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Delta Airlines Junior Player of the Month - Lindsay Burdette

April 30, 2003 01:43 PM
2003 has been an exciting year for fifteen-year-old Lindsay Burdette of Jackson, GA. Her highlight was winning the 2003 Girls' 16 Easter Bowl this past month, knocking off the tournament's No. 1 and No. 2 seeds enroute to a 6-4, 6-0 win over second-seeded Alessandra Jordan of Texas. She also made her professional tennis debut at the Neighborhood Charter School USTA Women's $25,000 Challenger in Atlanta. She received a wild card into the event and came out strong in her first pro match, racing to a 6-1, 5-1 lead against 16-year-old Nicole Pitts of Boca Raton, FL, before eventually losing, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2.


The experience Burdette gained competing at the professional level should serve her well as she continues her successful junior career. Currently ranked third in the country in the Girls’ 16s and 51st in the Girls' 18s, Burdette can already boast a number of accomplishments on the court. In singles, she won the title at the Copper Bowl earlier this year and reached the finals at the USTA Super National Winter Championships, the girls’ 14 Junior Orange Bowl and the Chanda Rubin American Junior Tennis Classic-Atlanta in 2002. In doubles last year, she won the championship at Teen Tennis in Telford, England, and advanced to the semifinals at Les Petits As in Tarbes, France, two of the most prestigious 14-and-under tournaments in the world.

Q&A w/ Lindsay Burdette:
1) At what age did you start playing tennis?

I started playing tennis when I was around six and a half and I played in my first tournament when I was seven.

2) What is your first memory on the tennis court?
My first memory on the tennis court was hiding under the ball basket with the shots of my older brother and sister, Andy and Erin, flying past me.

3) What sort of impact has tennis had on your life?
Tennis has made a huge impact on my life. It has allowed me to travel all over the world. I don’t think that I would have ever been able to do that without tennis.

4) What would you consider your biggest accomplishment so far in tennis?
I would say winning the USTA 12's Hardcourts because it was my first huge win and it is the most special to me.

5) What is the ultimate goal of your tennis career?
I would love to play pro tennis but I wouldn’t be disappointed with simply playing tennis at the college level.

6) Do you have any advice for kids looking to get involved in tennis?
Tennis is a very difficult and independent sport that few people have even come close to mastering. It is important to not get discouraged because the game has a lot to give you.

7) What are your plans for college and beyond?
I would love to play at a great tennis school, graduate and then go on to medical school. It is my ultimate goal to be a doctor.

8) How do you spend your time away from tennis?
I love to ride horses and spend time with family and pets that don’t get enough attention.

9) Are you involved in any other sports?
No, I don't have the time.

10) How do escape from the pressures of practice and competition?
Riding horses when I have time is my favorite way to get away from tennis.

11) Who has been the most influential person in your life?
I’d definitely have to say that my siblings Andy, Erin, and Mallory have all been my heroes throughout my lifetime.

12) What tennis star would you like to model your career after?
I would have to say Lindsay Davenport. She is quiet but a huge threat to anyone on court.

PLAYER NOTES:
Birthdate: Feb. 26, 1988
Birthplace: Macon, GA
Residence: Jackson, GA
Height: 5’ 5"
Plays: Right-handed; two-handed backhand

RANKING HISTORY
2003
– 539 (ITF); 51 (USTA 18s); 3 (USTA 16s)
2002 – 45 (USTA 18s)
2001 – 6 (USTA 14s)
2000 – 34 (USTA 14s)

2003 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Captured the Girls' 16 Easter Bowl title in Palm Springs, CA, defeating fellow American Alessandra Jordon, 6-4, 6-0.
  • Competed in the first professional tournament of her career as a wild card at the $25,000 event in Atlanta…. Lost in the first round to Nicole Pitts, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2.
  • Won the girls’ 16 singles title at the Copper Bowl.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2002

