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Awards & Achievements, October 2009

October 5, 2009 12:14 PM

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

Donald Young 
Young wins first title of the year
Donald Young took down some big names and won his first tournament of 2009 by winning the $50,000 Calabasas Pro Tennis Championships. Young, of Atlanta, defeated No. 112 Taylor Dent in the second round 6-3, 6-2 and took down veteran American Michael Russell 7-6(4), 6-1 in the final. In Young’s other major success this year he reached the final of the Tallahassee tournament but lost to John Isner in April.

Click for the USTA and the Los Angeles Daily News coverage of the match.

Three from Southern colleges picked for United States Team for Master'U BNP Paribas
Three Southern college players have been selected to represent the United States in the fourth annual Master’U BNP Paribas, the USTA announced.

Quigley, a sophomore from Pewee Valley, Ky., reached the singles and doubles quarterfinals at the 2009 D’Novo/ITA All-American Championships and is No. 24 in the ITA Preseason Division I doubles rankings.

Falconi, a sophomore at Georgia Tech, won the 2009 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships and captured USTA Pro Circuit titles at $10,000 events in Atlanta and St. Joseph, Mo. Whoriskey, a junior at Tennessee, won the doubles title at the 2009 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships and reached three USTA Pro Circuit finals (one singles and two doubles) this summer. Falconi and Whoriskey were members of the 2009 USTA Summer Collegiate Team.

The U.S. will be competing against team from Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and Mexico Dec. 9-14 in Poitiers, France. The teams will compete in a best-of-seven format consisting of two men’s and two women’s singles matches, one men’s and one women’s doubles match, and one mixed doubles match.

 2009 USTA Southern Men's Intersectional team
Left to right: Jerry Kirk, Marty Pearson, Bob Adams,
Tom Smith, Gordon Hammes, Joe Roberts, Oliver Scott,
Bob Koenig, John Callen, Emil Rasheed, Fred Robinson,
Richard Lawson. Not pictured Bob Stock, Hugh Thomson.
Team captain Steve Duffel took the photo.
Southern wins Men's Inersectionals
USTA Southern teams won each division in the 2009 USTA National Men’s Intersectional Team Tournament and brought back the Randy Gregson Cup to the Southern Section. Teams won at the 55s, 65 and 75s levels in the competition at Auburn, Ala.

The Southern Section continues its remarkable streak of winning the cup 11 of the past 12 years.

Team members were:
55s: Marty Pearson, Tom Smith, Oliver Scott, John Callen, Steve Duffel and Hugh Thomson.
65s: Bob Adams, Bailey Brown, Jerry Kirk, Emil Rasheed and Bob Stock.
75s: Bob Koenig, Joe Roberts, Gordon Hammes and Richard Lawson.

Hampton wins two Cleveland titles
Jamie Hampton, of Enterprise, Ala., defeated American Kyle McPhillips 6-4, 6-1 to capture the $10,000 Ladies Cleveland Open in Cleveland, Ohio. Hampton also teamed with Grace Min, of Lawrenceville, Ga., to defeat the No. 2 seeded Tarakaa Bertrand and Elizabeth Lumpkin 7-5, 6-2 for the doubles title.

Former president named to Kentucky Hall, newspaper writes article
Judi Miller, former USTA Southern president, has been named to the USTA Kentucky Hall of Fame. The Courier-Journal of Louisville published an extensive article on Miller's many achievements.

Derek Poore wrote:
"She fell in love with the sport and began organizing Kentucky's USTA League Tennis program, which has brought thousands of adults to tennis clubs, raising the sport's popularity to new heights, Miller said. Volunteering has also taken her to tennis's most famous venues, including the U.S. Open, French Open and Wimbledon. There's a wall in her basement she calls 'Miller Time,' which holds pictures from those tournaments."

Harrington blogs from Junior Davis Cup finals
Hunter Harrington of Spartanburg, S.C., Bjorn Fratangelo of Pittsburgh and Marcos Giron of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and along with USTA National Coach Mark Merklein, have been in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, representing the United States in the Junior Davis Cup Finals, which concluded yesterday, Oct. 4. In the boys' final blog for USTA.com, Hunter Harrington writes about Team USA's win over Korea to clinch fifth place and his overall experience at Junior Davis Cup. A photo of Harrington is also on display.

Lee-Waters Advances to Doubles Final
Lindsay Lee-Waters, of Norcross, Ga., advanced to the Lexus of Las Vegas Open doubles final but lost on Oct. 3. Lee-Waters and American Kimberly Couts fell to Hungarian Aniko Kapros and Argentine Aqustina Lepore 6-2, 7-5. Lee-Waters lost to Mirjana Lucic in the singles quarterfinals of the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament.

Thomson to Captain US Von Cramm Cup Team
Hugh Thomson of Norcross, GA has recently been named by the USTA to the Von Cramm Cup Team that will represent the US in the World Team Championships, and has also been selected to captain the team.  The event, sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation, is for men 60 & over, and will be held in Perth, Australia in November.  Other players named to the team include Armistead Neely, Atlanta, GA, Brian Cheney, Chandler, AZ and Brent Abel, Moraga, CA. 

Thomson is a veteran of several world cup competitions, having played on US Fred Perry and Austria Cup teams in the past.  This will be his fourth Von Cramm Cup team; all three previous teams came home with the World Championship!  He is also a former winner of the ITF World Championship Singles, as well as numerous US national singles and doubles titles. 

For Thomson, the trip will be a return to his roots of sorts, having grown up in Australia before coming to college at Mississippi State.  There, he was not only a tennis player but also lettered in Track and Cross Country. He went on to coach tennis at Auburn, and then taught tennis in the Atlanta area for years.  Since his retirement from full-time teaching, he has become one of the most peripatetic senior players in the world – it’s not unusual for him to play on several continents during the course of a year. 

Neely is no stranger to international play.  In past years, he has played on several US teams including Italia, Dubler, Perry, and Austria Cups, some of which have come away with a world championship.  Last year he won the USTA National 60’s Clay Court Singles held in Duluth, but he is equally comfortable on a doubles court.  

A teaching pro by profession, Neely has a long tennis resume.  He was a standout in college, and competed on the pro tour, such as it was in the 1960’s and early 70’s. He, in fact, was the co-founder of the WATCH Circuit, which presaged the tier structure of the present ATP Tour.  Nearly 50 years since he started playing competitive tennis, he’s still at it… and still winning!

The USTA also selects teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games.  It is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the US.  It owns and operates the US Open as well as 94 Pro Circuit events.  A not-for-profit organization with 725,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds to growing the game.  For more information, log onto usta.com.

 

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