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Florida Junior Chosen for US Team at 19th Maureen Connolly Brinker Cup

May 27, 2005 10:25 AM
The United States Team and the Australian Team for the 19th annual BONNEBELL MCB Cup have been finalized by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Tennis Australia.  The event alternates countries each year and it is officially sanctioned by both nations. This year, the event will be hosted by the Peninsula Tennis Club in Burlingame, California from June 3- 5, 2005.

The BONNEBELL MCB Cup match features six of the top Girls’ 14 from the United States and Australia.  Fifteen matches will be played over three days.  The United States leads the competition in victories:  15 – 3.

The United States Team members are:

Brittany Augustine – Sherman Oaks, California
Asia Muhammad – Henderson, Nevada
Lauren Embree – Marco Island, Florida
Julia Boserup – Los Angeles, California
Mallory Burdette – Jackson, Georgia
Melanie Oudin – Marietta, Georgia
Debbie Graham Shaffer – Newport Beach, California (USA Team Captain)

The Australian Team members are:

Mishma Kumar
Toni Lind
Sally Peers
Isabella Holland
Ashleigh Richardson
Paige Thomas
Annabel Ellwood (Australian Team Captain)

This competition began in 1977 when Jess Bell, president of the Bonne Bell Company and Mrs. Frank A. Jeffett, president of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation, decided to create a competition between the USA and Australia to promote the development of junior girls’ tennis. Bonne Bell was the first sponsor of the event and also donated the magnificent silver Bonne Bell Trophy.

It is a very competitive match where both teams are playing for the honor of their country.  The United States Tennis Association selects the USA team (along with the MCB Tennis Foundation) and Tennis Australia selects their team according to International Tennis Federation regulations.

This event is one of the many tournaments presented by the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation to further junior tennis development in the United States and around the world.





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