Written by: Carol Weyman
Sunny Florida awaits all Canadians at the “Little Mo” Internationals for boys and girls (ages 8-12) at the beautiful PGA National Resort & Spa from December 7-12, 2012. We hope you will plan to join us for this unique event for junior players. The event will be the premier challenge for youngsters to compete against players from other countries who are their same age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.
Singles, doubles and mixed doubles will be offered with all matches played on full 78′ Har-Tru clay courts. For ages 8, 9 and 10, there will be a choice: play with the traditional yellow ball or the green dot ball. For ages 11 & 12, matches will be played with the yellow ball. To register, please go to www.mcbtennis.org. Click on Tournaments and the orange sun icon.
“We are most excited to be the host site for this premier event,” said Bob Wuhrman, director of tennis at the PGA National Resort & Spa. “The MCB Tennis Foundation and ‘Little Mo’ have had a major influence on junior tennis worldwide and it is with great pride that we are able to showcase this young tennis talent at our resort and at BallenIsles.”
Many champions, including Andy Roddick, have come through the “Little Mo” program in its 35 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”. Other former “Little Mo” champions such as Ryan Harrison and Donald Young are moving up the pro ranks.
“We are thrilled the ‘Little Mo’ Internationals will be held at the PGA National Resort & Spa and BallenIsles Country Club, and we know it will be the ideal setting for international players and parents,” said Carol Weyman, executive vice-president of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation. “Youngsters will have a chance to meet players from other countries, gauge their skills against players their same age, learn good sportsmanship, and enjoy the game without the pressure of rankings. We also want to introduce the name Maureen ‘Little Mo’ Connolly and her accomplishments to youngsters worldwide.”
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 Australian, French, Wimbledon, and U.S. Championships in one calendar year. She was only 18 years old when she accomplished this magnificent feat. Maureen was known as the incomparable “Little Mo”.