Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Little Mo International Winners

Earlier this month, while the Eddie Herr was going on in Bradenton, the Little Mo Internationals were held in Palm Beach Gardens Florida. Although I have never covered any of the Little Mo tournaments, I know they are an important step for very young players who are interested in exploring international competitive tennis, and many families form friendships there that last throughout the players' junior careers.  Two of the players at the just completed Junior Orange Bowl won the 12s titles in Palm Beach, with Valerija Kargina of Latvia and Giuliano Furlotti of Argentina, going on to make the round of 16 at the Junior Orange Bowl.

Below is the release from the tournament and the list of winners.

The Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation (MCB) is proud to present the winners from the 11th Annual "Little Mo" Internationals in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida from December 1-6, 2017. MCB was so pleased to welcome 470 players from over 60 different countries to this "one of a kind" tournament for young tennis players held at the beautiful PGA National Resort & Spa. MCB would like to thank its proud sponsors: Tennis Competitors of Dallas (TCD), Palm Beach County Sports Commission, K-Swiss (Official Apparel and Footwear), Wilson Sporting Goods (Official Racquet and Ball), and My Game Solutions (Official Player Matching and Court Booking App).

Boys 14 - Hubert Thériault (Quebec, Canada)
Boys 13 - Christian Gonzalez (Burleson, Texas)
Boys 12 - Giuliano Furlotti (Humboldt, Argentina)
Boys 11 - David Asenov (Toronto, Canada)
Boys 10 - Alejandro Arcila (Medellín, Colombia)
Boys 10 (green dot) - Ignacio Ruiz Marquinez (Veracruz, Mexico) 

Boys 9 - Alexandru Hebhang Balan (Carignan, Canada)
Boys 9 (green dot) - Emiliano Madrid (Quito, Ecuador)
Boys 8 - Teodor Davidov (Denver, Colorado)
Boys 8 (green dot) - Drew Hassenbein (Roslyn, New York) 

Girls 14 - Islay Thornicroft (London, England)
Girls 13 - Alexandra McDonald (London, England)
Girls 12 - Valerija Kargina (Riga, Latvia)
Girls 11 - Ela Nala Milic (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Girls 10 - Akasha Urhobo (Lauderhill, Florida)
Girls 10 (green dot) - Martina Basualdo (Mexico City, Mexico) 

Girls 9 - Alyssa James (Kingston, Jamaica)
Girls 9 (green dot) - Paige Wygodzki (Huntington, New York) 

Girls 8 - Zaire Clarke (Greenacres, Florida)
Girls 8 (green dot) - Andrea Cabio (Milton, Canada)

Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly was known for her outstanding sportsmanship on and off the court. To honor her legacy, MCB traditionally presents two Sportsmanship and two Kindness awards to two outstanding boys and girls at the "Little Mo". The "Little Mo" Sportsmanship Awards were given to Emilse Ruiz (Bella Vista, Argentina) and Mateo Pouso (Whitestone, New York). The Kindness Awards were presented to Elizabeth Patsula (Palm Coast, Florida) and Elliott Awomoyi (Cypress, Texas).

The "Little Mo" tournaments are hosted by MCB in memory of its tennis champion namesake Maureen Connolly. Known by her nickname “Little Mo”, she was the first woman to win the Grand Slam in 1953 - winning all four major tournaments (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open) in the same year. She is still the only American woman and the youngest player at age 18 to have accomplished this magnificent feat. Only five players in the history of tennis have won the calendar Grand Slam.