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2008 Jr. State Closed Championship: A Tradition of Champions

May 27, 2008 06:22 PM

USTA Florida Celebrates 60th Annual Jr. State Closed Singles Championship

DAYTONA BEACH/ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, June 7, 2008 - The Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach and Sanlando Park in Seminole County will be bustling with the most talented, competitive junior tennis players in Florida June 7-12 for the 2008 USTA Florida Jr. State Closed Championship.

The 10s and 12s divisions (192 players) will play at Sanlando Park while the 14s, 16s and 18s (384 players) compete at the Florida Tennis Center.  Park Supervisor for Seminole County and Sanlando Park Tournament Director, Cindy Harkins, says the county is excited to host the 10s and 12s. 

“We are looking forward to the 10s and 12s because this is the first time some of the players will compete in a big event like this,” explains Harkins.  “We want to make sure it is special for them and we meet all their expectations so they have a positive experience.”

If the Jr. State Closed Singles Championship isn’t prestigious enough, this year marks the 60th annual tournament, an accomplishment USTA Florida is proud of.  USTA Florida Section Coordinator of Junior Competitive Tennis, Bobby Curtis, says, “This is the oldest consistent tournament for junior players in the State of Florida.  Not only do they come to win, but they come to see old friends and make new friends – some of them for life.”

Tournament staff Andy Gladstone, Ann Brown and Kim Vuille expect a particularly strong tournament due to tremendous success Florida junior tennis players have shown early in 2008.

“Not just future Florida champions, not just American champions, but future World champions will be coming from this tournament, as in the past 60 years,” says Gladstone, USTA Florida director of competitive tennis.

Two education event nights will be held during the tournament which everyone is free to attend.  Saturday, June 7 at 7 p.m., former Wake Forest University tennis coach and author of USTA’s Guide for Prospective College Tennis Players, Dede Allen, will host “Reading, ‘Riting’ and Recruiting” at the Florida Tennis Center.   On Sunday, June 8 at 7 p.m., Sport Psychologist, Dr. Garth Weiss, will speak on "Playing Your Best When it Matters the Most" at the Hampton Inn in Altamonte Springs.

Jenna Doerfler and Zach McCourt will be documenting their experience throughout the entire tournament, and USTA Florida will gather on-site interviews directly from players.  For up-to-date information regarding the tournament, including draws, photos and blogs, visit the Jr. State Closed micro site.

All 16s and 18s finalists will receive a $1,250 travel reimbursement to be used at the next National Clay-Courts or National Hard-Courts Championship, while all 12s and 14s semifinalists will receive $625 for the first time in State Closed history! (Details available online and at event. Receipts must be submitted to cover expenses. NCAA approved).

2007 Champions & Finalists | PHOTOS

Girls' 18s: Champion Monica Chow (Miami) and Finalist Carling Seguso (Bradenton)
Boys' 18s: Champion Clint Bowles (Tampa) and Finalsit Ryan Kim (Miami)

Girls' 16s: Champion Mary Clayton (Plantation) and Finalist Brittany Borsanyi (Palm Beach Gardens)
Boys' 16s: Champion Spencer Wolf (Coral Springs) and Finalist William Federhofer (North Miami)

Girls' 14s: Champion Sachia Vickery (Miramar) and Finalist Victoria Duval (Delray Beach)
Boys' 14s: Champion Jeremy Efferding (Lake Worth) and Finalist Boris Bogomolov (Miami)

Girls' 12s: Champion Sarah Pravder (Miami) and Finalist Alizee Michaud (Orlando)
Boys' 12s: Champion Justin Butsch (Miami Beach) and Finalist Jose Gracia (Delray Beach)

Girls' 10s: Champion Anastasia Nefedova (Palm Harbor) and Finalist Sofia Kenin (Pembroke Pines)
Boys' 10s: Champion Michael Plutt (Weston) and Finalist Scott Plutt (Weston)

Official event sponsors:

Official Hotels & Resturants of USTA Florida events held at the Florida Tennis Center:
* Mention USTA Florida for discounted rate.

• Bahama House, Daytona Beach Shores
800-571-2001 or 386-248-2001
• Best Western Aku Tiki, Daytona Beach Shoes
800-258-8454 or 368-252-9631
• Cancun Lagoon, Daytona Beach
• Courtyard by Marriott, Daytona Beach
800-321-2211 or 368-222-3388
• Great Wraps, Daytona Beach
• Hampton Inn Speedway, Daytona Beach
• Hilton Garden Inn, Daytona Beach Airport
• Holiday Inn Express, Daytona Beach
• Jameson Inn, Ormond Beach
800-JAMESON or 386-672-3675
• Residence Inn by Marriott, Daytona Beach
800-331-3131 or 386-252-3949
• The Shores Resort & Spa, Daytona Beach Shores






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