🌟PRESENT AND PAST COURTSENSE STARS🌟
Stephanie Yakoff is one of our most focused and goal oriented players. At 13 years old, she has already established tennis as one of her priorities. Training both with the USTA and CourtSense, she has had tremendous success in all of her endeavors, and is currently one of the most promising players in the whole of US in her age. She has won a few national titles and has held the #1 ranking in the US for girls 12&under and currently is top 5 in the 14&under. We are extremely proud to have Stephanie on the CourtSense team, and know she will continue to amaze with her hard work and determination.
Matthew Che, one of CourtSense most tenured students, is a great source of pride for us! At 18, his ambitions to get a great college education become a reality as he was just accepted at the Notre Dame, where he will be part of the very competitive tennis team, with the hopes of becoming a professional player after he graduates. Matthew has been playing since he was 7 years old, and joined the CourtSense family more than 9 years ago. Although he does participate in the highest level USTA national tournaments, in the past few months Matthew spends most of his time traveling the country and world playing ITF tournaments. Tennis is Matthew’s number 1 passion, but at all times you will catch him watching all sports, especially his second great love being baseball. We are so happy to spend our days with Matthew watching him grow on and off court, and confident that he will continue his path while at Notre Dame!
JULIAN (JUJU) WU
Julian (JuJu) Wu is a name people know well. At age 15, he is currently ranked top 25 in the East in 16’s; and held the position of #1 in East in the 10’s, and top 3 in the 12’s, and top 10 in the 14’s. JuJu is not only known for his all court game but for his infectious smile and great attitude. Although his goal is to become a professional player, he also loves the piano and plays whenever he has free time. Between a busy tournament schedule, and daily practice, JuJu also excels in his studies.
We are thrilled to have Claire An on the CourtSense Star Page. Having played tennis for 6 years, Claire is currently ranked #1 in the Eastern section for girls 12 and under, and #3 nationally. She has been progressing in every aspect of her game in the past 18 months, and sky is the limit for this champion.
Most recently, Claire’s team won the National Team Spring Championships in Tuscon, Arizona and also the most prestigious Gold Ball at the National Hard Court Championships in Georgia.
A valued experience and one she is eager to achieve again. While off court, Claire spends most of her time reading, studying, and spending time with her friends.
Although only 15, Max Mazak is one our out toughest players. Max has been on the courts since the age of 4 training with his father; he joined the CourtSense family more than 5 years ago and has been one of our brightest stars. Although his training and tournament schedule is extremely demanding, his perfectionist nature helps him to maintain straight A’s in school. Max’s highest ranking was #4 in the East in the 12’s, he remains to be one of the best players in his age group in the Eastern section. He has either won or was a finalist in many tournaments, including Runner-Up in a Super Six. In Max’s down time, he loves to watch and play basketball. Although his dreams include becoming a professional tennis player, he would also love a career in any sports related field. We look forward to a very bright future from Max.
Sonia is part of the CourtSense Home School Team. Attending Stanford Online Home School program, her schedule is extremely demanding. Attending private classes all day, while squeezing in hours of fitness and tennis on her school break periods, she defines the word committed. Sonia has been a top 30 recruit in the country and moving up, as she clearly lives her life striving for excellence. This gave her the opportunity to be recruited by some of the best schools and top program in the country, and she decided to join the UPenn team and get a spot at the prestigious Wharton School of Business. Sonia’s goals include getting a great education, as well becoming a professional player. A plan CourtSense truly supports. We are all behind Sonia all the way, and expect that she will someday be a Business Woman and a professional tennis player!
Astro is rising 8th grader with a passion for drawing, table tennis, super heroes and tennis. If you ask him his future tennis goals he has only one answer and that is to be the Number 1 tennis player in the world. He is currently one of the top players in the section in his age group, and is competing at the highest level of sectional and national tournaments. His primary goal has been working on all the different aspects of his game with the goal of being prepared to achieve his best results in a few years. Favorite players are Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams and the young players coming up like Sasha Zverev and Frances Tiafoe. He has been playing seriously since 8 but picked up a racquet around age 5.
Leo started playing tennis when he was 6 and had his highest ranking at #15 in the East in the boys 16’s&U. When asked who his all-time favorite player is, his answer is easy: Damir Barisic, his current and longtime coach at CourtSense. His tennis goals are to play high level college tennis and get a great education. His most recent tournament win was the Super 6 for boys 16s and the qualification for the Sweet 16! We have watched Leo’s ranking skyrocket for the last 12 months and have learned there is no limit to his commitment, hard work, and potential. Leo has committed to Bates University where he will be part of the men’s tennis team.
Danny has joined CourtSense in the summer of 2017, as a motivated 14 year old, while recovering from 2 major injuries. Prior to getting back on court, Danny trained intensively with our Magnus performance team to become tennis ready. He has quickly regained his strength and currently is top 10 in the Eastern section, and #80 in the US, with a UTR of 11.36.
