The U.S. Junior Open, the largest individual junior tournament in the world, had a field of 889 players from 34 countries, six continents and 22 states. Four venues hosted the tournament earlier this month on a combined 43 courts at Yale, Trinity College, Wesleyan University, and Choate Rosemary Hall.
Of the 10 champions, four represented Team USA, two from Egypt, and one each from Japan, Mexico, England, and India. Finalists also represented USA, Egypt, Mexico, Canada, The Netherlands, and New Zealand. Of all the players, 32 Bay Club Junior Squash members participated in the U.S. Junior Open at Yale, Connecticut. The Bay Club had some amazing results, proving that we are the number one squash program on the West Coast, as well as in the country.
Bay Club swept both Girls Under 11 (GU11) and Boys Under 11 (BU11) categories with Ahmad Haq (Bay Club Santa Clara) winning the Bu11 and Madison Ho (Bay Club Redwood Shores) winning the girls. Although Madison had a tough second game, they both impressively won in straight games.
Bay Club Santa Clara’s Riya Navani, who is no doubt the most improved player this season, reached third place in Gu11, making her the U.S. #1 for GU11—in fact, she is the tenth junior to be ranked U.S. #1 from Bay Club Santa Clara!
Bay Club Santa Clara’s Zane Patel, also took home fifth place in BU11. Well done, Zane! And in the BU13 category, Bay Club Santa Clara had a great tournament with Varun Chitturi reaching fifth place.
Bay Club Marin and team U.S. player Mariam Kumal reached third place in Gu19. No doubt all the college coaches are competing to recruit Mariam this year. We wish you all the best, Mariam!
And last but not least, our incredible tournament was rounded out by Cole Becker and Harrison Gill (Bay Club Redwood Shores) finishing in fifth and fourth place, respectively, in the BU19 category. Cole has been recruited to Princeton and will be following fellow Bay Club squasher, Gabriel Morgan this year. Well done, Cole, we wish you all the very best.
Again, congratulations to all the Bay Club players who competed in the U.S. Junior Open—we’re very proud of you!
—The Bay Club Squash Coaches