Major USTA National Championship Tournament Held at the Polo Club of Boca Raton, FL

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128 of the top female tennis players from across the U.S. compete for this years title.

July 18 marks the 22nd year that The Polo Club of Boca Raton will host the USTA Girls' 12 Clay Court Championships. The competition has produced such tennis greats at Lindsay Davenport and Jennifer Capriati.

Championed by tennis director, Jean Mills, The Polo Club will host 128 of the top-ranked female tennis players ages 12 and younger from across the United States. This year's top seeded player is Sofia Kenin from Pembroke Pines, FL.

The tournament is scheduled to begin Sunday, July 18 at 8 a.m., with registration and an Olympic style ceremony the day before on Saturday, July 17.

Matches will begin with singles each day at 8 a.m., followed by doubles at 2 p.m. The tournament format is a compass draw, assuring each participant a minimum of four matches.

Public participation is available by calling The Polo Club at 561-995-1200. Further details on the tournament are available at 561-995-1280.

Jean Mills, director of tennis at the Polo Club and former participant of the USTA Girls' 12 in 1963, has made this tournament a unique experience for the participants and their families. Each girl creates her own nametag at registration, receives a welcome kit and goodie bag with personal items, as well as the conventional
T-shirts, balls, etc. Additionally, a fun gift or surprise is presented each day of the tournament to the participants, giving this event a very special personality of its own.

The Polo Club does more than just provide the facility. Its membership is the source of countless volunteers needed to help run the tournament; it hosts the opening ceremonies and extends its staff and facilities to assure complete coverage of the tournament's needs.

The Polo Club, at one time the residence of tennis greats such as Stephanie Graff and Chris Everett, prides itself as one of the finest tennis facilities in Southeast Florida, and has been host to big-name tennis events, such as the Andy Roddick Charity Event, Virginia Slims, Pro Celebrity and the ITF.

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