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Awards & Achievements, January 2010

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 January 2010.

Hampton reaches USTA Circuit tournament final
Jamie Hampton, of Enterprise, Ala., reached the final of the $25,000 Red Rose Inn & Suites Tennis Classic in Lutz, Fla. Manny Minella of Luxembourg won the match 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.

Oudin named to fourth U.S. Fed Cup team
US Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin was named to her fourth straight U.S. Fed Cup team by Captain Mary Joe Fernandez. The Marietta, Ga. native will join Liezel Huber, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Shenay Perry in the upcoming matches versus France in Lievin, France, Feb. 6-7.

University signings
Four young players have signed letters of intent for the 2010-11 academic year:

Robert Verzaal, of Shreveport, La., Baylor University
Garrett Brasseaux, of Mandeville, La, St. Paul’s School, University of Georgia
Grant Roberts, of Lexington, Ky., Tates Creek High School, University of Kentucky
Trey Seymour, Greenville, Ms., Washington High Schoo, Mississippi State University

Seven Southern players named to Senior World Team Championships
The USTA announced the players who will represent the United States at the 30th ITF Seniors World Team Championships hosted by Federacion Mexicana de Tenis. The top American tennis players in age divisions 35-55 for both men and women will compete, March 29- April 3, in Mexico City, Mexico. The events will be held at the following five venues: Club Aleman de Mexico, The Reforma Athletic Club, Club Casablanca Lomas Verdes, Club Casablanca San Angel and Club de Racqueta El Yaqui. Click for more information.

The ITF Seniors/Super-Seniors World Team Championships is the most coveted team event on the ITF Seniors circuit. Since its inception in 1981, the number of competitors attracted to this event has increased year by year. In 1993, the ITF took the decision to divide the Seniors World Championships into two groups -- Seniors (35-55) and Super-Seniors (60-80 for men and 60-75 for women).

Following the ITF Seniors World Team Championships the World Individual Championships will take place April 4-11 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

See below for a list of the Southrn players representing the United States at the 2010 ITF Seniors World Team Championships.

 ITF senior women
Tony Trabert Cup-Men’s 40 & over
David Wolf, Fayetteville, NC

Austria Cup-Men’s 55 & over
Fred Robinson, Charlotte, NC
Tom Smith, Alpharetta, GA, Captain

Margaret Court Cup-Women’s 45 & over
Fran Chandler, Jackson, TN, Captain
Mariana Hollman, Winston-Salem, NC
Renata Marcinkowska, Rock Hill, SC

Maria Bueno Cup-Women’s 50 & over
Diane Fishburne, Charleston, SC

Townsend makes doubles final; two other 14s Southern players named to national teams
Taylor Townsend
of Stockbridge, Ga. finshed as girls' doubles runner-up in the AEGON Junior International Teen Tennis tournament in Bolton, England. She played with Alexandria Stiteler of Florida.

Two other Southerners were also selected to represent the U.S. in two of the world's most prestigious 14-and-under tournaments -- Teen Tennis in England and Les Petits As in France. Tommy Paul, of Greenville, N.C, in boys and Mackenzie Soldan, of Louisville, Ky. in wheelchair are among ten talented 14-and-under girls, boys and wheelchair junior players. The ETA events will be held from Jan. 17-Feb. 1. Other players are:

Gabrielle Andrews, Pomona, Calif.
Brooke Austin, Indianapolis
Alexandria Stiteler, Bradenton, Fla.

Spencer Furman, Woodinville, Wash.
Stefan Kozlov, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Noah Rubin, Merrick, N.Y.

Dylan Levine, Paramus, N.J.

USTA National Coaches Kathy Rinaldi, Kent Kinnear and Dan James will be accompanying the players on the trip, with Rinaldi and Kinnear coaching the girls and boys, respectively, and James coaching the wheelchair players. A number of current and former tennis stars competed in one or both of the events when they were juniors, including Kim Clijsters, Lindsay Davenport, Elena Dementieva, Justine Henin, Martina Hingis, Michael Chang, Juan Martin del Potro, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Price to receive Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award
Duluth, Ga.'s Caroline Price was named as one of four recipients of the 2009 Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award. Price was also named the winner of the USTA Southern's 2009 Bill Ozaki Junior Sportsmanship Award.

Other recipients of the national award are Shaun Chaudhuri of USTA Northern California, Neil Karandikar of USTA Middle States and Marc Powers from USTA New England.

USTA Winter National Championship results
Girls’ 18s singles: Whitney Kay, Alpharetta, Ga; 6th place
Boys’ 18s singles: Robert Verzaal, Shreveport, LA; 4th place

Girls’ 16s singles: Kourtney Keegan, Roswell, GA; champion
Girls’ 16s doubles: Megan Kurey, Alpharetta, GA and Nicole Flowers, OH; 2nd place
Girls’ 16s Sportsmanship: Megan Kurey
Boys’ 16s doubles: Jordan Daigle, Lafayette, LA and Jeffrey Brown, Mandeville, LA; 4th place

Girls’ 14s singles: Hannah King, Dunwoody, GA; 6th place
Girls’ 14s doubles: Laura Patterson, Roswell, GA and Peggy Porter, TX; 2nd place
Girls’ 14s doubles: Hannah King and Mariana Gould, ID; 3rd place
Boys’ 14s singles: Matthew Mendez, Mt. Pleasant, SC 4th place

Girls’ 12s singles: Kaitlyn McCarthy, Cary, NC; 3rd place

 Melanie Oudin
Oudin, Isner play for U.S. in Australia
Southerners Melanie Oudin and John Isner are representing the United States in the 2010 Hyundai Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia in the first week in January.

The duo is scheduled to face the following countries: Spain, Australia and Romania.

Oudin, ranked No. 48, and Isner, ranked No. 34, each play a singles match and then team up for mixed doubles. The finals of the team competition are scheduled for Jan. 9.




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