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2018 "Little Mo" Tournament Schedule

Registration is now open!


(ALL YELLOW BALL RESULTS TO COUNT FOR UTR RATINGS!)

Information on age eligibility is listed below the Nationals dates.

 



Sectionals:


Intermountain

Apr 7-8          Eagle Tennis Club - Eagle, ID  


Texas

Apr 14-15        Arlington Tennis Center - Arlington, TX  

Apr 28-29        Fair Oaks Ranch Country Club - Fair Oaks Ranch, TX   


Florida

Apr 21-22        Evert Tennis Academy - Boca Raton, FL  

Jun 2-3             Sarasota Sports Club - Sarasota, FL  


Missouri Valley

May 5-6            The Greens Country Club - Oklahoma City, OK  


Northern

May 11-12       Life Time Fitness - Fridley, MN    


Southern  

May 11-13       Laurel Park Tennis Center - Marietta, GA  

Jun 15-17         Temple Hills Country Club - Franklin, TN    

 

Eastern

May 18-20       Armonk Tennis Club - Armonk, NY  

 

Middle States

May 18-20       The Episcopal Academy - Newtown Square, PA  


Southern California

May 19-20       La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club - La Jolla, CA     


Midwest

May 26-27       H-F Racquet & Fitness Club - Homewood, IL   

 

New England

May 26-27       Longfellow Tennis & Health Club - Wayland, MA  

Jun 23-24         Chris Lewit Tennis Academy - Londonderry, VT  


Mid-Atlantic

Jun 2-3             Chestnut Forks Tennis Club - Warrenton, VA     


Northern California

Jun 2-3             University of The Pacific - Stockton, CA   

 

Pacific Northwest

Jun 29 - Jul 1    Eastside Tennis Center - Kirkland, WA   

 

 

Regionals:


South

(Intermountain, Missouri Valley, Texas)

May 26-28                T Bar M Racquet Club - Dallas, TX   

 



East

(Florida, Mid-Atlantic, Southern)

Jul 20-22                  PGA National Resort & Spa - Palm Beach Gardens, FL  

Click here for the "Fact Sheet", which includes the Schedule of Events and other important information about the tournament. 

Click here for hotel reservations at a discounted rate for parents and players at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Palm Beach Gardens/PGA Boulevard.




North

(Eastern, Middle States, Midwest, New England, Northern)

Aug 31 - Sep 2         Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning - Bronx, NY  

Click here for the "Fact Sheet", which includes the Schedule of Events and other important information about the tournament. 

Click here for hotel reservations at a discounted rate for parents and players at the Comfort Inn & Suites Bronx/New York.




West

(Northern California, Pacific Northwest, and Southern California)

Sep 1-3                     Berkeley Tennis Club - Berkeley, CA           

Click here for the "Fact Sheet", which includes the Schedule of Events and other important information about the tournament.



 


2018 "Little Mo" Nationals




Presented by RBC Wealth Management!


Sep 28 - Oct 1          Austin Tennis Academy – Austin, TX  

Click here for the "Fact Sheet", which includes the Schedule of Events and other important information about the tournament. 

Click here for hotel reservations at a discounted rate for parents and players at the Sonesta Bee Cave Austin.




Greetings!  We look forward to seeing you this year on the 21st "Road to the Little Mo Nationals".  The "Little Mo" Sectionals/Regionals/Nationals sites and dates are listed above. The "Little Mo" tennis tournaments are the premier challenge for youngsters across the nation to compete against others who are the same age at the sectional, regional, and national level.  


All “Little Mo” tournaments are played with the yellow ball on a full 78’ tennis court, but there will also be a green dot option on full court for the 8's, 9’s, and 10’s divisions at the sectional level. Please note: The top 8 players from the yellow ball and green dot divisions will advance to the “Little Mo” Regionals, but all green dot players will need to play with the yellow ball at the Regionals as there will be no green dot divisions. Only the yellow ball winners from the Sectionals will be given priority for seeding at the Regionals.


