While there will be no “Little Mo” Sectionals this year, the “Little Mo” Regional Tournaments are coming to cities all across the United States this summer, including one right here in New York.
The Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning in the Bronx will host one of the four Regional events, the North Regionals, set for Sunday, September 5 through Tuesday, September 7. The other three Regional events will take place in Berkeley, Calif., Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. and Arlington, Texas.
The top four players (semifinalists) in each age division from the Regionals advance to the prestigious "Little Mo" Nationals held in the fall at the Austin Tennis Academy in Austin, Texas. The top 160 players who reach the "Little Mo" Nationals are the youngest and brightest future stars in American tennis.
Registration for the North Regionals is now open on the “Little Mo” site. Yellow (regular) ball divisions will be offered for boys and girls (ages 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) at the four "Little Mo" Regionals in addition to a green dot division option for ages 8, 9, and 10.
“In the past, we have offered the green dot divisions at our sectional events, but our regional events have been for the yellow ball divisions only. Since we were unable to host the Sectionals this year, we have added the green dot divisions to the Regionals,” said the “Little Mo” Tournament Series in its press release. “While the green dot players will not be able to advance to the Nationals, we might consider them as replacement players if there is an opening in the yellow ball divisions at the Nationals.”
Many well-known collegiate players and famous tennis professionals have participated in the "Little Mo" tournaments over the years including Andy Roddick, Dominic Thiem, Taylor Fritz, Sebastian Korda, Borna Coric, Sofia Kenin, Belinda Bencic, Madison Keys, Coco Gauff, Taylor Townsend, Mackie McDonald, Ryan Harrison, Vasek Pospisil, Donald Young, Steve Johnson, Denis Kudla, CiCi Bellis, and Ana Konjuh among many others. In 2019, more than 3,000 players nationwide competed in the “Little Mo” events.
Stay tuned for more information on the “Little Mo” circuit this summer.