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2008 “Little Mo” Southern Sectional Tennis Tournament to be held at the Sandy Springs Tennis Center in Sandy Springs, GA

March 20, 2008 02:50 PM
Over 200 of the finest junior tennis players from around the South are expected to participate in this year’s “Little Mo” Southern Sectional Tennis Tournament to be held at the Sandy Springs Tennis Center (formerly North Fulton Tennis Center) in Sandy Springs, Georgia. The tournament will be held May 9th – 11th, 2008 and will feature events for boys and girls aged 8, 9, 10, 11 & under.

The "Little Mo" is a program of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation which furthers junior tennis development for boys and girls 8, 9, 10, 11 & under. The "Little Mo" began in 1976 for Dallas players and then expanded to include all players from Texas. In 1998, the "Little Mo" expanded to a national level and the "Road to the Little Mo Nationals" was created. The "Little Mo" is a nationwide, year-long circuit of fun, competitive tournaments culminating in a national champion being crowned in each age division. The "Little Mo" tournaments offer an opportunity for the younger player to compete against others who are the same age at the sectional, regional and national level.

The "Road" begins this Spring with a "Little Mo" Sectional tournament held in each of the seventeen sections for boys and girls. After the Sectional tournaments have been completed, the eight (8) quarterfinalists from each age division will advance to the "Little Mo" Regionals in the summer. The four (4) semifinalists from each age division will advance to the prestigious "Little Mo" Nationals in Austin, Texas in October 2008. The "Little Mo" Nationals will have a prestigious draw of 16 players in each age division and the winner will be crowned "Little Mo" National Champion. The "Little Mo" Nationals is the only event in the country which offers the opportunity for a youngster to become a National Champion in Boys & Girls 8, 9, 10, 11 & under.

The popular "Little Mo" tournament, in its 29th year in Texas, is named in memory of its tennis champion namesake, Maureen Connolly, who was known as "Little Mo". In 1953, she was the first woman to capture the elusive Grand Slam by winning the Australian Championships, French Championships, Wimbledon, and U.S. Championships in the same calendar year. She was only eighteen years old when she accomplished that magnificent feat. From that time on, Maureen was known as the incomparable "Little Mo". In July 1954, "Little Mo" injured her leg in a horseback riding accident which ended her tennis career.

Although her tournament career was over, Maureen continued to promote her beloved game and in 1968, she joined her dear friend, Mrs. Frank A. Jeffett (Nancy) to co-found the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation. Unfortunately, her tragic death of cancer occurred six months later on the eve of Wimbledon at 34 years of age.



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