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Southern Players Win Spots At NJT USA National Masters At Stanford University

September 7, 2006 02:58 PM

The USTA Southern Nike Junior Tour (NJT) Sectional Playoff was held at the Georgia Tech courts August 19 and 20. The event brought together a total of 48 players from Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. These players finished in the top three of their state NJT qualifying events held earlier in the month. The winners at Georgia Tech were:

Grace Min, Lawrenceville, GA G12’s
Brooke Hawthorne, Atlanta GA G14’s
Austin Ansari, Greensboro NC B12’s
Gabrille Towns, Atlanta GA B14’s

The winners at Stanford will advance to the International Masters October 28 - November 4 in Murcia, Spain. The International Masters brings together the best 12 and 14 year-old players in the world. Past winners include Rafael Nadal who won three times playing for Spain.

What is the Nike Junior Tour?
The Nike Junior Tour is a worldwide series of junior tournaments sponsored by Nike. NJT tournaments are for boys and girls 12’s and 14’s. Twenty-two participating countries hold qualifying events that lead to a National Masters. NJT National Masters winners then compete at the International Masters.

There are currently 10 USTA Sections holding NJT qualifying events for 2006. Additionally, there is one NJT National Qualifying Team whose players are invited based on their performance in the four USTA National Championships.
The USTA Southern team, along with the 10 Sectional teams, will be competing at the NJT USA National Masters at Stanford University September 29 - October 1, 2006.

For more information about the NJT go to www.nikejuniortour.com




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