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Georgia's Burdette and Oudin to Lead U.S. Team Against Australia

May 27, 2005 12:48 PM

The members of Team USA competing against Australia for the 19th annual BONNEBELL MCB Cup have been finalized by the United States Tennis Association and Georgia's Mallory Burdette and Melanie Oudin have been selected to help continue the United States' winning ways.

The event alternates countries each year and it is officially sanctioned by both nations. This year, the event will be hosted by the Peninsula Tennis Club in Burlingame, California from June 3- 5, 2005.

The BONNEBELL MCB Cup match features six of the top Girls’ 14 from the United States and Australia. Fifteen matches will be played over three days. The United States leads the competition in victories: 15 – 3.

Mallory Burdette, 14, from Jackson, GA has thus far enjoyed a successful 2005 season. She advanced to the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds in back to back Chanda Rubin ITF Junior Circuit events in March and May and lost in the round of 16 in the Costa Rica Bowl. She also lost in the quarterfinals at the Girls' 16 USTA National Open. She is ranked No. 12 in the USTA Southern Section Girls' 14 Singles and No. 18 in the Girls' 16s.

Melanie Oudin, 13, from Marietta, GA has enjoyed an equally impressive 2005 campaign, earning rankings in both the USTA Southern Section Girls' 14s and 16s - she is No. 1 in the 14s and No. 10 in the 16s. In April she lost in the finals of the Chanda Rubin Louisiana ITF Junior Tennis Classic. She did capture title wins at the Girls' 16 Southern States Top 32 Junior Super Championships and the Girls' 16 Southern Spring Closed Championships.

The United States Team members are:
Brittany Augustine – Sherman Oaks, California
Asia Muhammad – Henderson, Nevada
Lauren Embree – Marco Island, Florida
Julia Boserup – Los Angeles, California
Mallory Burdette – Jackson, Georgia
Melanie Oudin – Marietta, Georgia
Debbie Graham Shaffer – Newport Beach, California (USA Team Captain)

The Australian Team members are:
Mishma Kumar
Toni Lind
Sally Peers
Isabella Holland
Ashleigh Richardson
Paige Thomas
Annabel Ellwood (Australian Team Captain)

BONNEBELL, an international cosmetic company based in Cleveland, Ohio will be the title sponsor of the 2005 MCB Cup. For Bonne Bell, the sponsorship is one of many initiatives being pursued in support of Bonne Bell’s corporate mission to “encourage girls to celebrate who they are and who they want to be.” With offices in the U.S. and Australia, this tournament is an example of how The Bonne Bell Company supports girls in sports and the message of good health worldwide. All players will receive a BONNEBELL VitaGloss gift bag of products.

This competition began in 1977 when Jess Bell, president of the Bonne Bell Company and Mrs. Frank A. Jeffett, president of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation, decided to create a competition between the USA and Australia to promote the development of junior girls’ tennis. Bonne Bell was the first sponsor of the event and also donated the magnificent silver Bonne Bell Trophy.

It is a very competitive match where both teams are playing for the honor of their country. The United States Tennis Association selects the USA team (along with the MCB Tennis Foundation) and Tennis Australia selects their team according to International Tennis Federation regulations.

The Peninsula Tennis Club, established in 1933, has hosted the National Junior Hardcourt tournament, a Junior Exchange tournament with Japan and the von Cramm Cup. The club continues to host the California State Senior Championships. “Our members our looking forward to once again housing and getting to know top junior tennis players and watching them compete,” said Gordy Stroud, event co-chairman.

“Supporting athletics has long been a tradition at The Bonne Bell Company”, states Chairman, Buddy Bell. Through the years, The Bonne Bell Company, with its BONNEBELL and Smackers brands, has sponsored a wide variety of girls sports including skiing, running, cheerleading, soccer and tennis. We were one of the first companies to realize the relationship between teens feeling good and looking good”.

With a focus on good health, the BONNEBELL brand launched a full line of healthy lip products in 2004, which both nourishes lips with essential vitamins and provides the healthy shine components in a variety of flavors. Lightly sweetened and refreshing, these glosses are ideal for girls who care about their health and want to look good at the same time. A new VitaGloss Moisture Stick will be available later in 2005.

This event is one of the many tournaments presented by the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation to further junior tennis development in the United States and around the world.




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