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Awards & Achievements, March 2011

February 7, 2011 09:41 AM
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 March 2011.
Southern players finish in top three in Senior World Team Championships
Three Southern players were among the U.S. teams that finished in the top four in the 31st ITF Seniors World Team Championships, held February 21-26th, in New Zealand.
The U.S. successfully defended its titles in three of the six divisions at the event, including the Young Cup, Maria Esther Bueno Cup and Maureen Connolly Cup. Although no one was hurt in the wake of the earthquake that struck Christchurch, there was severe damage to the host tennis facility, resulting in the cancelation of all four ITF Seniors World Championships Cups (Italia, Dubler, Fred Perry and Margaret Court Cup) scheduled to take place there. As a result, the American teams will still be recognized as the reigning champions of the Fred Perry Cup and Margaret Court Cup in 2012.
Fran Chandler, of Jackson, Tenn., wrote a blog for this website from Christchurch, even though her event was cancelled. Click here to read her blog. Chandler, along with Mariana Hollman, of Winston-Salem, N.C., were on the Margaret Court Cup team.
The ITF Seniors World Team Championships is the top team event on the ITF Seniors circuit. Since its inception in 1981, the number of competitors attracted to this event has increased each year. In 1993, the ITF took the decision to divide the Seniors World Championships into two groups – Seniors (35 to 55-plus) and Super-Seniors (60 to 80-plus for men and 60 to 75-plus for women).
Below is the list of Southerners from the 2011 Championships:
Maria Esther Bueno Cup- Women’s 50 & over (1st Place – USA def. Australia, 2-1)
Diane Fishburne, Charleston, SC
Austria Cup-Men’s 55 & over (3rd Place - USA def. Mexico, 2-1)
Fred Robinson, Charlotte, NC
Suzanne Lenglen Cup- Women’s 35 & over (4th Place – Great Britain def. USA, 2-1)
Carolina Blouin, Raleigh, NC
Margaret Court Cup- Women’s 45 & over (Canceled)
Fran Chandler, Jackson, TN-Captain
Mariana Hollman, Winston-Salem, NC
Harrison goes deep at Indian Wells
Things were looking great for Ryan Harrison in the Californian desert until he ran into a tennis icon: Roger Federer.
Harrison, a Shreveport, La., native, advanced to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. His biggest win was over Canadian phenom Milos Raonic 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-4 in the third round. Harrison pushed Federer, especially in the first set. But, the famed Swiss took command to win 7-6(4), 6-3.
The 18-year-old's ranking will notably rise from No. 152 before the tournament.
During the tournament, Donald Young, of Atlanta, had the biggest win of his pro career. He defeated Australian Open finalist and No. 4 Andy Murray 7-6(4), 6-3 in the second round.
Kaiser Named to U.S. Team to Compete in Wheelchair Tennis
The USTA announced the players and coaches who will represent the United States at the 2011 World Team Cup. The nation’s top wheelchair tennis players will compete against participants from around the globe, April 25–May 1, on the hard courts of the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa. The university, which is one of three ITF regional training centers, has 22 hard courts and is also the main training base for able-bodied tennis players in South Africa.
Emmy Kaiser, of Ft. Mitchell, Ky., was named a player on the women's team. Keri Preng, of Cold Spring, Ky., was named the coach of the juniors team.



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