Local Tennis Star Captures the Boys' 14 National Championship Title

Junior Tennis Champions Center Has Another No. 1 Player in the Country

Jul 27, 2006, 01:00 ET from Junior Tennis Champions Center

    COLLEGE PARK, Md., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Two local tennis stars
 represented the nonprofit Junior Tennis Champions Center (Champions
 Center), in the USTA Boys' 14 National Clay Courts Championship in Fort
 Lauderdale, FL on July 16-23. Denis Kudla, a 14-year old from Fairfax, VA,
 captured the Singles Championship Title, and Junior Ore, a 14-year old from
 Gaithersburg, MD, won the backdraw in singles earning a 5th place in the
     Kudla's victory earned him his first gold ball and a USTA National
 Title. By winning the Championship, Kudla became the No. 1 in the U.S. in
 Boys' 14 Singles. "In the beginning, there was a lot of pressure to be the
 No. 1 seed but as the tournament progressed, I became stronger and
 confident and I felt like I was the player to win this," said Kudla. Ore's
 5th place in the Championship earned him a No. 12 ranking in the U.S. in
 Boys' 14 Singles.
     In this week-long event featuring close to 200 top junior players from
 the United States, Kudla and Ore dominated the competition in doubles as
 well by wining the Doubles Championship Title and becoming the No. 2 in the
 U.S. in Boys' 14 Doubles. "The boys didn't drop a set along the way and
 their game styles compliment each other, which makes them a tough team to
 beat," said their Coach/Mentor Frank Salazar.
     Both boys practice at the Champions Center at the Tennis Center at
 College Park and Kudla joins three of his fellow players from the Champions
 Center to be ranked No. 1 in the country within the last 18 months. In a
 few weeks, on August 6-13, both boys are headed to St. Antonio, TX to
 compete in the USTA Boys' 14 Hard Courts National Championship, in which
 Kudla will be the No. 1 seed.
     For more information, please contact Katerina Stecova at 301.779.8000
 ext. 108 or email at kstecova@thetccp.com.
     The Champions Center was launched in 1999 with the mission to be the
 best not-for-profit tennis training center in the world for players of all
 economic backgrounds and develop champions on the tennis court, in the
 classroom, and life. Since then, the alumni consist of four players
 currently playing on the professional tennis circuit and fourteen players
 at top Division I universities on tennis scholarships. The current roster
 includes 60+ children from the greater Washington, DC area, of which four
 players reached #1 ranking in the USA in the past 18 months, five players
 are ranked top 50 in the USA, and 21 players are ranked top 10 in the
 Mid-Atlantic region (MD, VA, DC, and part of WV).

SOURCE Junior Tennis Champions Center