Oranjestad — Local tennis in Aruba got a boost over the weekend as our very own Patrick Sydow placed second in the Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship at Coral Gables, Florida, for his age group. He was beaten by winner Ishay Oliel, from Israel, 6-3, 6-1, who took the trophy, followed by a phone call from Israel’s prime minister, congratulating him on his spectacular performance
Young tennis players Oliel and Sydow join the likes of Jimmy Connors, Andy Murray, Jennifer Capriati and Monica Seles, who are all former winners of that international competition.
Frans Sydow, Patrick’s proud dad reports that the Junior Orange Bowl International Championship known since 2008 as the Dunlop Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships is a prestigious junior tennis tournament, one of only five that are rated by the International Tennis Federation as Grade A. The tournament features both boys and girls singles and doubles draws at both ’18 and under’ (under-19) and ’16 and under’ (under-17) age categories. Since 1999, the tournament has been held each December at Crandon Park, in Key Biscayne, Florida, attracting over 1,000 entrants from more than 75 countries.
“We are very proud of Patrick’s international achievement,” says Frans Sydow, “ he worked very hard, and we as parents worked very hard alongside him, to support him, and allow him to develop his gifts. We hope that with his success the public schools in Aruba as well as the government will undertake the development of these talented kids, to help this country raise world-class champions, representing Aruba with pride and competence.”
For additional tournament info, also rules and regulations regarding registration, you may visit www.jrorangebowl.org.