Saturday, June 21, 2014

Patrick Kypson and Makenna Jones Capture the Southern Junior Closed Tennis Championships in Little Rock, Arkansas

Patrick Kypson of North Carolina (pictured right) and Makenna Jones of South Carolina (pictured below) won the Southern Junior Closed Boy's and Girl's 16s Tennis Championships at Rebsamen Tennis Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Top seeded Patrick Kypson defeated #2 Trent Bryde of Georgia 7-6; 6-1 in the Boy's 18s final. In the Girl's 16s final, Top seeded Makenna Jones of South Carolina defeated #3 Nami Otsuka  of Georgia 6-2; 3-6; 6-2. The players in this tournament who are entering their junior year in high school this fall are highly sought after college tennis recruits receiving attention from top college programs across the nation.

Some Arkansas juniors that performed well in the tournament included Tatum Rice of Hot Springs who reached the Quarterfinals, Katie LaFrance of Little Rock who reached the Round of 16, and Max Mendelsohn of Little Rock who also reached the Round of 16.

Other Arkansas players participating in the event included Luke Anderson, Emma Baker, Brooke Buckner, Anil Chakka, Maria Geoly, Caroline Gibbens, Ashley Gray, Hunter Harrison, Maya Hatley, Lily Jackson, Spencer Kauffman, Connor MacKey, Abigail Minton, Catherine Nettle, Stuart Riser, Becky Sherman, Jef Simpson, Katie Swanson, and Kami Ward.

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