January 15, 2018 Good News for Tennis Fans

January 15, 2018
Sharing Tennis News Since 2012
Dear Billy E,

At the USTA Southern Meeting held in Atlanta Georgia, the “Adult Tournament of the Year” Award winner was the Crawfish Cup held at the Highland Road Tennis Center in Baton Rouge.
Event Coordinator: Kelly Savant
Tournament Director: Kyle Savant
USTA National Campus, Lake Nona, Orlando
Lester Sack played #1 for the USA Gardnar Mulloy team that defeated Germany in the semis and Australia in the finals to win the Gold Medal.The team also included King Van Nostro of Vero Beach, Gordan Hammes of Naples, and J.B. Hayes of Indianapolis.
International Tennis Federation Championship
Players with Louisiana Connections
Nehemiah Atkinson
1994  Jack Crawford Cup   70-74  Los Gatos, USA
1997  Jack Crawford Cup   70-74  Newcastle, Australia
1999  Gardnar Mulloy Cup  80-84 Cartagena-Murcia Spain
2000  Gardnar Mulloy Cup  80-84 Cape Town, South Africa
2001  Gardnar Mulloy Cup 80-84  Perth, Australia
Lester Sack
1986  Dubler Cup               45-49   Berlin, Germany
2010 Jack Crawford Cup   70-74   Antalya, Turkey
2011  Bitsy Grant   Cup      75-79   Antalya, Turkey
2012  Bitsy Grant  Cup       75-79   Antalya, Turkey
2013  Bitsy Grant  Cup       75-79   Poertschach, Austria
2015  Bitsy Grant Cup        75-79   Umag & Novigrad, Croatia
2016  Gardnar Mulloy         80-84   Umag, Croatia
2017  Gardnar Mulloy         80-84   Orlando Florida
2017 ITA Individual Championship
Lester Sack received a Silver Medal
Peggy Andry
2015  Althea Gibson Cup    70-74  Umag, Croatia
Kline Sack
2007  Italia Cup   35-39   Fethiye, Turkey
2010  Italia Cup   35-39   Mexico City, Mexico
2015  Dubler Cup 45-49  Antalya, Turkey

Daniel (DJ) with Gael Monfils at Key Biscayne in Florida

One of A’s & Aces’ top student-athletes, Daniel Porea, and Coach AJ Varnado headed to Miami, Florida, for the elite Orange Bowl training and tournament.  Prior to competing in the International Orange Bowl Tournament hosted in Key Biscayne, top players from the 12 USTA NJTL Excellence Teams practiced together to prepare for the tough competition.  This workout is part of the USTA Player Development Program and thus players spend time in mental toughness sessions and various life skills exercise to
be the best they can both on and off the court.  Though DJ lost in the qualifying round, he learned important lessons to become the best he can on a fun journey to success!
Source: A’s & Aces Website
USTA National Winter Championships  
B&G 16-18 Singles & Doubles  
Orlando, Florida 
December 27-January 2, 2018
Director: Sally Grabham  Referee: Sandi Pardon
Tournament #150002717  
524 girls and boys ages 16-18 from 45 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington D.C. traveled with family members, coaches and friends to Orlando for the USTA National Winter Championships.
Including in this number were five youth from Louisiana:  Lily LaBiche, Welsh Hotard, Ben Koch, Zach Smith, and Nicholas Watson.
Source: USTA Website
USTA National Winter Championhips
B&G 12&14 Singles & Doubles
Tucson, AZ
December 27-January 2, 2018
Director Meghan Houk  Referee Edward Osnowitz
Tournament # 759203617
522 girls and boys from 36 states traveled to Tucson, including players from Louisiana: Abby Lee and Sophia Manuel from Baton Rouge, Claudia and Ellis Lindsey from Shreveport, and Gavriella Smith from New Orleans.
February 2018 Southern Junior Levels 1 through 4 Tournaments
Level 1
2/2  BG 12 &14 700010518  Ridgeland MS
2/2  BG 16&18  700005418  Chattanooga TN
Level 2
2/23 Icy Hot 12&14 703411718  Macon GA
2/24 BG Icy Hot 16&18  703504218  Rome GA
Level 3
2/16  Family Circle Jr. 704140618  Daniel Island SC
Level 4
2/9  Blue Grass Slam  700111718  Lexington KY
2/9  USTA First Serve  700056418 Vicksburg, MS
2/16 City Club State Closed JR 700118818 Lafayette, LA
2/17 GA State Polar Bear  700027018  Macon GA
2/24 GGC Grizzlies      700159318  Lawrenceville, GA

The USTA Foundation is pleased to offer a once-in-a-lifetime, tax-deductible opportunity to support Team USA and benefit under-resourced youth – a win-win for everyone! The victorious 2018 US Fed Cup team opens the defense of its title with a first round match against the Netherlands on February 10-11, 2018 at the US Cellular Center in Asheville, NC.

Dave says, Please recycle your tennis balls and cans.

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