Awards & Achievements, November 2009

November 5, 2009 12:01 PM

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

New 16-court facility opened in Tennessee
Rutherford County in Tennessee and the city of Murfreesboro opened up a 16-court project at Old Fort Park which cost $1.7 million. For more information, click for an online article by Scott Broden of

 Marissa and Fritz Gildemeister
Marissa and Fritz Gildemeister
Gildemeisters reach national final
Fritz and Marissa Gildemeister, USPTA Tennis pros at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, Myrtle Beach, S.C., reached the finals of the National Clay Court Father Daughter Tournament this month in Jupiter, Fla.
In the quarterfinals they defeated the Ester/Feher of New Jersey. In the semifinals they defeated the No. 1 seeds, Jones and Jones of Texas. They lost in three sets in a 3-hour 20-minute match to the three-time champions Cohen and Cohen of Pennsylvania.

Fuller among juniors to sign collegiate letters
Kate Fuller, one of the top American junior players, has signed a national letter-of-intent to attend the University of Georgia, Bulldog head coach Jeff Wallace announced Wednesday.

Fuller, a native of Suwanee, Ga., is completing degree requirements through Keystone National High School and currently trains at the Windward Tennis Academy in Alpharetta, Ga. under the direction of Cannon Campbell.

Fuller was a finalist at the 2009 Girls 18s USTA Winter National Championships and was named the 2008 Georgia Junior Tennis Player of the Year. She was the 2008 recipient of the Bill Ozaki Junior Sportsmanship Award for the entire Southern Section of the USTA. In 2007, she finished as one of the top two USTA National 16 and under players and earned a special exemption into the main draw of two International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournaments. Fuller has been ranked as high as 149 in the ITF Junior Rankings. She is a top 10 blue chip recruit, according to Tennis Recruiting.Net. She had a combined ranking of No. 11 in the final 2008 USTA Girls 18s. She stands at No. 25 in the 2009 rankings.

Other signees include: Robert Verzaal, of Shreveport, La., who signed with Baylor; Emily Newton of Dothan, Ala. and Northview High School, who signed with Auburn; Neena Wanko of Cameron, N.C. of Union Pines High School, who signed with East Carolina and Laura Chapman, of Columbus, Ga. and Hardaway High School, who signed with North Georgia College & State University.

Two Georgia Tech players get close to ITA titles
Irina Falconi and Guillermo Gomez of Georgia Tech lost in last-set tiebreaks in the finals of the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in New Haven, Conn. The tournament is the culmination of the fall college season.

Chattanooga's Cook crowned "Perfect Catch"
Susannah Cook, the tennis pro who teaches at the McCallie School, has won the "Perfect Catch" competition sponsored by the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press.

Cook won the title after online voting and will receive a $500 gift certificate to The Chattanoogan hotel.

"She is beautiful, fun and finds good in all things," wrote her nominator. "Susannah brings smiles, laughter and joy to everyone she meets. She is a confident person who makes those around her feel comfortable and capable."

Click for the full story on the newspaper's web site.