USTA Florida Level 3 at Lakeland BG 16 & G18 – Champion 2019

This tournament used the UTR (Universal Tennis Rating) to seed the players in each age division.

Reporter of Observer Gives Interview Update

Ryan Kohn, Sports Reporter of the Sarasota Observer interview update from the last time we spoke July 2018.

Competing in the National Clay Tournament 2018

Won 3 Gold Balls in Nationals for Singles and Doubles 2015-2016. This weekend I’ll be competing in the USTA Girl’s 14 National Clay Tournament in Plantation, Florida. This is my first National tournament since last year 2017.

Back in ‘The Observer’ One Year Later

Thanks to Ryan Kohn, Sports Reporter for the Observer of Sarasota, for writing this article about me.

Finalist “Bobby Curtis” Junior State Championships 2018

“Bobby Curtis” Junior State Singles Championships The 70th USTA Florida “Bobby Curtis” Junior State Singles Championships ran from June 9-13, 2018. This was the first State tournament I competed in since last year and made it to the finals as the #2 seeded player competing against the #1 seed.

Doubles National Clay Court Champions 2016

National Champion Winners in the Doubles of the National Clay Court Championships at the Polo Club of Boca Raton! My partner Maria Drobotova and I had such a fun time competing in the doubles at this tournament. Now I am a two time Champion in the Nationals.  One for Singles at the National Hard Court Championships in Georgia 2015 and one

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Champion Girls 18’s Orlando July 2016

Yayyy! Great 4th of July, I just won the Girls 18’s championship! ❤️ Time to get ready for the Fireworks display tonight 🚀✨ Follow me on Facebook:

Another Autograph for My Biggest Fan!

Sometimes when I am training or at a store, someone will recognize me and ask me for my autograph! This is one of my very best fans and friend Jean Dunlop, she has been following me and my accomplishments from the very beginning! Love her! Follow me on Facebook:

Tennis View Magazine Article Longines Tournament in Paris

TENNIS VIEW MAGAZINE wrote a nice article on me at the Longines Future Aces Tournament in Paris on June 14th, 2016! LONGINES PROMOTES NEXT GENERATION OF TENNIS CHAMPIONS By Tracey DeFrancesco June 14th 2016 This May, a group of elite tennis players from around the world gathered in Paris to show their prowess on red

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Draws At The Eiffel Tower with Steffi Graf and Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 2016

At the ceremony for the opening-round draw in the Eiffel Tower tonight May 25th, 2016.

Paris, France Representing USA in Tennis Tournament

Here I am in Paris, France! I am representing the United States in the Longines Future Tennis Aces Tournament! The tournament will begin on Thursday May 26 – May 28th, 2016. So proud and excited to have the USA flag on my shirt!     Follow me on Facebook:

Meeting Chrissy Evert at USTA National Camp

Day 3 training in the USTA National Camp in Boca Raton, 18 time Grand Slam Champion Chrissy Evert watching me play and giving me advice.  BEST DAY EVER!!!!   Follow me on Facebook:


LONGINES FUTURE TENNIS ACES TOURNAMENT Finals Nikki Yanez d. Katrina Scott 6-3, 6-2 Going to Paris, France!!!! Thank you Longines!!! Follow me on Facebook:


The LONGINES FUTURE TENNIS ACES hosted by the City of Delray Beach, is held Friday, April 15 – Saturday, April 16, 2016.  The event consists of eight (8) of the best GIRLS 12 and Under amateurs in the United States, competing in a round-robin event with the finals being televised, for a once-in-a-lifetime prize of playing

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Interview With Jen Blanco from The Observer

Awesome day of practice and I had an amazing interview with Jen Blanco from The Observer. I had my very first interview with Jen back in August 2014 and it was great to see her again and talk about my past, where I am right now and my future goals. Here is the first one…2014

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USTA National Selection G14’s 2016

February 13-15, 2016  I competed in the Girl’s 14’s National Selection at Bardmoor Golf & Tennis Club in Florida. I had a fun time playing in the doubles with my partner Lauren.  We played great together for the first time and won third place!!       Follow me on Facebook:

BMW Junior Tennis Championships Level 6 Girls 18’s

January 23-25, 2016 I just won the Backdraw finals of the Girls 18’s BMW Jr Championship!!! The finals was a tough 3rd set tiebreaker against an opponent going to play for Boston College this year! Thank you to Lynn Jaimes for hosting another great tournament!  

