Tennis Freshman Gonzalez Earns USTA National Junior Scholar Athlete Award

Tennis Freshman Gonzalez Earns USTA National Junior Scholar Athlete Award

Gonzalez honored as one of two USTA National Junior Scholar Athlete Award winners Monday.

NEW YORK – Harvard men's tennis freshman Xavier Gonzalez received the USTA National Junior Scholar Athlete Award at the US Open over the weekend.

The award is given to one male and one female ranked in the top-100 on the USTA National Standing list, who in addition, exemplifies the qualities of scholarship, leadership and character. The award was created by Claire Stuart Roth '75.  

"I am really honored to receive the award both because I think the ideals of the scholar-athlete are incredibly worthwhile and I have strived to embody them over the last nine years," said Gonzalez. "Furthermore, I know that I am only a representative of the amazing caliber of fellow scholar-athletes that grace junior tennis."

The Houston native achieved the No. 1 ranking in both the Boys 14 and Boys 16 divisions in the USTA Texas section. His highest USTA Texas ranking to date in Boys 18 has been No. 4. This past April, Gonzalez achieved a Boys 18 National ranking of No. 54. Among numerous sportsmanship awards, he was the 2012 USTA Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award recipient. USTA Texas honored Gonzalez with its oldest and most prestigious award for juniors, the John McFarlin Award presented to "the outstanding junior boy in Texas who exemplifies outstanding sportsmanship and leadership, civic responsibility, character and a good tennis ranking due to superior tournament play."