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Awards & Achievements, January 2011

January 10, 2011 05:41 PM
John Isner
2010 USTA Southern Intersectional team has won the title 11of the last 13 years.
Ryan Harrison
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 January 2011.
 
Harrison takes singles & doubles crowns in Honolulu
No.6 seed Ryan Harrison defeated Alex Kuznetsov 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 for the singles title of the 2011 Honolulu Challenger, a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger event, at the Pasty T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park, January 23 – 30.
 
Harrison and partner Travis Rettenmaier claimed the doubles title by walkover. Robert Kendrick – of the No.2 seeded team together with Kuznetsov – pulled out due to injury.
 
 "I was really happy with the way I was playing today, especially in the third set," said Harrison who lost his serve rhythm in the second set due to a two-hour rain delay, "I’m looking forward to continuing it throughout this season."
 
Harrison was born in Shreveport, La.
 
"He came out playing much better after the rain delays," said Harrison who was up 5-2 in the third, but gave away two games before closing it out and taking the title. "I had to settle back in, settle myself down and start to play a more positive, aggressive game style towards the end of the game."
 
Harrison earned his place by taking out No.1 seed Michael Russell in yesterday’s semifinal match. Harrison who won this year’s USTA Australian Open Wild Card Playoff and competed in the 2011 Australian Open last week The 18-year-old Harrison had a breakout season in 2010, establishing himself as one of the rising stars in men’s tennis.
 
"He’s one hell of a player," said Kuznetsov who has beat Harrison twice before. "He’s young and has a bright future ahead."
 
Kuznetsov, who took out two seeds – No.8 Jesse Witten and No. 5 Bobby Reynolds, of Acworth, Ga., each in three sets, en route to the finals. This is Kuznetsov’s third showing in Hawaii. In November 2004, he played both the Waikoloa Futures and Honolulu Futures and lost in the semifinals, both to Wayne Odesnik.
 
"This match could have gone either way today," said Harrison. "He’s obviously been a dominance on the tour for the U.S., especially on the Challenger Circuit for the last couple years. I look forward to having more battles with him in the years to come."
 
The 2011 Honolulu Challenger presented by American Saving Bank was held at the Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park Tennis Complex, 94-801 Kamehameha Highway in Waipahu, and runs January 23 – 30, 2011.
 
USTA Teams To Play ITF Championships Include Seniors Southerners
The USTA announced the players who will represent the United States at the 31st ITF Seniors World Team Championships. The event is the senior tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup, with the top American amateur tennis players representing their countries in men’s and women’s age groups from 35 to 55-plus. This year’s event will be held February 21-26th, in Christchurch, New Zealand.
 
The United States will be defending championships in five of the 10 divisions at the Men’s and Women’s Seniors Championships. American teams finished in the top three in eight of the ten divisions last year.
The ITF Seniors World Team Championships is the most coveted team event on the ITF Seniors circuit. Since its inception in 1981, the number of competitors in this event has increased each year. In 1993, the ITF made the decision to divide the Seniors World Championships into two groups -- Seniors (35-55+) and Super-Seniors (60-80+ for men and 60-75+ for women). The Super-Seniors competition will be held later this year.
 
Following the ITF Seniors World Team Championships, the World Individual Championships will take place February 27 – March 6 at the same location.
 
Below is a list of the Southern players representing the United States at the 2011 ITF Seniors World Team Championships.
 
Austria Cup-Men’s 55 & over
Fred Robinson, Charlotte, NC
Tom Smith, Alpharetta, GA-Captain
 
Suzanne Lenglen Cup- Women’s 35 & over
Carolina Blouin, Raleigh, NC
 
Margaret Court Cup- Women’s 45 & over
Fran Chandler, Jackson, TN-Captain
Mariana Hollman, Winston-Salem, NC
 
Maria Esther Bueno Cup- Women’s 50 & over
Diane Fishburne, Charleston, SC
 
Southern team takes Men's Intersectional title
The USTA Southern men's Intersectional team dominated again at the national competition late last year. Southern men have won the title 11 out of the last 13 years.
 
Southern finished with a 13-2 record against teams from the Texas, Midwest and Middle States sections. Team members were: Rob Castorri, Mel Collazo, Steve Duffel, Ray Pascale, Horace Reid and Oliver Scott.
 
Click here for more results and information.

Isner leads U.S. to Hopman Cup title
John Isner won two matches in the Hopman Cup final to give the U.S. a 2-1 victory over Belgium.
 
Isner, of Greensboro, N.C., watched as Bethanie Mattek-Sands lost to former No. 1 Justine Henin 7-6, 6-3 in the opening match of the final. Then, Isner evened the score, beating Ruben Bemelmans 6-3, 6-4 to set up a mixed-doubles rubber match.
 
Isner and Mattek-Sands dominated the Belgian duo of Henin and Bemelmans 6-1, 6-3 to post a 2-1 victory at the jam-packed Burswood Entertainment Complex.
 
3 of 8 players invited to camp are from Southern
Three of the eight players selected for the USTA Player Development University Match Play Camp to be held January 18-20 versus University of Miami, University of Central Florida and the University of Florida are from the Southern Section
 
USTA National Coach, Kathy Rinaldi will be conducting the training camp for players born in 1995 and 1996. Congratulations to the players selected to attend.
 
Lauren Herring, Greenville, NC
Mia King, Hendersonville, NC
Taylor Townsend, Stockbridge, GA
Samantha Crawfod, Tamarac, FL
Caroline Doyle, San Francisco, CA
Victoria Duval, Bradenton, FL
Krista Hardebeck, Santa Ana, CA
Sachia Vickery, Miramar, FL
 
 

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