Lake Cane Girls 18’s Main Draw Champion

Orlando G18’s Tournament January 16-18, 2016 New Years Junior Jam Level 7

Herald Tribune Article on Sarasota Tennis Players

Thanks so much Mic Huber, for mentioning me in my Nationals tournament in Arizona. Area tennis tournaments about to heat up Juniors update Nikki Yanez overcame an injury to have a successful tournament and Andrew Salu almost made history as a couple of Sarasota junior tennis players made the trek to Arizona to compete in

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USTA National Winter Championships 2015

USTA National Winter Championships 12/27/2015 – 1/02/2016 The National Winter Championships were held in Tucson, Arizona.  My family and I flew out on Christmas day.  Our first time away from home for the holidays! I had a great time in Arizona, it was a very challenging week dealing with the 30 degree temperatures, time difference, 2000

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First Interview With A News Network

So awesome to have my first ever interview with Dave Koz Kozlowski on He was so nice to me and he was also the first to interview Andy Roddick and Maria Sharapova. 🎾 Before the actual interview he asked me a few questions and got to know my background a little bit.  He made me relax

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It’s All About Speed This Time Around

In the National Hard Court Tournament, I trained for Power, for my next tournament Eddie Herr 2015, it’s all about speed. Jumprope… Boxing…   Follow me on Facebook:

On Cover Of Play Sarasota Magazine Oct Issue

Yay!!! I’m on the cover of Play Sarasota Magazine (Formerly Totally Tennis)! Click link here:  Play Sarasota Magazine on page 11 Follow me on Facebook:

My 12th Birthday

  Hoping all your wishes come true! We love you so much…Mommy, Daddy, Anthony and Vincent xoxo Happy Birthday xoxo                

The Observer Writes Article On My National Championship

SARASOTATHURSDAY, AUG. 20, 2015  Local girl wins USTA National Championship Sarasota resident Nikki Yanez won the Girls 12 USTA National Championship Aug. 2 through Aug. 8, in Georgia. by: Jen Blanco Sports Editor Sarasota resident Nikki Yanez won the Girls 12 USTA National Championship Aug. 2 through Aug. 8, in Georgia. Yanez, who was ranked

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USTA FLORIDA POSTS ABOUT My National Championship

            Girls’ 12s USTA Nationals winner Nikki Yanez of Sarasota   Florida junior tennis players won two singles and three doubles championships last weekend as the annual USTA National Hard Court Championships were held across the country in age groups 18-12. Nikki Yanez of Sarasota was also a national champion,

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Tennis Recruiting by Rick Limpert, 11 August 2015  Championship Week   Our first day of Championship Week starts off with the Girls 12s. Contributor Rick Limpert was in Alpharetta, Ga., to see Nikki Yanez claim a gold ball…   Family Effort Propels Yanez to USTA Girls 12 Title by Rick Limpert, 11 August 2015 Sarasota, Fla., resident

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National Hard Court Championship Georgia 2015

USTA National Championship Girls 12 was held in Alpharetta, Georgia, 2015. After our long 12 hour drive from Sarasota, we finally arrived at the beautiful facility of the Windward Lake Club.  After checking in and meeting the Tournament Director Turhan Berneand and staff, we took photos and had a fun pizza party.   Day 1 There

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#2 In the United States!!!!

YAYYY!!! With the new Tennis Recruiting ranking list that came out today I moved up to be the #2 ranked player in the United States in my age group. I said my next goal is to be the #1 player in the U.S, I went from #3 to #2!   Lots more hard work ahead to get to #1!

