Anderson, Birrell win Orange Bowl lead-up
Oliver Anderson and Kimberly Birrell have shown great form ahead of the prestigious Orange Bowl, winning the American Tennis Cup lead-in event.
Oliver Anderson (Yeronga, Qld) has won the 14s and 16s titles at the American Tennis Cup in Miami, Florida.
The American Tennis Cup is a lead-in event to the ever prestigious Orange Bowl Junior Championships.
In the 14s event, Anderson defeated the top seed in the quarterfinals before cruising through the final to defeat Estonia’s Kenneth Raisma, a former European number one in the 14-and-under age group, 6-1 6-1. Anderson also went on to go one better and take the 16s title last week.
Fellow Queensland junior Kimberly Birrell (Hope Island, Qld) has also found success, reaching the quarter finals of the 14s girls’ event before winning the 16s event.
Anderson and Birrell now turn their attention to the 51st annual Junior Orange Bowl taking place in Coral Gables, Florida from 14-23 December 2012 where they will compete in the 14s age-group.
Tennis Australia AIS and Tours Manager Mark Edney says the event is an important one to help improve the athletes’ professionalism.
“The players have done a great job over the last two weeks,” said Edney.
“One main focus was to educate the athletes to take great care of the bodies. They have done a fantastic job in their routines, warm up and cool downs, fuelling with suitable nutrition and hydration and completing all gym, rehab and recovery sessions with diligence.”
The intense schedule has evidently paid off with Anderson winning his past 13 matches over the last couple of weeks and Birrell winning nine out of 10.
The National Academy athletes will take to the court overnight for their first round matches with Anderson up against  Eduard Guell of Spain and Birrell to face Kelly Q Chen of the United States.
Gabriella Ruffels from Victoria will compete in the 12s event and will meet Isabel Taboada from Chile.