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Southern Players Well Represented at Prestigious Orange Bowl Championships

December 9, 2003 11:26 AM

Several top Southern juniors are scheduled to compete in next week's Orange Bowl International Championships. The event, which is widely regarded as the top non-Grand Slam junior international tournament in the world, is being played at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, FL starting on Sunday, December 14. The Orange Bowl features singles and doubles competition for boys and girls in 18-and-under and 16-and-under categories.

Carly Gullickson
While the event is headlined by world No. 1 Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus and reigning US Open boys' champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, Southern has a very strong contingent of players competing in the event. Robert Cameron of Lenoir City, TN and Scoville Jenkins of Atlanta are entered in the Boys' 18s competition and Allison Baker, Raleigh, NC, Carly Gullickson, Brentwood, TN, Jamea Jackson, Atlanta, and Katrina Tsang of Raleigh are due to appear in the Girls' 18s.


Allison Baker was a semifinalist at the 2002 Orange Bowl and Gullickson qualified for the main draw of women’s singles at Wimbledon this summer.

Other top Americans competing in the event are Boca Raton's Chris Kwon and Alex Kuznetsov of Richboro, PA. Kwon and Kuznetsov, are ranked No. 10 and 17 in the world 18's, respectively. Additionally, fourteen-year-old Julia Cohen of Philadelphia and Krysty Marcio of Coral Springs, FL are the highest ranking Americans in the Girls' 18s at Nos. 12 and 13.

Follow the action as it happens here.

The boys’ and girls’ 18s singles winners receive a wild card entry in the qualifying round of the 2004 NASDAQ-100 Open, a combined ATP and WTA Tour event at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park.

In the 16s, Lindsay Burdette, of Jackson, GA will be competing in the Girls' competition.

Last year Nashville's Brian Baker defeated France's Mathieu Montcourt, 7-6 (5), 6-3 to capture the title.

Other past winners of the Orange Bowl 18-and-under singles titles include: John McEnroe (1976), Ivan Lendl (1977), Gabriela Sabatini (1984), Mary Joe Fernandez (1986), Jim Courier (1987), Anna Kournikova (1995), Elena Dementieva (1998), Roger Federer (1998) and Andy Roddick (1999).

 

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