Canyon Crest Junior and Del Mar resident Roman Shenkiryk had lots to be thankful for this past Thanksgiving holiday as he won the Boys 16s Singles and the Boys 16s Doubles Title at the USTA Open Regional held in Tucson, Arizona, Nov. 27-29. The dual victories catapulted Shenkiryk’s singles ranking in the Southern California section to No. 23 in singles and No. 11 in doubles.
The tournament, which draws the most talented junior tennis players from Arizona, California and other Southwestern states, is considered one the of the top junior tennis tournaments in the region. Shenkiryk, who has been playing competitively since age eight, expressed pride in winning the two titles. “I made it may goal to do well in this tournament. So to walk away with both the singles and the doubles titles, was really pretty special,” said Shenkiryk.
Shenkiryk, who has lived in Del Mar the past three years, has played on the Canyon Crest Academy tennis team for the past two years, making the varsity team as a freshman. He is exploring various colleges where he can pursue his tennis career. “I have been busy doing research on a variety of colleges. In that my education at Canyon Crest Academy has provided me with a solid college preparatory education, I am actively searching for schools that have a strong academic reputation as well as a strong tennis team,” said Shenkiryk.
Shenkiryk is looking forward to playing in more tournaments over the holidays. “I am hoping that I can win my way to having as merry a Christmas as I did at Thanksgiving — and add a few more trophies to my collection.”