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Awards & Achievements, August 2012

August 13, 2012 09:33 AM
Mallory Burdette
Southern players and organizations are constantly making their mark in the world of tennis. Here's a list of recent awards, achievements and news in August 2012.
 
Southern facilities honored
The USTA announced the seven winners of its 31st annual USTA Facility Awards Program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country. Each facility was honored at the USTA Semi-annual Meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Sept. 2.
 
The 2012 USTA Facility Awards Program winners in USTA Southern are:
Educational Institution
Wake Forest Tennis Complex – Winston-Salem, N.C.
Private Facilities
Charlotte Country Club – Charlotte, N.C.
The Haig Point Club – Daufuskie Island, S.C.
 
Isner named to Davis Cup team
The USTA and U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier announced that world No. 10 John Isner, No. 28 Sam Querrey, and 2012 Olympic doubles gold medalists Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan will represent the United States in the 2012 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Semifinal tie against Spain, September 14-16. The tie will be played on an outdoor red clay court at the Parque Hermanos Castro in Gijon, Spain.
 
"Our team is battle-tested after two tough road wins this year against Switzerland and France," said second-year U.S. Davis Cup Captain Courier, who has a 3-0 record on the road. "Playing against Spain on clay is the ultimate test in Davis Cup and we look forward to the challenge in Gijon."
 
Matches will be telecast live on Tennis Channel starting at 6 a.m. ET on Friday, 8 a.m. ET on Saturday, and 6 a.m. ET on Sunday. USTA.com will also feature live streaming of all Davis Cup matches in the United States for free.
 
 
 
Isner: Hometown hero takes Winston-Salem Open again
John Isner, the Greensboro native and World No. 10, won the second annual Winston-Salem Open for the second straight year on Saturday afternoon, as he gutted out a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9) thriller over World No. 7 Tomas Berdych in a heart-stopping final.
 
Isner fought off three match points in the third-set tiebreaker, and wound up winning the final three points to claim his second ATP World Tour title of the year and the fifth of his career. He also successfully defended his title at Newport earlier this summer.
 
It’s a great feeling," Isner said. "Actually, both my titles this year are the exact same titles I won last year. Defending a title is not easy. There’s pressure on you coming into the tournament. So for me to do that both here at Winston-Salem and Newport should help me tremendously going forward.
 
Burdette takes Vancouver tournament, named US Open wild card
The USTA announced that Stanford University standout Mallory Burdette has earned a main draw wild card into the 2012 US Open. This year, the USTA awarded one women’s singles main draw wild card into the US Open to the American who earned the most WTA Tour Ranking points at two of three USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events—$50,000 events in Yakima, Wash., and Lexington, Ky., and a $100,000 event in Vancouver. Burdette earned a combined 158 points with her best two results, winning the title in Vancouver and reaching the second round in Lexington.
 
Burdette, 21, of Jackson, Ga., secured the wild card by defeating Jessica Pegula in the Vancouver final this weekend. The victory in Vancouver comes after Burdette's first career pro tournament title in July at the $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Evansville, Ind. She has climbed up the rankings to a career-high No. 245 in the world after starting the summer unranked and is competing this summer as a member of the USTA Collegiate Team, an elite training program for the top American collegiate tennis players. The USTA Collegiate Team is designed to provide college players with valuable exposure to the USTA Pro Circuit in a team-oriented environment.
 
Last month, Burdette won her first WTA match at the Bank of the West Classic, an Emirates Airline US Open Series event in Stanford, and lost to No. 10 seed Marion Bartoli in the second round.
 
Oudin Gets Wild Card
Melanie Oudin, 20, of Marietta, Ga., received a wild card into US Open.
 
She won her first career WTA title at the Wimbledon tune-up event in Birmingham this year, where she won eight matches as a qualifier. Also, she earned a 2012 USTA French Open wild card based on her results at USTA Pro Circuit events this spring. Oudin has had much success at the Open, advancing to the quarterfinals in 2009 and claiming the mixed doubles title in 2011 with Jack Sock. Oudin has been a consistent force on the U.S. Fed Cup team, playing in seven ties. She trains full-time at the USTA Training Center-East in Flushing, N.Y., at the home of the US Open.
 
