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Awards & Achievements, May 2014

May 31, 2014 11:52 AM
Kevin King competes at the 2013 BB&T Atlanta Open

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 May 2014.

Former Georgia Tech star wins in Mexico
Former Georgia Tech All-American Kevin King won his first professional singles title May 4 when he captured the Mexico F2 Futures championship in Cordoba, Mexico.

It was his seventh pro title since he graduated from Tech, the other six have all been doubles triumphs with former Yellow Jacket doubles partner Juan Spir.

King, the fifth seed in the Cordoba Futures event, took a 6-2, 7-5 victory over the no. 8 seed, American Adam El Mihdawy, in the championship match. The Peachtree City, Ga., native had defeated the third seed, Fabiano DePaula of Brazil, in the quarter-finals and sixth-seeded Mauricio Echazu of Peru in the semifinals.

Another former Tech star, Dean O’Brien of Johannesburg, South Africa, was the No. 7 seed in the Cordoba tournament and reached the quarterfinals before falling to unseeded Jorge Brian Panta of Peru.

King's rankings as of 5/7/2014 are: 465 singles, 139 doubles.

Daniell reaches Sumter final
Andie Daniell, of Douglesville, Ga., reached the final of the $10K Palmetto Pro Open in Sumter, S.C.

Unseeded Daniell and Sophie Chang fell to Caitlin Whoriskey, formerly of the University of Tennessee, and Sonja Molnar, the top seeds, 6-1, 6-3.

Great finishes at ITF Senior World Championships
Pamela Cooke (USA)/Carolyn Nichols (Marbleton, Ga.) d. Mary Ginnard (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)/Tina Karwasky (USA) 4-6, 6-3, [10-7].

Elite Professional Mike Tammen (Portland) won the men’s 55 division title with partner Daniel Waldman by defeating Wesley Cash (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Mark Vines (Lynchburg, Va.), 6-4, 6-4.

Two Southerners on national team

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced the players and coaches who will represent the United States at the 2014 BNP Paribas World Team Cup.  The nation’s top wheelchair tennis players will compete against participants from around the globe, May 26-June 1, at the Nieuwe Sloot Tennis Centre in Alphen, Netherlands.


The World Team Cup is the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis event, often referred to as the Davis Cup and Fed Cup of wheelchair tennis. The inaugural event was held in California in 1985 involving six men’s teams. The women’s competition began the following year, with quad and junior events introduced in 1998 and 2000, respectively. The event has experienced continued growth since.


Southerners representing the United States at the 2014 BNP Paribas World Team Cup will be:


Women's Team

Emmy Kaiser -- Ft. Mitchell, Ky.


Junior Team

Conner Stroud -- Spindale, N.C.





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