| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Eric Johnson, 17, of San Jose, Calif., and 14-year-old Gabrielle Andrews of Pomona, Calif., each swept the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 18s Winter National Championships on Saturday. Many of the nation’s top junior tennis players competed in eight USTA National Championships across the state of Arizona last week.

Andrews, the event’s top-seed despite her youth, defeated 16-year-old Kyle McPhillips of Willoughby, Ohio, 6-3, 6-1, in the girls’ 18s final in Mesa, Ariz., to win her third career national singles title, and teamed with Indianapolis’ Brooke Austin to win the doubles title. Andrews and Austin helped lead the U.S. to its fourth consecutive World Junior Tennis title (14-and-under version of Fed Cup) in August, and Andrews has now swept the singles and doubles titles at three USTA national championships in the last year, including the girls’ 14s titles at the 2010 Easter Bowl and the 2009 USTA Winter National Championships.

Johnson entered the tournament as the number 15 seed and defeated number 17 Anthony Tsodikov of San Francisco, 0-6, 6-4, 6-1, to capture his first career national singles title in Phoenix. Johnson also won the doubles title, partnering with fellow Californian Mackenzie McDonald of Piedmont to defeat Houston natives Stuart Kenyon and Michael Reichmann 6-3, 6-4. Johnson will enroll at the University of Southern California in the fall.

Highlights from other USTA Winter National Championships include:

►Thomas (T.J.) Pura, a 16-year-old from Pacific Palisades, Calif., who was among the players profiled in the 2008 documentary 50,000 Balls, won his first national title since 2007 at the USTA Boys’ 16s Winter National Championships in Scottsdale, Ariz. Pura, the number eight seed, upset top-seeded Sean Karl of Brentwood, Tenn., 6-2, 7-5, in the final. Pura also reached the doubles final with partner Ognjen Samardzic of Bradenton, Fla.

►Top-seeded Jamie Loeb, 15, of Ossining, N.Y., defeated number two-seeded Christina Makarova of San Diego, 6-4, 6-0, in the girls’ 16s final in Tempe, Ariz., and did not lose a single set en route to her first career national singles title. Loeb was a singles finalist at the USTA Girls’ 16s National Clay Court Championships in July.

►Sofia Kenin, 12, of Pembroke Pines, N.C., swept the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Girls’ 12s Winter National Championships in Tucson, Ariz. Kenin, the top seed, beat seventh-seeded Elizabeth Porter of Dallas, 7-5, 6-1, in the final, and partnered with Zoe Spence of Chicago, to win the doubles title. Kenin was also a girls’ 12s singles finalist at the USTA National Clay Court Championships and the USTA National Hard Court Championships in 2010. 

Below is the complete list of championship results from last week’s USTA Winter National Championships. The complete draws are available on www.usta.com.

USTA Boys’ 18s Winter National Championships
Phoenix Tennis Center, Phoenix, Ariz., Dec. 27 – Jan. 1

►Singles: (15) Eric Johnson, San Jose, Calif., d. (17) Anthony Tsodikov, San Francisco, 0-6, 6-4, 6-1

►Doubles: (10) Eric Johnson, San Jose, Calif. & Mackenzie McDonald, Piedmont, Calif., d. Stuart Kenyon, Houston & Michael Riechmann, Houston, 6-3, 6-4

USTA Girls’ 18s Winter National Championships
Gene Autry Tennis Center, Mesa, Ariz., Dec. 27 – Jan. 1

►Singles: (1) Gabrielle Andrews, Pomona, Calif., d. (2) Kyle McPhillips, Willoughby, Ohio, 6-3, 6-1

►Doubles: (1) Gabrielle Andrews, Pomona, Calif. & Brooke Austin, Indianapolis, d. (6) Ashley Dai, Temple City, Calif. & Riko Shimizu, Ojai, Calif., 6-2, 6-2.

USTA Boys’ 16s Winter National Championships
Scottsdale Ranch Park, Scottsdale, Ariz., Dec. 27 – Jan. 1

►Singles: (8) Thomas Pura, Pacific Palisades, Calif., d. (1) Sean Karl, Brentwood, Tenn., 6-2, 7-5

►Doubles: (3) Gregory Garcia, Poway, Calif. & Nicholas Hu, Palo Alto, Calif., d. (8) Thomas Pura, Pacific Palisades, Calif. & Ognjen Samardzic, Bradenton, Fla., 6-1, 6-2

USTA Girls’ 16s Winter National Championships
Kiwanis Recreation Center, Tempe, Ariz., Dec. 27 – Jan. 1

►Singles: (1) Jamie Loeb, Ossining, N.Y., d. (2) Christina Makarova, San Diego, 6-4, 6-0

►Doubles: (2) Makenzie Craft, Frisco, Texas & Christina Makarova, San Diego, d. Alexandra Najarian, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. & Kate Vialle, Leawood, Kan., 7-6(6), 6-2

USTA Boys’ 14s Winter National Championships
Tucson Racquet Club, Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 27 – Jan. 1

►Singles: (3) Stefan Kozlov, Pembroke Pines, Fla., d. (2) Toshiki Matsuya, Redmond, Wash., 6-2, 6-4

►Doubles: (2) Augustus Ge, Phoenix & Robert Seby, Oro Valley, Ariz., d. (1) Aron Kiltzik, Wilmette, Ill. & Martin Joyce, Hinsdale, Ill., 6-4, 6-0

USTA Girls’ 14s Winter National Championships
University of Arizona’s Robson Tennis Center, Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 27 – Jan. 1

►Singles: Maria Smith, Houston, d. (2) Elizabeth Profit, La Habra, Calif., 7-6(4), 6-3

►Doubles: (5) Ellen Jang Milsten, Alpharetta, Ga. & Kareena Manji, Simi Valley, Calif., d. Emma Higuchi, Los Angeles & Maddie Pothoff, Tucson, Ariz., 6-0, 6-3

USTA Boys’ 12s Winter National Championships
Reffkin Tennis Center, Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 27 – Jan. 1

►Singles: (1) William Blumberg, Greenwich, Conn., d. (2) Noah Schachter, Steilacoom, Wash., 3-6, 6-3, [10-7].

►Doubles: (9) Brandon Holt, Rolling Hills, Calif. & Bryce Pereira, San Gabriel, Calif., d. (7) Zeke Clark, Tulsa, Okla. & Yash Parikh, Tucson, Ariz., 6-2, 6-4

USTA Girls’ 12s Winter National Championships
Reffkin Tennis Center, Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 27 – Jan. 1

►Singles: (1) Sofia Kenin, Pembroke Pines, Fla., d. (7) Elizabeth Porter, Dallas, 7-5, 6-1

►Doubles: (1) Sofia Kenin, Pembroke Pines, Fla. & Zoe Spence, Chicago, d. (6) Samantha Martinelli, Denver & Delaney Nothaft, Tempe, Ariz., 7-5, 7-6(2)

For more information, visit www.usta.com.