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My First Championship Silver Trophy Tray

I am so happy to have received my first ever Silver Trophy Tray for winning the Girls 18 Championships in Orlando this weekend! Q    Nikki Yanez d. (1) Alexis Marshall 6-2; 6-1 SF  Nikki Yanez d. Lenah Monosky 6-1; 6-1 F    Nikki Yanez d. Alara Hollyfield 6-1; 6-1    

IMG Academy Discovery Open 2015

This weekend I competed at the world famous IMG Academy where players from around the world came to compete for the Championship. I played 3 matches with girls who live as far away as Australia, it is great meeting players from around the world. I won my first 3 matches with a score of 36-6 and made it

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My First National Level 2 Tennis Tournament

I am so excited to have just completed my first USTA National Tennis Tournament today, it had 32 of the top players from the United States. I had a really tough draw and had to play the #1, #2 and #4 seeded players. I won 4 rounds and beat the #1 in the Playoffs and

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Won in the Playoffs Level 4 Tournament

Had a great mini vacation this weekend at The Polo Club of Boca Raton, it was the most beautiful place I have been to so far. After months away from competitive Tennis I could not be happier in winning in the Level 4 Playoffs. Gotta get ready for my first National Level 2 next weekend!!!!!!!!!

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Nikki In April Issue of Totally Tennis Magazine 2015

The April 2015 issue of Totally Tennis Magazine just came out and I am in the Major State and National Wins section. I would still love to be on that cover!!!! LOL Click to view:   Follow me on Facebook:  

Champion of the Girls 16’s Tournament In Fort Myers

I competed in the Lee County CTA Three Oaks March Level 7 (Ft Myers) Tournament March 21-23, 2015 Being 11 years old I was so happy to compete in the Girls 16’s this weekend. I captured the Championship winning the Finals 6-2, 6-0. Had a great time on a beautiful day! Follow me on Facebook:

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I am soooooo excited to be on the Cover of the March issue of Twin Lakes Life & Beyond Magazine. This is my first ever cover and I could not be any happier. In the magazine there is also a really cool article which I am featured as the Young Achiever. Thank you so much

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I got the BEST News this morning, it feels so good that after competing in 30 tournaments this past year, lots of practices, hard training, I reached my first goal of becoming the #1 Ranked player in Florida of my age group. My next goal is to be the #1 player in the United States,

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Nikki Is 3 Time Champion Of Florida Level 5 Tournaments

The USTA FLORIDA LEVEL 5 SEMINOLE COUNTY WINTER  Tournament was this weekend Feb.7-9, 2015. I was seeded the #1 player. In a round of 32 I won all 5 matches without losing a set. This was a 3 day event. F (1) Nikki Yanez d. (2) Sophia Fornaris 6-3; 6-2 SF (1) Nikki Yanez d. Juliana Martinez 6-2;

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Nikki Is Featured In Her First Magazine FIT941

In its Premier issue of the new magazine Fit941, I am featured in the ATHLETE PROFILE section on Page 10. It is very exciting for me to be chosen by Steve Lusko, the publisher of this magazine, that is a resource for anything and everything related to fitness/health/nutrition/wellness/sports/active lifestyle in the Sarasota 941 area. You can read the Fit941 magazine online and you

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Going To Miss My Coach Denys Maasdorp

I am feeling sad today because we just found out that my Coach Denys is leaving the Sarasota Racquet Club. I will miss him very much and I feel privileged to have worked with him. In the short 6 months that I got to know him, he taught me many lessons but most importantly to

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The USTA Florida Level 3 Dave Barkesdale Jr Dixie Boy’s & Girl’s 12s Tournament was a Florida State Championship and was held in Tampa, Florida January 17-19, 2015. For the first time, I was seeded the #1 in a big State tournament. In a round of 32 I won 60 games and lost only 7. F (1) Nikki

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Nikki With Her Coaches Celebrating Level 4 Playoff Victory

Nikki, 11 years old and 3 months, has been playing Tennis for 2 years and has never attended an academy or had a lesson, just training with her 2 older brothers. In August, she met Denys Maasdorp and Andrew Burrow at the Sarasota Racquet Club’s Elite Tennis Academy. They have taken on the role of guiding Nikki and her

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Nikki Gets 3rd Place Win In Level 4 G14’s Daytona Beach

After winning the Level 5  Jaimes Tennis Girls 12s Championship Nov. 22 in Pembroke Pines, Nikki was invited to compete in the Girls 14 division at the USTA Florida Level 4 Daytona Beach BG18s – 10s on December 6-8, 2014 held in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida. 32      Nikki Yanez d. Harris Caldwell       6-4; 5-0  16  

