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Florida Tennis Briefs: Little Mo; Tallahassee Grant; Isner v Mahut Again; More

January 4, 2011 09:38 AM
little-mo-poster-2010One Florida Winner, Five R-up at 2010 Little Mo Int. Jr. Tennis

Boca Raton's Charlotte Owensby captured the Girls' 8 & Under title, and five other Florida players finished runner-up in boys' and girls' 8-12 age divisions at the 2010 Little Mo International Jr. Open, held in December 2010 at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla. More than 200 players representing 31 countries competed at what has become the premier event for players in the youngest international junior tennis age divisions, with American standouts Andy Roddick and Ryan Harrison among past winners.

Owensby came from a set down to defeat fellow No. 1 seed Kristyna Lavickova of the Czech Republic 1-6, 6-4, 10-7 in the Girls' 8 & Under final. Owensby also won the Little Mo Nationals regional event earlier in 2010 in Austin, Texas.

Florida players finishing runner-up in finals were unseeded Myles DeCoste of Ft. Pierce, Christian Alshon of Boca Raton, Mason Beiler of Palm Harbor, unseeded Constanza Rios of Sarasota, and unseeded Ava Sowell of Clearwater. The "Little Mo" tournaments are in honor of Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly, who was known not only for her victories but for her outstanding sportsmanship on and off the court. 

Here are the final results in each division for the 2010 Little Mo International Jr. Open:

Boy's 8 & Under
(1) Michael Francis II Eala (PHI) d. Myles DeCoste (Ft. Pierce, Fla.) 6-0, 6-1

Boy's 9 & Under 
(1) Brandon Nakashima (San Diego, Calif,) d. (1) Donovan Lilov (Morristown, NC) 6-1, 6-0
Boy's 10 & Under
(1) Yshai Oliel (ISR) d. (1) Christian Alshon (Boca Raton, Fla.) 6-0, 7-5

Boy's 11 & Under
(1) Brannagh Pattison-Blouin (CAN) d. (1) Mason Beiler (Palm Harbor, Fla.) 6-1, 7-5

Boy's 12 & Under
(1) Raahil Doshi (SIN) d. Ronak Baldua (San Jose, Calif.) 6-1, 6-1

Girl's 8 & Under   
(1) Charlotte Owensby (Boca Raton, Fla.) d. (1) Kristyna Lavickova (CZE) 1-6, 6-4, 10-7

Girl's 9 & Under
Viktoria Morvayova (SVK) d. Constanza Rios (Sarasota, Fla.) 6-2, 6-0

Girl's 10 & Under
(1) Neli Sunjic (CRO) d. (1) Ellie Douglas (McKinney, Texas) 6-3, 6-3

Girl's 11 & Under  
(1) Katie Swan (GBR) d. Ava Sowell (Clearwater, Fla.) 6-0, 5-7, 10-6

Girl's 12 & Under
(1) Ingrid Neel (Rochester, Minn.) d. (1) Hannah Lairmore (Mobile, Ala.) 6-0, 6-1

Tennis in the Backyard: USTA Florida 10-Under Equipment Grant in Tallahassee

From the grand stage of the US Open to single courts in local neighborhoods, the game of tennis is promoted to the next generation of children in all ways and levels across the U.S. For Tallahassee teaching pro Randy Hock, it means taking to the court behind his house with the new USTA 10-and-Under Tennis child-sized racquets, balls and nets to nurture along the next generation of beginners, and making tennis fun.

Hock, who has been featured on the local Tallahassee news for his popular lessons and summer camps held practically in his own back yard, was this month announced as the recipient of a "Share the Love" grant from USTA Florida for $750 of USTA 10-and-Under Tennis equipment to expand his program for young beginning players.

"Randy Hock Tennis is very excited to start our 10-and-Under Tennis program in Spring 2011 in Tallahassee," Hock said. "The new [low-compression] balls and equipment are terrific. The 10-and-under format is just what the sport needed to make play more enjoyable and attractive to beginners. With the new equipment and the new format, more kids will be picking up a racket and growing with the game for a lifetime."

