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 Championship. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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