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Tennis Jrs. Look to Follow in Evert, Roddick Footsteps at 65th USTA Florida Jr. Chps.

June 3, 2013 08:53 AM
bobby-logo-USTA_COVERonWhite_2013_(2)It is the most competitive USTA Section junior championships in the U.S., producing the most players to go on and achieve the world No. 1 ranking.
 
On June 8-13, 2013, the 65th edition of the USTA Florida 'Bobby Curtis' Junior State Championships will be held at three Central Florida tournament sites -- the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, and at the Ormond Beach Tennis Center.
 
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. Four juniors who raised trophies at the event have gone on to rank No. 1 in the world on the ATP or WTA rankings:
 
Chris Evert (1971 Girls' 18, '70-69 Girls' 16, '68 Girls' 14, and '66 Girls' 10 champion)
Jennifer Capriati (1986 Girls' 12 champion)
Jim Courier (1986 Boys' 18 champion)
Andy Roddick (1996 Boy's 14, '94 Boys' 12 champion)
 
Other notable winners over the years have been current WTA player Bethanie Mattek-Sands (1998 Girls' 14 champion); three-time Grand Slam runner-up, two-time Olympic gold medalist and current U.S. Fed Cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez (1983 Girls' 14, '82 Girls' 12); former world No. 8-ranked Carling Bassett (1980 Girls' 12), former world No. 7 and current USTA National Coach Kathy Rinaldi (1980 Girls' 14, '79 Girls' 12), former world No. 7 and current USTA National Coach and U.S. David Cup Coach Jay Berger (1985-84 Boys' 18, '83 Boys' 16), former world No. 3 and two-time Slam doubles winner Brian Gottfried (1970 Boys' 18, '66 Boys' 14, '63-64 Boys' 12), former world No. 5 and two-time French Open semifinalist Eddie Dibbs (1969 Boys' 18, '67 Boys' 16, '65 Boys' 14), and former player and legendary tennis organizer Charlie Pasarell (1958 Boys' 15, '57 Boys' 13).
 
Last year's champions who have moved on to play college or pro/international events include 2012 Boys' 18 winner Dominic Cotrone who plays No. 1 for Florida State University; 2012 Girls' 18 champion Katerina Stewart who turned pro and competes on the USTA Pro Circuit and in other international events; and 2012 Girls' 14 champion Jaeda Daniels who went on to win the prestigious Easter Bowl and is currently competing at ITF international junior events.
 
Draw sizes 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 are considered a Sectional event for Florida ranking points, except the 10s division which have no age-group rankings in the Florida Section. The 10s division will feature 60-foot court play using the lower-compression "orange ball" and scoring/rules from the USTA 10 and Under Tennis format.
 
Notable juniors on this year's entry list are Palm Beach Gardens' Chloe Gullickson, sister of 2010 US Open mixed doubles champion Carly Gullickson; Boca Raton's "Hurricane" Tyra Black in the Girls' 12 division; 2012 USTA Girls 12 National Clay Court Championships winner Victoria Emma of Naples; 2012 USTA Girls 16 National Clay Court Championships winner Mia Horvit of Parkland; and USTA international team member Noah Makarome of Wesley Chapel.
 
Returning champions from last year's USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Championships are Mason Beiler of Palm Harbor (Boys' 12 winner), Bennett Dunn of Plantation (Girls' 16 winner), Alfredo Perez of Coral Gables (Boy's 16 winner), Gabriel Pilones of Bradenton (Boys' 14 winner), and Sophia Edwards of Sarasota (Girls' 12 winner).
 
The championships will host a College Night on Saturday, June 8 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the upstairs lounge at the Florida Tennis Center, where players and parents can learn the "ins and outs" of college scholarships and playing college tennis. Parent Q&A events will also be held from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. at the Sanlando Park (Saturday, June 8) and Florida Tennis Center (Sunday, June 9) sites. A representative from the USTA Florida Junior Competitive Committee will be on hand at both sites to answer player and parent questions regarding changes and challenges coming in the 2014 tournament year.
 
Tournament Director Emeritus Bobby Curtis will be at the Florida Tennis Center site beginning Thursday. "Here's to the best players in Florida playing against the other best players in the state, good luck!" Curtis says ahead of the event.
 
SOCIAL MEDIA: Players and fans can follow the event via social media by joining the conversation on Twitter @USTAFlorida with the hashtag #BobbyCurtis2013, follow on Facebook at USTAFlorida, or sign up for text alerts (while at the Florida Tennis Center only) @ 25827 - text the keyword JRSTATE.
 
The age 10 and 12 draws and seedings will be unveiled Wednesday not before 3 p.m. and can be viewed at:
 
The age 14, 16, and 18 draws and seedings will be unveiled Wednesday not before 3 p.m. and can be viewed at:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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