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2021 "Little Mo" Tournaments 



Schedule Update (5-15-2021)




Greetings from all of us at the "Little Mo" and Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation (MCB)! 

We hope this newsletter finds you well and enjoying the wonderful spring weather. This past year, we have missed seeing our players and families and so we are really looking forward to our "Little Mo" events starting in July. Thank you so much for your continued loyal support and a special thank you to our proud sponsors: Tennis Competitors of Dallas (TCD)RBC Wealth ManagementWilson Sporting Goods, and Lucky in Love Kids. The "Little Mo" is truly a "one of a kind" tournament for young tennis players and we hope you will plan on joining us for all of the fun and festivities!

 

We are excited to announce that registration is NOW OPEN for our four "Little Mo" Regionals (North, South, East, West) and the 15th Annual "Little Mo" Internationals in Florida (December 3-8, 2021)! To register, please scroll down and click on the event buttons below:



"Little Mo" West Regionals


Berkeley Tennis Club

Berkeley, California

July 17-19, 2021





 

"Little Mo" East Regionals


BallenIsles Country Club

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

July 31 - August 2, 2021





 

“Little Mo" South Regionals


Arlington Tennis Center

Arlington, Texas

August 21-23, 2021





 

"Little Mo" North Regionals


Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning

Bronx, New York

September 5-7, 2021





The "Little Mo" tournaments began in 1976 for Dallas players and later expanded to include players from other cities in Texas. In 1998, the "Little Mo" expanded to a national level with the creation of the "Road to the Little Mo Nationals" for boys and girls ages 8-12. These events are unique in that younger players have an opportunity to compete against others who are the same age. The "Road to the Little Mo Nationals" is now in its 24th year as a yearlong circuit of sectional, regional, and national tournaments for players who reside in the USA and its territories. It is the only circuit of its kind for talented, high-performance boys and girls in the United States.

 

The Road begins in the spring with a sectional tournament in 20 different cities across the country. The top eight players (quarterfinalists) in each age division from the Sectionals advance to one of the four "Little Mo" Regionals (North, South, East, West) held in the summer. The top four players (semifinalists) in each age division from the Regionals advance to the prestigious "Little Mo" Nationals held in the fall at the Austin Tennis Academy in Austin, Texas. The top 160 players who reach the "Little Mo" Nationals are the youngest and brightest future stars in American tennis.

 

?Many well-known collegiate players and famous tennis professionals have participated in the "Little Mo" tournaments over the years including Andy Roddick, Dominic Thiem, Taylor Fritz, Sebastian Korda, Borna Coric, Sofia Kenin, Belinda Bencic, Madison Keys, Coco Gauff, Taylor Townsend, Mackie McDonald, Ryan Harrison, Vasek Pospisil, Donald Young, Steve Johnson, Denis Kudla, CiCi Bellis, and Ana Konjuh among many others. Roddick won the "Little Mo" in 1992 at 10 years of age and said, "the ‘Little Mo’ was my first big win!" Gauff won the "Little Mo" in 2012 (age 8) and said, "the ‘Little Mo’ was where the belief began." This is all wonderful news for junior tennis and we are so proud that the "Little Mo" continues to be one of the most popular events for young players around the world. In 2019, approximately 3,000 young players worldwide competed in the "Little Mo" tournaments and we hope to see even more youngsters play this wonderful "sport of a lifetime" this year! Due to COVID-19, we unfortunately had to cancel our "Little Mo" Sectionals this year, but we are planning on hosting our "Little Mo" Regionals and Nationals.



REGISTRATION FOR THE "LITTLE MO" REGIONALS IS OPEN TO ALL USA PLAYERS (BOYS AND GIRLS AGES 8-12):


Due to the cancellation of the "Little Mo" Sectionals this year, the Road will begin with our regional tournaments. The four "Little Mo" Regionals will now be open to any player (ages 8-12) living in the USA or USA territories. All USA players will automatically qualify for the Regionals - no special qualification or ranking is needed to enter. Players will be able to choose the regional tournament in which they would like to participate (regardless of where they currently live). Players will also be able to play in as many regional events as they would like.

