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Burdette Captures USTA Girls 18 National Clay Court Championship Title

July 25, 2006 11:51 AM

Fifteen-year old Mallory Burdette of Jackson, Georgia defeated fellow Southern player Mallory Cecil 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 on Sunday to become the USTA Girls 18 National Clay Court Champion. The tournament was held at The Racquet Club in Memphis, TN.

Burdette and Cecil faced each other as recent as a month ago with Cecil coming out of top at the Southern Closed held in Little Rock, AR. The Girls 18 Championship was the first appearance in a national title match for Spartanburg, SC native Cecil. Burdette won the Girls 16 Championship last year but has had an injury ridden season this year. Having surgeries on both wrists has limited her ability to compete.
“Mallory has worked so hard for so long,'' said Burdette’s sister, Lindsay.
''She has earned this, especially after her wrist surgeries. She has really been patient with the injuries and has kept her head up through the whole thing.''
Linsday Burdette, Stanford University signee, played in the Girls 18 title game last year.

Mallory Burdette has only played in three tournaments this year due to her injuries so she is just happy to be playing tennis competitively again.

''All in all,'' Burdette said, ''it just felt good to be back out there on the court.''

This win for Burdette earned her a spot in the Cellular South Cup, the annual WTA stop at The Racquet Club scheduled for February. In two weeks, she will head to the USTA Girls 18 National Championships in San Jose, CA. Burdette is coached by Nick Saviano of Saviano High Performance Tennis in Sunrise, FL.

The USTA organizes, sponsors, and administers the USTA Pro Circuit - the gateway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis professionals, and a frequent battleground for established players. The 2005-2006 circuit features nearly 100 events for men and women. Prize money at the USTA Pro Circuit events ranges from $10,000 to $75,000, with more than $3 million in purses this year. Players also earn valuable ATP and WTA tour ranking points. The USTA Pro Circuit boasts an alumni of some of the biggest names in tennis, many of whom have gone on to win Grand Slam titles, including Andre Agassi, Lindsay Davenport, Chanda Rubin, Tim Henman, James Blake, and Mary Pierce.

 

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