Players can play in any "Little Mo" Sectionals and more than one if they wish, but must follow the path to the appropriate "Little Mo" Regional (see list below). For example, a player who lives in Georgia may play in the "Little Mo" Texas but will need tfollow the path of the Texas sectional and play in the South Regionals. 

·       Midwest, Middle States, New England, Northern, and Eastern Sectionals -------> North Regionals

·       Intermountain, Missouri Valley, and Texas Sectionals -------> South Regionals

·       Florida, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern Sectionals -------> East Regionals

·       Northern California, Southern California,  Pacific Northwest, Hawaii Sectionals -------> West Regionals


Anyone who lives in the United States can play "Little Mo"  as well as U.S. Territories (i.e. Puerto Rico) can play "Little Mo".   

Players from British Columbia, Canada are able to play in the Pacific Northwest Sectionals but are unable to advance to the Regional level. 


Players must play their own age: 8's play 8's, 9's play 9's, 10's play 10's, 11's play 11's, and 12’s play 12’s. Eligibility is as follows:

·       12's - born in 2006

·       11's - born in 2007

·       10's - born in 2008

·       9's - born in 2009

·       8's - born in 2010 or 2011

 The top 4 players from each Regional will advance to the "Little Mo" Nationals.  Each age division will have a prestigious draw of 16 in Boys and Girls 8, 9, 10, and 11.  The Nationals features the top 160 players in the USA. 


The "Little Mo" Internationals are open to any player worldwide for ages 8-12. The Internationals in California and Florida will also have the Big Mo division for ages 13 & 14.  Ages 8-12 will be able to play yellow ball and a green dot division for ages 8,9,10 in California and Florida.  For New York, ages 8-12 yellow ball and green dot for 8's only.  

See you on the courts and Play "Mo" Tennis!

 

 



2018 "Little Mo" Internationals


(ALL YELLOW BALL RESULTS TO COUNT FOR UTR RATINGS!)

(ALL BG12, BG13, BG14, and BG15 RESULTS AT

THE INTERNATIONALS IN NEW YORK AND FLORIDA 

TO COUNT 
FOR TENNISRECRUITING RATINGS!)




5th Annual "Little Mo" Internationals - California

(a Fourth of July weekend for the whole family)


Newport Beach Tennis Club


Newport Beach, California


July 4-8, 2018


Open to any player from the United States and worldwide.


Singles, Doubles & Mixed Doubles (hard court)

"Little Mo" Yellow Ball - ages 8,9,10, 11, and 12 - traditional yellow ball

"Little Mo" Green Dot Ball - ages 8, 9, and 10
"Big Mo" - ages 13, 14, and 15


California will be the 1st leg of the "Little Mo" Slam! Your chance to win the tallest trophy in junior tennis (6' tall) starts here!


    






Click here for the "Fact Sheet", which includes the Schedule of Events and other important information about the tournament. 

Click here for hotel reservations at a discounted rate for parents and players at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.





7th Annual "Little Mo" Internationals - New York

(previous home of the U.S. Open before being held at Flushing Meadow)

    

The West Side Tennis Club


Forest Hills, New York


August 20-25, 2018 


Open to any player from the United States and worldwide.  


Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles (Har-Tru clay)

"Little Mo" Yellow Ball - ages 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 - traditional yellow ball

"Little Mo" Green Dot Ball - ages 8 


Forest Hills will be the 2nd leg of The "Little Mo" Slam.






Click here for the "Fact Sheet", which includes the Schedule of Events and other important information about the tournament. 

Click here for hotel reservations at a discounted rate for parents and players at the SpringHill Suites New York LaGuardia Airport (Hotel #1).

Click here for hotel reservations at a discounted rate for parents and players at the Fairfield Inn New York LaGuardia Airport/Flushing (Hotel #2).
 