We expect this ranking to keep climbing as he is very committed to improving every day and his recent results have been extraordinary. He has created a path will most like take him on the way to play an important role a division 1 college team, followed by joining the Pro Circuit. Danny spends his down time as an avid ping pong player.
One of our most promising high performance players, Khyanna Singh, has been playing tennis since the age of 11 and has been Home Schooled at CourtSense for 3 years. At 17, she is in the midst of her college search with a few Division 1 schools already offering her full scholarship. Currently she is ranked #25 in the Eastern section, #305 Nationally, and her highest ITF rank is 667.
Her favorite tennis player is Alexandra Krunic, as they have a similar style of play. After she graduates from college, her intention is to join the Pro Circuit.
We expect to see great things from Khyanna in for the rest of her junior career days, her college as well as professional pursuits.
Christina worked with CourtSense from 2006 through October, 2011, and from 2012 to 2013. We’re very proud of the fact that at the end of 2010, she achieved a WTA ranking of #106, which made her the highest ranked player for her age or younger in the world, and in the following years she got as high as #24 in the World. At the young age of 18 she had some very impressive results, including wins over Melanie Oudin, Victoria Azarenka, and Nadia Petrova.
Christina was the youngest girl in 2006 to receive a Wild Card invitation to the Junior US Open after winning the 18’s National Clay Court Championship. She won a Wild Card tournament and received an invitation to play in the 2009 Australian Open Singles tournament. After that match, she went on to win the Junior Australian Open Doubles title. The same year, she won the 18’s National Hard Court Championship title, earning her a Wild Card into the 2009 US Open.
At the US Open, she handily won her first match against the 81st-ranked player in the world 6-3, 6-1. This earned her the tremendous opportunity to play Maria Sharapova in a featured night match in Ashe Stadium, televised on ESPN during prime time. Her 2009 US Open debut ended that night, but at the time it showed millions of viewers of what was about to come.
Christina’s highest ranking was 24 in the world in 2012. She was a member of the 2012 US Olympic Team as well as the being a member of the US Fed Cup Team a number of times. She has had two impressive wins over Caroline Wozniacki while she held the #1 ranking in world, a win over the 2011 Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitová while ranked #2 in the world and a win over the 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli at the US Open. CourtSense will always be a home to Christina as she keeps striving for success on the pro WTA tour.
Luis trained with CourtSense for many years. In 2002, Luis was a Junior Wimbledon quarterfinalist and in 2003, he was ranked # 9 in the world in the ITF Juniors with wins over such notable players as Novak Djokovic and Marcos Baghdatis.
After junior tennis, Luis went on to play Division One tennis for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. In 2007, Luis was ranked #1 in the country in doubles, partnering with 6′ 10″ John Isner, and was top ten in singles, winning the NCAA Championship title with arguably the best men’s college team ever assembled. Luis achieved an ATP Ranking of 423 in the world.
Katie was part of the CourtSense High Performance Team for 4 years, from 2006-2010 and achieved many special results: 12-under: #1 national doubles ranking; #4 national individual ranking; and #1 USTA Eastern ranking Selected to participate in Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on Center Court of US Open; US National Open Champion in both singles and doubles. Top-100 national ranking in USTA 18-under; Southern Open Champion, Chapel Hill, NC, summer, 2009; ITF Canadian Open Doubles Champion, Fall, 2009; National 5-star recruit on Tennis.com; Katie attended Princeton University.
Ava Markham as a junior was ranked as high as #43 nationally in Girls 18@U. She trained with CourtSense from the age of 10. We have watched with pride, as she has grown into an aggressive competitor and focused player. A five -star recruit, she was quick to be recruited by many colleges, but ultimately chose University of Wisconsin, where as a freshman has started with a great record while maintaining her grades. We miss her upbeat and funny personality, but we are very happy that she is acclimating very well to college life.
Karl is one of our most talented players. He started with CourtSense, along with his sister Lilian 6 years ago and has never ceased to amaze us with his passion and skill. At the age of 15, Karl won a Grade 5 ITF tournament in Canada; and got as high as top 150 juniors in the world. Karl was a Blue Chip on tennisrecruiting.net; this is the most prestigious ranking given; and it placed Karl within the top 20 college recruits in his class. He was heavily recruited by many top schools and at the end decided to join Princeton University. As a freshman he has had a great 2018-19 season, playing top 3 on a very competitive team in the Ivy League. Karl is not only a force on the tennis court, he is academically gifted, and achieved extremely high grades despite the amount of travel and training required of him. Go Karl and go Tigers.
After winning the Junior International Tennis Tournament from Central America in 14 and under, she was chosen to be in the ITF/COTECC Central America and Caribbean Team Cosat Circuit 2009. Valeria also participated in the ITF/CAT African and World Team in the European Summer Tour 2009.
Valeria attended Syracuse University on a full scholarship and is currently getting her post graduate degree in England.