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Jr. Orange Bowl Tennis Winners; ATP Fundraiser

December 28, 2010 04:38 PM
Austin, Mmoh, Sapwell Capture Jr. Orange Bowl Titles

Jr-Orange-Bowl-logo-2010There were no Florida winners, but two Americans were among the three champions crowned at the 49th Junior Orange Bowl Tennis Championship in the days before Christmas in Coral Gables, Fla.

Top-seeded Joshua Sapwell of Great Britain captured the boys 14-and-under title by rallying to top Croatia's Borna Coric 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-3. Sapwell utilized a dominating serve to overwhelm the gritty Coric.

"I was nervous for just about the entire match," Sapwell said. "I had nerves...but I had to internalize them and play tennis the way I knew I could so that I didn't give my opponent anything to drive him."

In the girls 14-and-under division, Indianapolis' Brooke Austin, the No. 6 seed, ousted No. 5 Domenica Gonzalez Palau 7-5, 6-2. It was a redemption of sorts for Austin, who came up just short in last year's event when she lost in the finals.

"Last year I was so nervous I couldn't hit the ball in," Austin said. "I was afraid the same thing was going to happen again but I overcame it. I played a lot better in the second set. My forehands were going in."

Maryland's Michael Mmoh was victorious in the boys 12-and-under final, topping Korea's Chan Yeong Oh 3-6, 6-1, 6-2. Mmoh was a No. 1 seed, while Oh was not ranked entering the draw.

"It's more than a dream come true. I'm really, really happy," an elated Mmoh said afterwards, adding that his "fighting spirit" was the most important part of his game.

"My goal for the whole year was to win this tournament, so it really makes me feel good. I'm sure my coach back home would be really proud of me. He said if I got to the quarterfinals he would be proud of me, and I ended up winning."

To view the full results visit http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=80776.

ATP Tennis Club Raises $5,000 for Wolfson Children's Hospital
ATP "King of the Court" competitors
The ATP Tennis Club in 2010 raised $5,000 to benefit Wolfson Children's Hospital, the regional pediatric referral hospital serving children throughout Northeast Florida, Southeast Georgia and beyond. The club held a combination of two events in order to achieve its goal to sponsor a loop at Wolfson's One To Grow On Ultra Marathon on Jan. 29, 2011.

Proceeds from the 2010 USTA National Husband-Wife Clay Court Championship and the "King of the Court" exhibition featuring Todd Martin, Brian Gottfried and David Witt, were combined in order to achieve the goal.

"We thank the ATP Tennis Club members and staff, the northeast Florida tennis community and also Firehouse Subs for their support with these events. We are proud of our accomplishment and our partnership with Wolfson and we are already looking forward to duplicate next year," said Philippe Dore, tournament director for the USTA National Husband-Wife Championships.  

The First Coast Tennis Foundation, the local USTA community tennis association, also benefited from the proceeds.  






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