The Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Awards are presented each year by the Board of Directors of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Each of the seventeen USTA sections nominates a candidate and four recipients are chosen by national USTA to receive the award during the induction ceremony of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Rhode Island.
1) A junior player who holds a current USTA Membership and is in good standing.
2) The information submitted must be for play completed before the nominee’s 19th birthday. The nominee must be 18 or under on January 1 of the year in which the award is being presented.
3) A junior player who exemplifies the finest qualities of sportsmanship in tournament play and the finest traditions of the great sportspersons of tennis past and present. In evaluating the Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award nominations, the USTA Awards Committee will take into consideration only the information that pertains to the criteria of the award. Four recipients are selected by the USTA Awards Committee from nominations submitted by the 17 USTA sections since 1987.
In 1994 the winners were: Jakub Pietrowski, Jack Brasington III, Derek Myers, and Helen Wang.
Jakub Pietrowski’s Competition Achievements:
A) Throughout his junior career he always received a high sectional ranking.
B) In Southern California Junior Sectionals, he was a finalist in the Boys 14 and 16 divisions and won the 1994 Boys 18 title.
C) He was a member of the section’s winning National Championship Intersectional teams in both the 16 and 18 age divisions.
D) He won the Boys 18 National Doubles at Kalamazoo.
E) He was ranked number one (1) in the SCTA 18 and under ranking.
F) He have received a number five (5) USTA National Ranking in the Boys 18 for his accomplishments in 1994.
G) Voted by both the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times as the California Interscholastic Federation Player of the Year in both 1993 and 1994.
H) He won the California Interscholastic Federation 1994 Championship.
Jakub Pietrowski’s Sportmanship Achievements:
A) On February 6, 1995 he was the recipient of the SCTA’s 1994 Evelyn Houseman Sportsmanship Award. This award is given for exemplary conduct while participating in the programs conducted by both the Southern California Tennis Association and the United States Tennis Association.
B) While competing in the Boys 16 age division, he was selected by his peers to receive the 16 And Under Sportsmanship Award. The fact that he was selected for this award by of vote of his peers makes receiving the award a great honor.
C) As mentioned before, he was selected as Player of the Year by both the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times. Sportsmanship is an important criteria for this award.
D) At this year’s 18 Intersectionals held in Columbia, South Carolina, Jakub was awarded the Sportsmanship Award.
E) At the USTA Grass Courts held this year, he was also awarded the Sportsmanship Award.
F) At the USTA Junior International Hardcourt Championships he was given the Friendship Award presented by the Maureen Connolly Brinker Foundation.
As you can note from the above information, Jakub Pietrowski is a talented tennis player and a junior who has received many sportsmanship awards. He has been recognized by the State of California, the United States Tennis Association, and the Southern California Tennis Association.