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Tennis: Teen Kodali Wins One-on-One Doubles; Captiva Pro Circuit

November 3, 2014 09:44 AM
Teen Kodali Wins One-on-One Doubles Tourney in Valrico, Fla.
From left: finalist Matt Bocko and champion Anudeep Kodali

Seventeen-year-old Anudeep Kodali of Fayetteville, N.C., a high school senior and five-start blue chip recruit, won the final USTA Florida One-On-One Doubles Grand Prix Tournament held on Nov. 1, 2014 at the Buckhorn Springs Tennis and Swim Club in Valrico, Fla.

Kodali in the Pro Division final defeated Matt Bocko, last week's champion at the Tampa event, 4-3(5-2), earning the first prize of $2,000. Bocko earned $1,000 for his runner-up finish.

"Under the new NCAA rules, juniors can receive up to $10,000 per year in prize money," said tournament organizer Ed Krass. "It was a thrilling final, and Kodali displayed his arsenal of high quality all-court tennis. I am looking forward to growing the game with some Junior One-On-One Doubles Tournaments in the near future. I also believe the tournament's four-hour rockin' format will be an excellent addition to USTA Pro Circuit tournaments in 2015."

Ashley Fisher, the 2006 US Open doubles semifinalist, captured the third place match, defeating Lance Cohen, an ATP player from South Africa, 4-1. Fisher earned $750 for his third place finish, and Cohen $250 for fourth place. Steve Arvey's Electric Blues Band performed as the event's musical guest.

Chris Henderson of Tampa won the overall Grand Prix Circuit cumulative point standings for the season with 225 points. He wins an all-expense paid trip to compete in the National One-On-One Doubles Tournament to be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Nov. 9.

The tournament's 21 players competed on five courts and played short sets, first to win four games, with no-ad scoring and a 9-point tiebreaker if the set score went to 3-all. The five court round-robin champs and top three wildcards were placed into the tournament's single elimination quarterfinals.

For more info on participating in one-on-one doubles tournaments go to www.oneononedoubles.com.

Last Leg of Aussie Open Wild Card Begins in Captiva, Fla.
Florida's Jan Abaza

Now underway at the award-winning South Seas Island Resort on Captiva, Fla., the 2014 Women's Pro Classic $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event is headlined by rising American stars Catherine "Cici" Bellis, Alexa Glatch, Julia Boserup, Grace Min and Anna Tatishvili.

Americans advancing on the first day of play in the singles qualifying were US Open Junior Girls' semifinalist Katerina Stewart, Marie Norris, Alexandra Mueller, Lauren Embree and Jan Abaza who defeated fellow American Ellie Halbauer along with Jacqueline Cako who topped Chiara Scholl of the U.S.

This year's Women's Pro Classic will be the last stop on the 2014 USTA Pro Circuit women's calendar and the finale of the 2015 Australian Open Wild Card Challenge, awarding the best-performing player during the last three $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit events in 2014 with a spot in the singles main draw of the 2015 Australian Open.

"We are so happy to be able to support the players as they prepare for the Australian Open and be the last stop on the 2015 Australian Open Wild Card Challenge Series being put on by the USTA," said Tournament Director, Nick Blackwood. 

This year's Women's Pro Classic singles qualifying started on Sunday, Nov. 2, with the singles main draw and doubles beginning Tuesday, Nov. 4. The main draw doubles final will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, and the singles final will take place on Sunday, Nov. 9. 

For more information visit www.ssirproclassic.com.






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