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USTA Florida Loses a Former Junior Tennis Player

January 26, 2007 04:12 PM

USTA Florida would like to offer our deepest sympathy to the family of Kyle D. Porter.  Kyle was involved in a tragic car accident Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007 on State Road 80 near West Palm Beach, Fla.  The funeral service will be held at Vista Memorial Funeral Home Sunday at 1:00p.m. in Miami Lakes. 

Kyle was a former nationally ranked USTA junior tennis player for the Florida section and played in the junior circuit with tennis greats James Blake, Andy Roddick, and Vincent Spadea.  Prominent highlights in his junior and professional career include title wins in both singles and doubles for the Florida State Championships in 1997 and a full tennis scholarship to Vanderbilt University.  Below is Kyle’s tennis record with USTA Florida:

1997
State singles Boys 18 Champion
State doubles Boys 18 Champion with Alex Hur
USTA FL ranking #3   Boys 18
USTA National ranking #10 Boys 18—top ten in the nation

1996
USTA FL ranking #10 Boys 18
USTA National ranking #23 Boys 18

1995
USTA FL ranking #7 Boys 16
USTA National ranking #15 Boys 16

1994
USTA FL ranking #24 Boys 16
No national ranking.

Kyle is survived by his father Ron, mother Doris and younger brother Derek.  His family is deeply rooted in the sport industry as Ron Porter, two-time Super Bowl player and veteran NFL star linebacker, was recently named President of the NFL Alumni-South Florida.  Doris has volunteered with the Chris Evert Tennis Academy and the Andy Roddick Foundation for 12 years, and she currently serves as Director of Public Relations for NFL Alumni-South Florida.  Kyle’s brother Derek, age 22, just graduated from UNC where he played NCAA Division I tennis and was captain of the team.  Kyle was 27 when he passed away.

Please show your support for Kyle and his family. 

Donations made in his memory can be mailed to:

Here’s Help Inc.
In memory of Kyle Porter
15100 NW 27th Ave.
Opa Locka, FL 33054

Cards, flowers or any other kind gesture may be mailed to:

The Porter Family
3960 NW 99th Ave.
Coral Springs, FL 33065

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