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Taylor Townsend Goes Professional

Taylor Townsend Goes Pro

Taylor Townsend Junior USA Tennis Player

According to Lagardere Unlimited  it was tweeted that they have signed Taylor Townsend an up and coming junior tennis player in the USA .  Lagardère Unlimited is a sports agency representing athletes worldwide. The tennis division is comprised of over fifty ATP, WTA, and junior players combined.

Excited to officially announce the signing of #1 Junior @! Looking forward to a great 2013 season!
Lagardere Unlimited

They also represent Victoria Azarenka, Mike and Bob Bryan, Mardy Fish , John Isner and Sloane Stephens just to name a few.


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.”

ITA National Indoor Championship Results

ITA National Indoor Championship Results

 Four main draw champions were crowned today at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, hosted by Columbia University at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.  Today’s winners on the women’s side both hail from the Pac-12 conference while the ACC swept the men’s titles.

The men’s singles final was expected to be a lengthy battle between sixth-seed Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia and ITA wild card selection Sebastian Fanselow from Pepperdine. The opening three games saw each player with chances to strike first with a break, but neither could do so. The set remained on serve until 3-2, when Jenkins pulled off a spectacular backhand passing shot on the full run to break Fanselow. Jenkins came through with a solid hold in the next game, and riding the wave of momentum, broke again for the set.

Jenkins-Final NIIC

Jenkins seemed determined to not give Fanselow the slightest opening to work his way back into the match in the second set, drilling winners off of both wings from the baseline while also keeping a number of points alive with his terrific scrambling. The Pepperdine senior was clearly worn down toward the end of the match, managing to fight off two match points to hold at 0-5, but he was no match for Jenkins serve in the next game for the 6-2, 6-1 triumph. Jenkins is the second straight Cavalier to win the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships men’s singles title, with then-freshman Mitchell Frank pulling out a three set victory last year.

“I’m just really happy with the way I played,” Jenkins said. “Sebastian had a good tournament, and I knew he was going to be a tough opponent, so it feels really good to get this win and take the title back to Charlottesville. I really just focused on giving it 100% on every single point. It just so happened that I happened to play really well. We kind of felt each other out the first three games or so. I think when I saved the break points early on it kind of set the momentum that I was in it for the long haul.”

In the women’s singles final, UCLA’s Robin Anderson jumped out to another quick start, this time breaking Cal’s Anett Schutting twice to open the match. Schutting found herself down 4-0 before finally finding her range from the baseline. She put a little pressure on Anderson late in the set, getting one of the breaks back to close the gap to 5-3. However, in the next game, Schutting failed to hold once again, netting a forehand volley on set point.

Anderson sprinted out ahead once again in the second, securing a break for 2-0 when Schutting tossed in a double fault. The Bruin consolidated the break in commanding fashion by holding at love, but the set took a dramatic turn from there. Schutting finally got on the board with a hold in the next game, and then found a way to break Anderson’s serve. The momentum was nearly stolen back by Anderson, who had three break points at 3-2, but the Golden Bear came through with some big serving and heavy hitting from the baseline to fend them off.

Anderson-Final NIIC

Ultimately, Schutting’s inconsistency from the baseline plagued her, especially with Anderson being able to rely on her movement and defense when needed. On Anderson’s second match point on Schutting’s serve at 5-4, Schutting dumped a forehand into the net, allowing Anderson to flash a smile to her coach and let out a huge sigh of relief. Anderson is just the second Bruin women’s tennis player to claim the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships singles crown, joining the 1995 champion Jane Chi.

“The game plan was to be aggressive, make my serves and make my returns,” Anderson explained. “She came out firing. She was serving well and was hitting the ball so big, so I kind of had to adjust a little bit.  I started playing a little more defense but still trying to be aggressive when I could. Having my friends come out, having the USTA here supporting me, it was so special to win it.”

The men’s doubles final pitted the No. 2 seeds Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler of Duke against the unseeded duo of Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland from Georgia. The two teams traded breaks early in the opening set, but it was the Blue Devil tandem who secured the decisive break for a 4-3 lead. Pieters and Wagland were able to force Cunha to serve it out at 5-4, which he had no trouble doing, ending the set with an emphatic ace down the T.

Duke Doubles Final-NIIC

The Bulldogs held to open the second set, but on their next service game Cunha and Hemmeler broke, which all but sealed the fate of Pieters and Wagland. The Duke pair stretched the lead out to 5-1 before Wagland held serve, but Cunha and Hemmeler clinched the championship in the next game. They are just the second doubles team from Duke to win the men’s doubles draw at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.

“I think we were returning really well, so even though we lost one service game we knew that we were getting our chances on their service game,” Cunha said. “So we just kept focus, and I think that was the key to winning the first set and set the tone for the second set as well. I can’t ask for a better way to finish my last fall season. It’s just really special.”

The women’s doubles final provided little drama, with the top seeds Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria serving up a double bagel against Virgina duo Stephanie Nauta and Li Xi. The Cavaliers fell behind a break when Xi sailed a swinging volley long, but had two break point chances in the next game on Christian’s serve. When Nauta and Xi failed to break in that game, the frustration began to mount. An unforced error off the racquet of Nauta gave the Women of Troy a 4-0 lead, and after battling back from 0-40 on Santamaria’s serve, they took the set 6-0.

USC Doubles-Final NIIC

A love hold by Christian and Santamaria was an ominous way for the Cavaliers to begin the second set. The next game ended when Xi threw in a double fault, and the remainder of the match went by quickly. The USC tandem continually hit precise lobs and perfectly angled passing shots, and when Nauta and Xi were in control of a rally, they seemed to go for the wrong shot at the wrong time. Nauta netted a forehand volley on match point, giving Christian and Santamaria their second consecutive USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships women’s doubles title. They are just the third duo in event history win back-to-back championships.

“We love this tournament,” stated Santamaria. “We don’t get a chance to play indoors too often, so it’s always fun to come out here. It’s an amazing feeling. It’s really incredible to be back again.”


2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Flushing, NY
Surface: Hard-Indoor
Sunday, November 11 – RESULTS

Men’s Singles – Final
(6) Jarmere Jenkins (Virginia) def. Sebastian Fanselow (Pepperdine) 6-2, 6-1

Men’s Singles – Consolation Final
Matija Pecotic (Princeton) def. Peter Kobelt (Ohio State) 7-6(5), 6-1

Women’s Singles – Final
(5) Robin Anderson (UCLA) def. Anett Schutting (Cal) 6-3, 6-4

Women’s Singles – Consolation Final
Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (Texas A&M) def. Alexa Guarachi (Alabama) 7-6(4), 7-5

Men’s Doubles – Final
(2) Henrique Cunha/Raphael Hemmeler (Duke) def. Hernus Pieters/Ben Wagland (Georgia) 6-4, 6-2

Men’s Doubles – Consolation Final
Vikram Hundal/Juan Spir (Georgia Tech) def. Alex Domijan/Harrison Richmond (Virginia) 9-8(4)

Women’s Doubles – Final
(1) Kaitlyn Christian/Sabrina Santamaria (USC) def. Stephanie Nauta/Li Xi (Virginia) 6-0, 6-0

Women’s Doubles – Consolation Final
Maci Epstein/Erin Vierra (Virginia) def. Gabriella DeSimone/Zoe Scandalis (USC) 9-8(1)