2006 "LITTLE MO" INTERNATIONAL OPEN
Arlington Tenis Academy - Arlington, Texas
December 9-10, 2006
Qualifying December 7-8
Saturday, December 9, 2006-Day Three-Day One of Main Draw
The 1st Annual "Little Mo" International Open has been formatted so everyone is a "winner." All players in the main draws of eight are put into playoffs so each will receive a trophy in the end. It helps keep the disappointment of losing (which is even tougher at this young age) to a minimum.
I wandered most of the day in awe of the talent, but did spend sometime with two of the players I met at the "Little Mo"/Smrikva Bowl this summer -- Daniel Maese (whose parents were kind enough to let me stay in their beautiful home) and Gabriela Umoquoit (pictured right). Both players were 1-1 for the day as the brisk wind blew through the Arlington Tennis Center. I enjoyed watching the players and only wished all the parents had the same sportsmanship their children did.