Awards & Achievements, September 2013

August 20, 2013 11:52 AM
Rod Spence won Men's B doubles with Eddie Hawkins.
Shelby Rogers
Melanie Oudin reacts during her stunning run at the 2009 U.S. 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 September 2013.
Oudin, Young, Reynolds triumph on last weekend
Metro Atlanta-based players had a wonderful final Sunday of September with three titles on the USTA Pro Circuit.
Atlanta's Donald Young continued his long string of wins in California and won the Napa Vally Challenger. Young's victory in the $50,000 tournament was punctuated with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over former BB&T Atlanta Open doubles champion Matthew Ebden.
Bobby Reynolds isn't letting his age of 31 get in the way of his success. He teamed with Australian John-Patrick Smith to win the Napa doubles. They beat Americans Steve Johnson and Tim Smyczek 6-4, 7-6(2).
Marietta's Melanie Oudin won her first title since last October. She defeated CoCo Vandeweghe 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 in the $50,000 Party Rock Open in Las Vegas. 
Caitlin Whoriskey, of Knoxville, Tenn. reached the Las Vegas doubles final. She and Denise Muresan fell to Vandeweghe and Tamira Paszek 6-4, 6-2.
Rogers takes Albuquerque title
Daniel Island, S.C.'s Shelby Rogers won the $75,000 ColemanVision Tennis Championships with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Anna Tatishvili of the country of Georgia. Rogers was the eighth seed. The tournament was played in Albuquerque, N.M.
In doubles, the Southern combination of Melanie Oudin, of Marietta, Ga., and Taylor Townsend, who grew up in Stockbridge, Ga., reached the final of the USTA/ITF Pro Circuit event. They lost to the third-seeded Eleni Daniilidou and CoCo Vandeweghe 6-4, 7-6(2).
Evans to address Grand Slam Coaches Conference

USTA NC Board member and Chairman of the Pro Relations committee as well as Champion Hills Club Director of Tennis & Wellness, Lane Evans, has been invited to and will speak at the Grand Slam Coaches Conference in Melbourne, Australia during the 2014 Australian Open January 13-26 at Melbourne Park.

Evans will present his “Build Them and They Will Come: Training and Teaching Seniors in Today’s Market” lecture in which he discusses how he came to develop fitness and tennis programs specifically designed for seniors and how they have been able to learn and achieve physically far beyond their years. He has successfully presented the topic at several tennis and fitness workshops around the country this year, including Atlanta, Memphis, Oklahoma City and later this fall in Knoxville, TN.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase a body of work that we have been perfecting here at Champion Hills Club over the past several years,” stated Evans. “Our members have really taken hold of my ideas and concepts associated with stability training, flexibility, balance and range of motion. I train senior golfers, tennis players and those just looking for better functional movement in their day to day lives. Our members are very active and health conscious. I have had 25-year olds that could not do the exercises that some of my 86-year olds can do.  It is a proud day here for all of us both at Champion Hills, Hendersonville and North Carolina tennis.”

Evans is the current President of the United States Professional Tennis Association North Carolina Chapter, he also sits on the USTA NC Board of Directors, is Chairman of the USTA NC Pro Relations Committee and is on the USPTA Sports Science and USPTA Education National Committees.  He is certified as a fitness trainer, Senior Fitness Specialist, Tennis Performance and Sports Science by the International Tennis Performance Association and the United States Tennis Association.

Southerns Shine at PTR Wheelchair Championship in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Dan Lachman, of Hoover, AL won the Men’s A Singles and A Doubles titles, the latter with Miles Thompson, of Tuscaloosa, AL.  The duo defeated Larry Keeter, of Charlotte, NC and Don Shapiro, of Augusta, GA, 6-2, 6-2.

The Men’s B Singles title went to Jerry Vaughn, of Hampton, GA.  The #3 seed knocked out the #2 seed, Stu Contact, of Boca Raton, FL 7-6(3), 6-3.

Southern members also captured the Men’s B Doubles win.  Eddie Hawkins, of Asheville, NC, partnered with Rod Spence of Charlotte, NC.  The unseeded team took the win from top seeds Jerry Vaughn, of Hampton, GA, and Victor Vaughn, of AR, in straight sets 6-2, 6-0.

Top seed team of David Hartsek, of Lexington KY, and Tom Dodd, of MA, defeated #2 seeds Roger Sorg, of Hilton Head and Cole Wooten, of Augusta, GA to take home the Men’s C Doubles title 6-1, 6-0.

David Jordan, #1 seed from Chapel Hill, TN, won the Quad Open Singles Consolation by defeating Pani Herath, of FL, 6-0, 6-1.