Tennis

Local Tennis Notebook: Ivan Lendl to participate in IJTA open house

sports@islandpacket.comMarch 9, 2014 

Cincinnati Tennis

Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, returns a volley to Nicolas Almagro, of Spain, during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

TOM UHLMAN — File -- The Associated Press

The Ivan Lendl International Junior Tennis Academy will host an open house with the former No. 1 player in the world and academy namesake from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at TennisClub of the Low Country at Rose Hill Plantation.

This event is open to all junior tennis players and their families interested in summer training programs, part-time, or full-time programs with the IJTA and an opportunity for serious junior tennis players to meet Lendl.

The first 10 players to register will receive a free week of summer training at the Ivan Lendl IJTA.

Lendl is an eight-time grand slam winner and coach to Wimbledon champion Andy Murray. At the three-hour open house, Lendl and supporting coaches will work with and evaluate the junior players, providing feedback and instruction.

Players will also visit the academy's mental trainer and strength and conditioning trainer. Players and their families are then invited to ask questions of Lendl, the coaches and staff. A light lunch for registered players and their families will be served.

The event is free, but space is limited.

Registration: http://www.lendltennis.com/

Details: Libby O'Regan, public relations for Ivan Lendl IJTA, 843-415-9156.

HILTON HEAD'S WATANABE TO REPRESENT USA

Hilton Head Island's Jolene Watanabe will compete for the United States in the Margaret Court Cup (Women's 45 & over) at the 2014 ITF Seniors World Championships.

The championships will be held from April 21 through May 4 in Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton, Fla.

Watanabe is one of 40 Americans participating in 10 divisions at the 34th edition of senior tennis' premier international team competition. Roughly 1,000 athletes will represent 39 countries.

IJTA'S GOBBATO WINS AT MOUNT PLEASANT

Ivan Lendl IJTA junior Marco Gobbato won the Mount Pleasant Junior Challenger in Mount Pleasant last week, winning four round-robin matches to take the title.

Ivan Lendl IJTA senior Annika Wagner played in the Norcross, Ga., Southern Level 2 tournament this past weekend, winning her first round before falling in the second round.

Wagner is ranked 159 in the South and 21st in the state of South Carolina. Originally from Spartanburg, Wagner has committed to play for Charleston Southern next fall.

HILTON HEAD'S KUNZ 2ND IN SAVANNAH

Hilton Head Island's Nicholas Kunz fell to Korey Lovett of Brevard, N.C., 6-3, 7-5, in the final of the $50,000 Savannah Challenger Wildcard Tournament last week in Savannah, Ga.

As the winner, Lovett, who will be a freshman at Alabama in the fall, earned a wild-card entry into the qualifying draw for the $50,000 Savannah Challenger, which begins April 19 at The Landings Club's Franklin Creek Tennis Center.

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