Awards & Achievements, June 2013

May 23, 2013 03:30 PM
Grace Min
Hayley Carter
Jamere Jenkins, of College Park, Ga.
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 June 2013.

Jarmere Jenkins Wins Linda Bogdan Memorial Futures Tournament

22 year old Jarmere Jenkins of College Park, GA defeated his former college teammate in the finals of the Linda Bogdan Memorial Futures Tournament on June 30. The win marks an enormous achievement for the University of Virginia graduate, as it is his first professional title. This past May, Jenkins won the NCAA doubles championship and was the singles runner up. Jenkins ended his senior season at UVA ranked No. 1 in the ITA Singles ranking and No. 2 in the doubles ranking with partner Mac Styslinger of Birmingham, Ala. 

Georgian Takes ITF Women’s Circuit Raleigh Women's Challenger

During the month of May Raleigh, North Carolina held a Challenger Tournament for the ITF Women’s Circuit. Grace Min, Norcross, Ga. native entered into the fray and was seeded fifth being placed in the middle of the bracket.

She fought her way to the Quarterfinals to face top seeded Olivia Rogowska of Australia, defeating her 6-2, 6-4. Advancing to the semi-finals Min faced Canadian Heidi El Tabakh and won 6-4, 7-5. Min’s final’s match went the distance lasting three sets. She eventually beat out Tamaryn Hendler of Belgium 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

On the doubles side the Finals ended in a North American clash. Top seeded Americans Alexandra Mueller and Asia Muhammed faced the second seeded Canadian Team of Gabriela Dabrowski and Marie-Eve Pelletier.

Dabrowski and Pelletier took the first set 6-4 while Mueller and Muhammed took the second 6-4. A super tie breaker decided the finals match and Canadians Dabrowski and Pelletier won 10-5.

Hayley Carter Has Great Showing in Hilton Head

Hometown native Hayley Carter, put up a strong performance last week in the Head/First Federal Women’s $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit Tournament held in Hilton Head, S.C. Carter, a University of North Carolina commit, persevered to both the Singles and Doubles Finals at the Van Der Meer Tennis Center before coming up short.

After entering the tournament as a wild card, Carter made an immediate impact by defeating fifth-seeded Elisabeth Fournier (Canada) 6-1, 6-2. She then went on to win three more matches before advancing to the finals, which included knocking off eighth-seeded Hiroko Kuwata (Japan) 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals. In the final round, Carter’s opponent, Yana Koroleva (Russia), proved to be too much for her. Koroleva took the championship in a close match 7-5, 6-4.

Carter had another great run to the Doubles Final with fellow American partner, Josie Kuhlman, despite coming in by way of wild card again. The duo fell to first-seeded Kristy Frilling (U.S.) and Alexandra Mueller (U.S.) in the championship match 6-3, 6-4.

8 Players Receive College Scholarships

Eight Southern players were recently awarded college scholarships through USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association (USTA).

Vivian Hao of Franklin, Tenn. who was awarded the Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship ($10,000 award)

James-Roland Markos of Jackson, Tenn. who was awarded The Rosalind Walter Scholarship Award ($10,000 award)


The following Southern Players were awarded the USTA Serves College Education Scholarship ($8,000 award):


Steffen Campbell of Conway, S.C.

Robert Conley, Jr. of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Courtney Evans of Elizabethton, Tenn.

Lauren Simons of Saint George, S.C.


The following Southern Players were awarded the USTA Serves College Textbook Scholarship ($1,000 award):


Ja’Haun Freeman Clark of Atlanta, Ga.

NeTyeau Teague of Camden, Tenn.


USTA Serves awards scholarships to deserving youth who have participated in USTA and other organized youth tennis programs, have demonstrated high academic achievement and require financial assistance.

Spartanburg Pro at Deaflympics

The Tennis Committee of the USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) has chosen its team to represent the United States in the upcoming 2013 Summer Deaflympics.  The Deaflympics are modeled after the Olympic Games.

Selected Team USA male and female tennis players will participate in single elimination events of singles, doubles and mixed doubles against the world’s best players.  Elite players and experienced leaders selected for Team USA are listed below. 

Katie Mancebo (Head Coach) – Spartanburg, S.C.

Daniel Hangstefer (Player) - Signal Mountain, Tenn.

Emily Hangstefer (Player) - Signal Mountain, Tenn.

Laura Chapman (Player) – Columbus, Ga.

5 Southern Organizations Awarded Grants through USTA Serves

USTA Serves announced that it has awarded more than $324,000 in grants to 38 community tennis and education organizations during its 2013 spring funding cycle. Grants are awarded to programs that successfully combine tennis and education and help children pursue their goals and highest dreams by leading healthier lives, succeeding in school and becoming healthier citizens.

The bi-annual grant process, a national initiative of USTA Serves, was established to award organizations that provide disadvantaged, at-risk children with the opportunity to learn to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured format. These programs also strive to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles.
The following organizations in the Southern states have were awarded 2013 year-end grants by USTA Serves:
A's & Aces, Inc. – New Orleans
Atlanta Youth Tennis & Education Foundation – Atlanta
Birmingham Area Tennis Association Inc. – Birmingham, Ala.
Southern Crescent Youth Tennis & Education Foundation – Peachtree City, Ga.
Tennis Memphis, Inc. – Memphis, Tenn.