The 10-and-under Tennis play format is designed for children featuring smaller court sizes, racquet sizes, foam and decompressed balls, a simple scoring system, and net heights adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where current stars such as Roger Federer, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes. To see a video of the 10-and-under Tennis play format in action go to: http://10andundertennis.usta.com.
"Randy Hock has taught tennis to children in the Tallahassee area for most of his adult life," said George English, tennis program coordinator for the Panhandle. "The 10-and-under play format fits in well with his innovative style of teaching tennis, and the equipment grant will help ensure that the children will be having fun while learning the game of tennis."

USTA Florida annually directs 90% of member dollars back into the community to support tennis programs and projects throughout Florida. USTA Florida's Share the Love grant program helps fund tennis programs and projects throughout Florida communities during challenging economic times. Funding priorities include 10-and-under Tennis and Jr. Team Tennis (coordinator training, start-up, etc.), public facility funding (schools, parks, conversion to permanent 10-and-under play format courts, etc.), community tennis awareness (innovative pro-active start-ups, program expansion), school programs and senior tennis programs/projects.

"We look forward to hearing of the further success of this program," said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director, Play Tennis Division, Andy McFarland. "It is with USTA membership dollars that we are able to offer program grants to communities like these."
Share the Love grant applications are still being accepted by USTA Florida at www.USTASharetheLove.com, or questions can be e-mailed to grants@florida.usta.com. For more information on the 10-and-Under Tennis play format in Florida, go to www.ustaflorida.com.

For more information on Randy Hock Tennis in Tallahassee, contact rhock63@aol.com.

From Marathon to Sprint: Isner Beats Mahut in 90 Minute in Rematch

Saddlebrook-based pro John Isner defeated France's Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 7-6(5) on Monday at the Hopman Cup in their first meeting since Isner won their record-setting 11-hour 2010 Wimbledon match, which ended with Isner triumphing 70-68 in the fifth set.

This time it took 90 minutes for Isner to again beat the Frenchman, giving the U.S. the team win over France after American Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated Kristina Mladenovic 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

"Had I lost that second set it might have gone four hours, so I was lucky to finish it in two," Isner told reporters. "For the first match of the year, I was pretty pleased with how I played...It's always an honor to share the court with him."

Mahut replaced an injured Gael Monfils on the French team, while Mattek-Sands replaced the injured Serena Williams on the U.S. squad. The U.S. and France are in Group B with Britain and Italy, with the group winner advancing to the final.

Florida/ATP's McManus Publishes 'Tennis History'

Long-time Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida resident and ATP employee Jim McManus has published the book "Tennis History," chronicling the history of professional and other tournaments of all kinds dating to the Open Era of tennis (1968) and prior.

McManus, an accomplished pro in his own right who competed against the likes of Arthur Ashe and other champions of the 1960s and '70s, shares stories with Tennis Channel writer Steve Flink in an article celebrating the book, the life of McManus (who helped shape the ATP and the rankings system) and the early days of pro tennis.

"Enter Jim McManus, one of the unsung heroes of the tennis world for the bulk of his lifetime," writes Flink. "McManus is 70 now, and recently he wrote and compiled an essential book entitled simply, 'Tennis History.' McManus has taken on a nearly impossible challenge and pulled it off, tracing the history of tournaments of all kinds, from the Grand Slam events to Challenger events, from WCT to the old Dewar Cup circuit, from tournaments that are still flourishing to those that no longer exist. It is an invaluable resource for the tennis historian, an enlightening educational aid for the fan and students of the game, and a book that belongs in any serious observer's library. McManus provides the results of all singles and doubles finals from the tournaments, but also includes a brief historical written overview describing the evolution of the event."

Read more: http://www.tennischannel.com/news/NewsDetails.aspx?newsid=8451






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