Last Saturdaynight in Lexington, Kentucky, IMG Academy Bollettieri tennis program alum, Tammy Hendler, won the doubles draw for the Fifth and Third Bank TennisChampionships. The tournament was a $50,000 ITF Tournament for the Women's draw and also part of ATP Challenger Tour for the Men's draw. Hendler and her partner, Chichi Scholl, defeated the number one seeds in the finals. The match was long and intense as it went to a super tiebreaker for the third set, 7-6(9), 3-6, 10-7. Hendler posted on her Twitter account after the final, "We played amazing and I think I jumped like LeBron after championship point!"(@TamHendler)Her and her partner also crushed the third seeded doubles team in the semifinals with a score of 6-3, 6-1.
This is Hendler's firstmajor ITFtitle for singles and doubles. She entered the tournament with a WTA World Tour Doubles ranking of #382. Hendler, who is now 18 years old, has been training at IMG for several years with her father as her coach.
From everyone at IMG Academy, Congratulations to Tammy Hendler on your recent achievement!