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2017 "Little Mo" Tournaments

MCB is proud to welcome K-Swiss and Wilson as official sponsors of the "Little Mo"!

K-Swiss: "Official Apparel" and "Official Footwear" 

Wilson: "Official Ball" and "Official Racquet"



20th Annual "Road to the Little Mo Nationals"

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

PLEASE CLICK ON THE RED BUTTON BELOW NEXT TO YOUR SECTIONAL TO REGISTER!

 

Sectionals

 

Florida

Mar 11-12        Ironhorse Country Club - West Palm Beach, FL  

Jun 3-4              Sarasota Sports Club - Sarasota, FL  

Jun 10-11         Crandon Park Tennis Center - Key Biscayne, FL  

 

Texas

Mar 25-26       Arlington, Tennis Center - Arlington, TX   

Apr 29-30        Fair Oaks Ranch Golf and CC - Fair Oaks, TX  

 

Missouri Valley

Apr 29-30        Genesis Health Club - Wichita, KS  

 

Southern

May 5-7           Laurel Park Tennis Center - Marietta, GA  

Jun 30-Jul 1     Temple Hills Country Club - Franklin, TN  

 

Northern

May 12-13       Life Time Fitness - Fridley, MN  

 

Middle States

May 13-14       Aronimink Tennis Center - Newtown Square, PA  

 

Eastern

May 19-21       Armonk Tennis Club - Armonk, NY  

 

Midwest

May 27-28       H-F Racquet & Fitness Club - Homewood, IL    

 

New England

May 27-28       Longfellow Club - Wayland, MA  

Jun 24-25         Chris Lewit Tennis Academy - Londonderry, VT  

 

Southern California

May 27-28       La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club - La Jolla, CA  

 

Mid-Atlantic

Jun 3-4             Chestnut Forks Tennis & Fitness Club - Warrenton, VA  

 

Northern California

Jun 3-4             University of The Pacific - Stockton, CA  

 

Pacific Northwest

Jun 9-11           Eastside Tennis Center - Kirkland, WA    

 



Regionals

South (Texas, Missouri Valley)

May 27-29       T Bar M Racquet Club - Dallas, TX  

 

North (Midwest, Middle States, New England, Northern, Eastern)

Jul 14-16         Centercourt Athletic Club - Chatham, NJ  

 

East (Mid-Atlantic, Southern, Florida) 

SEP 2-4         Naples Grande Beach Resort - Naples, FL      

 

West (Northern California, Southern California, Pacific Northwest)

SEP 2-4         Tennis Club at Newport Beach Country Club - Newport Beach, CA  

 


 We just wanted to let you know we have changed the "Little Mo"West Regionals 


and "Little Mo" East Regionals dates from July 28-30 to September 2-4. 


Originally, the July weekend was clear however the Zonals was


moved from the first weekend to the last weekend in 


July which conflicted with the “Little Mo” Regionals. It is 


unfortunate that these two tournaments conflicted so we decided 


to change  our dates to give you an opportunity to play both tournaments.


Nationals:

September 29-October 2    Austin Tennis Academy – Austin, TX  





We look forward to seeing you this year on the 20th "Road to the Little Mo Nationals".  The "Little Mo" Sectionals/Regionals/Nationals sites and dates are listed below. The "Little Mo" tennis tournaments are the premier challenge for youngsters 
across the nation to compete against others who are the same age at the sectional, regional, and national level.  


All “Little Mo” tournaments are played with the yellow ball on a full 78’ tennis court, but there will also be a green dot option on full court for the 8's, 9’s, and 10’s divisions at the sectional level. Please note: The top 8 players from the yellow ball and green dot divisions will advance to the “Little Mo” Regionals, but all green dot players will need to play with the yellow ball at the Regionals as there will be no green dot divisions.


Players can play in any "Little Mo" Sectionals and more than one if they wish, but must follow the path to the appropriate "Little Mo" Regional (see list below). For example, a player who lives in Georgia may play in the "Little Mo" Texas but will need tfollow the path of the Texas sectional and play in the South Regionals. 

·       Midwest, Middle States, New England, Northern, and Eastern -------> North Regionals

·       Texas and Missouri Valley Sectionals -------> South Regionals

·       Mid-Atlantic, Southern, and Florida Sectionals -------> East Regionals

·       Northern California, Southern California, and Pacific Northwest Sectionals -------> West Regionals


Anyone who lives in the United States can play "Little Mo"  as well as U.S. Territories (i.e. Puerto Rico) can play "Little Mo".  


Players from British Columbia, Canada are able to play in the Pacific Northwest Sectionals but are unable to advance to the Regional level.  


