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Awards & Achievements, October 2010

November 5, 2009 06:01 PM
Lindsay Lee-Waters
Catherine Harrison
Bobby Reynolds
al to R: Charlie Hoeveler, Hugh Thomson, Jim Parker, Capt. Ken Robinson
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 October 2010.
 
Kiawah Island named top resort
In their biennial rankings of tennis resorts, Tennis magazine has selected Kiawah Island Golf Resort as the No. 3 tennis resort of the top 50 tennis resorts in the United States. The ranking appeared in their November/December issue, which is currently on newsstands. The criteria not only includes tennis features such as teaching staff, instructional programs, activities, and facilities, it also factors in such amenities as accommodations, comfort, amenities, dining, spas, and other activities. Kiawah moved up one spot from #4 in the 2008 ranking. Tennis Resorts Online, the other major ranking publication, named Kiawah Island Golf Resort as the No. 1 tennis resort in the world.
 
Under the direction of Roy Barth since 1976, the tennis program at Kiawah Island has become one of the finest tennis programs in the country. The combination of Barth’s teaching experience and professional background has made him an integral part of Kiawah’s tennis programs. Barth played professionally for seven years during which time he was ranked in the top 50 in the world and competed against such tennis greats like Borg and Connors. In 1990, he was awarded the PTR Pro of the Year, in 1997, Barth was inducted into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame, and in 1999, he was inducted into the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame. He is currently Chairman of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Davis Cup Committee.
 
Isner, Oudin profiled on Tennis Channel
Tennis Channel is featuring two Southern stars on their show "Tennisography."
 
The biography show began profiling John Isner, originally of Greensboro, N.C., on Oct. 3. The show continues to run throughout the month.
 
Marietta, Ga.'s Melanie Oudin will also be highlighted in the half-hour show beginning Oct. 31.
 
Tennis Channel's schedule can be found by clicking here.
 
Thomson wins gold in Turkey
Antalya, Turkey—The U.S. Britannia Cup team (Men 65 and over) composed of Hugh Thomson (Norcross, GA), Charlie Hoeveler (Ross, CA), Jim Parker (Santa Fe, NM), and team Capt. Ken Robinson (San Carlos, CA) won the gold at the prestigious International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Team Tennis Championships held Oct. 11-17 on the red clay courts of the Ali Bey Club Manavgat tennis resort. The team sponsored by the USTA defeated France 3-0 in the final match.
 
The Americans were undefeated in the round robin group competition. They defeated South Africa and Finland to earn their way into the finals playoff round. The Americans then defeated Australia and France to win the gold and defend the title they won in 2009 in Perth, Australia. This team was so dominant that they won every match 3-0.
 
After the team competition, Thomson played in the individual championships and reached the quarterfinals in singles and the semis in doubles. All in all it was a great two weeks for Thomson as he received a gold in the team competition and a bronze in the doubles event of the M65’s of the individuals. This culminates a great year for Thomson which saw him win the U.S. National M65 Clay court championships.
 
Mallory Burdette talks about her college success
Mallory Burdette, who plays at Stanford with her sister, Lindsay, is interviewed in an extensive article about her college success on USTA.com. Click here for the Q&A.
 
Harrison defeats Reynolds in Calabasas doubles
Youth won over experience between two Southern players at the $50,000 USTA Men's Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas in California.
 
Ryan Harrison, the 18-year-old who grew up in Shreveport, La., teamed up with Travis Rettenmaier for the first time. They knocked off Bobby Reynolds and South Africa's Rik De Voest 6-3, 6-3 to win the doubles trophy.
 
Reynolds, who hails from Acworth, Ga. is now 28 years old. He's ranked 184 in the world, nine spots lower than Harrison, who is No. 175.
 
Ditty Takes Doubles Title in Kansas City
Julie Ditty won her second doubles USTA Pro Circuit tournament of the year at the $50,000 Q Hotel + Spa Women's Pro Tennis Classic in Kansas City, Mo. Oct. 10.
 
Ditty, of Ashland, Ky., teamed up with Abigail Spears to defeat former Georgia Tech player Irina Falconi and Lauren Albanese 6-2, 4-6, [10-3].
 
Ditty and long-time Tennessee resident Carly Gullickson won the Charlottesville doubles crown in May.
 
Lee-Waters wins doubles, reaches final
Lindsay Lee-Waters won her second straight doubles title when she and Megan Moulton-Levy won the Lexus of Las Vegas Open. They defeated former Georgia Tech player Irini Falconi and Maria Sanchez 1-6, 7-5, [10-4].
 
Last month Lee-Waters, a resident of Dunwoody, Ga. won the doubles of the $75,000 Colemanvision Tennis Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., with Megan Moulton-Levy.
 
Herring prevails in all-Southern final
Greenville, N.C.'s Lauren Herring defeated Catherine Harrison to win the Amelia Island $10,000 Women's Tennis Championships 6-2, 6-3. Harrison is from Germantown, Tenn.
 
Talyor Townsend, of Stockbridge, Ga., advanced to the second round of the USTA Pro Circuit tournament but fell to the top-seed Olga Puchkova 6-3, 6-3.

Guerry wins 30th national title
Zan Guerry, of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., and partner Fred Robinson of Charlotte, N.C. won the PowerAde USTA National Men's 55s Clay Court doubles championship Sunday at the Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Ga.
 
Robinson also won the singles title with a 6-3; 4-6; 6-1 win over third-seed Sal Castillo.
 
Click here for the story written by B.B. Branton of the Chattanoogan.com.

Due to a injury default, second-seeded Guerry and Robinson won the finals against Castillo-Claude England.

In the semis, Guerry-Robinson defeated No.4 John Callen-Marvin Pearson, both of Johns Creek, Ga., 7-5, 6-2.

Guerry's championship on Sunday is his 30th USTA national tennis title, with the first coming in the 11s singles in July 1960 played at Manker Patten Tennis Club in Chattanooga, Tenn. Guerry has won 13 junior titles and 17 senior championships, taking at least one USTA national singles or doubles championship in six straight decades; 1960s-2010s. Guerry has won at least two titles on each of four surfaces; clay, grass, hard and indoor.
 
Mr. Guerry became Chattam, Inc.'s chairman of the board and chief executive officer in June 1990, which produces BullFrog, IcyHot, GoldBond and other well-known products.
 
Chattem is a long-time major partner of USTA Southern, including the extended string of important junior tournaments called the BullFrog/USTA Southern Designated Schedule. The Zan Guerry Clubhouse at Manker Patten Tennis Club, in Chattanooga, is named for the local star.
 
Guery has been inducted into the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame, the Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame and Tennessee Tennis Hall of Fame, along with those for Rice University, Lookout Mountain and Baylor School.
 

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