Local tennis players Beatrice Capra, Mitchell Frank, Taylor McKnight honored before U.S. Open

August 28, 2012

Three local tennis players were honored at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on the eve of this year’s U.S. Open.

Beatrice Capra of Ellicott City, a rising sophomore at Duke, and Mitchell Frank of Annandale, a rising sophomore at Virginia, both were named to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s all-star team. Only three male and three female singles players from NCAA Division I made the cut.

Capra concluded her freshman year ranked second among Division I women’s players, finishing with a 32-5 overall record. She also was named the ITA’s national co-rookie of the year.

Like Capra, with whom he trained at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Frank ended his freshman year ranked second among NCAA Division I men’s players, posting a 38-2 record. He won the USTA/ITA National Indoor championship and was named the 2012 ITA national rookie of the year.

As part of Arthur Ashe Kids Day, Laurel’s Taylor McKnight helped raise $14,000 for the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center for his performance in a competition that included Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters.

McKnight, who started playing tennis at 3, defeated five junior players from around the country in a “Heavy Hitters Competition” to earn the chance to face off with the top pros in a race to hit tennis ball at targets on the court in a 30-second burst. He was accompanied to New York by 11 other students from the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, aged 9 to 16, who were chosen based on their participation and success in activities both on the court and in the classroom throughout the year.

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