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Awards & Achievements, April 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 April 2010.

Georgians reach Tallahassee finals
Robby Ginepri retired in the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger's singles final, bowing to Argentine Brian Dabul 4-6, 4-0 (retired). The native of Kennesaw, Ga. had injured his ankle in his semifinal victory over Japan's Kei Nishikori.

Bobby Reynolds, of Acworth, Ga., and American Robert Kendrick lost the doubles final to the Australian duo of Stephen Huss and Joseph Sirianni 6-2, 6.4.

Southerners excel in Easter Bowl tournaments
Here are results for players from USTA Southern from recent Easter Bowl competition:

Easter Bowl ITF
Grace Min, Lawrenceville, Ga., and Lauren Herring, Greenville, N.C, 1st place doubles
Hunter Harrington, Spartanburg, S.C., and Alexios Halebian, Calif., semis of doubles

Easter Bowl Spring Nationals
Girls’ 16s: Hannah King, Dunwoody, Ga. 5th in singles; Mia King, Henderson, N.C. 6th in singles
Boys’ 16s: Sean Karl, Brentwood, Tenn. 4th in singles; Maxx Lipman, Nashville, Tenn. 5th in singles
Girls’ 14s: Taylor Townsend, Stockbridge, Ga., and Gabriella Andrews, California, 1st place doubles; Townsend, 3rd in singles
Boys’ 14s: Matthew Mendez, Mount Pleasant, S.C. and Jordan Portner, Maryland, 1st place doubles; Christian Garay, Columbus, Ga., and Daniel Kerznerman, N.Y., 3rd place doubles

Juniors win two international titles
The following Southern juniors won crowns at the USTA International Spring Championships:

Boys' 16s singles: Jordan Daigle, Lafayette, La., champion
Boys' 16s singles: Thai Kwiatkowski, Charlotte, N.C., finalist
Girls' 16s singles: Mia King, Hendersonville, N.C., reached semis
Girls' 16s doubles: King, champion with partner Brooke Austin from Indiana
Girls' 16s doubles: Taylor Townsend, Stockbridge, Ga., reached semis with partner Katrine Steffensen from New York
Girls' 18s doubles: Grace Min, Lawrenceville, Ga., and Lauren Herring, Greenville, N.C., reached semis

Hampton reaches Jackson final
Jamie Hampton, of Enterprise, Ala., has become one of the dominant players on the USTA Pro Circuit. The 20-year-old has jumped from 628 to 340 in the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings. In Jackson, Miss. she reached her third final of the year, this time falling to Croatian Marjana Lucic 7-5, 6-3. She also won the March tournament in Pelham, Ala. with Mallory Cecil, of Spartanburg, S.C.



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