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Big Names Returning at 2013 USTA Florida State Jr. Doubles Championships

September 17, 2013 01:25 PM
bobby-logo-USTA_COVERonWhite_2013_DoublesThe top junior tennis players in the state of Florida will take to the courts this weekend to determine the year's state doubles champions when the 65th USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Doubles Championships is held on Sept. 21-23, 2013, at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs (18s-16s age divisions), and at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach (14s-10s divisions).

The USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Doubles Championships represents some of the best junior tennis players in the strongest of the 17 USTA sections across the country. It is one of the few major tournaments in the country that combine boys', girls', and mixed doubles in the same event.

"The USTA does not have many junior tournaments that have mixed doubles to allow my sister and I to play together," says former competitor Noah Makarome of Wesley Chapel, who this year competed on the USTA international traveling team. "My sister and I have not played together in any tournament besides the state doubles tournament. All of the best players from Florida compete in the event and the competition is tough, but it is more laid back and friendly -- it is my favorite tournament."

Defending champions returning to the field after claiming titles last year are Mixed 18 Doubles winner Stephen Watson (Orlando), the Girls' 16 Doubles winning team of Rachel Rohrabacher (Tampa) and Jaclyn Switkes (Ponte Vedra Beach), Mixed 16 Doubles winner Kaden Funk (Windermere), Boys' 14 Doubles winner Gabriel Carvajal (Weston), Girls' 14 Doubles winner Laura Fabrizi (Weston), Mixed 14 Doubles winner Davey Roberts (Palm Coast), the Boys' 12 Doubles winning team of Christian Alshon (Boca Raton) and Russell Benkaim (Osprey), Girls' 12 Doubles winner Hurricane Tyra Black (Boca Raton), the Mixed 12 Doubles winning team of Christian Alshon (Boca Raton) and Sophia Edwards (Sarasota), and the 10 and Under Doubles winning team of Guillermo Colon (Orlando) and Daniel Mangual (Kissimmee).

Other notable players include Palm Beach Gardens' Chloe Gullickson, sister of 2010 US Open mixed doubles champion Carly Gullickson; Boca Raton's "Hurricane" Tyra Black, whose sister "Tornado" Alicia Black finished runner-up at the US Open juniors this year; and Miami's Adriana Reami, who this year captured the USTA National Girls' 16s Clay Courts doubles title with fellow Miami resident Katerina Stewart.

Former Bobby Curtis State Doubles winners include former WTA doubles No. 1 and Wimbledon winner Corina Morariu (Girls' 16s-1992, Girls' 14s-1991), and current ATP player Wayne Odesnik (Boys' 14s-1999).

Former world No. 1s Chris Evert, Andy Roddick and Jim Courier are among the players that have raised trophies in singles at the USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Singles Championships, previously known as the USTA Florida Jr. State Closed. Florida's top event was renamed to honor the legendary Florida junior tennis organizer Bobby Curtis in 2012. The tournament is annually a launching pad for future college stars and pros.

On Friday, Sept. 20 at the Florida Tennis Center at 5 p.m. (free pizza to follow), a special free doubles workshop titled "Beyond Traditional Doubles" will be hosted by former doubles world No. 1 Brian Gottfried.

For complete age 10s, 12s and 14s draws, results and seedings, CLICK HERE.

For complete 16s and 18s draws, results and seedings, CLICK HERE.






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