12th Annual "Little Mo" Internationals - Florida

(between the Eddie Herr and the Orange Bowl junior tennis tournaments)
    
PGA National Resort & Spa 

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

November 30 - December 5, 2018

Open to any player from the United States and worldwide.

Singles, Doubles & Mixed Doubles (Har-Tru clay)
"Little Mo" Yellow Ball - ages 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 - traditional yellow ball
"Little Mo" Green Dot Ball - ages 8, 9, and 10
"Big Mo" - ages 13, 14, and 15

Florida will be the 3rd and final leg of The "Little Mo" Slam.

 





Click here for the "Fact Sheet", which includes the Schedule of Events and other important information about the tournament. 

Click here for hotel reservations at a discounted rate for parents and players at the PGA National Resort & Spa.


 




  

Click above to see photos of current top juniors and pros that played "Little Mo".




 Kayla Day wins US Open Girls Singles 2016 and received
Maureen Connolly
"Most Outstanding Player Award" at Girls 18's
 
Kayla Day ( right ) - 2009 "Little Mo" champion - now US Open Champion!
Dreams come true!



Chris Evert - Guest Speaker
2017 "Little Mo" Internationals 
in Florida

MCB was so honored to welcome Chris Evert, one of the greatest players of all time,  as the guest speaker for the 2017 "Little Mo" Internationals at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida from December 1-6, 2017. Approximately 470 players from 60 different countries participated in the event! 


"Chris Evert was known as America's tennis sweetheart during the tennis boom in the 70's and 80's. She had grace and beauty and was cool, calm, and collected on court. Her two-handed backhand was flawless and emulated by players around the world - young and old - who wanted to hit the ball as cleanly, smoothly and as precisely as Evert. She was also a role model of excellence and her career is highlighted by record-setting accomplishments as one of the greatest players of all time. She won six titles at the US Open, two titles at the Australian Open, three titles at Wimbledon, and an amazing seven titles at the French Open! During her nearly two decades on tour, Evert was never ranked lower than No. 4 in the world and ended the year ranked No. 1 seven times (1974-78, 1980, 1981). She currently oversees her tennis academy in Boca Raton, Florida named the Evert Tennis Academy (evertacademy.com). She also serves as a contributor and publisher of TENNIS Magazine and has been an analyst on several television networks including ESPN as a commentator for the Grand Slams." Please see the full article on the International Tennis Hall of Fame's website.



   

 


 

   
   
   
   

 
Wilson announced as "Little Mo" Presenting Sponsor for "Little Mo" Internationals in New York and Florida and "Little Mo" Nationals. Click on red button for video






 


Click here for Wayne Bryan video / interview with Kaylan and Meecah Bigun ( 10 year twins ).


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              Thank You Nancy for all you did for women's tennis and junior tennis and

              your leadership of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation.
                                                  We will miss you!

Nancy Jeffett
July 16, 1928 - July 6, 2017
Nancy Jeffett and Maureen Connolly Brinker

Nancy Jeffett, Chairman Emeritus and co-founder of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 6, 2017. The International Tennis Hall of Fame issued a press release yesterday.

"Nancy Jeffett's and Maureen Connolly Brinker's enduring friendship and love for tennis created a remarkable and impactful junior tennis foundation in 1968. Today, almost 50 years later, the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation (MCB) continues to further junior tennis nationally and internationally through elite competition. Nancy truly mastered the skill of living with her amazing talents, energy and intelligence. Her contributions to the sport of tennis in general and MCB specifically were pioneering, vast and influential. She also demonstrated the beauty of loyalty as she wanted to perpetuate Maureen's legacy to inspire the young tennis champions who participated in our tournaments so that they would understand that tennis was more than just a game...it was a platform to display strength of character, humility, kindness, and sportsmanship. Nancy will be greatly missed." 

