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Awards & Achievements, December 2012

December 10, 2012 09:33 AM
Taylor Townsend has a chance for a French Open wild card.
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 December 2012.

No. 1 Townsend takes Orange Bowl doubles
In the Girls 18s doubles final, Taylor Townsend (Stockbridge, Ga.) and Gabby Andrews (Pomona, Calif.) defeated Mexico’s Victoria Rodriguez and Marcela Zacarias, 6-4, 7-5. The title caps a year in which Townsend and Andrews also won doubles titles at the US Open and Australian Open.
 
"It means everything," Andrews said. "Playing doubles with Taylor means a lot, because I know she’s not going to be playing a lot of juniors next year. Hopefully I’ll play some of the tournaments she’s going to play next year. But yeah, it’s amazing."
 
The 16-year old Townsend will end 2012 as the International Tennis Federation’s No. 1-ranked junior girl in the world, the first American girl to do so since 1982, and will turn pro beginning in 2013. She left what was likely her final junior event carrying the signature bowl of oranges awarded to Orange Bowl champions.
 
"I’ve played Orange Bowl like four times, and I’ve never gotten a bowl of oranges," Townsend said. "So, I’m happy."
 
 

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