Found December 08, 2011 on Tennis Panorama :
American boys have had a rough time adapting to the clay courts at the 2011 Orange Bowl, taking place at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Fla.  Only two Americans reached the round of 16 in the boys’ 18s draw, and Americans were shut out entirely from the boys’ 16s quarterfinals.  But the American girls have taken up the slack, as two powered their way into the 18s quarterfinals on Thursday, while two more make up half of the semifinal field in the 16s draw.   Americans were guaranteed at least one girls’ 18s quarterfinalist on Thursday, as Floridians Samantha Crawford of Tamarac and Nadia Echeverria Alam of Doral faced off in a match that featured two of the bigger hitters in the tournament.  By her own admission, Crawford, the 2011 USTA International Spring Champion, is playing some of the best tennis of her budding career, and it showed on Thursday, as she banged out winners from both wings as well as from her booming serve.  Echeverria Alam, who’d spent more than se...

Day 3 at the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships

  When the USTA announced in April the decision that the Orange Bowl International Championships would be moved back to its clay court roots, it was done so with the belief that additional clay court training and competition would help develop better players in the long term.  However, with a few notable exceptions, the green clay was largely unkind to Americans on Wednesday at...
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