Ross School Tennis Academy (RSTA) players dominated the courts at the USTA Eastern Tennis Section on December 6 and 7, capturing a title in all but one of the divisions in which they competed. The matches were held across Eastern Long Island.
Paul Voigt ’17 won the Boys 16s Sportime December Challenger in East Quogue, Fernando Fernandes ’15 earned the Boys 18s World Gym December Challenger title in East Setauket, and Gabe Rissman ‘18 won the Boys14s CMTC Winter Challenger title in Oceanside.
Other great performers were Athanasios Bilis ’18, who reached the semifinals of the World Gym event, and Bruno Alves ’16, who reached the semifinals at Sportime.
Phil Williamson, RSTA head coach, said the Eastern Tennis Section sees some of the best players on Long Island, and the excellent performances of the team are a testament to the technical and mental abilities the players have developed to improve their game.
The Academy includes 18 international players from the United States, Germany, Brazil, Greece, and Saudi Arabia. Ross Tennis Pro and RSTA Coach Hleb Maslau said the students have become a very close group in recent months, adding, “They have each learned a lot about their different cultures and ideas, and it has really helped to bring them together on and off the court.”
The success of the RSTA program continues to attract attention from the international tennis community and potential students. In October, Germany’s number-one player in his age division spent a week at Ross with tennis coaches and players, and he will be joining RSTA in January.
“RSTA has, by far, become the premier high school tennis program in the Northeast,” Hleb said.
Going forward, the RSTA students will continue to progress and compete in higher-level tournaments. Several players also plan to enter local professional matches.