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Unseeded Bangoura Wins ITF Grade 3 Jr. Event

August 30, 2009 07:00 PM
Unseeded Sekou Coker Bangoura of Bradenton won the ITF Grade 3-level U.S. Junior International Hard Court Championships last week in Allenwood, N.J., defeating No. 6 seed Oliver Golding of Great Britain 6-3, 7-6(10) in the final.

In the semifinals Bangoura won an all-unseeded battle against New York's Shaun Bernstein 6-2, 6-2.

The 17-year-old Bangoura has thrived in singles and doubles this summer, finishing runner-up at the USTA National Boys 18 Hard Courts.

His father, Sekou Bangoura, was a former senior instructor at the Bollettieri Academy before founding the Sekou Bangoura International Tennis Academy in Sarasota.

Bangoura, who began playing tennis at age 3, has also been ranked Top 50 in the country in chess, and is an accomplished golfer and piano player.

"I love challenges," he told the Mobile Press-Register earlier this year. "At first, when my dad started teaching me chess, he use to crush me. But I'd want to play more and more so I could beat him. That was my goal when I was younger, beating him. I guess it's manifested."






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