Fort Myers’ Daniel Osipenko and Tampa’s Taylor Allcott won section tennis championship titles on Sunday in 10-and-under finals at the 2021 USTA Florida “Bobby Curtis” Green Ball Sectional Championships, held Sept. 25-26 at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.
Osipenko, who was the No. 2 seed, dominated the boys’ final and No. 3-seeded Michael Rybak of Palm Coast, 4-2, 4-3. Osipenko, who was the fourth-place overall finisher in the 2020 “Bobby Curtis” Green Ball Sectional Championships, cruised through the tournament winning seven 4-0 sets through five rounds. Osipenko did not face a fellow seeded player until the semifinals, where he defeated No. 5 seed Simon Le of Tampa, 4-2, 4-0. The 5th grader is ranked No. 1 in Florida, No. 2 in the Southeast, and No. 6 nationally according to TennisRecruiting.net’s recruiting rankings.
In the girls’ final, No. 2 seed Allcott squared off against No. 7 seed Elizabeth Patsula of Miramar, and rallied to a 4-2, 2-4 [7-3] victory. This isn’t Allcott’s first “Bobby Curtis” title – she was a victor of the 2019 “Bobby Curtis” Orange Ball Team Tennis Sectional Championships with partner Haily Tong. This year’s green ball victory was an improvement over Allcott’s finish in last year’s edition of the “Bobby Curtis” Green Ball Sectional Championships, where she was the winner of the Northwest Bracket. Allcott is ranked No. 7 in Florida, No. 17 in the Southeast, and No. 49 nationally in TennisRecruiting.net’s recruiting rankings.
Top Boys’ Finishers:
1st — Daniel Osipenko, Fort Myers (East Bracket winner)
2nd — Michael Rybak, Palm Coast (East Bracket finalist)
3rd — Simon Le, Tampa (Play-off winner)
4th — Marco Kushnir, Boca Raton (Play-off finalist)
5th — Andreas Paun, Hollywood (Northeast Bracket winner)
6th — Patrick Paun, Hollywood (Northeast Bracket finalist)
Additional Boys’ Results:
West Bracket: Jan Blaszkiewicz (Jacksonville) d. Evan Rengifo (Orlando) 4-2, 4-1
North Bracket: Victor Lobo (Boca Raton) d. Kyle Meng (Odessa) WO [inj]
Northwest Bracket: Noah Adekunle (Daytona Beach) d. Miguel Romero (Orlando) 4-0, 4-1
South Bracket: Andrew Gomez (Orlando) d. Gabriel Marino (Miami) 4-3,3-4 [7-2]
Southeast Bracket: Nicholas Rybak (Palm Coast) d. Owen Stechschulte (Tampa) 2-4, 4-2 [7-4]
Southwest Bracket: Andrei Robinson (Boca Raton) d. Daniel Michel (Melbourne Beach) 4-0, 4-0
Top Girls’ Finishers:
1st — Taylor Alcott, Tampa (East Bracket winner)
2nd — Elizabeth Patsula, Miramar (East Bracket finalist)
3rd — Isabella Bosso, Safety Harbor (Play-off winner)
4th — Claire Mitchell, Saint Johns (Play-off finalist)
5th — Brielle Amey, Boca Raton (Northeast Bracket winner)
6th — Mackenzie Munson, Jacksonville Beach (Northeast Bracket finalist)
Additional Girls’ Results:
West Bracket: Victoria Narti (Palm Beach Gardens) d. Sophia Frizelle (Lutz) 3-4, 4-0 [8-6]
North Bracket: Isla Amos (Rockledge) d. Sierra Mongerie (Tallahassee) 4-0, 4-2
Northwest Bracket: Molly Sammons (Ponte Vedra) d. Rahi Modi (Hernando) 4-0, 4-0
South Bracket: Camila Vasquez (Boca Raton) d. Stella Whitesides (Punta Gorda) 4-2, 4-1
Southeast Bracket: Mila Rukosuev (Altamonte Springs) d. Tereza Havlat (Boca Raton) WO [inj]
Southwest Bracket: Kaya Rivas-Micoud (Sarasota) d. Sofija Dimitrievic (Bradenton) 4-2, 2-4 [7-5]
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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