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Junior Tennis' Bush Florida Open

June 29, 2007 11:14 AM

By T.A. Niles

The Bush Florida Open may not have as prestigious a history as Wimbledon, but what began humbly in 1981 as a collaborative effort between the Youth Tennis Foundation (YTF) and the Florida Tennis Association (FTA) is now a major event on the USTA’s national junior event calendar, receiving daily coverage in the News-Press. According to Bobby Curtis, the FTA’s official Coordinator of Competitive Tennis and unofficial “Czar” of Florida junior tennis, he, Hank Jungle (then owner of Park Meadow Tennis Club), and Tom Davis, also of the YTF, started The Florida Junior Open with hopes that it would become an event on the USTA’s national schedule.  Those aspirations were not immediately realized, however.

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