Silver Ball: Vikram Amritraj, Prakash's 14-year-old brother
The Jennifer Lopez Partner Change of the Summer Award
Gold Ball: Nick Rinks
Silver Ball: Brett Ross
Best Fashion Statement
Gold Ball: James Pade's lucky red sock.
Silver Ball: Nainoa Depontes' star-powered hair style.
Matches We Wanted to See but Didn't
Gold Ball: Brian Baker vs. Rajeev Ram
Silver Ball: Wayne Odesnik vs. Nestor Briceno for the 16s singles championship
The You've Still Got It, Babe Award
Gold Ball: Vanderbilt Coach Ken Flach, see story
Silver Ball: Douglas Stewart, who at age 14 held the #1 USTA rank.
Most Photogenic Award
Gold Ball: Kean Feeder
Silver Ball: Billy Heiser
(Sorry Lester, repeat winners are not allowed)
Better Late Than Never Award
Gold Ball: Matias Boeker
Silver Ball: Travis Helgeson
If Tennis Does Not Work Out, You Could Always Be a Media Star Award
Gold Ball: Rajeev Ram
Silver Ball: Justin Montgomery
Best Ballrunner Contribution to a Photo Award
Gold Ball: Click here
Silver Ball: Click Here
The Austin Powers Give Me Back My MoJo Award
Gold Ball: Rajeev Ram of Carmel IN for beating John Isner in the 18s doubles final after Isner beat him in the 4th round of singles play.
Silver Ball: Brandon Wai of San Diego CA for beating Chong Wang in the 16s doubles quarterfinals after losing to him the 16s singles 4th round.
Least Likely to be Mistaken for a Ballrunner Award
Gold Ball: John Isner
Silver Ball: Jonathan Stokke
The Jekyll and Hyde Award
Gold Ball: The Seeding Committee, whose spectacular prognostications in the 18s brackets were not matched in the 16s (see Draws)
Silver Ball: The weather: the first half of the tournament featured stifling heat, oppressive humidity, rain delays, and a tornado warning. The second half saw temperatures in the high 70's and sunshine.
Somebody Up There Likes Me Award
Gold Ball: Prakash Amritraj vs. Robert Yim
Silver Ball: Prakash Amritraj vs. Doug Stewart
The Bad Start Award
Gold Ball: 24th seed Jason Pinsky of Potomac MD lost his second round match in the 16s singles bracket, but reached the Feed-In semifinals by winning 9 matches in a row.
Silver Ball: 11th seed Michael Samara of Sarasota FL showed up at his second round match with Billy Heiser within seconds of defaulting and Heiser was spotted a 3-0 lead in the set. Samara came back to make it a match but fell 6-4, 7-6(5).
The Maybe Kalamazoo Tennis Crowds Are Not Just There For The Sport Award
Gold Ball: "There are 196 eighteen-year-old boys here, and I can't find one that is even moderately good looking" (we're just reporting what we heard, folks)
Silver Ball: "Hello? Amy? No it's not a bad time, I'm just watching tennis."
(This award is dedicated to any player who listed "Girls" as a favorite hobby in his profile.)
The I'm Trying to Impress Britney Spears Award
Gold Ball: Brian Baker
Silver Ball: Prakash Amritraj
Best Player Profile
Gold Ball: Jonathan Stokke
Silver Ball: Jesse Ferlianto
Best Player Profile Photo
Best Typo in a Player Profile
Gold Ball: Scoville Jenkins, under Self Described Play
Silver Ball: Douglas Stewart, under Best Tennis Memory (Where we're from, tennis isn't a contact sport, but more power to you, Doug.)
USTA Boys Staff