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Awards & Achievements, March 2012

March 1, 2012 09:41 AM
Tennys Sandgren
Jorge Andrews
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 March 2012.
Garvin, Kovacs, Staples honored by International Tennis Hall Of Fame
The International Tennis Hall of Fame presented the 2011 Samuel Hardy and Tennis Educational Merit Awards on Saturday, March 17 during the International Tennis Hall of Fame Annual Awards Luncheon, which was held in conjunction with the United States Tennis Association's (USTA) Annual Meeting in Carlsbad, Calif. Long-time USTA and tennis industry leader Lucy S. Garvin of Greer, S.C. received the prestigious Samuel Hardy Award. The Tennis Educational Merit Award was presented to celebrated tennis coach and educator Butch Staples, of the Tennisclub of the Low Country at Rose Hill in Bluffton, S.C., wheelchair tennis trainer and expert Lynn Bender, and strength and conditioning expert Dr. Mark Kovacs, of metro Atlanta. Read more.
Sandgren wins in Calabasas
Former University of Tennessee star Tennys Sandgren took his first professional title by winning the Men's Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas.
Sandgren had to comeback in the second set to defeat former UCLA player Daniel Kosakowski 6-3, 7-5 in Monday's final. The USTA $15,000 Pro Circuit tournament was played at the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center.
Sandgren, of Gallatin, Tenn., fought off two match points in the semifinal to dispatch Andre Begemann, a former standout at Pepperdine.
Min reaches Clearwater final
Grace Min knocked out the top seed at the Sheriff Bob Gualtiere Clearwater Women's Open on her way to the final.
Min, of Norcross, Ga., fell to Garbiñe Muguruza Blanco of Spain 6-0, 6-1 in the final. She defeated top-seeded Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus in the quarterfinals 6-1, 1-6, 6-2.
Andrew named president of PTR board
At the recent PTR Symposium, Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) announced Jorge Andrew as President of its Board of Directors for a three-year term. Andrew, who accepted the reigns from outgoing President, Jean Mills, is the first Latino to serve as President of a major tennis organization in the United States.
Andrew is the Director of Operations of the Lexington Recreation and Aging Committee, in Lexington, South Carolina. The organization has 51 courts at its two facilities, the Lexington County Tennis Complex and the new Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center.
A PTR member for more than 32 years, Andrew is a Master Professional, Clinician and Tester. A USTA Master Trainer for the Recreational Coach Workshops and 10 and Under Tennis Specialist, Andrew is Chairman of the Cardio Tennis National Speakers Team.
A former Venezuelan Davis Cup player and captain, Andrew played on the ATP Tour for more than 10 years, appearing in all four Grand Slams. He now serves on the USTA Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Paralympic Committees. He served on the USTA Nominating Committee and was Vice Chairman of the Junior Team Tennis Committee.
Isner makes Top 10
Greensboro, N.C. native John Isner added another milestone to his skyrocketing career: He moved into the Top 10 of the South African Airways ATP Rankings. But, what paved the way for this achievement was defeating world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the BNP Paribas Open, an ATP Masters Series tournament in Indian Wells, Calif.
Isner fired 20 aces, including one at 135-mph on his fourth match point, to beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic 7-6 (7), 3-6, 7-6 (5) in the semifinal. The two-time Atlanta Tennis Championships finalists lost to Roger Federer in the straight-set final.
Baker wins again
Nashville, Tenn.'s Brian Baker, who was ranked No. 172 in the world in 2004, won the Costa Mesa Pro Classic in Costa Mesa, Calif. He dominated American Greg Ouellette 6-1, 6-2 in the final. Baker has been battling serious injuries throughout his career.
The 26-year-old Baker also won a USTA Pro Circuit tournament in January.
Emory claims indoor title
The Emory Eagles, behind commanding doubles play, claimed the 2012 ITA Division III National Men's Team Indoor Championship. Emory swept through doubles play, winning by an overall score of 7-2. The title is the fifth in program history for the Eagles.
Lee-Waters wins in doubles
Lindsary Lee-Waters, of Dunwoody, Ga., teamed up with Megan Moulton-Levy to win the doubles title at the 2012 Oaks Club $50,000 Pro Circuit Event.
Lee-Waters, now a veteran at age 34, and Moulton-Levy defeated Alexandra Panova and Lesia Tsurenko 2-6, 6-4, [10-7]. The tournament was played in Osprey, Fla.



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