The Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, known as the Dunlop Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships from 2008 to 2013 with Dunlop as the title sponsor, and renamed the Metropolia Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships from 2013 onwards, is a prestigious junior tennis tournament, one of five that are rated by the ITF as 'Grade A'. Established in 1947 in Miami Beach,[2] the tournament has for years featured both boys and girls singles and doubles draws at both '18 and under' (under-19) and '16 and under' (under-17) age categories. From 1999 to 2010, the tournament had been held each December at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, Florida. Since 2011, it has been held at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Florida.[3]

History

The Orange Bowl Tennis Championship began at Flamingo Tennis Center, Miami Beach. This facility, still in use today, hosted the tournament until 1998, when it was moved to its current site at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, Florida. The Orange Bowl was started by Eddie Herr, who wanted to bring some winter competition to South Beach for his tennis playing daughter, Suzanne.[2] The tournament soon grew in prestige and importance, being considered the initiation rite of future world tennis champions. Decades of tournament winners are posted on a brass plaque at the entrance to Flamingo Tennis Center.

Players who have competed at the Orange Bowl reads as a virtual who's who of modern tennis, including Andre Agassi, Arthur Ashe, Boris Becker, Björn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Jim Courier, Stefan Edberg, Chris Evert, Roger Federer, Steffi Graf, Justine Henin, Ivan Lendl, Hana Mandlíková, Andy Roddick, Gabriela Sabatini, Monica Seles, Guillermo Vilas, and Mats Wilander. As of 2017, Miami's Mary Joe Fernandez is the only player, male or female, to win in every age division of the Orange Bowl and Junior Orange Bowl tournaments: 12s, 14s, 16s, and 18s. However, Miami's Lynn Epstein, won the 12s, 14s and skipped the 16s to play up winning the 18s two years in a row. Epstein is the only player, to this day, to have achieved this feat.

In 1983, during the tournament's heyday, a professional stadium was built in Flamingo Park. The Abel Holtz stadium seated 9,000 fans. During the 1990s however, Flamingo Park Tennis Center fell victim to poor maintenance. The standards of the Orange Bowl could not be maintained so in 1999 the tournament was moved to the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, home of today's professional tour event, the Miami Open (tennis). Fortunately, the City of Plantation has restored the Orange Bowl Tournament's allure and luster, hosting the best administered and best managed tournament in decades. .

Recently, there has been a tennis revival in Miami Beach. A $5.5M master plan to renovate the Flamingo tennis facility has begun. The project includes a new 5,000 sq ft (460 m2) tennis building and 17 clay hydro-courts. A large bronze plaque containing the names of all the great tennis champions who began their career playing in the tournament in Flamingo park will be restored, along with a plaque honoring local players who went on to tennis fame, such as Jerry Moss.

Since 1962, the two younger age groups ('12 and under' and '14 and under') are held at a separate site in Coral Gables. Hence today, the Junior Orange Bowl is in Coral Gables. And the Orange Bowl (under 16 and under 18) has moved in 2011 from Miami to Plantation, FL thus changing surfaces from Hard Courts to Clay, the first time since 1998 that the tournament will be on clay.[4]

Dunlop has been the tournament's title sponsor since 2008.[4][5][6] From 2013 onwards, Metropolia International Holdings became the title sponsor of the tournament.[7]

Tournament features

Players must be at least 13 years old to compete, unless competing in the 12 and unders.[8]

Past champions[9]

