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Juniors Collins, Horvit, Emma Lead Florida Recognitions at USTA Nationals

July 24, 2012 01:50 PM
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Danielle Collins
St. Petersburg’s Danielle Collins, Naples’ Victoria Emma, and Parkland’s Mia Horvit all won titles last weekend as USTA national age division events were completed across the U.S.
 
Collins won the USTA Girls 18 National Clay Court Championships, held in Memphis, Tenn., defeating Jamie Loeb of New York 6-1, 6-4 in the final. It was the sixth USTA national championship for Collins, who heads to the University of Florida as a freshman in the fall.
 
"It feels really special," Collins told the Memphis Commercial Appeal of her first national 18s title. "I started thinking, 'I've been here a lot, it's time to win it.' If I'd gone out losing, I'd have been really sad."
 
The win also earned the 18-year-old Collins a spot in the qualifying draw for February's Memphis International, a WTA Tour event.
 
Naples’ Emma won the USTA Girls 12 National Clay Court Championships at the Polo Club of Boca Raton. As the No. 2 seed she defeated No. 9 seed Ellie Douglas 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-2 in the final.
 
"All I wanted to do was jump up and down, but the USTA was there so I wanted to be serious and professional," Emma told the Naples News about winning her first national title. "Deep down inside I was really, really happy. I was smiling the entire time."
 
The 12-year-old Emma will be an eighth-grader this fall. She is coached by Naples’ Mario Fratangelo, father of 2011 French Open junior boys’ winner Bjorn Fratangelo.
 
Parkland’s Horvit, the No. 10 seed at the USTA Girls 16 National Clay Court Championships in Virginia Beach, Va., defeated unseeded Francesca Dilorenzo of New Albany, Ohio, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the final.
 
After a slow start, Horvit won the second and third sets with penetrating flat groundstrokes and well-timed drop shots. In the third Horvit broke for 5-3 then served out the match.
 
Also at the USTA Boys 18 National Clay Court Championships in Delray Beach, Fla., Miami’s Baker Newman finished runner-up, losing 6-1, 6-3 in the final to Mitch Stewart of Washington.
 
 
Support Florida Tennis with the 2013 US Open Experience Fundraiser
 
Foundation-logo-mediawallAfter a champion is crowned at the 2012 US Open, the USTA Florida Section Foundation's 2013 US Open Experience Fundraiser will be in full swing, raising money for tennis programs that assist youth, special-needs children, and building/renovating tennis courts across Florida -- and sending a lucky winner and their guest to New York and the 2013 US Open.
 
Attending the 2012 US Open will be this year's winner, Gary Heatwole of Ormond Beach, who will experience a deluxe package including tickets for him and a guest to the USTA President's Box, round-trip domestic airfare for two to New York and two nights hotel accommodation, complimentary US Open bus transportation to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, lunch in the President's Dining Room, hospitality in the President's Suite, and access to courtside seating in Louis Armstrong Stadium as well as the Grandstand and all other courts.
 
"I am very happy to have been fortunate enough to have won the raffle and I'm really looking forward to going to New York to see the US Open in person and meet whomever I can in the President's Box," Heatwole said. "It truly should be a wonderful trip. I haven't had a vacation where you actually go somewhere to do something fun and different since somewhere in the last century."
 
Don't miss your chance to be part of the upcoming 2013 US Open Experience Fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit the USTA Florida Section Foundation's grant programs that assist charitable organizations that provide tennis programs for Florida's youth and special-needs populations, along with building and renovating public tennis courts. The USTA Florida Section Foundation is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to "improve the health and quality of life of Floridians through tennis."
 
For more information on tickets for the 2013 US Open Experience Fundraiser, please contact Linda Curtis at (386) 671-8934 or curtisL@florida.usta.com.
 
 

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