SUMMIT, NJ - Twelve year-old Summit resident Alexa Noel will be honored -- in two divisions -- at the 2015 United States Tennis Association (USTA), Eastern Section, Junior Awards Gala August 31 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
 
Noel is ranked number two in the Girls’ 12s, and number one in the Girls’ 14s. She recently won the singles title in the Girls’ 14s division at the USTA National Clay Court Championships.

“It feels really special and means a lot to be honored at the Junior Awards Gala, especially in two divisions because only one other person can say they achieved that this year,” Noel said. “I also feel that my hard work in practice is paying off. These rankings make me confident that I can keep doing great things in my junior tennis career.”

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Each player honored at the event are in the top three within their age group as a result of their tournament performances throughout the past 12 months.
 
“The Awards Gala provides players with the opportunity to be recognized for their hard work at a young age,” said Julie Bliss Beal, senior director of competitive tennis. “Parents and kids alike find it meaningful to celebrate the players’ achievements during Day One at the US Open.”

Former professional tennis player and Tennis Channel broadcaster, Justin Gimelstob will be a guest speaker. Gimelstob is a member of the Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame. The USTA Eastern Junior Awards Gala has acknowledged exceptional players for more than 15 years.