Update 2:30pm, September 13, 2019:
Based on the information from the National Hurricane Center during the 2:00pm weather advisory, USTA Florida will postpone the Level 3 “Bobby Curtis” State Doubles due to the 90% chance of the tropical depression turning into the named storm Humberto.
USTA Florida has spoken to the tournament host hotels, and players will have until 6:00pm on September 13th to cancel with no charge. When calling to cancel mention that you were a registered participant in the Bobby Curtis tennis tournament.
Original story below:
Florida’s top junior doubles players will attempt to join the pair when the 71st USTA Florida “Bobby Curtis” Junior State Doubles Championships kicks off Sept. 14-16, 2019, in the 12s-18s age divisions at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.
The 18s and 12s divisions will be contested on hard courts, while the 16s and 14s divisions will be played on green clay. Surfaces could change due to participation numbers, weather or other schedule issues.
The impressive player field is headed by last year’s girls’ 18s winners Ayshe Can and Karly Friedland, who will attempt to become the first team in the recorded history of the 71-year tournament to win back-to-back girls’ 18s titles.
Last year’s division champions returning as a team are:
Girls’ 18 Doubles — Ayshe Can (Weston)/Karly Friedland (Hollywood) seeking a second straight 18s title
Girls’ 12 Doubles — Mary Boyce Deatherage (Maitland)/Gabriella Goyins (Pensacola) move up to the girls’ 14s division
Boys’ 12 Doubles — Zach Friedland (Hollywood)/Yubel Ubri (Miami Beach) move up to the boys’ 14s division
Mixed 12 Doubles — Pearl Navratik (Surfside)/Yubel Ubri (Miami Beach) move up to the mixed 14s division
Other 2018 returning champions switching partners are girls’ 16s champ Brooke Dugarte (Miami) partnering with Valeria Centeno (Hialeah), boys’ 16s champ Benjamin Zipay (Osprey) with Christopher Mendivil (Jupiter), mixed 16s champ D.J. Bennett (Belleview) with two-time Bobby Doubles winner Sophia Fornaris (Pinecrest), and mixed 14s winners Santiago Cardenas (Tampa)/Valeria Centeno (Hialeah) with new partners — Cardenas with Artemis Pados (Delray Beach) and Centeno with Samuel Dickson (Hialeah).
Last year Miami Beach’s Ubri was the lone player to claim multiple titles, winning the boys’ 12s and mixed 12s divisions.
Players can record their matches this year by using the Playsight QR Codes located near the benches on each court. For additional info players can check out the event page here.
A Photo/Video Contest for players entered in the tournament will also be held from Sept. 6-15 with the winner receiving a $100 Amazon gift card. Players can share their experience getting ready for and participating in the 2019 “Bobby Curtis” Junior State Doubles Championships on Instagram using the hashtag #BobbyCurtis. To find out more click here.
The tournament is annually a launching pad for future college stars and pros.
Former “Bobby Curtis” State Doubles winners include two-time NCAA champ and current WTA pro Danielle Collins (18s-2010, Mixed 12s-2005), former WTA doubles world No. 1-ranked and Wimbledon winner Corina Morariu (16s-1992, 14s-1991) and former ATP players Andy Roddick (12s-1994) and Wayne Odesnik (14s-1999).
Former world No. 1s Chris Evert, Andy Roddick and Jim Courier are among the players that have raised trophies in singles at the tournament, 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.
For draws, seeding and complete tournament info, click here to visit the tournament TennisLink site.