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Awards & Achievements, August 2013

August 20, 2013 11:52 AM
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 2013.
 
Family Tennis Teams Earn Titles at the 2013 National Family Tennis Championships
The best family tennis teams in the U.S. were determined today after three days of fun but intense competition among 23 teams from 14 states in six divisions of play at the 2013 National Family Tennis Championships at Sportime Randall’s Island New York City.  In the mother/daughter division, Natalie Johnson and her daughter Kennan, captured the championship. And in the brother/sister division, Ben Ward & Lucy Stevens of Pass Christian, MS won the title.
 
"We hope all of the competitors had as much fun playing as we did watching them work together as a team," said Kathleen Francis, Tournament Director for the National Family Tennis Championships.  "Tennis is the perfect sport where families can compete together in this type of setting.  As the National Family Tennis Championships continues to grow we look forward to having more families spend quality time together on the court."
 
"This was just remarkable.  We’ve gone to a lot of tournaments at the highest levels and this event was first-class all of the way," commented Natalie Johnson who earned the mother/daughter title with her daughter Kennan.  "The staff did everything for us and really made us all feel like pros for this weekend."
 
After round-robin matches on Friday and Saturday, championship and consolation matches were held on Sunday.  In two of the championship matches, mother/son and husband/wife, the team that lost in the opening round reversed the result to capture the title.
The six division champions, runners-up and final scores of the championship matches were:
 
MOTHER/DAUGHTER:  Natalie & Kennan Johnson (age 17) (Baton Rouge, LA - Northwood Club) DEF Karen & Lauren Simeone (age 17) (Collegeville, PA. – Frog Hollow Racquet Club) -- 6-2, 6-1
 
BROTHER/SISTER – Ben Ward & Lucy Stevens (Pass Christian, MS - Diamondhead Tennis World) 6-4, 6-2; runner-up Nick & Amber Cruz (Foley, AL - Orange Beach Tennis Center). 
 
MOTHER/SON – Michele Haggerty & Jackson Cobb (age 14) (Austin, TX - Grey Rock Tennis Club DEF Hallet & Brooks Green Jr (age 14) (Mobile, AL - Orange Beach Tennis Center) – 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6 tiebreaker)
 
FATHER/DAUGHTER – Aime Ngounoue & Malkia Menguene (age 13) (Washington, DC – Montgomery TennisPlex); DEF Lance & Sadey St. Amant (age 18) (Ocean Springs, MS -Diamondhead Tennis World) – 6-2, 7-5
 
After winning NFTC tournaments at their local tennis facilities, teams traveled to one of three regional playoffs including: The Plaza Tennis Center in Kansas City, MO.; The Copeland-Cox Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, AL.; and The Tennis Center at College Park in MD.  Winners and wild card teams were invited to compete at the National Championships. 
 
Five Southern Players to Represent USA in International Tennis Tournament in Austria and Czech Republic
Fred Robinson (Charlotte, NC), Tom Smith (Alpharetta, GA), Hugh Thomson (Norcross, GA), Lester Sack (New Orleans, LA) and Brenda Carter (Charleston, SC) have been selected by the USTA to represent the USA in the 33rd annual International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super Senior International Team Competition in Austria and the Czech Republic, September 9-14.
 
These teams are the senior equivalent of Davis or Fed Cup. The top American tennis players in age divisions 60-80 will represent the USA in this prestigious competition. This year the competition will be played on red clay. The USA is the defending champion of the Von Cramm Cup (men 60+), Britannia Cup (men 65+) Bitsy Grant Cup (men 75+), Gardnar Mulloy Cup (men 80+), Alice Marble Cup (women 60+), Althea Gibson Cup (women 70+) and Queens Cup (women 75+). The USA finished second in the Kitty Godfree Cup (women 65+) and Doris Hart Cup (women 80+), and fifth in the Jack Crawford Cup (men 70+). These events were contested on red clay in Croatia in 2012. Following the ITF Seniors World Team Championships the ITF World Individual Championships will take place September 15-22 in Klagenfurt, Pörtschach and Villach Austria.
 
Carter has been named the playing captain for the Kitty Godfree Cup team. She won her first "Gold Slam" in 2012, winning the Clay, Indoor, Grass and Hard singles title in a calendar year. She won the Clay and Indoor doubles titles with teammate Betty Wachob (Panama City, FL) and Hard doubles. In 2013 she repeated as Clay singles and doubles champion (with Wachob). Molly Hahn (Belmont, MA) and Carol Clay (Fort Lauderdale, FL) complete the team. The Kitty Godfree Cup team will be held in Prostejov, Czech, Republic.
 
Robinson and Smith were named to the Von Cramm Cup team along with Tony Dawson (Austin, TX, playing captain) and Larry Turville (Dunnellon, FL). Robinson aged up to the 60s this year and celebrated by winning two Super Category II national clay tournaments over Turville and reaching the semis of the Hard. Smith had a stellar 2012, winning the 60 singles at the Hard, Clay and Grass and the 60 doubles at the Indoors and Grass. This year he won the 60 Hard doubles with Dawson. The Von Cramm Cup competition will take place in Pörtschach, Austria.
 
Thomson will participate on the Britannia Cup team along with Brian Cheney (Chandler, AZ, playing captain), David Nash (Bloomington, MN) and Les Buck (Queenstown, MD). Thomson won the 65 Indoor doubles in 2012 and placed third in singles there. He placed third at the 2012 Clay doubles. The Britannia Cup competition will take place in Klagenfurt, Austria.
 
Sack is the top player on the USA Bitsy Grant Cup team. He had an outstanding 2012, winning the Indoor, Clay and Hard singles titles and reaching the semis of the World championships. In 2013 he has won several Category II nationals and reached the Indoor and Hard singles finals. His teammates are: Fred Farzanegan (Tampa, FL, playing captain), King Van Nostrand (Vero Beach, FL) and Herm Ahlers (Las Vegas, NV).
 
 
 
 
 

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