A Queenstown tennis junior has been selected for a New Zealand junior training squad.
National honour: Queenstown Tennis Academy player Miki Nobuzawa
Miki Nobuzawa, 14, left for Auckland yesterday for a training camp of under-14 and under-12 players.
The Queenstown Tennis Academy player's selection comes after he was runner-up at a tournament for the top eight Kiwi players in his age group.
Third-seeded Miki lost the final 6-4 6-4 to Rawhiti Williams at the invite-only event in Auckland last weekend.
Queenstown Tennis Academy players have had a top run of results lately, with Bjorn Pollock, 12, and Emilia Price, 11, both winning respective Auckland Junior Championships under-12 singles titles two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, former Academy player Ben McLachlan - now on a college tennis scholarship in the United States - has won the singles and doubles at the prestigious United States Tennis Association Northwest Regional Championships.
McLachlan is the first player from University of California's Berkeley campus to win the title since Conor Niland - who now plays on the professional circuit - back in 2003.
McLachlan teamed up with brother Riki to win the doubles.
California Bears head coach Peter Wright told the university sports website: "It was a tremendous performance by Ben.
"It was fantastic to see Ben play at this high level, starting off with him and his brother Riki winning doubles in a very strong match against a good Saint Mary's team, and then coming back today and winning the singles title in very convincing fashion."
The wins mean Ben and Riki have both earned entry to the USTA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships held in New York in two weeks' time.
The tournament, from November 8 to 11 is at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
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