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November 1, 2013 10:06 AM
Florida's Black, Kozlov Lead Charge at 67th Orange Bowl Tennis

Orange_bowl_logoThe USTA announced that Germany's Alexander Zverev, the world's top-ranked junior boy, and 2013 US Open junior finalist Tornado Alicia Black (15, Boca Raton, Fla.) are slated to compete among many of the world's top juniors at the 67th annual Orange Bowl Junior Tennis Championships on Dec, 9-15 at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla.
Regarded as the longest-running and largest junior tennis tournament in the world, the Orange Bowl will be played on clay -- the surface on which it was played from 1947 to 1998 -- for the third straight year.
The boys' 18s field includes 2013 Wimbledon junior champion Gianluigi Quinzi, of Italy, and Russia's Karen Khachanov, who won three ATP-level main draw matches this fall, including an upset of Janko Tipsarevic to reach the quarterfinals of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
Stefan Kozlov (15, Pembroke Pines, Fla.), ranked No. 14, leads the American contingent in the boys' main draw, which includes No. 20 Michael Mmoh (15, Temple Hills, Md.), No. 42 Francis Tiafoe (15, College Park, Md.), No. 48 Martin Redlicki (18, Hawthorn Woods, Ill.), No. 50 and 2012 Orange Bowl semifinalist Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (18, Charlotte, N.C.), No. 57 Spencer Papa (17, Edmond, Okla.) and No. 71 Danny Kerznerman (17, Brooklyn, N.Y.).
Russia's Varvara Flink, ranked No. 5 in the world, tops a girls 18s field that includes No. 10 Ivana Jorovic, of Serbia, and Black, ranked No. 11, who made headlines in September for her run to the final of the US Open Junior Championship as an unseeded wild card.
Other Americans in the girls' main draw are No. 21 Christina Makarova (17, San Diego), No. 43 Johnnise Renaud (17, North Miami, Fla.), No. 46 Katrine Steffensen (17, Scarsdale, N.Y.), No. 62 Dasha Ivanova (17, Beaverton, Ore.), No. 72 Michaela Gordon (14, Los Altos Hills, Calif.), No. 87 Usue Arconada (14, College Park, Md.), No. 89 Rianna Valdes (17, Boca Raton, Fla.), No. 101 Kaitlyn McCarthy (15, Cary, N.C.) and No. 103 Madison Bourguignon (16, Boynton Beach, Fla.).
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 (1985), Jim Courier (1987) and Anna Kournikova (1995). Roger Federer (1998), Elena Dementieva (1998), Andy Roddick (1999), Vera Zvonareva (2000, 2001), Marcos Baghdatis (2003), Nicole Vaidisova (2003) and Caroline Wozniacki (2005) all won the event on hard courts.
For more information on the 2013 Orange Bowl, visit www.orangebowltennis.org.

BallenIsles Country Club Hosts USTA National Women's 40 and 50 Clay Court Championships

BallenIsles Country Club was the scene of great tennis action last week as the site of the 2013 USTA National Women's 40 and 50 Clay Court Championships. Forty-five of the top-ranked women from all over the United States participated in singles and doubles over five days at the club.

"It is such an honor to have this event as it brings the top players in the country to our club and to Palm Beach County. We will be staging this again next year at the same time," said Trish Faulkner, BallenIsles director of tennis and the tournament director.

The No. 1 seeds in both the 40 and 50 USTA Women's National Clay Court Championships won their singles finals at BallenIsles on Sunday, Oct. 27, In the 40s, Sophie Woorens-Johnston from South Carolina defeated Hana Guy of Boca Raton 6-2, 6-1. In the 50s, Fran Chandler from Tennessee defeated Mariana Hollman from North Carolina 6-1, 6-3.

Chandler won a double gold with a win in the 50 doubles as did Woorens-Johnston with her partner in the 40 doubles final.

The club will next co-host the Little Mo International, featuring 250 of the world's top junior boy and girl players ages 8-12, on Dec. 6-11, 2013.





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