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Tennis Blog: Carlos de Bracamonte, Boys 16s, 2009 USTA Florida Jr. State Closed

Player Name:  Carlos de Bracamonte  (Boys 16s - Golden Beach, FL)
Blogging From: Jr. State Closed, Florida Tennis Center, Daytona Beach.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Day 2...

This morning I was able to go the Tennis Center and watch some matches, since I was playing at three pm at the Ormond Beach Tennis Center.   I watched my sister play her match.  She lost 6-1; 6-4, but fought hard till the end.  The Boys 16s Division had high quality, hard fought matches, including   losses by the # 4, 12 and 16th seeds.  The high level of competitiveness could be seen not only in matches that resulted in upsets, but also in others such as the one played between my friend Blaine Willenborg, the number one seed, and Chad Miles.  Chad played an excellent first set, and won 6-1.  In the second set, Blaine fought back and won 6-4.  In the third set, Blaine was up 2-1 when it started to pour.  The match resumed later with Blaine taking the third set 6-1.  Another great match was between Brett Clark and Austin Robles.  They split sets, and the rain caused the match to be suspended with Austin having a match point.  Brett fought back and took the match to a third set tiebreak, but Austin prevailed 8-6.  The tournament is over for me as I lost against Luis Elizondo.  He played a solid match.     On Sunday evening, we had dinner with the Willenborgs and Isaac Thylen.


Saturday, June 6, 2009

Day 1 of Florida's Jr. State Closed Championships...

As soon as I woke up, I called my grandfather, who is 91, to congratulate him for his service in the WWII.  He was stationed in Europe for over three years and was part of the forces that landed in Normandy Beach on D-Day. 

The day started looking good, as the eight am matches went on court.  I got to warm up with Blaine Willenborg and then went back to the hotel.  After spending about 20 minutes in the hotel, we were informed that it was raining at the Tennis Center, and matches had been suspended.  We waited in our hotel room for and update.  Later, I had lunch with my family, and we were joined by Emily Groeneveld and her mom.  It was raining extremely hard and it was difficult to get matches going.  As a matter of fact, the Boys 18s division did not get to play today, so they will have to play two rounds on Sunday.  Every year rain creates delays and forces the schedulers to work hard to get the matches going.  It is incredible that they are able to pull it off, considering the fact that there are three divisions of Boys and Girls, with a total of 384 players.  My match was scheduled to be played at noon, but I got on court at around 4:30 pm.  Earlier I warmed up at the courts at the Holiday Inn Express with my friend Laura Wiley, who is playing in the 18s.  I lost my match against Austin Robles 6-3; 6-1.  I thought I played well, but it wasn’t enough.  He has a good serve, and his forehand is extremely heavy with topspin.  He is unseeded, but I’m sure he’ll go deep in the tournament.  We went to an early dinner with the Willenborgs and my sister’s friend Nina Stein and her dad, Rocky.   


Friday, June 5, 2009

We left Miami at around 3:30 pm under heavy rain, which followed us for most of the trip to Daytona.  At times, the downpour was so heavy, that cars pulled over on the side of the road to wait for the rain to let up.  We drove to our hotel, the new Holiday Inn off LPGA Blvd.  We went to the Tennis Center to register and try to hit a few balls, but it was too late, as the gates were being closed as we pulled up.  We ended up hitting on the hard courts of the Holiday Inn Express on International Speedway Blvd., followed by dinner at Olive Garden with the Willenborg family.  When we got back to the hotel, we were very happy to see that it was a brand new facility that had opened only two weeks ago.  The rooms were large and comfortable, with flat screen TVs.  The manager told us that we were the first guest to stay in our room.  This was a great find.  It took us a while to get everything organized, so we are going to bed a little later than we would have liked.  My first round match is scheduled for noon tomorrow, while my sister will be playing a three pm at Ormond Beach.      


Hi, I’m Carlos de Bracamonte, and for the next few days, I’ll be blogging about the 2009 Jr. State Closed Championships.  I have been playing this tournament every year since I was nine years old, and now, I’m in my first year of the 16s.  I’m looking forward to seeing many of my friends who live far from Miami. 

This year, my whole family will be travelling to Daytona, since my sister, Inés, will be playing in her first State Championship.  She is 12, but is playing the 14s because she turns 13 on June 27.  We’re rushing to finish packing and hopefully will leave on time to get to the Tennis Center before six pm, so that we can hit a few balls with my friends Blaine, Roy, and Isaac.  I know Blaine will most definitely be there early.

My least favorite part of the trip is the long drive to Daytona.  I hope we don’t hit traffic.  I’m going to have lunch now, and then leave.  Next blog will come from Daytona.





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