Cindy Brinker Simmons, President of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation
Elizabeth Jeffett, Vice President of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation
Brenda Brinker Bottum, Vice President of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation

 
Dear Hall of Fame family,

I'm writing to share the sad news that Hall of Famer Nancy Jeffett passed away peacefully yesterday.
 
Nancy was a trailblazer in advancing women's professional tennis. In 1972, Nancy made history as a tennis promoter by creating the first television broadcast of women's professional tennis and by running the first tournament that awarded prize money to women. Both of these important changes significantly elevated the profile of women's pro tennis and laid the groundwork for the dynamic, global WTA Tour we know today. Many of our Hall of Famers remember Nancy with immense appreciation for all that she did to grow the women's tour, notably as the promoter of the Virginia Slims of Dallas, which one of the most important tournaments in the early days of the WTA.
 
In addition to her dedication to women's tennis, Nancy was committed to creating opportunities for promising juniors through her work with the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation. She was an active volunteer in many industry organizations, serving on committees for the USTA, ITF, and local tennis organizations.
 
Nancy is survived by her loving family, which includes her daughter, Elizabeth P. (Sissy) Jeffett; her son, William F. Jeffett and his fiancé Margaret Metras; her grandchildren Austin Jeffett Smith and Katharine Marguerite Smith; her son-in-law, Charles F. Smith, Jr.; and her sister-in-law Ann Pearce, along with a host of dear friends in the international tennis world.
 
A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 14 in Dallas at St. Michael and All Angels Church at 4:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, the Jeffett family has kindly requested that donations be made in her memory to the International Tennis Hall of Fame or to the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation in Dallas.
 
Below you can read more about Nancy's remarkable life.
 
Sincerely, 
 
Todd Martin
CEO - International Tennis Hall of Fame


In Memoriam: Hall of Famer


Nancy Jeffett


July 16, 1928 - July 6, 2017

Betty Stove, Frankie Durr, Ilana Kloss, Billie Jean King, Pam Shriver, and Tracy Austin with Nancy Jeffett.
Nancy P. Jeffett, an impactful tennis industry leader who was instrumental in advancing women's professional tennis and in developing opportunities for promising junior players, passed away peacefully on July 6. Jeffett was 88 years old. In recognition of her immense contributions to growing the sport, Jeffett was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2015.

In 1972, Jeffett made history when she facilitated the first ever network broadcast of women's tennis, dramatically boosting the profile of the sport and growing interest in women's tennis.

Nancy Jeffett inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2015.
A determined promoter and savvy businesswoman, Jeffett refused to take no for an answer when she was told "no one would pay to watch women's tennis or tune in on television." In 1969, she became one of the first female tennis promoters in the sport when she staged the inaugural Maureen (Mo) Connolly Brinker Memorial Tournament. In 1972, in addition to having the first-ever telecast, it became the first tournament to award prize money to its winners. The tournament evolved to become the Virginia Slims of Dallas, one of the most popular and important events in the early years of the WTA Tour.

In 1968, Jeffett joined forces with her good friend Mo Connolly, a then recently retired nine-time Grand Slam singles champion, to co-found the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation (MCBTF), with the goal of building tennis programming to engage more people with the sport, especially children and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Following Connolly's death in 1969, Jeffett spearheaded the organization that has since contributed millions of dollars to player development-from tennis programs in public parks to professional tournaments. A cornerstone of Jeffett's junior tennis efforts was focused on creating opportunities for promising young players. Over the years, MCBTF has also staged numerous international junior competitions in the United States, Great Britain, and Australia, creating opportunities for young players to gain competitive experience.

Nancy Jeffett with Billie Jean King, Rosie Casals, and Chris Evert in New York.
In addition to her work with MCBTF and the Virginia Slims, Jeffett served the sport in numerous capacities, including as an active member of the USTA Executive Committee (1973-1994) and on the ITF Fed Cup Committee (1988-1996). She was the longtime chair of both the U.S. Wightman Cup (1978-90) and Federation Cup (1981-1990).

