Thayer Academy student excels on court and classroom
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Sasa Jovanovic is a rising star in junior tennis circles.
Weymouth’s Sasa Jovanovic dropped both matches in the New Balance High School Championships last week at Harvard University’s court in Allston, but she gained valuable experience playing against the top juniors in the world.
Sasha Harcie of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., edged Jovanovic in the opening round, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3; and Molly Paradies of Atlanta, Ga., ousted the Weymouth player in the consolation round, 6-2, 6-3, but they are many more tournaments ahead for the young and talented Jovanovic.
During the spring, she had an outstanding season for Thayer Academy, playing her way to the coveted No. 1 singles spot and. Jovanovic went 11-1 during the season. It earned her a berth on the Patriot-Ledger All-Scholastic squad.
The loss was Jovanovic’s first loss in two years at Thayer. Milton Academy’s Maddie Dewire of Hingham, whom she beat as freshman, was the victor in their rematch.
But tennis is more than just a one-season sport. You must play 12 months a year to become a rising star and Jovanovic certainly is considered a promising junior.
Jovanovic is ranked ninth in New England among rising juniors by tennisrecruiting.net and 11th in USTA New England girls’ 16 singles.
In the classroom she is as talented as on the tennis court. Jovanovic is a high-honors student and a member of several school clubs, including the Model UN, TA Trends (a fashion club), the debate club and jazz combo.
The New Balance event is in high school tennis, which is way they sponsor the event.
“New Balance believes the high school tennis player will be a tennis player for life, and we are proud to recognize the commitment these athletes have to the game,” said Bruce Schilling, General Manager of Tennis for New Balance. “We are also excited to build relationships with the high school state athletic associations through this new and exciting event and work with them to develop ongoing programs and services for individual players and coaches.”
As for the New Balance tourney, in the final match for the Boys’ Division, Matt Kuhar of Smithfield, R.I., beat Matt Cancilla of Huntington Beach, Calif. In the final match for the Girls’ Division, Madison Clarke of Phoenix, defeated Jenna Moustafa of Los Angeles, Calif.
Each earned a bonus for their victories.
They were awarded wildcard spots in an International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior event held in the U.S. prior to the 2014 US Open Junior Championships.