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Korda Among Competitors at 2012 USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Tennis Championships

June 7, 2012 10:13 AM
bobby_curtis_chps_cover_2012The 64th USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Championships, the event that has showcased three future world No. 1 ranked players from the state of Florida, will be held June 9-14, 2012. The event will see the 18-14 age divisions played at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, and the 12-10 divisions played at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs.

Formerly known as the USTA Florida Jr. State Closed, in 2012 the tournament was renamed the USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Championships in honor of legendary Florida junior organizer Bobby Curtis.

Last year's Girls' 18 finalists are already off to promising post-junior careers -- champion Danielle Collins of St. Petersburg will be joining the two-time defending NCAA champion University of Florida women's team this fall, while runner-up Chalena Scholl of Pompano Beach is competing this week at Roland Garros in the French Open juniors.
As of Wednesday Scholl had reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros and is next set to face the tournament's No. 2 seed, Annika Beck of Germany.

Last year's Boys' 18 champion, Brett Clark of Naples, will start this fall for the University of North Carolina. In last year's final Clark beat Sunrise's Zack McCourt, who currently plays at Princeton.

Miami's Katerina Stewart, the Girls' 16 champion last year, this year makes the jump to the 18s. Jaeda Daniel of Wesley Chapel, the Girls' 12 winner from 2011, makes the jump to the 14s. Other champions returning from last year, all moving up an age division this year, are Boys' 16 winner Ognjen Samardzic of Bradenton, Boys' 14 winner Chase Colton of Davie, Boys' 12 winner Noah Makarome of Wesley Chapel, and Boys' 10 winner Harry Cacciatore of Gainesville.

Also competing will be notables Sebatian Korda (son of former Australian Open champion Petr Korda) of Bradenton; Hurricane Tyra Black of Boca Raton, who along with her sister, Tornado Ali Black, have been profiled by ESPN and other media outlets, and compared to Venus and Serena Williams; and Chloe Gullickson of Palm Beach Gardens, the younger sister of WTA player and 2009 US Open mixed doubles champion Carly Gullickson.

Florida is a hotbed of family tennis, and each year brothers, sisters, or three and four siblings from one family compete at the Florida State Championships, and 2012 is no exception. No less that 50 pairs (or threesomes and foursomes from the same family) of siblings are set to compete this year at the Florida Tennis Center.

Sibling combos competing at the event in singles are Alexander and Nicholas Adamec of St. Augustine, Harry and Grey Cacciatore of Gainesville, Andrew and Philip Chiritescu of Bradenton, Jett and Slade Coetzee of Miami Beach, Matthew and Ryan Fung of Miami, Devin and Sophia Gale of St. Johns, Nikhil and Nirmil John of St. Petersburg, Ashleigh and Jennifer Kutryb of Merritt Island, Emily and Joshua Macri of Tallahassee, Charlotte and Margaret Owensby of Boca Raton, Brandon and Brian Pham of Jacksonville, Jordi and Nikki Redelijk of Windermere, Julia and Valentina Vulpio of Delray Beach, Gracie and Matthew Wilson of Tallahassee, Kristina and Lindsey Zieglar of Daytona Beach, Keaton and Tate Allwardt of Boca Raton, Adam and Agathat Ambrozy of South Pasadena, Andrea and Natalie Amortegui of Weston, Arianna and Sebatian Beltrame of Windermere, Evan and Kaela Bynoe of Parkland, Alexandra and Julianna Curtis of Tampa, Carlos and Ines de Bracamonte of Golden Beach, Colter and Emma Decoste of Stuart, Eric, Jacquelyn, and Lauren Fitz-Randolph, Alexis and Yasmin Franco of Largo, Jake and Julia Gabay of Safety Harbor, Chiara and Joshua Goodman of Weston, Emily and Shelby Groeneveld of Fort Lauderdale, Holleman and Thomas Hughes of Lakeland, Oscar and Victor Janglin of Sarasota, Kiril and Vasil Kirkov of Tampa, Nicholas and Peter Litsky of St. Petersburg, Noah and Star Makarome of Wesley Chapel, Jordan and Trey Nickerson of Jacksonville, Kariann and Paul Andrey Pierre-Louis of Miami, Michael and Scott Plutt of Weston, Gabriela and Patricia Portmann, of Vero Beach, Mirko and Sonja Radosevic of Miami, Adriana and Alessandra Reami of Miami, Briton and Rhys Richardson of Wesley Chapel, Nikola and Ognjen Samardzic of Bradenton, Emily and Katie Sidor of Rockledge, Alan and Alex Sweet of Naples, Logan and Zack Walker of Stuart, Terrance and Terrell Whitehurst of Tallahassee, Katherine and Kristin Wiley of Ft. Lauderdale, and Ansofi and Gabrielle Wreder of Miami.

Families with more than two siblings competing are Andrew, Christopher, Joseph and Timothy Reilly of St. Petersburg; and Barrie, Michelle and Samara Eisenberg of Weston.

Draw size for boys' and girls' 18s, 16s, 14s, and 12s divisions will be 64. The draw size for boys' and girls' 10s will be 32. All divisions except the 10s are considered a Sectional event for Florida ranking points.

Past age division champions and competitors include future world No. 1s Chris Evert, Andy Roddick and Jim Courier, as well as Mary Joe Fernandez, Brian Gottfried, Jay Berger and Kathy Rinaldi, all of who would go on to win ATP/WTA titles and rank in the Top 10 in the world.

Last year's finals (seedings in parenthesis):

Boys' 18 Singles -- Brett Clark (2) Naples, FL def. Zack McCourt (1) Sunrise, FL 6-4; 7-6(6)
Boys' 16 Singles -- Ognjen Samardzic (3) Bradenton, FL def. Tommy Mylnikov (4) Bradenton, FL 6-4; 6-4
Boys' 14 Singles -- Chase Colton (3) Davie, FL def. Reilly Opelka (2) Palm Coast, FL 4-6; 6-1; 6-2
Boys' 12 Singles -- Noah Makarome (1) Wesley Chapel, FL d. Vasil Kirkov (3) Tampa, FL 6-2; 6-2
Boys' 10 Singles -- Harry Cacciatore (3) Gainesville, FL d. Matthew Fung (4) Miami, FL 6-2; 6-1

Girls' 18 Singles -- Danielle Collins (1) St Petersburg, FL def. Chalena Scholl (2) Pompano Beach, FL 6-1; 6-4
Girls' 16 Singles -- Katerina Stewart (4) Miami, FL def. Caroline Dailey (3) Sarasota, FL 6-4; 6-0
Girls' 14 Singles -- Madison Bourguignon (4) Boynton Beach, FL def. Madison Harrison (7) Cortez, FL 6-1;
Girls' 12 Singles -- Jaeda Daniel (2) Wesley Chapel, FL d. Nicole Conard (1) Boca Raton, FL 6-3; 7-5
Girls' 10 Singles -- Amanda Anisimova (2) Hallandale Beach, FL d. Zoe Hitt (1) Miami, FL 6-2; 6-3

The age 10 and 12 draws and seedings will be unveiled Wednesday afternoon and can be viewed at: http://tennislink.usta.com/TOURNAMENTS/TournamentHome_New/Tournament.aspx?T=112735.

The age 14, 16, and 18 draws and seedings can be viewed at: http://tennislink.usta.com/TOURNAMENTS/TournamentHome_New/Tournament.aspx?T=119656.






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