Young Repeats as Singles Champion at USTA National Championships; Burdette Sisters Cinch Doubles

August 15, 2006 02:17 PM

Seventeen-year old Atlanta resident, Donald Young, captured his second consecutive USTA Boy’s 18 National Hard Court Championship title in singles and his second major doubles championship on Sunday at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. Young did not drop a set during the tournament and ultimately, walked away with the title after fellow finalist Jesse Levine forfeited his finals appearance due to an illness.

Young, the top seed in the Boy’s 18 draw, is now guaranteed a wild card into the U.S. Open, which will take place later this month. This marks the first time in five years that a player has repeated a finals victory. Young is the 10th player in the tournament’s 91-year history to win a consecutive title. Young and his doubles partner, Alexander Clayton of Brandenton, FL, also won the 2005 U.S. Open boy’s title.

Sisters Lindsay and Mallory Burdette of Jackson, Ga., won the USTA Girls' 18s doubles title, defeating Sanaz Marand of Katy, Texas, and Ashley Weinhold in the final. They are the fourth sister team to win the USTA Girls' 18s doubles title and the first since Tami and Teri Whitlinger in 1986.

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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