The fifteen-year-old tennis phenom has had a fantastic year so far, after finishing up 2013 with a runner-up placement at the International Orange Bowl Tournament in Florida--a tournament that draws some of the best junior players from around the world. Lexi started off 2014 just as strong, with two big finishes at the USTA National Winter Championships in Arizona. She beat top-seeded Chloe Ouellet-Pizer to bring home a gold ball in girls 18s singles and a silver ball in 18s doubles with partner Lauren Goodman. (With the win, Nelson became the first junior girl from USTA Northern to ever win a USTA Level 1 tournament.) She swept the Baseline Tennis Center Girls Winter Championships two weeks later, winning in both girls 18s singles and doubles.

And at the end of January, the girls 16s national rankings were updated--and Lexi was on top. 

In February Lexi was invited to attend the USTA Player Development Fed Cup Camp in Ohio, where she and five other junior  girls from around the country drilled, watched Fed Cup matches and interacted with the US Fed Cup team. She also played a National Open in Cincinnati getting to the quarterfinals and winning the doubles title. 

In March she played her first of 3 ITF pro circuit tournaments, winning two rounds in her first tournament and taking home her first pro-circuit doubles title in the second (after beating the #1, #3, #4 seeds along the way) with partner Cici Bellis from CA. 

All that, and the year's only half over! Keep an eye on Lexi in these upcoming tournaments: 

USTA Northern Junior Sectionals (June) 
US Open Qualifiers (June) 
USTA National Clay Court Championships (July) 
USTA National Hard Court Championships (August) 

Lexi was featured in a nice piece in USTA's Northern Exposure Magazine in March. “I am incredibly honored to be representing the Northern Section, and it is great that I am able to share my success with other tennis players from the area because they have helped me so much," Lexi told the USTA. "It's nice to achieve the #1 ranking, but I really just want to keep getting better and continue to improve. I still believe there are so many areas of my game I can improve. My coaches remind me of this all the time. For now, I am going to just keep practicing and sticking to my routine." 

Whatever comes next, Lexi--the Fort is rooting for you! 

AuthorMatea Wasend