Navy’s Ton Garners USTA Award
NEW YORK, N.Y. –– Navy’s Andrew Ton (Fr., Milpitas, Calif.) was presented with the 2017 United States Tennis Association’s Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award during the USTA’s Semiannual Meeting and Conference Awards Breakfast and Ceremony held this week in New York, N.Y., in conjunction with the U.S. Open.
The award is presented annually to a junior tennis player (ages 18 and under) who “exemplifies the finest qualities of sportsmanship in tournament play and the finest traditions of the great sportspersons of tennis past and present.”
The award is named after Bill Talbert who twice (1944, ‘45) reached the singles final of the United States Championship (original name of the U.S. Open), won eight doubles titles at the tournament and served two stints as the tournament director of the U.S. Open (1971-75, 1978-87). He also both played on and served as the Captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team.
Ton was the NorCal Region’s nominee for the national award. He is in his freshman year at Navy after graduating from Bellarmine College Prep this spring. He won several USTA events in doubles on the junior level: 2014 National Clay Court Tournament, 2015 National Winter Tournament and 2016 National Hard Court Tournament. His sister, Stefanie, graduated from Navy and served as the captain of the women’s tennis team during her 2012-13 senior season.