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.