Day 2 at #theSol Atlanta

#theSol AtlantaToday was another fantastic day of tennis and activities at #theSol Atlanta!

Our first matches went on at 10am after a quick briefing by Tourney Director David Stolle, reminding the players to be on their best behavior for their final day of matches. The weather was hot and humid, but the kids stayed calm and collected on the court and off.

Once the first wave of matches was complete, we had sub sandwiches and Voss water waiting for the players inside. Promptly at noon, WTA player Melanie Oudin arrived to talk to the families about her life as a junior player, making the decision to turn pro, and the challenges of staying healthy now that she’s been out on the tour for several years. We opened up the floor for questions. The kids themselves were a bit shy, but the parents had plenty to ask! Afterward, Melanie autographed some tennis items for the kids and posed for photos with them. She was so sweet and engaging, sticking around to make sure everyone who wanted a picture got one. A huge thank you to her for taking the time to be part of our tournament!

Pardon my poor videography skills, but enjoy Melanie!

After lunch, we still had 2 matches left to play, one to decide the winner of the White Draw and the other to decide the Runner-Up of the Blue Draw. The White Draw final went the distance, with Eli Hagan emerging at the winner after a long 3-set battle that ended in a tie-breaker.

Photographer David Kapper of Clix Photography was on hand again today to capture the players in action. He has uploaded all his photos to www.clixnorthatlanta.com. You can view and order them by clicking on View & Order Prints, then Search – TheSol Atlanta should be the first event listed. Enter password “ACE” to view and/or order any of the photos from the tournament.

Click here to view the Day 2 Slideshow

I want to thank everyone who participated in #theSol Atlanta tournament, hosted by Georgia Gwinnett College’s Tennis Facility and Coach Chase Hodges! We had a fabulous 2 days, led by our super competent Tournament Director David Stolle of Universal Tennis Academy, and brought to you by the best sponsors ever:

  • 10sBalls.com
  • Holabird Sports
  • Steven J Schwartz, MD and the Intensivist Team
  • Judie Schwartz
  • Kassimir Physical Therapy
  • Match! Tennis App
  • Universal Tennis Academy
  • ParentingAces
  • UTR
  • Maller Wealth Advisors
  • Michael Sellman
  • Ilene, Dori, & Evan Schwartz
  • Solinco
  • Dunlop
  • Tennis Trunk
  • Melanie Rubin
  • Voss
  • TournaGrip
  • PNC Bank
  • Summit Group

We hope to be back next year and hope everyone who participated in our first Atlanta event will join us again! A huge thank you to the players, parents, and grandparents who played and cheered in the spirit of Sol Schwartz!

Here are the results from Day 2:

Red Draw
Gavin Segraves (12.20) d. Cole Brainard (10.97) 6-4 6-0
Luis de la Mano (UTR unknown) d. Cole Brainard (10.97) df
Winner: Gavin Segraves received Wilson Prize Package including racket, backpack, shoes, 6 packs of string

White Draw
Kelli Osajima (9.12) d. Jonathan Molner (6.94) 6-1 6-4
Taylor Galloway (8.55) d. Brenna Reilly (8.50) 6-4 6-4
Kiran Gadde (6.24) d. Samantha Birger (6.55) 7-6 (1) 6-3
Eli Hagan (8.40) d. Jake Young (8.43) 6-3 4-6 7-6 (6)
Winner: Eli Hagan received 2-month subscription from Tennis Trunk, Solinco string
Runner-Up: Jake Young received gift certificate from Clix for family portrait, Solinco string

Blue Draw
Brent Nieri (5.20) d. Raines Grassi (5.55) 6-3 6-4
Peyton Schuchart (5.94) d. Grayson Balloon (5.69) df
Winner: Peyton Schuchart received 2-month subscription from Tennis Trunk
Runner-Up: Brent Nieri received Solinco string

Green Draw
Chloe Zigliara (3.11) d. Clara Balcom (3.58) 6-0 6-3
Matthew Pinto (4.41) d. Teja Gadde (4.26) 6-2 6-3
Sydney Balcom (3.80) d. Christopher Pinto (3.0) 6-0 6-1
McKenzie Oliver (4.71) d. Shek Berry (4.55) 6-1 6-1
Winner: McKenzie Oliver received Solinco hat, sweatbands, headband, and string
Runner-Up: Shek Berry received gift certificate from Clix for family portrait

Melanie Oudin Making A Comeback

One Love Melanie OudinJust a few short years ago, Melanie Oudin was the darling of the tennis world when she took out top player after top player at the 2009 US Open. Her name and face were everywhere as media touted her as the Next Big Thing in US Women’s Tennis. A huge billboard in her hometown of Marietta, Georgia, featuring a larger-than-life image of Melanie loomed large over one of the suburb’s biggest throughways.

Melanie’s twin sister, Katherine, chose a different route for her tennis, playing 4 years at Furman University and majoring in Health Sciences. Even though she was equally as talented as Melanie, Katherine was focused on life after tennis from an early age and knew that college and a career in the medical field was in her future.

Sadly, injuries have kept Melanie out of the top ranks for the past several years. She’s been working hard to regain her strength and on-court prowess and will continue her comeback as she returns to her long-time home court to play in the One Love Tennis Open at Lifetime Athletic and Tennis in Peachtree Corners for this $50,000 Women’s USTA Pro Circuit event.

Oudin reached the 2009 US Open quarterfinals and rack up wins over former No. 1 Maria Sharapova and Nadia Petrova. She peaked at No. 31 on the WTA Tour and won the 2012 Birmingham tournament in England by defeating another player who was the best in the world, Jelena Jankovic. The native of Marietta, Ga., also was the 2011 U.S. Open mixed champion with Jack Sock.

Oudin will play into the main draw of the tournament that runs Sept. 11-18. In 2014, she was diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia, a heart ailment that made her heart race up to a reported 230 beats per minute during competition. While surgeries helped diminish that condition, she also had a major hand injury last year. She began playing regularly again and has risen to 281 in the world.

In keeping with his support of college tennis, One Love Tournament Director Turhan Berne has offered a qualifying wild card to the two top college programs in the state. Johnnise Renaud, of Georgia Tech, has accepted the wild card. She was named a 2016 All-ACC first team in her sophomore year, following a 2015 All-ACC second team selection. She received an at-large bid to 2016 NCAA Singles Championship last spring after posting a 25-8 record.

Other top players in the main draw include 2012 Olympic Mixed Doubles Silver Medalist Laura Robson. Robson, from Great Britain, reached No. 27 in the world three years ago and is returning to top form after injuries. WTA No. 128 Julia Boserup, Taylor Townsend — a 20-year-old who trains and lives in the Atlanta area – and world No. 161 Sachia Vickery of Florida round out the top three Americans entered.

USTA Pro Circuit events typically are a “proving ground” for young players and a way of getting back inside the top-50 for many veteran competitors. The One Love Tennis Open is the first women’s professional tennis tournament in metro Atlanta in five years. Berne, an experienced tournament director who runs the biggest local tennis events in Atlanta, has a player’s party, clinic and Pro-Am planned for the week.

Ticket information:

Friday: Adults $5, kids FREE

Sat: Adults $10, kids $5, kids get in free with OLT shirt

Sun: Adult $15, kids $5, kids get in free with OLT shirt

Lifetime members are free all days

Ticket buyers go through outside side gate with LT tent (tentative). Ticket buyers can pay with cash or credit card on a iPad