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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): Townsend Sweeps Australian Open; JU Cancels Tennis

January 30, 2012 08:51 AM
American Townsend Sweeps Australian Open Girls' Singles and Doubles

townsend taylor 2011Fifteen-year-old Taylor Townsend, who trains full-time at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., won both the junior singles and doubles titles at the 2012 Australian Open.

In the singles final she beat Yulia Putintseva, 17, of Russia, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, and a day earlier partnered with 15-year-old Gabrielle Andrews of Pomona, Calif., to win the girls' doubles title. 

"If you just compete and work really hard, anything is possible," Townsend said. "You know, the family support and the support of people that are around you is key."  

Townsend is the first American to sweep the junior singles and doubles titles at a Grand Slam event since Lindsay Davenport in 1992 at the US Open. She is now the only American to ever sweep the junior singles and doubles titles at a Grand Slam event outside the U.S.

Townsend is the top-ranked player in the USTA Girls' 18s National Standings.

Jacksonville University Cancels Men's, Women's Tennis Programs
ju-logoIn a vote by the Board of Trustees, Jacksonville University will be discontinuing both the men's and women's tennis programs at the end of the 2012 season.

"We at JU, like many large and small athletic programs across the country, are trying to maximize our athletic spending into better balance with the other areas of our campus," said JU President Dr. Kerry Romesburg. "We are in an unfortunate time, when a number of colleges are eliminating sports in order to better contain costs, and this is what has caused JU to reassess ours commitment across our broad array of NCAA sports. Tennis is a program in which we invest a substantial amount of funding based on the roster size, and our recommendation has nothing to do with dissatisfaction with our program, our coaches, or our student-athletes. It is driven completely by the rising cost of athletics in general, and an attempt to better focus our limited athletic resources. We realize this is a difficult and unpopular decision, especially since there are many advocates for the program and very few detractors. However, it is the best decision for our university."

JU will honor all scholarship commitments for their full terms or give players their full releases. Any student-athlete that has eligibility remaining will be able to transfer to the school of their choice without sitting out a year.

Black Runner-up at Les Petits As Tennis

tornado blackBoca Raton's Alicia "Tornado Ali" Black finished runner-up at the prestigious 14-and-under Les Petits As tennis tournament in Tarbes, France over the weekend, losing in the final to No. 11 seed and 13-year-old Jacqueline Cristian of Romania 6-2, 6-3.

The 13-year-old Black was seeded No. 4. In December-January Black has reached finals at the Junior Orange Bowl, the Aegon Junior International Teen Tennis event in Bolton, England, and now Les Petits As.

The boys' final was an all-American affair as Frances Tiafoe defeated William Blumberg 6-0, 6-2. Tiafoe also won the doubles title with partner Michael Mmoh of Bradenton, Fla.

Forty-nine nations competed in Les Petits As in 2012.






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