Jeffett has been recognized
worldwide for her commitment to the sport of tennis. In 1970, she was the recipient of the prestigious USTA Service Bowl. In 2007, Jeffett was honored with the Golden Achievement Award, given jointly by the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the International Tennis Federation in recognition of her commitment to growing tennis worldwide. She is an Honorary Member of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, having been elected for her services to international tennis. She is the only American woman who is not a Wimbledon champion to have received this honor.

Nancy Jeffett enjoying the great tennis in Australia.
Jeffett's love for the sport developed from a young age. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Jeffett was an accomplished all-court player who rose to No. 10 nationally in the USLTA Girls' 18 division in 1946. She parlayed that success into becoming the USLTA/Missouri Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles champion in 1948. She lived most of her life in Texas, where she founded the Tyler (Texas) Tennis Association in 1954 and later became the Chairman of the Texas Tennis Junior Development Program (1960-82). She was inducted into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame in 1983 and then later into the St. Louis Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999.

Nancy is survived by her loving family, which includes her daughter, Elizabeth P. (Sissy) Jeffett; her son, William F. Jeffett and his fiancé Margaret Metras; her grandchildren Austin Jeffett Smith and Katharine Marguerite Smith; her son-in-law, Charles F. Smith, Jr.; and her sister-in-law Ann Pearce, along with a host of dear friends in the international tennis world.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 14 in Dallas at St. Michael and All Angels Church at 4:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, Nancy Jeffett's family has requested that donations be made in her memory to the International Tennis Hall of Fame or the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation.




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   Click here to watch "Little Mo" movie ( made for TV 1978)




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Andy Roddick meets with "Little Mo" players and signs autographs.  Thank you Andy for all your support over the years!




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             The Thrill of Victory!





 Click on red button for "Mo Memories" from the MCB Scrapbook: 2007-2016


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Click on the green button to see videos set to music from the 2012 "Little Mo"

Internationals at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Click here to see a photo slideshow set to music and the trophy presentation from 2012 "Little Mo" International.  

 

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"Mini Mo" Internationals
 

Click here for photo slideshow and trophy presentation set to music.

 
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The 15th annual  "Little Mo" Nationals

Click here to see slideshow and trophy presentation set to music. 

   
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   Click on orange button to see videos to music.

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For other videos to music from previous "Little Mo" International tournaments, click on blue button:  

 

  

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Click here to see photos/trophy presentation to music.

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Click here to see video slide show to music.

Click here to see photos of trophy presentation and general photos from Nesquik "Litte Mo" Internationals set to music.

 

 

   




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    To view photos from the Texas Sectionals, click here.  

               To order photos from the Texas Sectionals, click here.

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 Click on purple button for "Mini Mo" Internationals videos

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Click on red button for Tennis.com video on Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly -55 years after her grand slam victory.

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Click on yellow button for vintage video of "Little Mo" including her win at Wimbledon in 1954.

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     Click on blue button for "Little Mo" Internationals videos.     

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Click on the Gold Star to see Maria Sharapova at the "Little Mo" Internationals!

 
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Click on TV to see Tennis Channel advertisement for "Road to the Little Mo Nationals"

(Please note phone number has changed to:  214-754-7065.) 

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Click on the green button for Charlotte Owensby 's Tennis Channel interview. Charlotte (Boca Raton, FL)

Charlotte has won 4 straight "Little Mo" Mo National titles as well as many international "Little Mo" titles. 




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Click on the yellow button for Toby Kodat's Tennis Channel interview. 

Toby (Bradenton, FL) was the 2011 "Little Mo" Internationals champion in Boys' 8.  



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The "Little Mo" & "Mini Mo" logo store is now online.  Be the first of your friends to show off your new "Mo" racquet stencil, grips, dampeners, neck tags, bag tags,  and picture frames.  Click on the Tennis Shop button: 

     

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