BLAIR SHANKLE WINS MCB Girls' 14
Presented by Sterling Bank


Dallas, Texas - Blair Shankle (#1 seed) from Comfort, Texas won the 37th annual Maureen Connolly Brinker Girls' 14 National Championships at T-Bar-M Racquet Club in Dallas, Texas. She defeated Ellie Yates from Ridgeland, Mississippi 7-6(4), 6-0. The event was held from Friday, March 14 through Sunday, March 16.

Shankle is the only young player to have won the ?Little Mo? Nationals for four consecutive years as an 8,9,10, and 11 year old. She is currently ranked #19 in the United States in Girl?s 14. Kirsten Lewis (Odenville, AL) defeated Mary Meyers (Shreveport, LA) for Third Place and Fourth Place 6-2, 6-2. Frances Altick (Monroe, LA) defeated Samantha Light (Cramerton, NC) for Fifth and Sixth Place 6-3, 6-2. In the Consolation Final, Nicole Robinson (W. Palm Beach, FL) defeated Makenzie Craft (Frisco, TX) 6-0, 6-1. The Sportsmanship Award was presented to Samantha Light (Cramerton, NC).

Invitations were sent to the top players who are 14 & under from each section of the USTA. This singles-only event is sanctioned by the USTA and is on the National Junior Tennis Schedule.

Carol Weyman, Tournament Director and Executive Vice-President of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation presented the trophies.

The MCB Girls' 14 Championships is one of the many events the MCB Tennis Foundation organizes to promote junior tennis development. The foundation was co-founded by Maureen Connolly Brinker and her dear friend, Mrs. Frank A. Jeffett in 1968. Mrs. Jeffett has led the foundation for forty years and continues to serve as Chairman Emeritus along with Cindy Brinker Simmons, President, Brenda Brinker Bottum, Vice-President, Elizabeth Jeffett, Vice-President, Carol Weyman, Executive Vice-President, and a capable Advisory Board.

Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly was the first woman to win the Grand Slam in 1953 at 18 years of age. She is still the youngest and only American woman to win the Grand Slam.