Dennis Afanasev, who grew up in Williamsburg, finished in the top 32 of the boys 14-and-under division at the Orange Bowl tournament in south Florida, one of the top youth tennis events in the world.
After winning four matches in the qualifying rounds, Afanasev won twice in the main draw -- 6-3, 6-0 over Croatia's Karlo Boljat and 6-2, 6-0 against one of the No. 17 seeds, Alex Del Corral of Doral, Fla., one of the top players in the nation.
Nathan Ponwith of Scottsdale, Ariz., one of the No. 3 seeds, beat Afanasev 6-3, 6-2, and Sam Turchetta of Pound Ridge, N.Y., defeated him 6-2, 6-2 in the consolation bracket.
Afanasev now lives in Leesburg and attends Four Star Tennis Academy in Fairfax. He also is being guided by Greg Munoz, the head coach of George Washington University's men's team. Dennis' father, Andrei, is a physics professor at GW.
Until this fall, Dennis trained at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Md.
Afanasev is ranked No. 1 in Virginia and 69th nationally by tennisrecruiting.net among the high school Class of 2016.
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