Players must play their own age: 8's play 8's, 9's play 9's, 10's play 10's, 11's play 11's, and 12’s play 12’s. Eligibility is as follows:

·       12's - born in 2005

·       11's - born in 2006

·       10's - born in 2007

·       9's - born in 2008

·       8's - born in 2009 or 2010



2017 "Little Mo" Internationals


4th annual "Little Mo" Internationals - California

(a Fourth of July weekend for the whole family)


The Tennis Club at Newport Beach   *new site

Newport Beach, California


June 30- July 4, 2017


Open to any player from the United States and worldwide.


Singles, Doubles & Mixed Doubles (hard court)

"Little Mo" Yellow Ball - ages 8,9,10, 11, and 12 - traditional yellow ball

"Little Mo" Green Dot Ball - ages 8, 9, and 10
"Big Mo" - ages 13 and 14


California will be the 1st leg of the "Little Mo" Slam! Your chance to win the tallest trophy in junior tennis (6' tall) starts here! Please register soon as the draws will fill quickly. If your registration goes through and you receive a confirmation from PayPal, your entry has been accepted.  


Results from the "Little Mo" Internationals in California will count towards UTR ratings.


Click here for the Post Event Press Release.





6th annual "Little Mo" Internationals - Forest Hills

(previous home of the U.S. Open before being held at Flushing Meadow)


The West Side Tennis Club      


Forest Hills, New York


August 21-26, 2017   


Open to any player from the United States and worldwide.


Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles (Har-Tru clay)

Ages: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 -  traditional yellow ball

Ages 8 - green dot

Forest Hills will be the 2nd leg of The "Little Mo" Slam.


Results from the "Little Mo" Internationals in California will count towards UTR and TennisRecruiting.com ratings.



Click here to read a wonderful article about the event by New York Tennis Magazine.










11th 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 1-6, 2017

Open to any player from the United States and worldwide.

Singles, Doubles & Mixed Doubles (Har-Tru clay)
"Little Mo" Yellow Ball - ages 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 - traditional yellow ball
"Little Mo" Green Dot Ball - ages 8, 9, and 10
"Big Mo" - ages 13 and 14

Florida will be the 3rd leg of The "Little Mo" Slam.

Results from the "Little Mo" Internationals in California will count towards UTR and TennisRecruiting.com ratings.









  

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!


 

   
   
   
   

 
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


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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   Click here to watch "Little Mo" movie ( made for TV 1978)




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Andy Roddick meets with "Little Mo" players and signs autographs.  Thank you Andy for all your support over the years!




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             The Thrill of Victory!





 Click on red button for "Mo Memories" from the MCB Scrapbook: 2007-2016


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Click on the green button to see videos set to music from the 2012 "Little Mo"

Internationals at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Click here to see a photo slideshow set to music and the trophy presentation from 2012 "Little Mo" International.  

 

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"Mini Mo" Internationals
 

Click here for photo slideshow and trophy presentation set to music.

 
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The 15th annual  "Little Mo" Nationals

Click here to see slideshow and trophy presentation set to music. 

   
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   Click on orange button to see videos to music.

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For other videos to music from previous "Little Mo" International tournaments, click on blue button:  

 

  

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Click here to see photos/trophy presentation to music.

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Click here to see video slide show to music.

Click here to see photos of trophy presentation and general photos from Nesquik "Litte Mo" Internationals set to music.

 

 

   




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    To view photos from the Texas Sectionals, click here.  

               To order photos from the Texas Sectionals, click here.

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 Click on purple button for "Mini Mo" Internationals videos

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Click on red button for Tennis.com video on Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly -55 years after her grand slam victory.

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Click on yellow button for vintage video of "Little Mo" including her win at Wimbledon in 1954.

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     Click on blue button for "Little Mo" Internationals videos.     

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Click on the Gold Star to see Maria Sharapova at the "Little Mo" Internationals!

 
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Click on TV to see Tennis Channel advertisement for "Road to the Little Mo Nationals"

(Please note phone number has changed to:  214-754-7065.) 

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Click on the green button for Charlotte Owensby 's Tennis Channel interview. Charlotte (Boca Raton, FL)

Charlotte has won 4 straight "Little Mo" Mo National titles as well as many international "Little Mo" titles. 




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Click on the yellow button for Toby Kodat's Tennis Channel interview. 

Toby (Bradenton, FL) was the 2011 "Little Mo" Internationals champion in Boys' 8.  



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The "Little Mo" & "Mini Mo" logo store is now online.  Be the first of your friends to show off your new "Mo" racquet stencil, grips, dampeners, neck tags, bag tags,  and picture frames.  Click on the Tennis Shop button: 

     

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