tennis Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2015.

The latest group includes Bill Jacobson, an innovator of tennis statistics technology; Marianne Werdel, an NCAA champion and accomplished WTA player from Stanford; Matt Mitchell, a Stanford All-American, NCAA champion and ATP title-holder; Peter Wright, a highly respected collegiate coach, former Davis Cup player and captain, and former ATP player; and Wayne Ferreira, a highly decorated ATP player and Olympic silver-medalist.

The 2015 USTA Northern Californa Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Brunch will be held on Aug. 6, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Stanford University, during the Bank of the West Classic. Registration for the ceremony will be open on June 1, 2015.

Table tennis

Before she heads off to the Pan American Games, which get under way July 19 (for her sport) in Toronto, Canada, Palo Alto High grad Lily Zhang will compete in the 2015 US Open at OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

The men's and women's singles highlight what will be the biggest US Open in the 80-year history of USA Table Tennis. The 2015 Open, the largest table tennis tournament in North America featuring 98 events, kicks off on July 6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and runs through Saturday, July 11, at which point all attention will move over to OMNIA for the men's and women's singles finals.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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