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Day 2 - USTA Boys' & Girls' 12 Spring Nationals

April 10, 2007 08:29 AM


Delray Beach, FL (April 9, 2007) — With foreboding clouds looming overhead, in the Sea Island Resorts USTA Boys' & Girls' 12 Spring National Championships hosted by the City of Delray Beach (April 8-14, 2007), Monday afternoon's skies were looking more spotted with dark clouds than our generously ripened bananas.

To the left of the chair, weighing in at 5 2'' and certainly no more than 80 lbs, stood 6th grader, Roy Lederman (Miami, FL) playing unseeded, Anthony Su (Irvine, CA). Not the skies, the gusty winds, nor ferocious body aches could put a splint in the Boys' 12 #3 seed. As if the clouds and winds weren't sufficient, Roy Lederman began to feel a serious cramp at 2-2 in the second set. After battling to 3-3, the recently-turned-12-year-old finally gained the 4-3 lead with a gutsy dropshot which threw Su into the bottom of the net. Then, gaining the lead for the first time in the second set, Lederman pounded down gulps of electrolyte-packed lemon-lime Gatorade (which conveniently matched the color of his opponent's Wilson racquet) during the 5-4 changeover, hoping to relieve his cramps. As Lederman got up to serve for the set and match, he knew in the forefront of his mind if he let this game slip through his nimble fingers, he could risk losing the match if his cramping worsened.

Uh oh—ad-in Lederman, his second match point—even the umpire was biting his nails. After 14 balls of topspin golden-like arches, Su hit his last ball just a few inches long, awarding the game, set, & match to the Miamian.

Devouring a cinnamon raisin granola-bar while listening intently to his father's  'tennis-talk' on the ride over to Boca Raton's Swim & Racquet Center on St. Andrews, Lederman would never have thought that cramps would add to the pressure of a National event. "I had to try very hard to ignore the cramps," said the eventual winner. "I kept thinking of Rafa [Nadal] and how he would keep fighting no matter what." For Lederman, the self-proclaimed trilingual [English, Spanish, & French], his game plan was to use his forehand a lot and look for the short ball to move in on. As the Delray Beach Boys' 12 Player of the Day, we'd like to say: "¡Vamos, Roy!

The round of 64 matches were all about keeping the girls' seeds implanted in the maindraw, to continue to sprout wins in the USTA Girls' 12 Spring National Championships. There were only two mutations in this chorus-line of expected wins, those were anointed to Sarah Pravder (Miami, FL) upsetting Nicole Paola Vega-Feijoo (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) and to Delray Beach Girls' Player of the Day (drum roll, please) Jennifer Brady (Boca Raton, FL) with an upset over #27 seed Claudia Li (Jericho, NY) in a fierce battle—3-6, 6-3, 6-3—favoring Boca's Brady. But this afternoon proved just how insatiable this little lady was. Clearly, Jennifer was not satisfied with her earlier contest and she went on to drag her doubles partner and fellow Boca neighbor, Madison Keys (Boca Raton, FL) into yet another slugfest with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Annie Dimuro (Chester, NJ) and Emily Safron (New York, NY), #9 seed in doubles draw— and another upset! Good day for Miss Brady and that is why she is our Girls' 12 City of Delray Beach Player of the Day!

Don't miss this rare, exciting and FREE opportunity to see tomorrow's stars that will carry the tennis torch when passed on from Andy, James, Serena and Venus, all players who have taken the USTA National road to their success. Girls' matches start daily at 9:00 AM at the Delray Swim & Tennis Club (2350 Jaeger Dr., Delray Beach) while the boys' matches start at 11:00 AM at the Swim & Racquet Center (21626 St. Andrews, Boca Raton) and Boca West Country Club (20583 Boca West Dr., Boca Raton). Also stay tuned to The Tennis Channel as both the Boys' and Girls' Singles Championships will be nationally televised. Please check your local listings and be sure to ASK FOR YOUR TENNIS CHANNEL TV!

For further information, including volunteering and sponsorship opportunities, please call the tournament office at (561) 330-6003.

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