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Awards & Achievements, April 2011

February 7, 2011 09:41 AM
Mac Styslinger
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 April 2011.
 
Big month for three juniors
Taylor Townsend, of Stockbridge, Ga., won the Easter Bowl ITF Tennis Championships girls' 18s doubles crown and the USTA International Spring Championships girls' 18s doubles title. Her partner in both tournaments was Gabrielle Andrews, of Pomona, Calif.
 
Birmingham, Ala.'s Mac Styslinger was a finalist in boys' singles and doubles in the Easter Bowl ITF Tennis Championships and a singles finalist in the USTA International Spring Championships. He also won an ITF tournament in Costa Rica recently. He has qualified for entry into the main draws of the four 2011 junior Grand Slam tournaments.
 
In girls' 18s singles, Grace Min, of Lawrenceville, Ga., was a semifinalist both tournaments.
 
Four juniors get nod for French Open Wild Card Playoffs
The USTA announced that six men and six women have been invited to participate in its 2011 French Open Wild Card Playoffs, held April 20-22 at the Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla.
 
Four of the invitees are from USTA Georgia.
 
Jordan Cox (Duluth, Ga.), the 2009 Wimbledon boys’ singles runner-up; Donald Young (Atlanta), who recently upset world No. 5 Andy Murray en route to the third round at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. and won the $50,000 Tallahassee Tennis Challenge; Irina Falconi (Atlanta), the former collegiate All-American who successfully qualified for both the 2010 US Open and the 2011 Australian Open and Grace Min (Duluth, Ga.), who was the runner-up at the 2010 Dunlop Orange Bowl.
 
The USTA and the French Tennis Federation have a reciprocal agreement in which men’s and women’s singles main draw wild cards into the 2011 French Open and the 2011 US Open are exchanged. Ryan Sweeting, who won his first ATP World Tour title at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships earlier this month, and Christina McHale, who recently broke into the WTA Top 100, won the 2010 playoffs to earn wild cards into the 2010 French Open. Seedings are based on this week’s ATP World Tour and WTA rankings. Matches will start at 10am ET each day. For the initial draws and today’s order of play, please see the attached document.
 
Townsend named to Junior Fed Cup team
The USTA announced today Taylor Townsend, of Stockbridge, Ga., was among the top American juniors who will represent the United States in the qualifying events for the Junior Fed Cup (16-and-under) by BNP Paribas. The event features a four-team round robin competition April 29 – May 1 in Merida, Mexico. Other nations participating include: Mexico, Canada, Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
 
The Junior Fed Cup World Finals will be held September 27 – October 2 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. As the host country, Mexico’s teams automatically qualify for the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Finals, meaning only one other team from each division will advance from the qualifying event in Mexico to the 16-nation World Final.
 
Townsend trains full-time at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla. Her coach on the team will be Kathy Rinaldi.
 
Young, Reynolds victorious in Tallahassee
Donald Young is having one of this best years ever. The 21-year-old Atlantan had already scored a huge win over No. 5 Andy Murray 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open. Additionally, he defeated Potito Starace, randked No. 47 in the world, to set up his match with Murray.
 
In the $50,000 Tallahassee Tennis Challenge he took down James Blake 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 in the semis and then ousted Wayne Odesnik 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to take the title. Young broke back into the Top 100 with a ranking of No. 98.
 
Bobby Reynolds, of Acworth, Ga. and Canadian Basek Pospisil defeated Go Soeda, of Japan, and Brit James Ward 6-2, 6-4 to take the doubles crown.
 
Oudin named to eight consecutive Fed Cup team
The USTA and U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez announced today that her core group of Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Melanie Oudin, and former world No. 1 doubles player Liezel Huber will be joined by Christina McHale, who recently broke into the top 100 for the first time, in representing the U.S. against Germany in the 2011 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Playoff in Stuttgart, Germany, April 16-17. Mattek-Sands, Oudin and Huber led the U.S. to consecutive Fed Cup finals the past two seasons, while McHale made her only Fed Cup appearance in the 2010 first round against France. A victory against the Germans will ensure that the U.S. can contend for the 2012 title.
 
Venus Williams has committed to attend the tie and support her compatriots, though she is not expected to play for the U.S. due to injury.
 
The best-of-five match series begins on Saturday, April 16 with two singles matches and is followed by two reverse singles matches and the doubles match on Sunday, April 17. Tennis Channel will present daily coverage beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday and 12:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.
 
Oudin, 19, has been named to the U.S. Fed Cup team for eight consecutive ties since making her debut in the 2009 World Group quarterfinal. She owns a 5-6 career singles record in Fed Cup competition, and earned the only point for the U.S. in the 2010 final when she beat 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in straight sets. In 2009, Oudin defeated former World No. 1 Jelena Jankovic en route to a fourth round appearance at Wimbledon, and made headlines when she upset 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Elena Dementieva and former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova in three set matches to become the youngest American quarterfinalist at the US Open since 1999. She is currently ranked No. 75 in the world.
 
 

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