Six Southern Juniors Take National Titles

August 11, 2008 05:46 PM

Jordon Cox of Duluth, Ga. and John Richmond of South Carolina won the USTA Boys' 18 & 16 National Championships, respectively. Cox's victory came in Kalamazoo, Mich., nicknamed "The Zoo." Richamond's championship win was in San Antonio, Tx. Cox, the seventh seed, held on to take a 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-3 victory oversixth-seeded Denis Kudla of Arlington, Va.

Last month, Cox received one of two Novo Nordisk Donnelly Awards. The $5,000 scholarships are given to a boy and a girl ages 14-21 who are diabetic and who play high school, college or competitive junior tennis. The award, started 10 years ago by Billie Jean King, is named after Portage natives Diane Donnelly Stone and Tracey Donnelly Maltby, who worked for King.

Other USTA Southern winners included Alabama's Jamie Hampton, who along with Coco Vandeweghe from California won the Girls' 18s doubles in Berkeley, Calif. and received a wild card into the main draw of the US Open Doubles. Georgia's Austin Smith and Trey Strobel from Florida won the Boys' 14 doubles. Georgia's Hannah King teamed up with Brooke Austin to take the Girls' 12s doubles in Alpharetta, Ga. Whitney Kay, also from Georgia, and Kaitlyn Christian from California are the Girls' 16 doubles champions.