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Preview - USTA Boys’ & Girls’ 12’s National Spring Championships

April 9, 2008 10:02 AM

By Marlena Hall

Delray Beach, Fla., April 5, 2008 — In competitive tennis, this is the beginning.  Nationals—the first “major” a young person can compete in and the youngest age bracket being the 12's.  The championship swagger of many US Davis Cup and Fed Cup players, including Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi, the Bryan Brothers, and Lindsay Davenport was shaped by competing in these fiercely competitive events. And while many of those tennis professionals continue to battle down in Miami, Florida for the Sony Ericsson Open, ye “old glory” waving youth are paving their precocious proficiency into tennis history.

Player's International Management (PIM), the sister company of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships in Delray Beach (ATP Tour event), is hosting the highest-level national junior tennis tournament in the country for the fifth consecutive year in Delray Beach.  Reputable for luxury and excellence, Sea Island Resorts presents The USTA Boys’ & Girls’ 12’s National Spring Championships hosted by the City of Delray Beach will be witnessed throughout the week in person and in multitudes more via TV coverage on Fox Sports Florida.  The tournament will be held April 6 – 12, 2008 with the finals of both the boys' and girls' competition held at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.

The field consists of the highest-ranked 256 boys and girls in the nation in the 12 & under age division.  Competitors will gather in Palm Beach County to compete for the coveted “USTA Gold Ball”, the most sought after trophy in US national junior tennis.  “The Gold Ball is everything if you're a junior”, says Ivan Baron, Tournament Chairman and multiple winner of the coveted Gold Ball during his storied days as a top American junior and No. 1 world junior ranking.  “I won quite a few national and international tournaments while playing in the juniors and as a pro, so I have several trophies that I packed and stored away.  But the Gold Balls, those I'll never get rid of.”

Gunning for the Gold Ball will be 5 out of the top 9 boys in the country and 7 out of the top 15 girls. Local favorites to look out for include (from the boys’ side): Jack Sullivan (Delray Beach, FL), Constantin Supper (Boynton Beach, FL), Felix Corwin (Boca Raton, FL), Aaron Kupin (Boca Raton, FL), Benjamin Battle (Delray Beach, FL), and Dylan Nunez (Boca Raton, FL). Local girls also ‘mining’ for the Gold are: Kim Kermet (West Palm Beach, FL), Adi Milstein (Boca Raton, FL), 17th seeded Julia O’Loughlin (Boca Raton, FL) and Tiffany Vietro (Boca Raton, FL).

The draw is burgeoning with seeded players from our neighboring counties such as the top seeded player in the Boys’ 12 draw and 3rd ranked player in the country, Baker Newman (Miami, FL), 11th seeded David Crisovan (Hallandale Beach, FL), 12th seeded Elio Livi (Miramar, FL), 15th seeded Juan Padilla (Key Biscayne, FL), and 17th seeded Victor Gurevich (North Miami Beach, FL). Implanting her seed in the flourishing draw is Broward County’s 10th—seeded Alexandra Kiick (Plantation, FL).

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 at 9:00 AM at the Delray Swim & Tennis Club (2350 Jaeger Dr., Delray Beach) while the boys' matches start at 8:300 AM at the Swim & Racquet Center (21626 St. Andrews, Boca Raton) and Boca West Country Club (20583 Boca West Dr., Boca Raton).

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