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2007 Jr. State Closed Championships

June 11, 2007 11:29 AM

Race to the Top


Close matches, hot weather and exceptional tennis have encapsulated the first three days of the 2007 USTA Florida Jr. State Closed Championship at the Florida Tennis Center Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach Tennis Center and Sanlando Tennis Center in Altamonte Springs.  Match play started bright and early on Saturday, June 9 for 576 top junior tennis players from all over the state of Florida.  From a four hour battle on the courts between 4th seed Kenneth Sabacinski and Philip S. Gordon in the Boys 14s, to a match that came down to a third set tiebreaker at 10:45 p.m. between 15th seed Evan Bernstein and Simon Miller in the Boys 18s, the tournament is definitely delivering what it promised.

On Saturday, June 9 at 7 p.m. three top tennis experts held a College Forum at the Florida Tennis Center for 52 players and parents.  Andy Brandi, Co-Director at Harold Solomon Tennis Academy, Elke Juul, Administer of Collegiate Competition for the USTA, and Kelly Jones, former world No. 1 doubles player, discussed topics including:

• What coaches look for in recruits
• Making yourself more marketable
• What is USTA doing for college tennis
• Foreigners in college tennis
• Online learning
• Doubles in junior tennis

On Sunday, June 10 at the Best Western in Altamonte Springs, Maria Cercone, Director of Tennis at Bardmoor Country Club, presented “Scheduling for Success” to 13 12-and-under players and parents.  Maria discussed a long term schedule for managing training and planning tournament play, all important in preparing junior tennis players for a successful future. 

Extra, Extra, Read All About It...
If you haven’t read entries from our two bloggers, Edward Corty (boys 14s) and Bianca Sanon (Girls 16s), now is your chance!  Read about their pre-competition rituals, how they performed, and what they like to do in their spare time.
• Edward Corty
• Bianca Sanon

The Results Are In...

Boys 18s Singles – Top Draw Bottom Draw
Boys 16s Singles – Top Draw Bottom Draw
Boys 14s Singles – Top Draw Bottom Draw
Boys 12s Singles – Top Draw Bottom Draw
Boys 10s Singles – Draw

Girls 18s Singles – Top Draw Bottom Draw
Girls 16s Singles – Top Draw Bottom Draw
Girls 14s Singles – Top Draw Bottom Draw
Girls 12s Singles – Top Draw Bottom Draw
Girls 10s Singles – Draw

For up-to-date information about draws, sponsors and photos from the event, visit the Jr. State Closed Micro Site.

Thanks to all sponsors of the Jr. State Closed Championship. From delicious dining and beautiful hotels, to sport organizations and tennis academies; your contribution means a lot to the kids!

Official event sponsors:
Bollettieri Tennis Academy
Ed Krass’ College Tennis Academy
Kelly Jones Tennis
Performance Tennis Academy
Florida Virtual Schools
People to People Sports
DDA Sports
Gustavo Granitto Tennis Consultancy Inc.

Official Restaurant Sponsors:
Cancun Lagoon
Inlet Harbor

Official hotels of USTA Florida events held at the Florida Tennis Center:
* Mention USTA Florida for discounted rate. Go to official hotel site.
• Bahama House, A1A
800-571-2001 or 386-248-2001
• Best Western Aku Tiki, A1A
800-258-8454 or 386-252-9631
• Courtyard Marriott, International Speedway
800-321-2211 or 386-255-3388
• Residence Inn, Richard Petty Blvd
• Hampton Inn Speedway, International Speedway
• Hilton Garden Inn, International Speedway
• Holiday Inn Express, International Speedway
• Jameson Inn, Daytona/Ormond Beach






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