June Yu and Irin Chung are shoe-ins for the 2021 North Pacific Regional Championships in Guam after topping the 14-and-under junior rankings of the Northern Mariana Islands Tennis Association.
Yu rules the boys 14-and-under division after accumulating 3,825 points—tied for the most points in this season’s NMITA’s junior rankings. He received 1,000 points each from the 2020 Saipan International School STUCO Tennis Tournament and the 2020 Coconut Tennis Classic and 1,500 points in the singles and 325 points in the doubles events of the 2021 TSL CNMI Junior Tennis Tournament.
Wataru Kadokura and Simon Tang finished second and third in the age group with 3,325 points and 2,100 points, respectively. The former collected 750 points each in the SIS tourney and Coconut Tennis Classic after runner-up finished to Yu. Kadokura then got another 1,500 points and 325 points in the TSL CNMI Junior Tennis Tournament.
Tang came away with 300 points in the SIS tourney and another 600 points in the Coconut Tennis Classic. He then got 900 points for his third-place finish in the singles event of the TSL CNMI Junior Tennis Tournament and another 300 points in the same tourney’s doubles event.
Chung matched Yu’s 3,825-point total in the girls 14-and-under after winning the SIS tourney (1,000 points) and Coconut Tennis Classic (1,000 points) and got another 1,500 points and 325 points for topping the singles and doubles of the TSL CNMI Junior Tennis Tournament.
Hoo Wang is No. 2 in the girls 14-and-under with a total of 2,925 points. She received 750 points after runner-up finish in the SIS tourney and the same points after finishing second again in the Coconut Tennis Classic. Wang then got 1,125 points and 300 points for coming in second to Chung in both the singles and doubles events of the TSL tournament.
Holding on to the No. 3 spot in the division is Savita Sikkel with 2,425 points. She finished third in both the SIS tourney and Coconut Tennis Classic for 600 points each and then got 900 points after another third place finish in the singles of the TSL tournament before teaming up with Chung in the doubles that awarded her 325 points.
In the boys 12-and-under, Si Woo Lee has 2,725 points for the No. 1 ranking in the age group. That total was built around a first place finish in the SIS tourney (1,000 points), a third-place finish in the Coconut Tennis Classic (600 points), and a runner-up finish in the singles of the TSL tournament (1,125 points). Nasson Wessel is second in the division with 2,500 points. He topped the Coconut Tennis Classic for 1,000 points and ruled the TSL tournament for another 1,500 points.
Rounding out the Top 3 is Yutaka Kadokura with 2,050 points. The younger brother of Wataru got 400 points from the SIS tourney and another 750 from the Coconut Classic before a fourth-place finish in the singles of the TSL tournament gave him another 900 points.
Hannah Chae, Lina Tsukagoshi, and Jeong Bin Park are atop the junior rankings in the girls 12-and-under. No. 1 Chae accumulated 3,450 points via 1,000 points from the SIS tourney, 750 points from the Coconut Classic, and 1,125 points for the singles and 325 points for the doubles of the TSL tourney.
No. 2 Tsukagoshi has 2,750 points after getting 600 points each from the SIS tourney and Coconut Classic and 1,500 points for topping the TSL tourney. No. 3 Park has 1,825 points—750 points from the SIS tourney, 750 points from the singles of the TSL tourney and another 325 points after teaming up with Chae to win the doubles of the same competition.
For the boys 10-and-under, Quido Jambor leads the rankings with 2,250 points after receiving 750 points in the Coconut Classic and 1,500 points for topping the TSL tourney. Jin Ho Park is second with 1,500 points after getting 600 points in the Coconut Classic and 900 in the TSL tourney. Nathan Su is third with 1,125 points—all from topping the singles of the TSL tourney.
In the girls 10-and-under, Eliza Culp is at the helm with 1,000 points from the Coconut Classic, while Anne Lee is in second with 750 points, also all from the Coconut Classic.
NMITA keeps tabs on the junior rankings at this will determine the composition of the yearly North Pacific Regional Championships. Winners of the NPRC will then go on to compete in the Pacific Oceania Junior Championships in Lautoka, Fiji.