Sunday, December 12, 2021

Quinn loses in Orange Bowl doubles final; Ahn honored

    No. 7 seeds Edas Butvilas of Lithuania and Abedallah Shelbayh of Jordan, beat unseeded Nicholas Godsick of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and Ethan Quinn of Fresno, Calif., 6-2, 6-4 today to win the boys 18 doubles title in the Orange Bowl on clay in Plantation, Fla.
   Butvilas and Shelbayh, opponents in this year's Wimbledon boys doubles final, lost only one set during the week. They reached the quarterfinals of last week's Eddie Herr International Championships in Bradenton, Fla., in their first tournament together.
   Shelbayh is a freshman at the University of Florida, and Quinn has signed to play at Georgia.
   Godsick and Quinn won the Orange Bowl boys 16 doubles title last year. Shelbayh and Daniel Rincon of Spain earned the crown in 2019.
Stanford graduate Kristie Ahn won the WTA's Peachy Kellmeyer Player
Service Award for the second time. 2019 photo by Paul Bauman
   Godsick's mother, Mary Joe Fernandez, won consecutive Orange Bowl singles titles in the 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s (1982-85). A former top-five player in singles and doubles as a professional, Fernandez works as a tennis commentator for ESPN. Godsick's father, Tony Godsick, is Roger Federer's agent.
   WTA Tour — Kristie Ahn, a 29-year-old Stanford graduate, won the Peachy Kellmeyer Player Service Award for the second time.
   The award, voted on by Ahn's peers, recognizes her work supporting fellow players and wider initiatives on behalf of the WTA. Ahn serves as a player representative on the WTA Board of Directors and was a member of the WTA Players' Council.
   Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain earned the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award. Suarez Navarro overcame Hodgkin's lymphoma to play in five tournaments this year before retiring at 33.
   Ranked as high as No. 6 in singles (2016) and No. 11 in doubles (2015), Suarez Navarro won the doubles title in the 2014 Bank of the West Classic at Stanford in 2014 with compatriot Garbiñe Muguruza.

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