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Melanie Oudin Gets Notable Magazine Mention

July 10, 2008 02:37 PM
Tennis was the focus of Sports Illustrated’s post-Wimbledon issue and USTA Southern’s top junior was cited as a notable player on the rise. Melanie Oudin, of Marietta, Georgia, joined such tennis luminaries as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Venus Williams and Anna Kournikova in the July 14 double issue. Citing her as the No. 2 junior in the world, Sports Illustrated lists Oudin as one of two young tennis players in the “Where Will They Be?” section. The article follows an extensive “Where Are They Now” piece that includes a story on a maturing Kournikova.

The magazine cites sixteen-year-old Oudin’s rise to No. 272 in the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Rankings this year after turning pro in February. The reigning Easter Bowl and USTA International Spring Championships winner agreed that her size and consistency made her reminiscent of Justine Henin. Brian de Villiers, Co-Director of Tennis at Atlanta’s Riverside Club, was quoted that his goal for Oudin is to make her stronger.

The cover article covers the spectacular match in which Rafael Nadal stopped Roger Federer’s run of five straight titles and the Venus Williams’ defeat of sister Serena to win her fifth Wimbledon crown.




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