  • Was the singles runner-up at the USTA Super National Winter Championships… Lost in the final to Elizabeth Plotkin, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
  • Finished runner-up in singles at the girls’ 14 Junior Orange Bowl.
  • Reached the girls’ 14 singles semifinals and the doubles quarterfinals (with Ashley Weinhold) at the Eddie Herr International.
  • Advanced to the doubles quarterfinals (with Andrea Remynse) at the Chanda Rubin Van Der Meer ITF Junior Classic, South Carolina.
  • Finished runner-up in singles at the Chanda Rubin American Junior Tennis Classic-Atlanta, losing to fellow American Melissa Mang, 6-4, 6-2, in the final.
  • Represented the United States at World Junior Tennis, the 14-and-under international team competition held this year in the Czech Republic… Helped the girls’ team to a fourth-place finish.
  • Won the girls’ 16 singles championship at the STA Qualies.
  • Won the girls’ 18 singles title at the USTA National Open Championships.
  • Advanced to the singles semifinals at the Panama Bowl.
  • Reached the doubles semifinals (with Katrina Tsang) at Les Petits As, the most prestigious 14-and-under tournament in the world, held in Tarbes, France.
  • Won the doubles championship (with Tsang) at Teen Tennis in Telford, England.
  • Was one of only eight U.S. juniors (four girls and four boys) selected to represent the United States in Teen Tennis and Les Petits As, two prestigious European Tennis Association events in England and France.

2001

  • Finished runner-up in doubles (with Deanna Bailey) and reached the quarterfinals in singles at the girls’ 14 USTA Super National Winter Championships.
  • Reached the round of 16 at the girls’ 14 Junior Orange Bowl.
  • Advanced to the mixed doubles semifinals (with Brian Wong), the girls’ 14 doubles quarterfinals (with Melissa Saiontz) and the singles round of 16 at the Eddie Herr International.
  • Reached the doubles quarterfinals (with Chloe Lipp) at the USTA International Grass Court Championships, an ITF event for girls’ 18-and-under.
  • Advanced to the quarterfinals of the girls’ 16 STA Closed.
  • Was a quarterfinalist at the girls’ 16 Peach State.
  • Reached the girls’ 16 quarterfinals at the STA Super Circuit.
  • Advanced to the girls’ 16 quarterfinals at the Gator Bowl.
  • Was a girls’ 14 singles consolation semifinalist at the USTA Super National Spring Championships -- The Easter Bowl.
  • Reached the quarterfinals at the Costa Rican Bowl, an ITF event for 18-and-under girls.
  • Advanced to the doubles quarterfinals (with Barbara Zidek) and the singles round of 16 at the Panama Bowl, another ITF girls’ 18-and-under event.
  • Reached the girls’ 16 doubles final at the USTA National Open Championships.
  • Won the STA Super Circuit girls’ 14 title.
  • Advanced to the round of 16 at the Franklin Winter Junior Tennis Championships.
  • Finished runner-up at the girls’ 16 STA GA Mayors.
  • Won the girls’ 14 Copper Bowl in Arizona.


2000

  • Was a quarterfinalist at the girls’ 12 Junior Orange Bowl.Won the girls’ 12 championship at the
  • USTA National Hard Court Championships.
  • Reached the quarterfinals at the girls’ 14 STA Sectionals.
  • Advanced to the girls’ 14 quarterfinals at Peach State Junior Tennis Classic.
  • Finished runner-up at the girls’ 14 STA Super Circuit #3.
  • Was a girls’ 14 quarterfinalist at STA Super Circuit # 2.
  • Won the girls’ 14 title at STA Super Circuit # 1.
  • Advanced to the second round of the girls’ 14s at the Easter Bowl.
  • Advanced to the second round of the girls’ 14s at the USTA National Championships.
  • Reached the semifinals of the 2000 Evian Mayor’s Cup.
  • Won the USTA Girls’ 12 & Under Super Nationals – Gold Draw – finals in singles by defeating Alexa Glatch, 7-6 (3), 6-1, in the final.
  • Came in fifth place in singles and was a doubles finalist (with Yvette Hyndman) at the USTA National Open in Largo, Fla.


1999

  • Was a girls’ 12 semifinalist at the Georgia State Open.
  • Reached the semifinals of the girls’ 12 Georgia Junior Spring Fling.


PERSONAL

  • Father, Alan, is a veterinarian; mother, Judy, is a pharmacist. Has three siblings – older brother, Andy, played tennis at West Point; older sister, Erin, is on the Stanford University tennis team; and younger sister, Mallory, is currently ranked first in the country in the girls’ 12s.
  • Introduced to tennis at age 5 by her mother.
  • Is a very aggressive baseliner who can also serve and volley.
  • Favorite surface is hard court.
  • Sponsors include adidas and Wilson.
  • Enjoys riding horses.
  • Favorite food is bagels.
  • Favorite musician is Faith Hill.
  • Hopes to turn professional one day.
 

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