Sept. 26, 2014
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech women’s tennis freshman Johnnise Renaud heads west to Pacific Palisades, Calif. to compete in the 2014 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships on Saturday, Sept. 27.
Renaud was selected to the pre-qualifying singles bracket and faces off against Southern California’s Gabriella DeSimone on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. DeSimone, a senior, is a 9-16 seed in the prequalifying draw.
The Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, CA, will serve as host for the 31st Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships. UCLA will also serve as a host of the tournament. Pre-qualifying rounds comprise a singles draw of 64 players and a doubles draw of 32 players. Each player or doubles pair must win three rounds to advance to the qualifying draw; a total of eight singles players and four doubles teams move on from pre-qualifying to qualifying.
Renaud started off her first year as a Yellow Jacket strong, going 3-0 on court one at the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Invitational and was named the singles MVP of the tournament. Renaud defeated her first ranked opponent, #61 Joana Vale Costa of LSU, 7-5, 6-1, in her first ever singles match for Tech. During the tournament, Renaud and junior Natasha Prokhnevska went a perfect 3-0 in doubles on court two.
Renaud was tabbed as the number seven player on the ITA’s newcomer/freshman rankings. Out of the 10 newcomers that were ranked, Renaud is just one of three ACC players to be featured. Renaud and doubles partner were ranked as the No. 26 doubles duo in the preseason doubles rankings.
The North Miami native competed in this year’s U.S. Open Junior Championship at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Renaud went 1-1 in the qualifying draw of the Junior Grand Slam tournament.
Renaud was a five-star blue chip recruit and has been ranked as high as number three by the Tennis Recruiting Network. Before coming to Tech this summer to get a head start on class work, Renaud won two tournaments in 2014, taking the title in the Open du Conseil General in Guadeloupe and the RVTA Junior 1 in South Africa.