Singles champions

YearBoys, 18 and underGirls, 18 and underBoys, 16 and under
until 1962, 15 and under
Girls, 16 and under
until 1962, 15 and under
1947 Lew McMasters Joan Johnson Dick Holroyd Joan Woodberry
1948 Tommy Boys Elita Ramírez Bobby Sierra Toby Greenberg
1949 Gil Bogley Elaine Lewicki Rey Garrido Suzanne Herr
1950 Jacque R. Grigry Toby Greenberg Al Harum Meta Schroedel
1951 Sam Giammalva Karol Fageros Jerry Moss Leigh Hay
1952 Eddie Rubinoff Karol Fageros Esteban Reyes Rose Marie Reyes
1953 Mike Green Pat Shaffer Jimmy Skogstad Pat White
1954 Allen Quay Marilyn Stock Earl Buchholz Jr. Sandra Lewis
1955 Mike Green Mimi Arnold Earl Buchholz Jr. Gwyneth Thomas
1956 Carlos Fernandes Mary Ann Mitchell Ray Senkowski Gail DeLozier
1957 Chris Crawford Maria Esther Bueno Mike Neely Frances Farrar
1958 Ronnie Barnes Carol Hanks Clark Graebner Carol Ann Prosen
1959 José Luis Arilla Sandy Warshaw Charlie Pasarell Julie Heldman
1960 William Lenoir Carole Ann Prosen Mike Belkin Stephanie DeFina
1961 Mike Belkin Judy Alvarez Shyam Minotra Stephanie DeFina
1962 Tony Roche Stephanie DeFina Bill Harris Peaches Bartkowicz
1963 Thomaz Koch Peaches Bartkowicz Charles Brainard Vicki Holmes
1964 Marcello Lara Peaches Bartkowicz Zan Guerry Carol Hunter
1965 Ismail El Shafei Peaches Bartkowicz Mac Claflin Carol Hunter
1966 Manuel Orantes Peaches Bartkowicz Charles Owens Linda Tuero
1967 Mike Estep Patti Hogan Woody BlocherKazuko Sawamatsu
1968 Richard Stockton Patricia Montana Guillermo Vilas Chris Evert
1969 Harold Solomon Chris Evert John Whitlinger Laurie Fleming
1970 Harold Solomon Chris Evert Billy Martin Sandy Stap
1971 Corrado Barazzutti Donna Ganz Björn Borg Jeanne Evert
1972 Björn Borg Donna Ganz Hans Gildemeister Robin Tenney
1973 Billy Martin Mima Jaušovec Christophe Casa Zenda Leiss
1974 Billy Martin Lynn Epstein Van Winitsky Zenda Leiss
1975 Fernando Luna Lynn Epstein Bobby Berger Jennifer Balent
1976 John McEnroe Marise Kruger Ivan Lendl Mary Lou Piatek
1977 Ivan Lendl Anne Smith Scott Davis Hana Mandlíková
1978 Gabriel Urpi Andrea Jaeger Thierry Tulasne Michelle DePalmer
1979 Raúl Viver Kathleen Horvath Mats Wilander Pamela Casale
1980 Joakim Nyström Susan Mascarin Michael Kures Barbara Bramblett
1981 Roberto Argüello Penny Barg Carlos Chalbalgoity Raffaella Reggi
1982 Guy Forget Carling Bassett Stefan Edberg Claudia Hernández
1983 Kent Carlsson Debbie Spence Bruno Orešar Shawn Foltz
1984 Ricky Brown Gabriela Sabatini Horst Skoff Mary Joe Fernandez
1985 Claudio Pistolesi Mary Joe Fernandez Arnaud Boetsch Sybille Niox-Château
1986 Javier Sánchez Patricia Tarabini Jim Courier Alexia Dechaume
1987 Jim Courier Natalia Zvereva Paul Dogger Florencia Labat
1988 Marc Rosset Carrie Cunningham Fabrice Santoro Sylvie Sabas
1989 Fernando Meligeni Luanne Spadea Juan Garat Svetlana Komleva
1990 Andrei Medvedev Pili Pérez Àlex Corretja Petra Kamstra
1991 Marcelo Charpentier Elena Likhovtseva Gonzalo Corrales Andrea Glass
1992 Vincent Spadea Barbara Mulej Rene Nicklisch Emanuela Sangiorgi
1993 Albert Costa Ángeles Montolio Mariano Zabaleta Stephy Halsell
1994 Nicolás Lapentti Mariann Ramon Markus Hipfl Nathalie Dechy
1995 Mariano Zabaleta Anna Kournikova Dario Sciortino Ana Alcázar
1996 Alberto Martín Ana Alcázar Julien Jeanpierre Elena Dementieva
1997 Nicolás Massú Tina Pisnik Guillermo Coria Lourdes Domínguez Lino
1998 Roger Federer Elena Dementieva Tommy Robredo Marta Marrero
1999 Andy Roddick María José Martínez Sánchez Giovanni Lapentti Raluca Ciochină
2000 Todor Enev Vera Zvonareva Brian Dabul Marion Bartoli
2001 Robin Söderling Vera Zvonareva Florin Mergea Whitney Deason
2002 Brian Baker Vera Dushevina José Luis Muguruza Charlène Vanneste
2003 Marcos Baghdatis Nicole Vaidišová Donald Young Alexa Glatch
2004 Timothy Neilly Jessica Kirkland Emiliano Massa Florencia Molinero
2005 Robin Roshardt Caroline Wozniacki Gueorgui Roumenov Payakov Oksana Kalashnikova
2006 Petru-Alexandru Luncanu Nikola Hofmanova Grigor Dimitrov Allie Will
2007 Ričardas Berankis Michelle Larcher de Brito Bernard Tomic Lilly Kimbell
2008 Yuki Bhambri Julia Boserup Denis Kudla Chanelle Van Nguyen
2009 Gianni Mina Gabriela Dabrowski Alexios Halebian Breaunna Addison
2010 George Morgan Lauren Davis Laurent Lokoli Alexandra Kiick
2011 Dominic Thiem Anett Kontaveit Chung Hyeon Erin Routliffe
2012 Laslo Đere Ana Konjuh Andrey Rublev Gloria Liang
2013 Frances Tiafoe Varvara Flink Chung Yun-seong Charlotte Robillard-Millette
2014 Stefan Kozlov Sofia Kenin Sam Riffice Bianca Vanessa Andreescu
2015 Miomir Kecmanović Bianca Vanessa Andreescu Sebastían Báez María Lourdes Carlé
2016 Miomir Kecmanović Kaja Juvan Steven Sun Katie Volynets

Doubles champions

Boys 18 and under

2011:Liam Broady & Joshua Ward-Hibbert

Girls 18 and under

2011:Victoria Kan & Ganna Poznikhirenko

See also