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Floridian Receives National Sportsmanship Award

July 8, 2005 03:13 PM

Newport, RI—Sierra Poske of Ponte Vedra Beach is a true model of what junior tennis is all about. An outstanding junior competitive player on the courts, she is an outstanding humanitarian off the courts.  She is a volunteer for numerous community projects, and Poske has won eight national titles representing Florida and has been named the Florida Times Union’s Player of the Year the past two years. She was the 1999 ATP Gator Bowl Sportsmanship Award winner and received the Team Florida Sportsmanship Award. Attending Wake Forrest University, Poske continues to be a role model for others both on and off the court.

The International Tennis Hall of Fame will present the 2004 Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Awards on Saturday, July 9, prior to the annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The 2004 recipients are Ashwin Kumar, TX, Elizabeth Lumpkin, IL, Taylor Matsumoto, CA, and Sierra Poske, FL.

Presented annually by the Board of Directors of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the four recipients are selected from the 17 sectional nominations of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Awards Committee. Each award winner must be a junior player who exemplifies the finest qualities of sportsmanship in tournament play as well as one who maintains the finest traditions of the great sportsmen/women of tennis, past and present.

The four award winners are the guests of the International Tennis Hall of Fame during Hall of Fame Weekend, July 8-10. Each winner will be presented with their official sportsmanship trophy during the Hall of Fame luncheon on Saturday and will participate in many of the Hall of Fame Weekend events.

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The International Tennis Hall of Fame ATP Foundation Cup Doubles Exhibition will take place on Sunday, July 10 featuring Jim Courier, Jana Novotna, Tom Gullikson and Carling Bassett-Seguso. Start time is 10:00am.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 401-849-6053.

 

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