 

GREEN DOT WILL BE ADDED TO THE "LITTLE MO" REGIONALS:


Yellow (regular) ball divisions will be offered for boys and girls (ages 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) at the four "Little Mo" Regionals in addition to a green dot division option for ages 8, 9, and 10. In the past, we have offered the green dot divisions at our sectional events, but our regional events have been for the yellow ball divisions only. Since we were unable to host the Sectionals this year, we have added the green dot divisions to the Regionals. While the green dot players will not be able to advance to the Nationals, we might consider them as replacement players if there is an opening in the yellow ball divisions at the Nationals.


Registration by Birth Year:

Players must register in the proper age division according to their birth year for all "Little Mo" events. This ensures players are competing against others who are born in the same calendar year (8's play 8's, 9's play 9's, 10's play 10's, et cetera).

 

Age Eligibility for Boys and Girls (BG):

·      BG 12's - born in 2009

·      BG 11's - born in 2010

·      BG 10's - born in 2011

·      BG 9's - born in 2012

·      BG 8's - born in 2013 or 2014

 

Events:

Boys and Girls 8’s, 9’s, 10’s, 11’s, and 12’s. Singles only event. Yellow (regular) ball divisions will be offered for ages 8-12 in addition to a green dot division option for ages 8, 9, and 10. Players can only register for one Singles event. All age divisions will be played on a full 78’ tennis court with either the yellow or green dot ball.

 

Draw Format / Scoring:

Each age division will feature a Full Feed-in Consolation through the Quarterfinals with a 3rd/4th Playoff. A Round Robin format will be used for all age divisions with five or less players. Players are guaranteed at least 2 singles matches. All age divisions will play best two out of three tiebreak sets (6-game sets) with a 10-point match tiebreak (first to 10, win by 2) in lieu of a third set for all main draw and consolation matches. Regular scoring (with ad) will be used with a 5-minute warm-up for all matches.

 

Universal Tennis Rating (UTR):

All yellow ball results from the "Road to the Little Mo Nationals" (Regionals, Nationals) will count towards your Universal Tennis Rating (UTR). At this time, UTR only accepts yellow ball results so the green dot divisions will not count for UTR. Our seeding is also primarily based on UTR, which includes "Little Mo" and other tournament results.


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24th Annual "Little Mo" Nationals 


presented by RBC Wealth Management


Austin Tennis Academy - Austin, Texas

September 24-27, 2021


(REGISTRATION IS BY INVITATION ONLY)


 

 

Advancing to the "Little Mo" Nationals:

Players must compete in the "Little Mo" Regionals in order to qualify for the "Little Mo" Nationals. The top four players (semifinalists) in each age division from the Regionals will advance to the Nationals, forming a 16 draw size in each age division. If you advance to the semifinal round (top 4) in your age division at the Regionals and you (and your parent/coach) have followed the Code of Conduct, you will receive your Nationals invitation by email from the MCB office following the event.

 


Special Travel Grants to be given to the Top Four Players from each "Little Mo" Regionals:

In addition to having a guaranteed spot in the Nationals draw, the top four players (semifinalists) from each of the four "Little Mo" Regionals will also be awarded with a special travel grant to attend the Nationals. More details to follow.

 


Alternate Players and Wildcards for the "Little Mo" Nationals:

If one of the top four players (semifinalists) from the Regionals cannot attend the Nationals, we will contact the Consolation Winner as the first alternate to take their place. If the Consolation Winner cannot attend, we will consider other players in the Regionals as replacements based on their results and UTR. The MCB office will let you know via email if there is an opening as soon as possible. If we are unable to find a replacement player from the Regionals, we may consider providing special wildcards to players who did not play in the Regionals in order to fill the draws. If wildcards are needed, we will be considering players based on their UTR.


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15th Annual "Little Mo" Internationals in Florida


Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center - Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

December 3-8, 2021





In 2006, MCB created the "Little Mo" Internationals in order for USA players to experience different styles of play and meet others from various countries and cultures from around the world. The "Little Mo" Internationals is open to any player worldwide and has become one of the premier junior tournaments for internationally talented boys and girls (ages 8-12). We have also added the "Big Mo" division for ages 13-16. These events are held at some of the most prominent and historic tennis clubs in the United States. Our host sites are the Balboa Tennis Club in San Diego, California (June), The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, New York (August), and the Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (December). Due to COVID-19, we unfortunately had to cancel our international events in California and New York this year, but we are planning on hosting our 15th Annual "Little Mo" Internationals in Florida.



