Palm Beach Gardens, Fl. Dec 6 The ultimate kids challenge is taking place at BallenIsles Country Club and the PGA National Resort & Spa from December 6-11 as 364 boys and girls aged 8-12 from 40 different countries compete in a unique tennis championship – the “Little Mo” Grand Slam, and towering at 6 feet, for the tallest trophy ever presented in Junior Tennis.
“This is the biggest Little Mo event ever, with an amazing Parade of Nations and it celebrates Maureen “Little Mo” Connolly, who was the first woman to win the Grand Slam of tennis when she was only 18 years old,” BallenIsles Tennis Director Trish Faulkner said.
Opening Ceremonies will be held at PGA National at 4 p.m. on Friday, December 6. Matches will begin on Saturday at BallenIsles starting at 8am. To gain access interested spectators can contact the Tennis Shop at 561-625-5707 ext 2.
The “Little Mo” Grand Slam is the third and final leg of “Little Mo” International tournaments which began this summer in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and continued in Forest Hills, New York, before moving to Palm Beach Gardens this weekend.
Four players are still in the running to win the “Little Mo” Grand Slam:  Nishesh Basavareddy (Irvine,California), the brother/sister duo of Michael and Alexandra Eala (Makati City, Philippines), and Noa Krznaric (Zagreb, Croatia). Created by the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation, the Grand Slam event marks the 60th anniversary of Connolly’s Grand Slam win. Connolly is still the youngest and only American woman to have accomplished this amazing feat, winning the Australian Championships, the French Championships, Wimbledon, and the United States Championships in 1953. Although her career only spanned three years, many premier sports writers consider Connolly to be the finest of all female players.
To put the significance of her achievement into perspective, only five players have won the “Grand Slam” in singles. About BallenIsles Country Club Nestled in the heart of South Florida’sPalm BeachGardens, BallenIsles Country Club 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, the prestigious country club boasts 3 championship courses with 54 holes of golf, 22 world class tennis courts and a new, state-of-the-art Sports Complex that is testimony to the Club’s extraordinary commitment to a healthy member lifestyle.
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