| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

UCLA recruit Mackenzie McDonald will attempt to become the first Boys 18s back-to-back winner since Grey King in 1971-72 at the 46th annual ASICS Easter Bowl, the nation’s elite junior tennis tournament, April 7-14 at the Sunrise Country Club in Palm Desert, Calif. The ASICS Easter Bowl is a USTA National Spring Championships in boys’ and girls’ 14s and 16s and an International Tennis Federation Grade 1 level tournament in the 18s. In the Boys 18s Division, McDonald will have to contend with Rockville Centre, N.Y.'s Noah Rubin and Stefan Kozlov of Pembroke Pines, Fla., seeded numbers one two respectively in the Boys 18 Division. The winner of the boys and girls 18s this year will receive a wild card entry into the main draw at the U.S. Open Juniors and a USTA Pro Circuit Futures event.

In addition to Rubin leading the Boys 18 Division, the Girls 18s Division is Jamie Loeb of Ossing, N.Y., seeded number one, followed by a fellow upstate New Yorker, Louisa Chirico of Westchester, N.Y., and number two, and the three seed, Marika Akkerman of Toronto, Canada.

The Easter Bowl was founded in New York City by Seena Hamilton, who admits she didn't even know how to read a draw sheet way back in 1968 when she started what would become the premier junior tennis tournament in the nation. Hamilton is the founder and president of Seena Hamilton & Associates / Creative Tennis Marketing. As founder of the Easter Bowl, she has pioneered the corporate marketing of junior tennis by addressing critical issues like injuries, fitness, nutrition, and pressures of competition on behalf of sponsors all the while generating amazing amounts of national media coverage.