Players from more than 23 different countries descended onto The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills for the sixth annual "Little Mo" Internationals.
The sixth annual “Little Mo” Internationals hit the courts of The West Side Tennis Club once again this past summer. Some of the top junior tennis players from around the globe conjoined into Forest Hills, Queens for one of the most anticipated and exciting weeks of junior tennis the world has to offer.
The tournament featured more than 180 players from 23 different countries as well as from 16 different states in the United States.
The week-long tournament played host to compelling tennis in a multitude of divisions. Below is a list of the winners in the singles divisions:
►Boys 12 - Gonzalo Zeitune (Yerba Buena, Argentina)
►Boys 11 - Jordan Reznik (Great Neck, New York)
►Boys 10 - Dominick Mosejczuk (East Elmhurst, New York)
►Boys 9 - Sebastian Bielen (Glen Cove, New York)
►Boys 8 - Tadevos Mirijanyan (Palm Coast, Florida)
►Boys 8 (green dot) - Drew Hassenbein (Roslyn, New York)
►Girls 12 - Stacey Samonte (Whittier, California)
►Girls 11 - Christasha McNeil (Massapequa, New York)
►Girls 10 - Akasha Urhobo (Lauderhill, Florida)
►Girls 9 - Natalie Oliver (Fallston, Maryland)
►Girls 8 - Zaire Clarke (Greenacres, Florida)
►Girls 8 (green dot) - Luiza Viesi Santoro Pereira (São Paulo, Brazil)
By winning in New York, Akasha Urhobo will compete for a second "Little Mo" Slam title in Florida in December.
As with all “Little Mo” tournaments, the quality of tennis on the court is not the only priority, as sportsmanship and kindness are two pillars of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation and the “Little Mo” tournaments.
Jagger Leach of Newport Beach, California and Ellie Ross of Port Washington, New York, were honored with the “Little Mo” Sportsmanship Awards, while Noah Johnston of Anderson, South Carolina and Stacey Samonte of Whittier, California received the Kindness Awards.
By winning their respective divisions, Mosejczuk, Urhobo, Samonte and Oliver are all still in the running for the 2017 “Little Mo” Slam, which players win by capturing the title at the three “Little Mo” Internationals (California, New York and Florida). Urhobo is attempting to become the first player to win a second “Little Mo” Slam title after winning it last year.
The 11th annual “Little Mo” Internationals in Florida will be held from December 1-6 at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens.