Menlo School junior Andrew Ball has won the U.S. Tennis Association Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award for his honorable tournament play during the season. Chosen among all junior players nationwide, Ball is one of four winners who will be honored in a July ceremony during the International Hall of Fame weekend in Rhode Island.
Presented annually by the Board of Directors of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the award honors four recipients from the 17 sectional nominations of the U.S. Tennis Association awards committee.
"Andrew is a fierce competitor yet, at matches, he is always very gracious and makes good line calls," Menlo coach Bill Shine said. "He plays the game the right way."
Each winner is a junior player who exemplifies the finest qualities of sportsmanship in tournament play, as well as one who maintains the finest traditions of the great sportsmen/women of tennis, past and present.
"It's well deserved, and it's nice to see what he's been doing all the time is recognized," said Shine, adding that the boys' and girls' tennis teams along with the entire Menlo community - were thrilled when they learned that Andrew won the award. "He's got the whole program excited."
The award is given in honor of 1967 Hall of Famer Bill Talbert, who was regarded for his high standards of sportsmanship.
Ball will be given his award during a July 14 ceremony and has been invited to many of the Hall of Fame events, including the induction -- during which recent players and several major contributors to the game of tennis have been nominated, including Jennifer Capriati, one of America's most dominant tennis players in the 1990s and early 2000s; Russia's first world No. 1 Yevgeny Kafelnikov; Brazilian tennis superstar Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten and the late wheelchair star Randy Snow.