No love lost: USTA Junior Tournament returns to Hawaii

  • Hilo’s Lanie Takahashi hits a backhand shot while facing Jessie Higa, also from Hilo, on Monday. Takahashi took the match 6-2, 6-4 (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Kailua-Kona’s James Sweat sends the ball over the net in his fifth-place match on Monday against Kamuela’s Julian Mailhot. Sweat defeated Mailhot 6-2, 6-2. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Holualoa’s Keoni Roth fires a return shot in his first-place match against Noah Gruvin from Oahu on Monday. Gruvin pulled out the win 6-1, 7-6 (5), taking first place in the boys’ 14 & under division. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

It’s been more than a year since a United States Tennis Association-sanctioned junior tennis tournament has been held on the Big Island, and even longer — as far back as the 20th century — since the Royal Kona Resort in Kailua Village hosted a USTA event.