WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 6, 2020 – Top juniors Emma Shelton (18, Gainesville, Fla.)
and Logan Zapp (18, Fleming Island, Fla.) won the USTA National Winter Championships
Girls’ and Boys’ 18s singles titles last Friday, headlining the American juniors to win singles
or doubles titles at the USTA National Winter Championships over the past week, in a press release from the United State Tennis Association in New York. Shelton was a 2019 Florida Class 4A runnerup in singles and doubles for Buchholz High School. Zapp was a Class 4A singles runnerup in 2018 for Fleming Island High School.
The National Winter Championships were played at the USTA National Campus at Lake
Nona in Orlando, Fla., (18s and 16s divisions) and the Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson,
Ariz., (14s and 12s divisions) consisting of 128 singles players and 64 doubles teams across
all age groups.
Zapp added another title to his resume, as the No. 1 seed claimed the boys’ 18s singles title.
A semifinalist at last year’s event, the Florida native took down Ben Shelton (17, Gainesville,
Fla.), 6-7(5), 7-6(3), 6-4 in the final. Meanwhile, Ben’s older sister, Emma, defeated the No.1
seed, Sarah Hamner of Fort Collins, Colo., 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 in the girls’ 18s single final to earn
her first USTA national title.
With their victories, both teens earned wild card entries into future tournaments through the
USTA’s merit-based competitive pathway linkages.
Zapp, as the boys’ 18s singles champion,
received one wild card entry into the main draw of a future ITF World Tennis Tour M15 event
in the U.S.
Shelton, as the girls’ 18s singles champion, received a wild card entry into the
singles qualifying draw of a USTA Pro Circuit W25 event, as well as a wild card into the
singles main draw of the International Spring Championships, an ITF Grade 1 junior
tournament in Carson, Calif.
Zapp and doubles teammate Aryan Chaudhary of Santa Clara, CA, finished as runnerups with Chaudhary leaving the tournament to catch a flight with games at 4-6, 6-1.
USTA Boys’ 18s National Winter Championships
Orlando, Fla., Dec. 28, 2019 – Jan. 3, 2020
Singles: (1) Logan Zapp (Fleming Island, Fla.) d. (8) Ben Shelton (Gainesville, FL), 6-7(5),
Doubles: (4) Keshav Chopra (Marietta, Ga.)/Coy Simon (Charleston, S.C.) d. (3) Aryan
Chaudhary (Santa Clara, Calif.)/ Zapp, 4-6, 6-1, Ret