Palm Beach Gardens, Fl. July 1, 2013 – BallenIsles Country Club’s state-of-the-art Sports Complex will be the scene of great tennis action this week when more than 60 boys and girls who are set to become the next generation of tennis take to the courts in the USTA National Boys and Girls 14 Clay Court Championships from July 3 – 5, 2013.
“We’re honored to be selected as one of the host Clubs for this event on our world class stadium facility which will feature 32 of the best boys and 32 of the best girls in the country in the under 14 age divisions, including many from Florida, Tournament Director and BallenIsles Tennis Director, Trish Faulkner said. “Also in the boys and particularly the girls events there are the top ranked players in the nation in the 12 and under playing in this event also,” Faulkner added.
Competing among the top ranked players in the Boys is Alexander del Corral who is ranked #8 in the country and Anna Bright the top ranked player in the Girls and #33 in the country. Hurricane Tyra Black who has been compared to the Williams sisters and is ranked at #4 in the country in the 12s is also playing. Play starts every day at 8:30am through 7:00pm. Opening day matches will be played at both PGA and BallenIsles on July 3 and then on Thursday and Friday the event will be played at BallenIsles. Finals are on Friday July 5 for singles and doubles at BallenIsles. Spectators who wish to watch the matches must call the BallenIsles Tennis Shop at 561-625-5707 to gain access to the tournament which offers free admission.
About BallenIsles Country Club Nestled in the heart of South Florida’s Palm Beach Gardens, BallenIsles (www.BallenIsles.org) is highly regarded as a unique, private residential community with a distinguished history. Home to some of the world’s top professional athletes and business leaders, it boasts 3 championship courses with 54 holes of golf, 22 world class tennis courts and a new, state-of-the-art Sports Complex. UPDATE July 5: Both top seeds lost in the Boys singles. # 5 seed William Howells of Richmond, VA upset Noah Makarome of Wesley Chapel, Fl in the boys semis and also won against Vasil Kirkov of Tampa Fl in the finals. Kirkov had upset #2 seed Alafia Ayeni of San Diego, CA in the semis. In the girls Singles semis #1 seed Anna Bright of Boca Raton lost to fellow Boca player Rachel Papavasilopoulos in straight sets. Kariann Pierre-Louis of Miami, Fl received a retirement after one game as her opponent Amanda Anisimova of Hallandale beach was injured so it was #4 seed Pierre Louis who prevailed in the girls final against Rachel Papavasilopoulos of Boca Raton. Kariann Pierre-Louis was also a double winner as she just won the doubles as well as the singles with her partner Anna Bright. They won 8-3 against Anna Brylin of Short Hills, NJ and Victoria Emma of Naples, FL.
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