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Florida 18s, 16s Juniors at Orange Bowl Tennis

November 29, 2012 06:42 AM
Orange_bowl_logoTaylor Townsend (Stockbridge, Ga.), the No. 1 junior girl in the world, will compete among many of the world's top junior tennis players in the 66th Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, beginning Monday, Dec. 3, at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla. Townsend was awarded a wildcard entry.
 
The Orange Bowl, the longest-running and largest junior tennis tournament in the world, will be held on clay, the surface on which it was played from 1947 to 1998, for the second straight year. The Orange Bowl features singles and doubles competition for boys and girls in 18-and-under and 16-and-under divisions. Eleven of the world's Top 20 girls and four of the world's Top 20 boys are on this year's 18-and-under acceptance lists.
 
Townsend in 2012 won the Australian Open junior singles title, junior doubles titles at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, and led the United States to the Junior Fed Cup championship.
 
The American contingent also includes 2011 Orange Bowl semifinalist Sachia Vickery (Hollywood, Fla.), 2012 International Spring Championship finalist Chalena Scholl (Pompano Beach, Fla.) and 2012 International Spring Championship winner Allie Kiick (Plantation, Fla.), the daughter of former Miami Dolphins running back Jim Kiick.
 
Founded by Eddie Herr in 1947, the Orange Bowl quickly became one of the premier international junior events in the world and an annual showcase for the global scope of the game. Players from more than 50 countries have competed in the tournament, and champions have emerged from 26 different nations. A number of Orange Bowl champions have used the occasion to announce plans to turn professional.
 
Here are the Florida entrants in the event:
 
Girls' 18s -- Main Draw
 
Sachia VICKERY, Hollywood, Fla.
Chalena SCHOLL, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Alexandra KIICK, Plantation, Fla.
Jennifer BRADY, Boca Raton, Fla.
Alicia BLACK, Boca Raton, Fla.
Rasheeda MCADOO, Boca Raton, Fla.
 
Girls' 18s -- Qualifying Draw
 
Alexandra MOROZOVA, Sunny Isles, Fla.
Maria SHISHKINA, Bradenton, Fla.
Rianna VALDES, Boca Raton, Fla.
Nadia ECHEVERRIA ALAM, Miami
Alexandra BOURGUIGNON, Boynton Beach, Fla.
 
Boys' 18s -- Main Draw
 
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Boys' 18s -- Qualifying Draw
 
Nicolas JARRY, Key Biscayne, Fla.
Drew HALBAUER, Boca Raton, Fla.
Justin BUTSCH, Bradenton, Fla.
Dylan NUNEZ, Boca Raton, Fla.
Javier RESTREPO, Miami
Roy LEDERMAN, Miami
William ALBANESE, Parkland, Fla.
Christian LANGMO, Boca Raton, Fla.
 
Girls 16s -- Main Draw
 
Ellie HALBAUER, Boca Raton, Fla.
Madison BOURGUIGNON, Boynton Beach, Fla.
Johnnise RENAUD, North Miami, Fla.
Ally MILLER-KRASILNIKOV, Boca Raton, Fla.
Mary HAFFEY, Naples, Fla.
 
Boys 16s -- Main Draw
 
Tommy PAUL, Coconut Creek, Fla.
Alex RYBAKOV, Coral Springs, Fla.
Alexandru GOZUN, Sarasota, Fla.
Chase COLTON, Davie, Fla.
Tate ALLWARDT, Boca Raton, Fla.
Stephen MADONIA, Lakeland, Fla.
Alex KNIGHT, Miami Shores, Fla.
Alfredo PEREZ, Coral Gables, Fla.
Jake STEFANIK, Coral Springs, Fla.
 
* An additional 38 American girls and 55 American boys will compete in 16s qualifying.
 
Past winners of the Orange Bowl 18-and-under singles titles include: Chris Evert (1969, 1970), Bjorn Borg (1972), John McEnroe (1976), Ivan Lendl (1977), Gabriela Sabatini (1984), Mary Joe Fernandez (1986), Jim Courier (1987) and Anna Kournikova (1995). Roger Federer (1998), Elena Dementieva (1998), Andy Roddick (1999), Vera Zvonareva (2000, 2001), Marcos Baghdatis (2003) and Nicole Vaidisova (2003) all won the event on hard courts.
 
For more information on the 2012 Orange Bowl, visit www.orangebowltennis.org.
 
 
 
 

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