| By Jessica Stiles

The New York Junior Tennis League (NYJTL) hosted the 25th Annual Mayor’s Cup All-Scholastic Tennis Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center from June 2-10. The Mayor’s Cup Championships, presented by Reliance Communications, is the largest scholastic tennis event in the nation, and is also the only interscholastic tournament featuring teams competing against each other from public, private and parochial schools. This year’s championships included elementary school players for the first time in the event’s history.

“We are thrilled to include the young players in the Mayor’s Cup competition,” said Dr. Deborah Antoine, NYJTL president and CEO. “It is the perfect opportunity for young players to see their high school counter parts as role models.”

This year’s championships were also significant due to the amount of registrants as an all-time high of 107 varsity boys and 83 varsity girls signed up for the event.

As the final matches were concluded on Sunday, this year’s winners were as follows:

►Aleksandra Bekirova of Brooklyn captured the Girls Middle School Singles Title over number one-seeded Alexus Gill 6-3, 6-2

►The Girls Varsity Singles Title went to Becky Shtilkind from Leon Goldstein, who defeated Rebecca Fakas 6-1, 6-0

►Steliana Fakas & Nakia Miller, who were the number two seeds from Benjamin Cardozo High School, won the Girls Varsity Doubles Title against Monica Gokhberg & Dina Levy-Lambert 6-4, 7-5.

►The Boys Middle School Singles Title went to the number two seed, Ananth Raghavan from MS 54 Booker T. Washington, who defeated the number four seed, Christian Gloria 6-1, 6-0

►The Boys Varsity Singles Title went to the number 12 seed, Jeremy Kochman from Poly Prep Country Day School, who defeated his higher-seeded opponent, Andrew Arnaboldi, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1

►The Boys Varsity Doubles Title went to the number one seeds, Christopher Jou & Leon Pan from Stuyvesant High School, who defeated Jeremy Klapper & Sam Schwarz, 6-3, 6-2