Registration by Birth Year:

Players must register in the proper age division according to their birth year for all "Little Mo" events. This ensures players are competing against others who are born in the same calendar year (8's play 8's, 9's play 9's, 10's play 10's, et cetera).

 

Age Eligibility for Boys and Girls (BG):

·      BG 16's - born in 2005

·      BG 15's - born in 2006

·      BG 14's - born in 2007

·      BG 13's - born in 2008

·      BG 12's - born in 2009

·      BG 11's - born in 2010

·      BG 10's - born in 2011

·      BG 9's - born in 2012

·      BG 8's - born in 2013 or 2014

 

Events:

Boys and Girls 8’s, 9’s, 10’s, 11’s, 12’s, 13’s, 14’s, 15’s, and 16’s. Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles for all age divisions. Yellow (regular) ball divisions will be offered for ages 8-16 in addition to a green dot division option for ages 8, 9, and 10. Players can only register for one Singles, one Doubles, and one Mixed Doubles event. All age divisions will be played on a full 78’ tennis court with either the yellow or green dot ball.

 

Draw Format / Scoring:

In Singles, each age division will feature a First Match Losers Consolation with a 3rd/4th Place Playoff. A Round Robin format will be used for all age divisions with five or less players. Players are guaranteed at least 2 singles matches. All age divisions will play best two out of three tiebreak sets (6-game sets) with a 10-point match tiebreak (first to 10, win by 2) in lieu of a third set for all main draw and consolation matches. Regular scoring (with ad) will be used with a 5-minute warm-up for all Singles matches.

 

In Doubles and Mixed Doubles, each age division will feature a Single Elimination format. All age divisions will play an 8-game pro set with a 7-point tiebreaker at 8 all (first to 7, win by 2). Regular scoring (with ad) will be used with a 5-minute warm-up for all Doubles and Mixed Doubles matches.

 

Universal Tennis Rating (UTR):

All Singles and Doubles yellow ball results from the 15th Annual "Little Mo" Internationals in Florida will count towards your Universal Tennis Rating (UTR). At this time, UTR only accepts yellow ball results so the green dot divisions will not count for UTR. Our seeding is also primarily based on UTR, which includes "Little Mo" and other tournament results.



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Would you like to be a Sponsor of the "Little Mo" Tournaments?


We are actively looking for sponsors for the "Little Mo" tournaments. If you are interested or you know someone who works for a company that would be interested in being a sponsor of our "Road to the Little Mo Nationals" circuit of sectionals, regionals, and nationals and/or the "Little Mo" Internationals (California, New York, Florida), please send an email to: cartennis@aol.com. We will be happy to send a customized PowerPoint sponsorship proposal, which would include branding opportunities such as placing banners at various sites across the country, advertising in the player program and booklet, and having your logo on the t-shirts. We are also always trying to improve the "Little Mo", so please let us know if you have any ideas or suggestions.

 



*Please note there is still a possibility that the 2021 "Little Mo" events could be cancelled due to COVID-19. The health, safety, and concerns of our players, families, clubs, academies, and tournament directors across the country will continue to be the most important considerations in whether we are able to host the "Little Mo" events.


In addition to posting tournament updates here, we will also be sending out updates in our monthly MCB newsletter. If you are not already receiving the newsletter, please click on the envelope icon above to join the mailing list. We wish you and your family all the very best and we look forward to seeing you on the courts again soon!

 

 

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Announcing the "Little Mo" Club!

 



Greetings! We hope you had a great holiday and 2021 brings health, happiness, and big achievements on and off the court to you and your family!

 

Today is a very special day - we are officially launching the first ever "Little Mo" Club! It is an online platform which will give you an exciting and new way to connect with each other and receive wonderful member benefits. For the past few months, we have worked together with Gael and Gerry Moran ("Little Mo" parents) on creating the "Little Mo" Club.

 

Our members will be able to enjoy the following:

 

·      Stay connected and communicate with other players.

·      Have access to high-quality content including news, interviews, and webinars with college and pro players as well as coaches and tennis celebrities.

·      Participate in fun activities such as virtual tournaments, auctions, and raffles. Some of the items will include tickets for major tournaments, "complimentary" training camps at tennis academies, racquets, apparel, and much more! 

