September 7th, 2021 – 2:25 PM
Doug Walker –
(Photo from the USTA Press Release)
The Southern Ozaki Junior Cup, formerly the Junior Davis/Fed Cup, will bring more than 100 of the top tennis teens from across nine southeastern states to Rome this weekend.
The event was to give juniors the opportunity to experience the thrill and camaraderie of tennis as a team coed sport.
The name “Ozaki” was added to the title in 2019 to commemorate the recently retired Bill Ozaki, who served as the USTA Southern Director of Player Development & Programs for nearly 30 years.
Sept. 10-12 at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College
This year will be the first time that all age divisions will be playing together at the same time at the same site.
There will be nine state teams, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana, in each age division. They will play a round-robin team format of singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.
Each of the USTA Southern region’s nine states will select three girls and three boys in all four age divisions: 12s, 14s, 16s, and 18s (24 players per state).
Each state will have its own selection criteria. Coaching will be provided by the USTA state staff.