QUEENS, NY — Valencia Xu, a rising Livingston High School sophomore and a standout tennis player, will be honored on Monday for achieving the No. 1 ranking in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Eastern’s Girls’ 16s division as a result of her tournament performance throughout the past year.
USTA Eastern Section is a not-for-profit community service organization whose mission is to promote and develop the growth of tennis. Xu will celebrate her achievement with other top-performing Eastern juniors at the 2018 USTA Eastern Junior Awards Gala being held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens on Monday morning.
Over the summer, Xu traveled to Memphis, Tenn. to compete in the Eastern 16s tournament. Monday’s event celebrates the top three performing junior players in each age division. Fellow Eastern junior players Nadejda Maslova of Brooklyn, NY and Lina Mohamed of Mineola, NT earned the No. 2 and No. 3 rankings, respectfully, in Xu's division.
“We are so fortunate to have the US Open in our backyard,” said Julie Bliss Beal, senior director of competitive tennis. “We love that our junior players and their families get to celebrate their achievements at the the Billie Jean King Tennis Center, where the best in American and international tennis play and compete. Parents and kids alike find it meaningful to celebrate these players achievements during Day One at the US Open.”
Former professional tennis player and USTA president and board chair Katrina Adams will serve as a guest speaker. Adams is also the executive director of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program in New York City and is currently a member of the USTA Eastern Section.
Former professional tennis player and Tennis Channel broadcaster, Justin Gimelstob, who is a member of the Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame, will also speak at the event.