·      Have access to special discounts and promotions from our partners and sponsors.

 

We have many big surprises lined up for the next few weeks, including the first "Little Mo" virtual tournament! More details to follow in our next newsletter.

 

Click here for to watch a video of Cindy Brinker Simmons (MCB President and daughter of Maureen Connolly Brinker) talking about the new "Little Mo" Club!

 

Click here for a special message for all “Little Mo” players from former "Little Mo" champion Coco Gauff!

 

By joining the "Little Mo" Club, members will not only receive great benefits but also help further the mission of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation.

 

We hope you will enjoy being a part of the new "Little Mo" Club and all of the fun! To join, please visit: www.littlemoclub.com

 



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2020 TCD Phyllis Brennan



"Outstanding Volunteer of the Year" Award!

 

Congratulations to Jinky Hicks for receiving the 2020 TCD Phyllis Brennan "Outstanding Volunteer of the Year" Award! Cindy Brinker Simmons, MCB President and daughter of Maureen Connolly Brinker, presented the award at the annual Tennis Competitors of Dallas (TCD) Fall Luncheon in Dallas on October 19.

 

Founded by the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation in 1977, TCD began with 18 teams and quickly grew to 28 teams by the fall season. Today, TCD currently has over 8,000 members (344 Ladies Doubles teams, 97 Mixed Doubles teams, and 106 Love-50 Doubles teams). TCD is a wonderful sponsor of the "Little Mo" tournaments and they have presented many travel grants to deserving "Little Mo" players over the years. Thank you TCD for your loyal support!

 

This is the most prestigious award presented to a TCD member by MCB. The TCD "Outstanding Volunteer of the Year" Award was named in honor of Phyllis Brennan. Phyllis was a long-time volunteer for the Virginia Slims of Dallas which benefited the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation. MCB is proud to honor her memory and dedication to tennis!

 



 

Pictured left to right: Cate Brennan (Phyllis Brennan’s daughter), Jinky Hicks, Cindy Brinker Simmons, and Judy Steglich (TCD Presiding Director) 









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Congratulations to Carol Weyman



(MCB Executive Vice President) on her



induction into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame!





Click here to read our special newsletter 


article in honor of Carol's Weyman induction!



The Texas Tennis Hall of Fame is proud to announce the Class of 2020, four individuals who have made an indelible mark on Texas tennis both on and off the court. The 2020 inductees include Paul Cass, Chuck Sanchelli, Kathy Vick and Carol Weyman. The induction will take place on Saturday, November 14. Details are pending due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here to read the full press release and about the other inductees.

 

"MCB directors Brenda Brinker Bottum and Elizabeth Jeffett, MCB tournament operations director Matthew Cody, and MCB advisory directors join me in enthusiastically saluting Carol's induction into the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame's Class of 2020," said Cindy Brinker Simmons, president of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation. "Carol's multi-dimensional talents and steadfast dedication have been instrumental in continuing MCB's global and pioneering impact on junior tennis. Carol has combined her personal passion for the glorious sport of tennis with her brilliant, creative, and innovative leadership to guide MCB in implementing tournaments and programs that instill in our gifted young competitors the importance of being a champion both on and off the court. As importantly, her kindness, authenticity, and endearing personality have touched the players, parents, and officials who participate in our 'Little Mo' national and international tournaments. MCB is so blessed by Carol's outstanding management over these last 31 years, and we are so proud of this very well-deserved recognition by the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame!"

 

Class of 2020 - Carol Weyman

 

Carol Weyman, a Shreveport, Louisiana native, moved to Dallas in 1979 to begin a career in tennis, a sport she had played and loved since childhood. As a junior competitor, she won the Louisiana State High School Mixed Doubles Championship three years in a row ('72, '73 and '74), a record that still holds to this day. In 2009, she was inducted into the C.E. Byrd High Athletic Hall of Fame for her junior tennis achievement. She continued to enjoy playing tennis while at LSU and was head of the Tennis Department at Camp Waldemar in Hunt, Texas for four years.

