Fairfield’s Peter Conklin named to USTA team

The USTA today announced that Peter Conklin was named to the first-ever USTA Junior Leadership Team, which recognizes America’s finest junior tennis players who exhibit leadership, sportsmanship and character on and off the court.

A resident of Fairfield, Conklin is among nearly 30 players nationwide named to the USTA Junior Leadership Team. Each player was nominated by his or her USTA Section for their excellence in tennis and in the community. The entire USTA Junior Leadership Team can be viewed on USTA.com.

“These are players whose achievements speak volumes about their character, both as tennis players and as members of the community,” said Bill Mountford, the USTA’s Director of Junior Tournaments. “With the USTA Leadership Team, we’re glad to have a way to recognize the tremendous examples they’ve set on and off the court.”

Conklin is a junior at the Hopkins School, where he’s played as the varsity tennis team’s No. 1 singles player since eighth grade. He’s been ranked as a high as No. 59 in singles and No. 10 in doubles in his age group in the USTA boys’ national rankings. He’s a three-time New England doubles champion and reached the Boys’ 16s doubles final at the prestigious Easter Bowl junior tournament last spring.

“I got my start in tennis through my family,” Conklin said. “Tennis has been a family affair for me since I was old enough to play. My mother and I take on my younger sister and father in regular doubles matches. My dad played in college, and many of his closest friends were former tennis buddies.

“I have made good friends with the New England tennis kids. We have a great group — I think there are more than ten of us in the top hundred on TennisRecruiting.net, so we have all helped each other improve over the years. And I have been lucky to have a good friend as my doubles partner since we were ten years old. We’ve had a lot of fun together.”

Each year, more than 120,000 players compete in USTA junior tournaments. Players compete in levels of competition through earned advancement in the 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s age divisions. USTA junior tournaments help kids take their game as far as they want — high school, college or pros—or just have fun competing.

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