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Nikki Gets Written Up In Observer For Her Two Time Championships

After winning two designated championships within four months, 11 year old Nikki Yanez has another article written up about her accomplishment and victory on December 4th, 2014 in the The Observer: KUDOS Eleven-year-old wins designated championship Eleven-year-old Nikki Yanez won the USTA Florida Level 5 Jaimes Tennis Girls 12s championship Nov. 22 through Nov. 24, in Pembroke

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Nikki Plays Her First Eddie Herr Tournament

I just wanted to thank my family, friends, Denys, Andrew and the members of the Sarasota Racquet Club, and everyone who follows me, for the great support you have given me in this past year. This post is going to be updated frequently.  The Eddie Herr Tournament will be held at the IMG Academy located at 5500

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Nikki Is Florida Designated Level 5 Champion Twice Within 4 Months

Nikki played in the USTA Florida Level 5 Jaimes Tennis Girl’s 14s & 12s Tournament this weekend in Pembroke Pines, Florida, November 22-24, 2014. Nikki, at 11 years and 2 months old, has been playing up in the G16’s and G18’s the past 2 months and came into this tournament as the number 2 seed. Because of

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Nikki Competes In the G16’s At Harbour Island

Nikki had a great time and an amazing experience at Tampa’s Harbour Island Athletic Club Level 7 Championships this weekend, November 15-17, 2014. This tournament had USTA Chair Umpires and Line Umpires present on the court for every match. Nikki had a smile on her face and you can tell she was having a fun time out there. It was

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Nikki Competes In The G18’s For The First Time

Nikki entered the Buckhorn Springs Early Thanksgiving Classic Tournament, November 8-10, 2014. At 11 years old and 2 months, Nikki has been competing in the G16’s for the past month, this tournament didn’t have any girls entered into the 16’s Division so Nikki signed up to play in the G18’s for the first time. In the first match Nikki deafeted Maria

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Nikki Wins Playoffs in Level 5 Seminole Tournament Oct. 2014

We traveled to Casselberry, Florida this weekend, October 18-20, 2014, for the USTA Florida Level 5 Seminole County Girl’s 14s & 12 tournament. Nikki played in a round of 32 and was seeded #5. The first and second rounds on Saturday were tough matches to play, but Nikki came through beating Mia Gonzalgo 6-1; 6-1, and then Hayden Bethea  6-3; 6-4. On

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Nikki’s Video of Her Training Today

Nikki takes off from training the week before a really big tournament to relax her body, like the one coming up this weekend, USTA Florida Level 5 Seminole County Girl’s 14s & 12s. Today she really wanted to see if her legs were feeling good and decided to hit for 15 minutes at the court. Here is part of that training session: Nikki is

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Nikki played in the Girl’s 16’s this weekend Oct. 4-6, 2014 in Orlando Florida, Lake Cane Level 7 Tournament. With the hard court season coming, Nikki was excited to play at Lake Cane with their amazing hard courts. Nikki’s first match was against Casey Accola and it was a very tough match that ended with Nikki

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The next few tournaments are going to be on hard court, which is Nikki’s favorite playing surface. First up, Bollettieri Championships at IMG Academy Level 7 , September 27-29, 2014. Signed up for the Girls 16 division, which is probably the only division she will play for a while, until Eddie Herr and Jr. Orange Bowl tournaments in November

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Nikki Plays Girls 16’s Fort Myers Sept. 2014

Nikki signed up for the G16’s Division for the second time in the Never Forget 9/11 Jr. Tourney Level 7 September 20-22, 2014 held in the Fort Myers Racquet Club.  Nikki did well this weekend. She Won the first match against 16 year old Dusty Catala 7-5; 6-3. Second match against #1 seed Ashley Griffith went to a third

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Nikki’s First Girls 16’s Victory Buckhorn 2014

The tournament this weekend was held in Valrico, Florida at Buckhorn Springs Championship, Sept 13-15, 2014. Nikki entered into the Girls 16 Division for the first time, turning 11 just 3 days ago, she wanted to play some new girls and have a new challenge. The first match started right into the Semifinals. Nikki Wins against her opponent Suryanshi Singh

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                                  TO OUR ANGEL NIKKI – HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!        


