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Awards & Achievements, September 2009

September 23, 2009 11:48 AM

Southern players are constantly making their mark in the world of tennis. Here's a list of recent awards and achievements in September 2009.

Ole Miss' Chadwick named College Coach of the Year
Ole Miss men’s tennis head coach Billy Chadwick has been named United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) National College Coach of the Year for the team’s outstanding season in 2009. Chadwick received the award Thursday at the annual World Conference on Tennis held here at the Marriott Resort.

“This award represents a total team effort. It was a combination of outstanding senior leadership and a core of experienced players and talented freshmen,” said Chadwick, three-time SEC Coach of the Year.” “Our assistant coach Toby Hansson played a big role in our players doing their best both on and off the court.”

“This is an award that sums up the type of coach and program Billy Chadwick has built at Ole Miss,” executive associate athletics director Lynnette Johnson said. “His programs have excelled over the past 15 years and this past year was no exception. Billy recruits top student-athletes, and they compete for him at the highest level. We are proud that he is our head coach.”

In 2009, Chadwick guided the Rebels to the SEC Regular Season Championship, the SEC Tournament Championship, the NCAA Elite Eight and a final national ranking of No. 4. Mississippi native Devin Britton made history for the Rebels, becoming the youngest player to win the NCAA Singles Championship and just the third freshman, which includes John McEnroe.

Off the court, Bram ten Berge won the Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award (as the top male student-athlete in the conference) and received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

With the program’s fifth SEC Championship in 2009, Chadwick now trails only legendary Rebel football coach John Vaught (six) in SEC titles won at Ole Miss. In addition, the Mississippi native has coached six teams to a top five final national ranking.

Individually, 24 players have been named All-America under Chadwick. Last year a league-leading five Rebels were named All-SEC bringing the total of All-SEC selections in Chadwick’s tenure to 62.

  Brenda Carter
Carter named to US's Alice Marble Cup team
The USTA has selected Brenda Carter, of Charleston, S.C., to join the 2009 United States Women’s Alice Marble Cup tennis team.

More than 700 of the best tennis players in the world, ages 60 - 75 will participate in the prestigious  International Tennis Federation Super Seniors World Team Championships in Perth, Australia November 2-7.  

Following the team competition, many of the players will compete in the ITF Individual World Championships in Perth, Australia.

Joining Carter on the Alice Marble Cup team is Martha Downing, Shingle Springs, CA,  Carol Clay (Captain), Ft.  Lauderdale, FL and Kathy Bennett, Irvine, CA.

A veteran of US Cup teams, 2009 marks the eighth time Carter has played for the US on International Senior Women’s teams. Brenda is the number one ranked singles and doubles player in the United States in the women’s 60s age division.  She is the reigning National Clay Court Champion, a title that she has held for the last four years.

“I am so humbled and honored to play on a USA Cup team as it means I’ve been given an opportunity to represent my country while competing with the best tennis players in the world in my age division,”  Carter said.

 Carter will be inducted into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame upon her return from Australia.

Two junior players play for Team USA
Congratulations to Team USA for winning The International Club North American 16 & Under Junior Challenge. The event was hosted by the Evert Tennis Academy on September 18-19, 2009. The US team Captained by USTA National Coach Andres Pedroso comprised of four young Americans, including Thai Kwiatkowski, of Charlotte, N.C., and Taylor Townsend, of Jonesboro, Ga. Team USA will advance to the IC Challenge World Finals to be held in New Delhi, India in April 2010. This is the first year the US team has won the North American Challenge, previous North American Challenges have been won by Mexico.

 Jean Desdunes
Desdunes inducted into Clemson Hall
Jean Desdunes was recently inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame. Desdunes, 48, has been a USTA National Coach since 2005. Desdunes worked for USTA Southern from 2002-05, where he was the Multicultural Participation/NJTL Coordinator. Prior to spending four years as the Head Professional at Summit Chase Country Club in the Atlanta area, Desdunes spent ten years as the head coach of Georgia Tech’s Men’s tennis team, and worked during the summers as a USTA National Team travel coach for four years. Desdunes was named the ACC’s Coach of the Year in both 1988 and 1994. Desdunes spent a few years on the ATP tour, reaching a career high of No. 473.

Here are his achievements at Clemson:
• ITA National Senior Player of the Year in 1983
• Named to the ACC 50-year Anniversary team in 2002
• First-team All-American singles player in 1982 and 1983
• Only player in Clemson history with over 150 doubles wins and 150 singles wins
• ACC #5 Singles Champion in 1980, #3 Singles Champion in 1981 and 1983
• ACC #3 Doubles Champion in 1980, #1 Doubles Champion in 1982
• Ranked as 18th best player in nation in 1982
• Had 27-match winning streak in 1980, second longest in Clemson history
• Starter on four top 10 teams and three ACC Championship teams

 Padg Bolton, Hugh Thomson
Bolton wins Men's National 60s
No. 3 seed Padg Bolton, of Monroe, La. won the USTA Men's National 60s Indoors Championship by defeating Hugh Thomson, of Norcross, Ga., 7-5, 6-2 in the final. Bolton also the No. 1 seed Brian Cheney 7-6, 7-5 in the semifinal.

No. 2 seed Brenda Carter, of Charleston, S.C., advanced to the women's final but fell 6-2, 6-1 to Martha Downing, the top seed.




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