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Rasheeda McAdoo Tennis Futures Player

Rasheeda McAdoo Tennis Futures Player
By McCarton Ackerman
Monday, September 3, 2012

Although American player Rasheeda McAdoo lost her first round match in the US Open junior event, it was a monumental step towards adding on to her family’s athletic legacy.

Her father, Bob McAdoo, enjoyed a 14-year NBA career that included accolades such as Rookie of the Year in 1972 and MVP in 1975, both of which came while playing for the Buffalo Braves. But these days, it’s his daughter who is taking the spotlight on a different kind of court as she looks to forge her own path. McAdoo entered the qualifying draw of the girl’s singles event as a wildcard and came through two rounds of qualifying to advance into the main draw. Although she had her chances in the second set, she ended up falling in a tough 6-4, 6-4 loss to Ching-Wen Hsu of Chinese Taipei. However, she’s also competing in the doubles draw and plays her first round match on Tuesday.

“I felt a little overwhelmed at first, but started to get used to the atmosphere as the match went on,” said McAdoo. “I wish I played a little bit better, but it was a little nervewracking for my first time out there.”

McAdoo was introduced to the sport at a young age by her father, who is a recreational player himself. After noticing his daughter’s natural athletic talent, he became more involved with her tennis and the family moved around Florida in the pursuit of ideal training facilities. These days, she is training with former ATP Tour Martin Blackman in Boca Raton, FL, but also utilizes her father’s athletic background when talking about how to prepare for a match or life as an athlete.

The 17-year-old has also been getting her feet wet on the ITF Junior Circuit, competing in seven tournaments so far this year to reach her current ranking of No. 160. Although she has college aspirations in mind for after high school, she intends on continuing to build up her tennis while competing in major events along the way.

“By this time next year, I want to be in the top 50 for juniors and playing all of the junior Grand Slams,” said McAdoo. “And even though I’m planning on going to college, I really do want to play pro someday”

McAdoo admits there is a lot of work to be done in order to achieve that goal. While she cites her forehand as her best shot, she says that she spends time each day trying to improve upon her serve. In addition, she’s also working hard on the mental aspects of her game.

“My dad is laid-back, but I definitely inherited the feisty Italian side from my mom out there,” said McAdoo with a laugh. “I’m trying to control that.”

McAdoo admitted that she fields a lot of questions about her father from naturally curious fans, but said she wants to acknowledge his career while beginning to create her own.

“It doesn’t bother me when people ask about him a lot,” said McAdoo. “I’m proud to be his daughter and I want him to be proud of me. I just want to step out of his shadow and have my own identity and I think I’m doing that now.”

ITF Tennis Ranking Points Table

ITF Rankings Points Table

Ranking Points

Points available for final round reached at ITF Pro Circuit tournaments in 2012 (various scenarios can affect the actual points given – please see relevent sections of ITF Pro Circuit rule book)

MEN’S CIRCUIT

Circuit Prize Money Winner Runner-up Semifinal Quarterfinal R16 R32
ITF $15,000+H 35 20 10 4 1 0
ITF $15,000 27 15 8 3 1 0
ITF $10,000 18 10 6 2 1 0

 

No points are awarded in qualifying events or to players who qualify

Doubles Rankings points are only awarded in Futures tournaments in the semi-final and final rounds.

 


 

WOMEN’S CIRCUIT

Circuit Prize Money Winner Finalist Semifinal Quarterfinal R16 R32 Qualifier Q3 Q2 Q1
ITF $100,000+H 150 110 80 40 20 1 6 4 1 0
ITF $100,000 140 100 70 36 18 1 6 4 1 0
ITF $75,000+H 130 90 58 32 16 1 6 4 1 0
ITF $75,000 110 78 50 30 14 1 6 4 1 0
ITF $50,000+H 90 64 40 24 12 1 6 4 1 0
ITF $50,000 70 50 32 18 10 1 6 4 1 0
ITF $25,000 50 34 24 14 8 1 1 0 0 0
ITF $15,000 20 15 11 8 1 0 0 0 0 0
ITF $10,000 12 8 6 4 1 0 0 0 0 0

Doubles Ranking points will award first round (R16) points equal to that shown in the R32 column above and thereafter as displayed for subsequent rounds.

Taylor Townsend attends Juniors Clinic At XS Tennis In Chicago

Taylor Townsend Top Junior At XS Tennis In Chicago

Taylor Townsend top rated Junior visits XS Tennis in Chicago for juniors clinic.  Taylor spent two days hitting with the junior players of XS Tennis in Chicago.  Taylor got her start in Chicago and returned to hit and mentor some of the local juniors in the area.  This was a great experience for the Juniors and a treat for the Adults who have only seen her on TV.

Taylor recently won the  Junior 2012 Australian open in Singles and in Doubles , she also won the 2012 Wimbledon Doubles junior championship.  Taylor will be competing in the US Open Junior Tournament this month and we wish her luck as she is a fantastic young lady and represents the USA well.

Check some footage from the clinics below