Nikki experienced her first interview at the Sarasota Racquet Club (formerly Serendipity) on July 31st, with The Observer, a Florida based newspaper. Altogether, the company’s newspapers and websites reach more than 200,000 readers a week. Nikki posed for some pictures and volleyed back and forth with her brother Vincent on the court. She was asked several questions by

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Nikki Wins “Little Mo” Sectionals July 2014

This weekend we stayed right here in Sarasota and played at The Sarasota Racquet Club. The tournament was the “Little Mo” Florida Sectional, July 12-13, 2014. Nikki’s serves were right on target. She showed an immense amount of improvement. A Round Robin of 5 matches were played. 1 Bye and then a Win in all four matches. Nikki won the 11U Girls with

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“Bobby Curtis” States Level 3 June 7-11, 2014

This weekend we traveled almost 3 hours to Altamonte Springs, Florida for the USTA Florida Level 3 Bobby Curtis State Championships. This was Nikki’s first tournament of 64 and at a Level other than 6 or 7. On Saturday, June 7th, she played in the Main Draw and Won 6-0;6-0 defeating Sabrina Dobis.  On Sunday, June 8th, Nikki was able to get 5 games

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Nick Bollettieri Discovery Open

The Nick Bollettieri Discovery Open is May 30-June 2, 2014. Nikki signed up for the Girls 12’s and has been accepted into the tournament. It is being held at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. There are 6 other girls playing. More details during the week. She is getting into shape with physical training and practicing everything-serves, forehands,

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Seminole Lake Level 7 CHAMP April 26-28, 2014

Nikki is signed up for a Round of 32 in the Seminole Lake Country Club Challenge Level 7. She was seeded the #1 player and got a BYE in the 1st Round. In the 2nd Round she Won 6-0;6-1 against Maya Laurinaitis advancing to the Quarterfinals. On Sunday in the Quarterfinals, Frankee Hendricks lost to Nikki 6-2;6-0. Later in the day

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My New Website

This is my new website. I’m so happy to get it started. I hope you enjoy my blog!

BATH & RACQUET LEVEL 6 March 22-24, 2014

March 18th, 2014 Nikki signed up for a Level 6 Tournament this weekend at the Bath & Racquet Club. Working on her foot work and forehands. March 21, 2014 Only 8 girls in the Girls 12’s. No Byes, and Seeded #2. Hard physical training the last couple of days. March 22, 2014 Nikki defeats Barbora Hnilicka 6-0;6-1 in

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Longwood Championships Girls 14’s Mar.2014

This week Nikki is competing up for the Girls 14’s. Her first competition in this division. Nikki wanted a little more of a challenge and maybe play some new girls. Longwood Championships Level 7 Girls 14’s The draws are in. Nikki is playing the #1 Seed. She said she wanted a new challenge! Some girls from the 12’s that she already played before

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March 9th, 2014 QUARTERFINALS Went to a 3rd set tiebreak and lost 6-2; 4-6; 10-7. March 8th, 2014 ROUND 16 AT IMG Nikki Won playing against the same opponent she played last week, YASHASWINI NARALA, this time no mistakes – great game 6-0;6-0.  On to the Quarterfinals. March 7th, 2014 The draws went in today. Nikki is playing the same girl from last

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Naples Mid-Winter Jr Challenge Level 6 February 15-17, 2014

Friday, Feb. 14 Nikki Signed up for the Naples Mid-Winter Jr Challenge Level 6 Tournament in Naples, Florida for Valentine’s weekend. Saturday, Feb.15 Seeded #6 and got a Bye in a round of 32. Next Round Nikki wins 6-2; 6-0 against Nikki Okenka. Sunday, Feb. 16 In the Quarterfinal match, Nikki took a loss in a tiebreak 6-3; 3-6; 10-6 to the

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NIKKI YANEZ – January 11, 2014 Video

Nikki’s forehand practice with her brother Vince at Twin Lakes Park. She is 10 years and 4 months old.