Women’s Tennis’ Jack Wins USTA National Open Hard Court Championship

Women’s Tennis’ Jack Wins USTA National Open Hard Court Championship

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown women's tennis rising sophomore Devon Jack (San Marino, Calif.) won the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Open Hard Court Championship with her doubles partner (Annette Goulak) recently at the Balboa Tennis Club.

Below is an excerpt from Mitch Lehman's article "A Tennis Dream Comes True for Devon Jack" in the San Marino Tribune.

It was not only the fact that Jack obtained the coveted 'gold ball' for winning a national championship, but the manner in which it was accomplished that proved so gratifying.

Performing in front of a huge crowd, Jack and Goulak beat Jessica Failla, a rising junior at USC, and Monica Robinson, who just completed her tennis career at Notre Dame. Jack and Goulak had to survive two pressure-packed tie breaks to prevail by scores of 3-6, 7-6(4) and 10-2 in a hard-fought come-from-behind final.

"I am beyond thrilled to have won this championship for so many reasons," Jack said. "It is my first adult championship and my very first gold ball. The caliber of players was outstanding. The atmosphere was great with so many spectators cheering for all the players. It also means so much because I have been playing with injuries. At one point, I thought I would have to stop playing in the women's final because I was in so much pain but I gutted it out. I thought 'there is no way I am going to let my partner down."

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