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January 27, 2010 07:49 AM

           P R E S S   R E L E A S E

The 3rd “Little Mo” International Open

               presented by


                              for Boys & Girls 8-11 worldwide           


            Results Announced


Dallas, TX - The Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation announced today the results of the 3rd “Little Mo” International Open held at the beautiful Club Med Sandpiper in

Port St. Lucie, Florida
from December 15-19, 2009. 

Players from 13 different countries around the world were represented:  Canada, Great Britain, Peru, Slovenia, Aruba, India, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Switzerland, Croatia, Czech Republic and the USA.

The USA participants will be traveling from 18 different states and Puerto Rico:  Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Iowa, Georgia, Texas, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Kansas and Arkansas.

Boys 11:  Winner:   Titus Strom - Frisco, Texas

        Runner-Up:      William Tutecky - North York, Ontario, Canada

Boys 10:   Winner:   Alexander Rushin - Rancho Santa Fe, California

        Runner-Up:       Ignacio Garcia - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Boys 9:  Winner:       Austin Di Giulio - Newport Beach, California

        Runner-Up:       Courage Crawford - Longwood, Florida

Boys 8:  Winner:       Scott Sculley - Churchville, Maryland

         Runner-Up:      Harrison Gold - Aventura, Florida

Girls 11:  Winner:   Ingrid Neel - Rochester, Minnesota

          Runner-Up:  Chisato Hayakawa - Japan 

Girls 10:  Winner:   Alessia Welti - Feusisberg, Switzerland

          Runner-Up:   Jaeda Daniel - Wesley Chapel, Florida

Girls 9: Winner:      Nicole Conard - Tyler, Texas

           Runner-Up:  Claire Liu - Thousand Oaks, California

Girls 8:  Winner:     Sophia Edwards - Sarasota, Florida

           Runner-Up:  Laetitia Pulchartova - Rudna, Czech Republic



The “Little Mo” International is open to any player from around the world who is 8, 9, 10, & 11 years of age and is the premier challenge for youngsters to compete against players from other countries who are the same age.


The “Little Mo” tournament is a program of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation, which furthers junior tennis development for boys and girls ages 8, 9, 10 & 11.


The “Little Mo” tournament began in Texas over thirty years ago and due to its popularity, the event expanded to a national level in 1998 with the formation of the “Road to the ‘Little Mo’ Nationals” - a nationwide, year-long circuit of fun, competitive tournaments culminating in a United States national champion being crowned in each age division.  Over 1,500 players participate in the “Road to the ‘Little Mo’ Nationals”.  In March 2006, the MCB Tennis Foundation announced the "Little Mo" was expanding to an international level to mark its 30th anniversary.


The goal for the “Little Mo” International Open is for players to develop new friendships with players from other countries, provide outstanding competition, learn good sportsmanship and most of all, have fun.  There will be no ranking points given in order to avoid putting pressure on players at this young age.  The winner of each age division will be crowned an International “Little Mo” Champion.


The Opening Ceremony for the Qualifier began with the “player parade” on Tuesday morning, December 15.  The international players played a Qualifying round on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to determine the four places in the Main Draw (8 players) in each age division. The other four places in the Main Draw were filled by the top four USA players from the “Little Mo” Nationals, which was held October 17-19 at the Austin Tennis Academy in Austin, Texas.  The four qualifiers and the four top USA players comprised the “elite eight” in the Main Draw.


The Opening Ceremony for the Main Draw began with the “player parade” on Thursday afternoon, December 17.  The Main Draw began on Friday, December 18 and the finals were held on Saturday, December 19. Cindy Brinker Simmons, daughter of the late Maureen “Little Mo” Connolly, gave an inspirational talk on motivation, sportsmanship and determination at the opening ceremony and her son, William, assisted her in presenting the trophies to the players.


Many champions, including well known player Andy Roddick, have come through the “Little Mo” program in its thirty year history.  Roddick won the “Little Mo” event in 1992 at 10 years of age.  At that time, he lived in Austin, Texas and the event was for Texas players only.  Roddick said, “The ‘Little Mo’ was my first big win!”   He continues to be very supportive of the “Little Mo” by personally signing photograph cards for each player in the “Little Mo” Nationals. 




                     The Story of “Little Mo”


In 1953, a young girl named Maureen Connolly won the Grand Slam of tennis.  She was the first woman to ever capture this elusive crown by winning the U.S. Championships, Wimbledon, the Australian Championships and the French Championships.  She is one of only five players in the history of tennis to have won the Grand Slam and she was only eighteen years old when she accomplished this magnificent feat.  She remains the youngest player and the only American woman to ever win the Grand Slam.  Maureen was nicknamed “Little Mo” early in her career by Nelson Fisher, sports writer of the San Diego Union newspaper because her powerful strokes reminded him of the U.S. battleship Missouri (Big Mo). 


In July 1954, “Little Mo” injured her leg in a horseback riding accident, which ended her tennis career.  She continued to be a major influence in the world of tennis.  She married Norman Brinker and they made their home in Dallas. 


As one of Dallas’ new residents, “Little Mo” was anxious to promote her beloved game of tennis and in 1968, joined her dear friend, Mrs. Frank (Nancy) Jeffett, to co-found the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation.  Unfortunately, her tragic death from cancer occurred six months later on the eve of Wimbledon.


Today, the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation continues to benefit countless numbers of boys and girls throughout the country and the world.  Nancy Jeffett, Chairman Emeritus, Cindy Brinker Simmons, President, Brenda Brinker Bottum, Vice-President, Elizabeth Jeffett, Vice-President and  Carol Weyman, Executive Vice-President and the Advisory Board lead the foundation in a myriad of programs and activities.


For more information, please contact Carol Weyman at the MCB office: (214) 352-7978 or email:  Cartennis@aol.com.   Please visit our website: www.mcbtennis.org for results.






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