Kodali win doubles at USTA Boys’ 14s National Championships
Anudeep Kodali, of Fayetteville, N.C., and Taylor Fritz, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., defeated top-seeded doubles team of No. 3 seed Lane Leschly, of Atherton, Calif., and Mwendwa Mbithi, of Succasunna, N.J., 6-0, 6-1 to win the USTA Boys' 14s National Championship in San Antonio, Texas., August 5-10.
 
Hambrick, Heflin, Herring inducted into Kentucky Hall Of Fame
2012 USTA Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame Inductees are Mary Lou Hambrick of Louisville, Larry Heflin of Paducah and John Herring of Lexington. Their extensive tennis accomplishments on the court and in the organization of tennis in Kentucky have yielded them this great honor. The formal induction ceremony will be on January 26, 2013 at the USTA Kentucky Hall of Fame and Awards Gala.
 
Mary Lou Hambrick is being honored for her volunteering, leadership skills and the many contributions that she has made for the sport of tennis. For Mary Lou, it all started with her helping to spread the news of tennis and encouraging her friends to begin tennis teams in their parishes which gave opportunities for children to engage in a fun team atmosphere. Mary Lou began the first Catholic school tournament which has now turned in to the "warm up" for the summer qualifiers.
 
Mary Lou served as USTA National Championships Director for Girls 12’s in 2007. In 2008, she was on the USTA Youth Competition and Training Committee. She was on the USTA Southern Collegiate Team Tennis Committee in 2009. In 2012, she served on the Junior Competition Committee in Kentucky. Mary Lou has been a Kentucky Tennis Association board member and volunteer since 1988 and is currently on the Louisville 10 And Under tennis board. Mary Lou was the recipient of the Mickey McNulty Kentucky Tennis Family of the Year in 1993, the Southern Tennis Association Family of the Year in 1994 and the Jacobs Bowl Award in 2003.
 
Larry J. Heflin is being recognized for his commitment to the development of student athletes and the participation and success in the sport of tennis. Larry’s list of accomplishments, contributions to the sport of tennis and previous awards are well know in Kentucky.
 
Larry has coached the Lone Oak High School tennis team in Paducah for 40 years, winning 11 Kentucky high school championships and finishing runners-up 8 times. He has been named the state Coach of the Year multiple times and won the Garnis Martin Outstanding Coach Award in 2006, awarded annually by the Kentucky High School Athletic Director’s Association and the Kentucky High School Coaches Association. Larry was also named the National High School Coach of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association in 2009. Larry, with the help of a USTA "Tennis in the Park" grant, over saw construction of a 12 court tennis facility in Lone Oak, Kentucky that is open to the public and is the home to the Lone Oak Flash tennis team.
 
John Herring is being honored for his numerous contributions that he has made to promote the game of tennis. John has held positions with USTA Kentucky as President, Vice President and Treasurer. He has also served and chaired numerous committees including adult competition, finance, fundraising, and 10-under growth.
 
The Herring family was honored by the USTA Kentucky as Family of the Year in 2003. John was also honored as Volunteer of the Year in 2008. John helped to found the Bluegrass Tennis Association and served as treasurer since its inception. The Bluegrass Tennis Association was recognized by USTA Kentucky as CTA of the Year for Kentucky in 2001. John also served as the Junior Team Tennis Coordinator for the organization and ran interscholastic leagues and junior school programs through the Bluegrass Tennis Association. John has also served as director and organizer for numerous sanctioned and unsanctioned tournaments in the Lexington, Kentucky area. His competitive play highlights from the age of 19 to present include winning the Kentucky Open Men’s Singles Division 6 times, winning the Kentucky Open Men’s Doubles Division 7 times. He has been ranked #1 in Men’s Open Singles in Kentucky 4 times. John has also been ranked as high as #7 nationally in Men’s 30 singles in 1994.
 
 
 
 

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