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Florida Tennis Briefs: 50th Jr. Orange Bowl, More

July 18, 2011 10:34 AM
Jr. Tennis Preview: USTA Boys' 18-16 Clay Court National Chps. in Delray Beach, Fla.

RoyLedermanDelrayBeach.jpgThe 5th annual USTA Boys' 18 & 16 Clay Court National Championships hosted by the City of Delray Beach returns to "The Beach" on July 17-24, 2011, featuring the top 18-and-under and 16-and-under tennis talent in the U.S.

The event features 400 players from 40 states, with six of the Boys' 18s' seeds from Florida, and three of the Boys' 16s' seeds from the Sunshine State.
Approximately 475 matches are scheduled over the eight days, and more than 90 NCAA collegiate coaches are expected at the event.

The Boys 18s singles champion will receive a qualifying wildcard into the 2012 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, an ATP World Tour Event, while the USTA will award the 18's singles champion a singles main draw wildcard into the US Open juniors draw, and a main draw wildcard into a USTA Pro Circuit Futures-level event.

The Boys 16s singles champion will receive a singles main draw wildcard at a USTA men's Futures event.
Seeded Florida players in the Boys' 18s 256 draw are No. 3 Zack McCourt of Sunrise, No. 6 Danny Riggs of Pompano Beach, No. 10 Brett Clark of Naples, No. 16 Gordon Watson of Naples, No. 17 Trey Strobel of Palm City, and No. 17 Roy Lederman of Golden Beach.

Seeded Florida players in the Boys' 16s draw are No. 12 Stefan Kozlov of Pembroke Pines, No. 17 Ognjen Samardzic of Bradenton, and No. 17 Stephen Watson of Orlando.
For more information go to www.yellowtennisball.com.

Jr. Orange Bowl Tennis Seeking Help to Celebrate 50th Anniversary and Past Winners

jr orange bowl logoEvery December for the past 49 years, the world's best 14-and-under and 12-and-under tennis players have gathered in South Florida for the annual Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship. The Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship has a rich history of attracting the most promising young tennis players from around the world and the 2011 championship promises to be no different. 

In 2010, the prestigious junior tournament attracted over 1,250 player applications from 75 countries and 40 U.S. states. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the championship and the Junior Orange Bowl Committee (JOBC) is poised to make it a memorable one.

One of the event's major goals for the 2011 tournament is to involve past winners and participants that have gone on to have successful professional tennis careers.

"By involving these athletes, the JOBC will continue to inspire future generations to strive for greatness," says Junior Orange Bowl Communications Coordinator John Maxsween.

Past participants of the Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship include Juan Martin Del Potro, who won the 2002 Boys 14-and-under championship and is the 2009 US Open champion, as well as Justine Henin, who won the 1996 Girls 14-and-under championship and is a seven-time Grand Slam winner.

Other notable past participants are recent inductee to the Tennis Hall of Fame, Andre Agassi; Andy Roddick, Bernard Tomic, Caroline Wozniacki, Kim Clijsters, Monica Seles, Chris Evert, Jim Courier, and Mary Joe Fernandez. Fernandez has already pledged her support of the 50th anniversary celebration.

If you know a professional tennis player who participated in the Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship, the JOBC would greatly appreciate your help in reaching out to him or her. Please contact Tennis Director Jodi Steinbauer at (305) 662-6072 or by email at tennis@jrorangebowl.com. Visit their website at www.jrorangebowl.org.






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