Ohio State Senate recognizes Bowles as tennis phenom seeks support

Amiya Bowles, a 14-year-old tennis phenom from Bexley, Ohio, recently received a resolution from Ohio State Senator Hearcel Craig.

Ohio State Senator Hearcel Craig recently presented Amiya Bowles with a resolution, acknowledging her athletic achievements, at the Ohio Statehouse.

Bowles, a 14-year-old tennis phenom from Bexley, recently captivated the state by becoming the first freshman to win the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Division II Singles State Title in over 40 years.

Bowles won Bexley High School girls tennis program’s first state singles title since 1982, capturing the championship at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.

“It was just a very emotional and like a very satisfying moment for me and my family,” Bowles told local NBC affiliate, NBC4.

Named player of the week by the Columbus Dispatch Newspaper, awarded Mid-State League (MSL) 1st Team All-League honors, and MSL Player of the Year, Bowles posted a perfect record of 21-0 for the season.

A talented and gifted student in the classroom, Bowles accomplishments on the tennis court have earned her recognition from the Bexley City School District and Bexley Board of Education. She was honored last month, by the Mayor of Bexley, with a proclamation that declared the week of October 23rd “Amiya Bowles Week.”

“Amiya has rocketed on to the scene as a freshman – unbelievable talent and so impressive,” Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler posted on Facebook.

Bexley’s Amiya Bowles returns the ball during the finals of the OHSAA Division II singles state tennis tournament at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Photo by Joshua A. Bickel for The Enquirer

Amiya’s hard work and dedication resulted in her being a finalist of the women’s open at the American Tennis Association’s National Tennis Championships over the summer.

Her stellar performances in junior competitions have afforded her the opportunity to compete against some of the world’s best juniors at international tournaments including International Tennis Federation (ITF) competitions, the Easter Bowl, and the upcoming Orange Bowl.

It was during last year’s Orange Bowl that Bowles was recognized by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Since then, the natural athlete has trained at the USTA’s national campuses in Florida and California, working with the country’s top player development coaches under the guidance of Martin Blackman.

“Amiya’s desire to solidify herself as one of the elite players in the world requires increasing her training and playing tournaments on the international circuit,” said her father and trainer, Baradino Bowles.

Known to be a sport that requires significant funds to improve and compete, typical expenses for a competitive junior tennis player includes, but is not limited to, hotel stays (a single tournament typically last 6-7 days), flights, ground transportation, tournament fees, shoes, apparel, rackets and stringing, court rental fees for training, and paid hitting partners.

What started as daddy and daughter time, has evolved into Bowles acquiring a skill set that has resulted in her being ranked the number one player in the state of Ohio and among the top 20 nationally ranked players in the 2026 recruiting class.

To support Amiya Bowles’ athletic pursuits, visit her GoFundMe page to make a contribution.

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