USTA Southern Section Juniors Accepted into French Open Junior Championships

May 22, 2007 11:33 AM

The USTA Southern Section announced that Reka Zsilinszka of Fayetteville, NC, Mallory Cecil of Spartanburg, SC and Rhyne Williams of Knoxville, TN were accepted into the main draw of the French Open Junior Championships hosted at the Roland Garros Tennis Center in Paris, France.

The 2007 French Open Junior Championships will be hosted June 3 -10, 2007 at Roland Garros Stadium. The Junior Girls and Boys draw, which consist of the 64 top junior players worldwide, only accepts the top 46 juniors directly into tournament play. A qualifying tournament is hosted prior to the main draw event to determine the 8 qualifiers and 8 wild cards that advance to the main draw.

Reka Zsilinszka, ©
The French Open is sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation and is revered as the world’s premier clay court tournament. Roland Garros, the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open make up the four events collectively known as the "Grand Slam". Junior players that have gone on to capture the senior title in French Open history include: Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Jennifer Capriati, and Justine Henin.

Founded in 1881, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in this country. In addition to owning the US Open and selecting members of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic teams, the USTA administers a variety of programs nationwide for players of all ages and ability levels and, as a not-for-profit organization, the association invests 100% of its proceeds to promote and develop the growth of tennis. It is divided into 17 sections, of which the USTA Southern Section is the largest. The 170,000 USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up the USTA Southern Section, and account for approximately 25% of the total USTA membership. A professional staff housed in Norcross, GA carries out the USTA Southern Section’s daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed via a Board and committee structure of over 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by the USTA Southern Section visit