For the past 13 years, the world’s best junior tennis players have annually gathered at the hard courts of the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Fla., to compete in the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships. But this year, the USTA opted to shift the event back to its roots, moving the event to clay courts for the first time since 1998.
After the first round of play at the 2011 Orange Bowl, local junior tennis stars played hard but ultimately fell to their opponents. On the Girls 16s side, Ariana Rodriguez from the Bronx lost to Kimberly Lee of Las Vegas, 6-1, 6-2 in straight sets. On the Boys 16s side, Justin Fields from Manhattan played solid tennis but lost 6-4, 7-5 to Aleksandr Spirin of Russia. We congratulate Ariana and Justin on their dedication and accomplishments in this years Orange Bowl and hope to see them in the tournament again next year, this time with some experience.
Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship Results
Frank Veltri Tennis Center, Plantation, Fla.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Metro Player Results
►Boys 16s Singles–First Round
Aleksandr Spirin defeated Justin Fields 6-4, 7-5
►Girls 16s Singles- First Round
Kimberly Lee defeated Ariana Rodriguez 6-1, 6-2