The rain-rescheduled 14s and 12s divisions for the 71st USTA Florida “Bobby Curtis” Junior State Doubles Championships will take place this weekend, Oct. 19-21, 2019, at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.
Both divisions will be contested on clay courts, but the surface could change due to participation numbers, weather or other schedule issues. Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick lifted the “Bobby Doubles” title as a 12-year-old, as did current WTA tour rising star Danielle Collins in the mixed 12s.
Last year’s division champions returning as a team are:
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
Also returning is last year’s girls’ 12s champion Gabriella Goyins (Pensacola) playing with new partner Jessica Maras (Lake Mary). Last year Miami Beach’s Ubri was the lone player to claim multiple titles, winning the boys’ 12s and mixed 12s.
Draws and start times will be posted on Wednesday, Oct. 16 after 3 p.m., and non-mandatory (but recommended) early check-in will be on Friday, Oct. 18 from 4-7 p.m. Practice courts will be available Friday from 2-8 p.m., first-come first-served (players are encouraged to share courts).
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 at the link below.
A Photo/Video Contest for players entered in the tournament will also be held from Oct. 11-20 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, 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.