 

Upon arriving in Dallas, Carol's tennis career began as a Sales Representative for Strokemaster/John Verde Tennis Company selling tennis equipment nationwide. She received her USPTA certification in 1980 and taught clinics and private lessons at the Village Tennis Center. In 1981, Carol began working for World Championship Tennis (WCT) managing the operations of 22 men's professional tournaments worldwide, selling sponsorships and marketing the WCT Finals. In 1989, she was recruited by the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation (MCB) to be Tournament Director of its women's professional tennis event, the Virginia Slims of Dallas. The following year, she was named MCB's Executive Director. Carol currently serves as MCB's Executive Vice President and oversees the management of the foundation's numerous programs and operations. She recently celebrated her 30th anniversary with MCB.

 

Carol's vision, creativity and innovations have had a major impact on the junior tennis world of 8 to 12 year-olds. In 1998, she founded MCB's signature event, the "Road to the Little Mo Nationals" - a yearlong circuit of sectional, regional and national tournaments for U.S. players. The series begins in the spring with a Sectional tournament held in 20 cities across the U.S with the top players from each age division advancing to one of the four Regionals held in the summer. The top 16 players from each Regional advance to the prestigious "Little Mo" Nationals in the fall. The players who reach the "Little Mo" Nationals are the brightest future stars in American tennis.

 

In 2006, Carol created the "Little Mo" Internationals as well as the "Little Mo" Slam in 2013 for players worldwide. There are now three international tournaments (California, New York and Florida) for ages 8-12 in addition to the "Big Mo" for ages 13-16. The most recent "Little Mo" Internationals had a record number of players - over 500 competitors from 60 countries. If a player wins all three Internationals in one year, they win the "Little Mo" Slam and receive the tallest trophy in junior tennis - 6 feet! Carol envisioned and implemented many unique aspects of the "Little Mo" tournaments which are enjoyed by the players such as opening ceremonies, player parties, player gift exchange, and "Mo" coins awarded for sportsmanship which are traded in for prizes at the "Little Mo" booth. Another trademark of the "Little Mo" events is that players play others who are their same age which provides an opportunity to be seeded, have competitive matches and possibly win a trophy. All "Little Mo" tournaments emphasize good sportsmanship, fair play, friendship, kindness, gratitude and most of all, fun. Thousands of players have come through the popular "Little Mo" tournaments over the last 23 years.

 

MCB is one of the largest private junior tennis foundations of its kind in the world. Under Carol's leadership, the foundation has become one of the most respected for its ability in keeping players interested in tennis, in encouraging players to give back to the sport and in becoming role models as they progress into adulthood. She has touched the lives of many tennis players who have gone on to future success in the junior, college and professional ranks. As she instills in the players the importance of being a champion on and off the court, she has earned the respect of parents, coaches and tennis officials alike.

 

While continuing to work with the foundation, Carol has also served on the board of the Dallas Tennis Association and on various committees of USTA Texas, all of whom appreciate her dedication and tireless efforts to promote and improve the sport of tennis.

 

As Carol's slogan says: Play "Mo" Tennis!

 

 

 



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2020 CODE OF CONDUCT AND WAIVER AGREEMENT:

In registering for any "Little Mo" tournament, you agree to our Code of Conduct 

and Waiver Agreement - click here to view full document.



2020 "Road to the Little Mo Nationals"

*Unfortunately, the 23rd Annual "Road to the Little Mo Nationals" (including all sectional, regional, and national events) has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus.


Sectionals: 

Texas

March 7-8                   King's Court Tennis Academy - Cypress, TX 

March 28-29               Arlington Tennis Center - Arlington, TX

May 2-3                       Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club - Fair Oaks Ranch, TX

 

Missouri Valley

April 18-19                  Jayhawk Tennis Center - Lawrence, KS


Intermountain

May 23-24                   Salt Lake Tennis & Health Club - Salt Lake City, UT


Florida

May 23-24                   Inspiration Academy - Bradenton, FL

Mid-Atlantic

May 23-24                   Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) - College Park, MD

 

Southern California

May 23-24                    La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club - La Jolla, CA


Northern California

June 6-7                       University of the Pacific - Stockton, CA


New England

June 6-7                       Longfellow Tennis & Health Club Wayland - Wayland, MA

June 27-28                   Chris Lewit Tennis Academy - Londonderry, VT  


Midwest

June 13-14                   H-F Racquet & Fitness Club - Homewood, IL

 

