The 2022 10 and Under USTA Florida “Bobby Curtis” Green Ball Sectional Championships were held this past weekend at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, FL. USTA Florida’s Bobby Curtis tournaments are the most prestigious in the state and honor the late tennis great, Bobby Curtis, and his work to provide play opportunities for everyone in the junior space.
In the Boys’ Draw, Indian Harbour Beach’s David Bender came out on top of a very loaded bracket. The number 1 seed cruised through his first three matches, as he didn’t drop a single game. In the semifinals, he matched up against the three seed, Andreas Paun (Hollywood), who was able to take two games off Bender, but it wouldn’t be enough in the end.
The Championship match featured Bender against Patrick Paun (Hollywood). Paun had a stellar run to reach the finals. Much like Bender, Paun had only dropped two games in his previous four matches. The first set of the finals was back and forth with the two trading off games. However, Bender was able to find the final game to take the opening set 4-3. The second set saw the two continuing to battle, but Bender couldn’t be stopped, and won it 4-2, claiming the 10U Boys’ Bobby Curtis Green Ball Championship.
Over in the Girls’ Draw, number 2 seed Brielle Amey, from Boca Raton came out victorious after powering through some tough opponents. Amey played great tennis through her first three matches, while only dropping 4 games across that span.
In the semifinals, Amey matched against number 3 seed, Isla Amos (Melbourne). The two battled it out in the first set with them trading off the first few games. But, Amey finished strong taking the first set 4-2 and rode that momentum to an east 4-1 set two victory. This set up a showdown with the top seed, Brooke Martin (Ormond Beach), who just won a close match over the fourth seeded Sierra Mongerie (Tallahassee). Amey got things started in the first set with a 4-2 victory. Martin didn’t give up though and stormed back to win the second set 4-0. This forced a 7-point tiebreaker, where ultimately it was Amey who was able to gain a lead and win 7-3.
Below is a list of the final placements, including the winners from the other brackets.
Boys’ Draw Results
1st Place: David Bender, Indian Harbour Beach | 2nd Place: Patrick Paun, Hollywood
3rd Place: Andreas Paun, Hollywood | 4th Place: Gabriel Marino, Miami
5th Place: Nestor Machado, Coral Gables | 6th Place: Quinn Canales, Orlando
Consolation Winner: Jameison Kelly, Wellington | Consolation Finalist: Ian Rivera, Orlando
North Bracket Winner: Alexander Ligman, Gainesville
South Bracket Winner: Walker Amey, Boca Raton
NW Bracket Winner: Aahan Gupta, Tampa
SW Bracket Winner: Lorenzo Pirari, Miami Beach
SE Bracket Winner: Preston Renfrow, Winter Park
Girls’ Draw Results
1st Place: Brielle Amey, Boca Raton | 2nd Place: Brooke Martin, Ormond Beach
3rd Place: Isla Amos, Melbourne | 4th Place: Sierra Mongerie, Tallahassee
5th Place: Kira Suleimanova, Sunny Isles Beach | 6th Place: Taylor Amberg, Naples
Consolation Winner: Delaney Guider, Apollo Beach | Consolation Finalist: Mia Lerma, Orlando
North Bracket Winner: Piper Binkley, Orlando
South Bracket Winner: Mona Makarevic, Orlando
NW Bracket Winner: Quinn Kennedy, Coral Gables
SW Bracket Winner: Irina Incera, Lutz
SE Bracket Winner: Lyra Littler, Winter Park
Previously known as the USTA Florida Jr. State Closed, Florida’s top junior event was renamed to honor the legendary Florida junior tennis organizer Bobby Curtis in 2012. Curtis passed away in July 2021.
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