The teenager from Sombor, who turns 17 in February next year, has left for Mexico, where he begins his appearance at the Cancun event, for which he has been granted a wildcard. His parents, mother Vera and father Stipan, say their son confirms he will be participating in the tournament, despite blisters on his right foot.
Bradenton, Florida – 21 November 2008 – Twelve hundred of the finest junior tennis players in the world representing 90 nations will compete in the 2008 Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships at the IMG Academy campus. Qualifying events begin Friday, November 28. Main draw events for Boys’ and Girls’ 18s, 16s and 14s will be played December 1 – December 7, 2008. The main draw for the 12 and under division is November 29 – December 5th. Spectators and media are welcome throughout the event. No admission will be charged.
Robert Kendrick was one-and-done Tuesday afternoon as defending champion of the $50,000 Knoxville Challenger tennis tournament.
Kendrick, seeded third and ranked No. 84 in the world, lost to 16-year-old Filip Krajinovic 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 of Serbia in the first round at the University of Tennessee's Goodfriend Tennis Center.
Krajinovic, who lives and trains at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla., won three qualifying matches over the weekend to reach the main draw.
He's barely old enough to drive in this country, and he's already a pro.
Serbian-born Filip Krajinovic, 16, advanced to the $50,000 Knoxville Challenger by winning his second and third matches in the qualifying tournament Sunday at the University of Tennessee's Goodfriend Tennis Center.
Like most great achievements, this one started with an idea. Whose? Nick Bollettieri points the finger at Mike DePalmer. DePalmer doesn’t want to take all the credit.
“Nick always says it was my idea, but I don’t know,” DePalmer said. “It was a conglomerate of all of us.”
All of us was Bollettieri, DePalmer, Julio Moros, Chip Brooks and Steve Owens, tennis pros who found themselves sitting around the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort after 12 hours of teaching backhands and forehands and asking each other the same questions night after night.
They arrived from all parts of the globe. Japan, Belarus, Italy, Great Britain, and several points in between.
More than 300 strong, a horde of once-young tennis players who came here to take on the world returned to pay homage to the place where they honed their skills. And to honor the man who led them on their tennis quest.
They came to say hello again to Nick Bollettieri, the visionary whose dream paved the way to their success, whether it came on the tennis court or in life's other endeavors.
Kei Nishikori, the youngest player in the Top 100, is the face of tennis in Japan, a country of 127 million people. He is also poised to become one of the ATP's biggest stars.
They will come from all over the world, from all walks of life.
Tennis and Nick Bollettieri will be the common bond for a weekend of memories when the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy celebrates 30 years of tradition with a reunion Nov. 7-9.
"I honestly don't know who is coming. I know nothing. They have kept it from me," insists the coaching impresario who built the academy from scratch and molded it into a tennis facility like none other.
Jesse Levine, one of the rising young stars on the ATP Tour, will replace Donald Young in the lineup for Sunday's Advanta WTT Smash Hits at 1 p.m. at Kennesaw State University. Levine, who turns 21 next week and is currently ranked in the top 100 only one year after turning pro, will battle Andy Roddick in the featured men's singles match.
"I've never seen it to that extent," van Lindonk, Nishikori's agent at IMG, said from his office near Nick Bollettieri's tennis academy in Florida, where the 18-year-old has long been based. "Coming back to your home country and getting absolutely attacked from a publicity point of view is something that doesn't happen often, at this level."
Coinciding with his arrival, Nishikori signed a pact with Nissin Food Products Co., endorsing the company's instant noodles on a patch on his adidas sponsored shirt. He was already one of three global ambassadors for Sony Corporation.