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December 13, 2005 11:01 AM

Boca Raton, FL - The 20th Annual Turkey Bowl Tennis Championships came to and end on November 27as the men’s and women’s winners were crowned at the Swim & Tennis Center in Boca Raton, FL.  In the women’s division Thais Taco came through the draw and defeated Karoline Steiro in a well played final 6-1, 6-2.

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Due to hurricane Wilma’s destruction, the Swim and Racquet Center had half of their 26 courts ready and were adding courts each day.  Because of the shortage of courts, the event was spread out to additional sites.  The Hamlet Country Club and Stonebridge Country Club, both in Delray Beach showed their hospitality and hosted early round play.

It was the men who took center stage all week. Daniel Yoo, a twenty year old originally from Korea and now living in Davie, FL, ran through the draw of 87 with relative ease, claiming the $1650 first prize.  Yoo defeated friend and practice partner Dylan Kim, also from Korea, in straight sets to claim the crown.  Only twice during the event did he even give up more than three games in a set.  His steady groundstrokes, and reliable serving proved too much for the field. Yoo has been ranked on the ATP Tour’s world ranking in the 300’s and currently in the 800’s.  “Watching these two play, was entertaining as they both played pretty much the same game.  Yoo just did it a little better today,” said Steve Sheer co-tournament director.  “It seems this year the guys are playing a little craftier, instead of just tearing the cover off the ball, using the court more, and coming into the net. And for the most part the tennis was played in great spirit and sportsmanship.  It’s funny how Federer’s all court style and good sportsmanship has trickled down,” added Sheer.

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Again this year top French National team members played well and gave us a glance into France’s promising tennis future. Watch out for Kevin Botti, Nassim Slilam and lefty Axel Michon were all very impressive French juniors who have not yet reached their 16 birthday.

Once again the Turkey Bowl featured great local, national and international talent as over 25 countries were represented in the event.  Look for next year’s event to be even bigger and a first place prize of $2000 to the men’s winner has been guaranteed already.

This year’s event was sponsored by Morgan Stanley, Daniel Rose, P.A., Gold Coast Mortgage, the USTA Florida Section and the Andy Roddick Foundation. Hosted by the Swim & Tennis Center in Boca Raton, Florida.

Media Contacts: Turkey Bowl, Steve Sheer, Co-Director (561) 931-1221

For Information on The Turkey Bowl, call
Keith Dunlop (561) 792-5763, Co-Director
David Sellar  (561) 638-5773, Tournament Referee

See results on line at: http://tournaments.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=34366





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