| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo courtesy of Centercourt Sports Academy


Kaitlyn Carnicella of Whippany, New Jersey captured the singles title at the USTA Girls’ 12 National Indoor Championship at Centercourt Chatham. The tournament had a 64 player draw with competitors participating from 22 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

“Centercourt Academy was thrilled to host the USTA Girls’12 National Indoor Championship and partner with Laurel Springs School,” said Clay Bibbee, Managing Partner at Centercourt Sports Academy. “Laurel Springs’ flexible scheduling, online curriculum, and dedicated faculty provide our Academy students with an exceptional private school experience. Laurel Springs’ approach to education is dynamic.”

The ninth-seeded Carnicella beat second-seed Stephanie Yakoff 6-2, 6-2 in the championship match.

Carnicella also received the tournament Sportsmanship Award which recognized her good sportsmanship, positive demeanor and fair play.

Aubrey Nisbet (Wilmington, DE) & Esha Velaga (Colmar, PA) captured the doubles title, beating Meera Jusudason (Berwyn, PA) & Grace Levelston (Vero Beach, FL)  7-6(7) in the championship  match.

The National Indoor Championship returned to the national junior tournament schedule this year for the first time since 1999. The importance of indoor tennis-play in many USTA Sections contributed to the return of the USTA National Indoor Championship.

The tournament was presented by Laurel Springs School, a private, accredited, online school, for high-quality academics. The tournament was played at Centercourt Sports Academy facilities in Chatham and Florham Park, New Jersey.

“The level of play was very high, and we were impressed how hard the girls competed,” said Lauren Tournament Director Lauren Rothstein.

The tournament supporters included; Laurel Springs School, Adidas, Chatham Sandwich Shop, USTA Eastern, KIND Snacks, Gatorade, Wilson, Babolat and Havana Bob’s.

For more information, contact Jeff Rothstein: 973-722-7079