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League News: Keep Climbing The ALTA Junior Challenge Ladder

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By Stacey Simmons, Junior Challenge Ladder Vice President

The ALTA Junior Challenge Ladder season is here! The season started on August 27, and we have more than 75 junior players competing throughout Atlanta. The goal of the 14-week season is to play tennis in a fun and low-pressure environment. The best part of the JCL is meeting new tennis friends across Atlanta. The ladder is ambitious, and our JCL players will play more than 1,000 matches over the course of the season.

We started the ladder season with a kickoff event at Sandy Springs Tennis Center. We added an extra flair this year and created a “Davis Cup” event. The players divided into two teams, Argentina and France. The players played three singles lines and two doubles lines. At the end, Argentina won with some great playing. The winning team consisted of Nick Ivchenko, Amanda Tanaka, Tyler Austin, Josh Gaus, Jacob Dorland, William Hackney, Grayson Perlman, and Alexandria Roberts.

Part of the fun of the JCL are the four, fun events that we host each year at Sandy Springs Tennis Center. Members get the chance to meet other ladder players, play tennis, eat, and have fun.

The ladder is bolstered by parents who schedule and drive their players to their matches. The glue to our ladder season is our incredible volunteer team, the ladder managers. Ladder managers are the main ingredient to a successful JCL season. They get the calls, emails, and text messages from the parents and players. Parents put their trust in our capable ladder managers to make sure it’s a smooth, safe, and fun ladder season.

Junior Challenge Ladder Managers

  • Gina Woods — Boys Upper Ladder Manager
  • Amish Mody — Girls Lower Ladder Manager

This is my second year as VP of the Junior Challenge Ladder. I’ve been involved with the ladder for six years. Both of my boys have played the ladder. The ALTA Junior Challenge Ladder has brought friendships and great tennis to the junior tennis players of Atlanta, and I’m excited about this current season. We have strong players and incredible ladder managers. I know this is going to be an unforgettable season.

This noble, ambitious JCL season is a backbone for junior tennis and the growth of tennis in Atlanta. Many players on the ladder go on to play college tennis.

Good luck to all the players this year, and we look forward to recapping the year with the final standings in our March/April issue of Net News in 2024.

Junior Challenge Ladder Mid-Season Standings

  1. London Vasilescu
  2. Jacob Dorland
  3. Nicholas Ivchenko
  4. Micah Screws
  5. Mike Hughes
  6. Grayson Perlman
  7. Moulik Jain
  8. Brandon Kim
  9. Tom Hughes
  10. Lucas Vasilescu
  11. Adit Bhatia
  12. Thailesh Muruganandam
  13. Meet Soni
  14. Satyajeeth Sk
  15. Josh Gaus
  16. Parker Albin
  17. Samuel Abdulaev
  18. Tyler Austin
  19. William Hackney
  20. Joshua Ford
  21. Tucker Turknett
  22. Karaya Macharia
  23. Holton Milstead
  24. Joseph Biscotti
  25. Teo Alizadeh
  26. Alessio Toniolo
  27. Elias Panguito
  28. Dylan Luke
  29. Brantley Grooms
  30. Kavin Sivasubramanian
  31. Vishnu Tadipatri
  32. Nicholas Prather
  33. Aaryan Ralkar
  34. Lawson Kassinger
  35. Nikhilesh Thiru
  36. Caleb Burkhalter
  37. Finn Doyle
  38. Mukil Siva
  39. Avril Jain


  1. Bella Arwood
  2. Myra Wu
  3. Alyssa Braude
  4. Keza Macharia
  5. Amanda Tanaka
  6. Athithi Ayyappam
  7. Hannah Lee
  8. Bridgette Butler
  9. Addison Merrill
  10. Sofia Johnson
  11. Isabella Massay
  12. Lily Kate Bell
  13. Sophie Henry
  14. Myra Punekar
  15. Dylan Merrill
  16. Harshene Ramsankar
  17. Aashini Ayyappan
  18. Jamaya Williams
  19. Mirka Punekar
  20. Jaala Screws
  21. Kalya Sharp
  22. Lydia Sweeney
  23. Prathishta Girish
  24. Natasha Varas
  25. Julia Bealle
  26. Pragnya Girish
  27. Julia Marcotte
  28. Aanya Patel
  29. Molly Marsden
  30. Riya Chiang
  31. Tania De Wet
  32. Allison Howe
  33. Anjali Patel
  34. Lekha Selvakumar
  35. Sana Kamalraj
  36. Alexandria Roberts
  37. Kaavya Selvakumar
  38. Navaeh Patel
  39. Veda Nair
  40. Maria Escalera
  41. Emma Rhodes
  42. Prisha Mody
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