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Tennis Briefs(2): Black at French Open Juniors; Ormond ROGY

May 8, 2014 06:14 PM
Plantation Bay Tennis in Ormond Beach to Host ROGY in May

ROGY_banner_with_girlsAre you ready to ROGY? USTA Florida has launched a brand new series of "tourn-events" for youth tennis players to hone their skills in a fun, no-pressure format.

Called ROGY (for the Red, Orange, Green and Yellow balls used in the Youth Tennis modified equipment format), these two-hour events feature fun match play for kids age 8 to 18 without the pressure of rankings.

The ROGY event at Plantation Bay will be held on May 24, 2014 with additional tourn-events to be held later in the year.
"This ROGY event will be a great opportunity for the many new kids getting into tennis to test their skills in a competitive, yet friendly, environment," says event organizer Dave Brown. "Multiple matches are guaranteed, so kids will meet and make new friends."
ROGY is ideal for youth players of all ages who want to improve their game by playing opponents with a similar skill level. It's also ideal for parents who don't want the high-stress and long days associated with more competitive tournaments, or the obligation of playing a regular league.

"The events are really designed for a rookie-level player who can serve, rally, and keep score. It's a great intermediate step for kids who were introduced to tennis through a Play Day, Festival, or Kids Tennis Club and are ready to play more organized matches," said Andy McFarland, associate executive director of USTA Florida. "We purposely chose the top Florida tennis facilities that could provide the right environment for these events."  

For more information on ROGY or to register for the Plantation Bay ROGY visit www.floridarogy.com.

Florida's Tornado Ali Black, Kozlov, Kenin Leads U.S. Juniors into French Open

roland-garrosFrancis Tiafoe (16, College Park, Md.), the No. 2-ranked junior boy in the world, and 2013 US Open junior finalist Tornado Alicia Black (15, Boca Raton, Fla.) lead the top American juniors accepted into the main draw of the French Open Junior Championship on June 1-7, 2014 in Paris.

The American boys competing in the main draw at Roland Garros will include No. 4-ranked Stefan Kozlov (16, Pembroke Pines, Fla.), a 2014 Australian Open junior finalist who previously held the world No. 2 junior ranking; No. 11 Michael Mmoh (16, Temple Hills, Md.); No. 43 Henrik Wiersholm (17, Kirkland, Wash.); and No. 46 Alex Rybakov (17, Coral Springs, Fla.).

In the girls' field, joining the No. 4-ranked Black, who turns 16 on May 12, is No. 12-ranked CiCi Bellis (15, Atherton, Calif.), who won junior singles titles at both the Easter Bowl and International Spring Championship in April to become the youngest player in the Top 20 of the world junior rankings. Also accepted into the girls' main draw are No. 29 Sofia Kenin (15, Pembroke Pines, Fla.), No. 34 Usue Arconada (15, College Park, Md.) and No. 42 Dasha Ivanova (Beaverton, Ore.).

Nine U.S. players were also accepted into the boys' and girls' qualifying, including No. 52-ranked Johnnise Renaud (17, North Miami, Fla.).

An American has reached the singles final at three straight junior Grand Slams (Kozlov, 2014 Australian Open; Black, 2013 US Open; and Taylor Townsend, 2013 Wimbledon). Last year American Louisa Chirico reached the girls' semifinals at Roland Garros.

In 2011, Naples resident Bjorn Fratangelo became the first American to win the French Open boys' singles title since John McEnroe in 1977. The last American to win the French Open girls' singles title was Florida's Jennifer Capriati in 1989.

For more info go to www.usta.com.





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