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Florida Player Wins at “Little Mo”/ Smrikva Bowl

July 12, 2005 12:59 PM

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USA Tennis Florida is proud to announce that United States number two seed José Gracia of Delray Beach, FL, defeated European number two seed Lasxlo Gyore in three sets at the Tennis Club Smrikve in Pula, Croatia on Sunday, July 3.  Although the Europeans won the 4th annual “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl by defeating the USA 5-3, our state was represented well by this young tennis hopeful.

“I always mean business when I’m on the court,” José said.
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According to tournament director and event co-founder Mio Bozovic, young Gracia is a very talented player, among the top players in the world.  Through his involvement in this event, Bozovic had the opportunity to get to know the Florida-based Gracia family, whom he respects greatly.  Bozovic, who works in the investment banking business, runs only one tournament per year – the “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl.
“When I see children smiling and playing together although they do not understand each other, it produces an energy that drives the tournament,” Bozovic said.  He emphasized the mission of the tournament:
“Much like the Walt Disney mission, our goal is to spread some values and make families happy.  This tournament brings optimistic culture and the American dream to the European nation – everything is possible in Europe!”

The “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl was created by the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation and the Tennis Club Smrikva, in Pula, Croatia in 2002.  It is the only international tennis competition between the United States and Europe for Boys & Girls 10 and under, and it is named after two prestigious tournaments: the “Little Mo” Nationals which features the best young players in the United States from 7-11 years of age, and the Smrikva Bowl which is one of the top European tournaments for boys and girls.

Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation Executive Vice-President Carol Weyman of Dallas, TX, is the tournament chairman and co-founder.
“This tournament is a wonderful opportunity for our top USA players to have international competition at a young age and the honor to play for their country,” Weyman said.  “The Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation is very pleased with the success of the event and the friendships that have formed between the players.”

The players representing the United States were:  Boys #1 Jeffrey Schorsch (Perrysburg, Ohio), #2 José Gracia (Delray Beach, Florida), #3 Yale Goldberg (Beachwood, Ohio), and Girls #1 Dorothy Tang (Arcadia, California).  The U.S. players were selected from the 2004 “Little Mo” Nationals.

The players representing Europe were:  Boys #1 Matteo Donati (Italy), #2 Laszlo Gyore (Serbia/Montenegro), #3 Gianluigi Quinzi (Italy), #4 Harry Busby (England),  Girls #1 Saska Gavrilovska (Serbia/Montenegro) and Girls #2 Olga Yanchuk (Ukraine) .  The European players were selected from the top players of the Smrikva Bowl.

Donati (Europe) defeated Schorsch (USA), 6-2, 6-4
Gyore (Europe) defeated Schorsch (USA), 6-2, 6-3
Donati (Europe) defeated Gracia (USA), 6-2, 6-2
Gracia (USA) defeated Gyore (Europe), 0-6, 7-6, 10-7
Goldberg (USA) defeated Quinzi (Europe), 4-6, 6-3, 10-8
Goldberg (USA) defeated Busby (Europe), 6-1, 6-2
Gavrilovska (Europe) defeated Tang (USA), 6-2, 6-1
Yanchuk (Europe) defeated Tang (USA), 6-3, 6-3

Final Score:
Europe: 5      USA: 3

The 5th annual event will be held in Croatia on July 9, 2006 at the Smrikve Tennis Club. www.smrikve.com.

This is one of the many events sponsored by the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation to further junior tennis development.  Maureen Connolly, who was known as “Little Mo”, was the first woman to win the Grand Slam at age 18 in 1953.






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