Northern

June 27-28                   Life Time Athletic - St. Louis Park, MN

 

Southern

July 4-5                        Rome Tennis Center at Berry College - Rome, GA

 

Middle States

July 11-12                    Legacy Youth Tennis & Education - Philadelphia, PA

 

Regionals:

 

West

July 18-20                  Morgan Run Club & Resort - Rancho Santa Fe, CA

East

July 25-27                  BallenIsles Country Club - Palm Beach Gardens, FL

South

August 15-17              Arlington Tennis Center - Arlington, TX

North

September 6-8           Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning - Bronx, NY

 

2020 "Little Mo" Nationals 

presented by RBC Wealth Management


September 25-28          Austin Tennis Academy - Austin, TX

*Unfortunately, the 23rd Annual "Road to the Little Mo Nationals" (including all sectional, regional, and national events) has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus.

 





2020 "Little Mo" Internationals



ALL SINGLES AND DOUBLES (YELLOW BALL) RESULTS TO 


COUNT FOR UTR RATINGS!




7th Annual "Little Mo" Internationals - California

(a vacation for the whole family before the Fourth of July holiday)


Balboa Tennis Club


San Diego, California


June 19 - 24, 2020



*Unfortunately, the 7th Annual "Little Mo"

 

Internationals in California (June 19-24) has 


been cancelled due to the coronavirus.











9th 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 24 - 29, 2020 



*Unfortunately, the 9th Annual "Little Mo"

 

Internationals in New York (August 24-29) has 


been cancelled due to the coronavirus.



Click here to read a wonderful article about Maureen Connolly Brinker and the "Little Mo" Internationals in New York on pages 8-10. The article was written by Liz Kobak and edited by Bea Hunt/The Tennis History and Archives Council at The West Side Tennis Club.








14th Annual "Little Mo" Internationals - Florida

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

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

December 4 - 9, 2020



*Unfortunately, the 14th Annual "Little Mo"

 

Internationals in Florida (December 4-9) has 


been cancelled due to the coronavirus.








 




  

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


Inducted by Pam Shriver, Jeffett’s achievements as a contributor are nothing short of amazing. Remember Jeffet’s contributions to the game came before women were welcome in sports in general. She was a pioneer pusher and she and her and best friend, Maureen Connolly made inroads from which tennis benefits today. Nancy's friend Maureen Connolly “Little Mo” inspired an entire (pre Title IX) generation of girls, me among them. That is why Shriver’s recollections were so moving. Said Shriver, “Nancy is a lifetime contributor, earning today's induction because of her early risk-taking as a WTA promoter, even before there was a WTA. Her co-founding of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation, now memorializing her great friend, Maureen Connolly Brinker, Nancy's legacy today continues through the foundation that helps develop and support junior tennis players worldwide. The event that touched my career the most was the Virginia Slims of Dallas.  Nancy's willingness to risk being a WTA Tour tournament owner starting in the early years of women's professional tennis, the WTA Tour today where players from 92 nations are competing for over $130 million in prize money and play for quality in all four major events, to Serena Williams leading all tennis players this year in prize money, is in no small part due to her groundbreaking work.”  Jeffet’s pioneering was seen as a game changer for inclusion as well, as Shriver described Jeffet’s bold move to take tennis public, “I want to briefly mention was an event that Nancy chaired in 1965.  It was a Davis Cup tie in Dallas, a team led by Arthur Ashe.  Nancy's decision to play the Davis Cup tie in a public park, where all people black and white could come see Arthur play.  This move to a public facility foreshadowed the movement later by both tennis and golf to hold major events at public facilities.”

She remains the Chairman Emeritus of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Foundation (MCB) and was accompanied to Newport by family and friends including; Mo Connolly’s daughters and her own daughters who have taken on major roles at the MCB Foundation; President Cindy Brinker Simmons, Vice President Brenda Brinker Bottum, Vice President Elizabeth Jeffett and Executive Vice President Carol Weyman.

A humble and appreciative Jeffet accepted the honor in her very own style, “Thank you. There's not much more I can say.  An awful lot has already been said.  I appreciate you all being here today.  I've had an extraordinary life with tennis.  I continue to, even though I can't walk these days.  I'm planning on having a lot more influence on tennis.  It's been a real love of the game that has brought me to this situation.”


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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