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Awards & Achievements, March 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 March 2010.

Hampton, Cecil win Pelham
Jamie Hampton, of Enterprise, Ala., continued her hot season in her home state, winning the doubles of The Pelham Racquet Club Women's $25K Pro Circuit Challenger. Her partner was Mallory Cecil, the reigning NCAA Division I singles champion from Spartanburg, S.C.

The duo defeated Chin-Wei Chan and Nicole Kriz 6-4, 6-3. In the opening round, the Southerners defeated the fourth-seeded team of Kimberly Couts and Laura Siegemund 2-6, 6-1 [10-3].

Oudin wins WTA Tour award
Georgia's Melanie Oudin picked up the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour’s Newcomer of the Year Award. Oudin’s first Top 50 season was highlighted by a breakthrough performance at Wimbledon where, as a qualifier, she reached the fourth round, defeating former World No.1 Jelena Jankovic. At the US Open, Oudin reached the quarterfinals, defeating Elena Dementieva, Nadia Petrova and Maria Sharapova in successive three-set matches along the way. She rose to a career-high World No.42 during the week of September 28.

Pasha wins gold ball at USTA Spring Nationals
Nathan Pasha, of Atlanta, and partner Spencer Newman, who is from Florida, took the champions’ gold ball at the 2010 USTA Spring Nationals in Mobile, Ala.  Pasha also finished 6th in singles. Mary Jeremiah, of Suwanee, Ga., and Megan Kurey, of Alpharetta, Ga., finished second to earn the silver ball in doubles.  

Whitney Kay, of Alpharetta, Ga., overcame illness early in the tournament to finish fourth in singles and was also named the Girls Sportsmanship recipient. Allison Falkin, of Roswell, Ga., finished fourth in doubles with partner Alexandra Leatu from Colorado. Hunter Reese, of Kennesaw, Ga., finished 7-8 in singles as did Catherine Harrison, of Germantown, Tenn.  

Two North Carolina juniors named to national camp
Mia King, of Hendersonville, N.C., and Thai Kwiatkowski, of Charlotte, N.C., were among the 16 juniors selected to participate in the USTA Player Development World Team Tennis Camp held March 19-21 at the USTA Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla.  USTA National Coaches, Kathy Rinaldi, Troy Hahn, Andres Pedroso and Mark Merklein will be conducting the camp. 

Reynolds selected first in WTT draft
The defending World TeamTennis Champion Washington Kastles selected American Bobby Reynolds, of Acworth, Ga., with the top overall selection in the 2010 WTT Roster Player Draft.  Players from 16 countries were selected in Tuesday's Roster Draft as teams completed their lineups for the League's 35th season beginning July 5. Previously, teams selected an all-star lineup of marquee players.

Reynolds, who was ranked as high as No. 63 in singles and No. 46 in doubles in 2009, is making a comeback after returning from a left wrist injury that sidelined him for the final three months of the ATP Tour season.  Reynolds joins a Kastles squad that includes Venus Williams, Serena Williams, former WTT Female MVPs Angela Haynes and Rennae Stubbs, along with 2009 Male MVP Leander Paes.

Atlantan Scoville Jenkins joins Martina Hingis on the New York Buzz lineup. Julie Ditty, of Ashland, Ky., will play for the Newport Beach Breakers.

Barth named PTR treasurer

 Roy Barth
Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) announced that Roy Barth, of Charleston, South Carolina, has joined its Board of Directors as Treasurer.  He replaces Skip Hartman, of New York City, who served in the position from 2003.

Barth has an outstanding tennis background as a player, teacher, professional, and administrator.  He won numerous national titles as a junior player out of San Diego, California.  He earned a BA in Economics from UCLA.  As an All-American, he reached the doubles semi-finals and finals of the NCAA Championship. Barth was ranked as high as #8 in singles and #2 in doubles and reached the Top 50 in the world in men’s singles on the pro tour.

He settled in Charleston in 1976, as Director of Tennis at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Currently, Barth manages two tennis centers with 28 courts at Kiawah.  Kiawah’s tennis operation has been ranked #1 in the United States of the Top 50 US Tennis Resorts by Tennis magazine and #1 in the world by TennisResortsOnline.com   Barth was a founding member of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), as well as President of the USTA South Carolina and Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation.  In 2007, his family was named USTA Family of the Year.

Barth has been a PTR member for more than 20 years.  He was honored PTR Professional of the Year in 1990, and was selected as a PTR Master Professional in 2007.

Woodson among juniors invited to USTA Training Center
Jared Woodson, of Hilton Head Island, S.C. is among the six players selected to participate in the USTA Player Development Camp to be held March 1-5, 2010 at the USTA Training Center in Boca Raton, Florida.  USTA National Coach, Mike Sell and Kent Kinnear will be conducting the training camp for players born in 1996.  Daily fitness training will be provided by Strength and Conditioning Coach, Satoshi Ochi. Congratulations to the players selected to attend.

Kriese joins team at Junior Tennis Champions Center
The Junior Tennis Champions Center is pleased to announce that legendary Clemson Tigers Head Coach Chuck Kriese has joined its staff as the Senior Director of Competition. Kriese coached the Clemson men’s tennis team from 1975-2008 finishing  his career with an ACC record 616 wins, 11 ACC championships, and four National Coach of the Year awards.

Kriese brings tremendous expertise to the JTCC coaching staff. He is the author of numerous coaching and training books including Coaching Tennis, Total Tennis Training, and Winning Tennis. He joins Vesa Ponkka, Senior Director of Tennis, and his former Clemson player Frank Salazar, Senior Director of High Performance, on JTCC’s senior management team. Kriese will work with junior players in JTCC’s Champions Program, with emphasis on competitive development, matchplay strategy, and tournament preparation. 

In addition to his role at JTCC, Kriese will remain the Technical Director for the Southeast Asia Tennis Federation, where he oversees player development in nine Asian countries.  These players will train at the Junior Tennis Champions Center when they are in the United States and Kriese will continue to coach Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, winner of four junior Grand Slam tournaments.

JTCC, a 501(c)(3) organization, is a world-class training facility located at The Tennis Center at College Park. Its goal is to provide the athletic and academic instruction needed for talented and highly committed young people to excel both on the tennis court and in the classroom. The JTCC offers training to children between the ages of four and 18 on a part- and full-time basis. Located in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, students can choose from weekly group clinics to intense, full-time training programs including on-site academic instruction.

 

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