Eddie Herr (1907-2000) was the father of international junior tennis. His interest in tennis began in the 1940s, when his daughter Suzanne was an avid junior player. In 1947, hoping to provide her with an opportunity to compete over the December school holidays, Herr conceived and organized the first Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships. In the years following, he developed a number of other international junior tournaments, including the Sunshine Cup in 1958, and the Continental Cup in 1976.
Founded in 1987 by Eddie's grandson (Glenn Feldman) to honor his grandfather for his life's passion and success of bringing the world's best junior tennis players together to compete, the Eddie Herr International Junior Championships now attracts the top junior players from many nations around the world! From a humble beginning of 100 participants, 2000 players representing 90 nations applied for the tournament in 2010, which is currently being held at the IMG/Bollettieri Academies in Bradenton, Florida.
The Eddie Herr International Junior Tournament has served as a
springboard to the professional tennis tour for such names as Roger Federer,
Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, David Nalbandian, Anna Kournikova, Mardy
Fish, Xavier Malisse, Marcelo Rios, Jelena Jankovic, and Ana Ivanovic -- to
name just a few.
The Eddie Herr International
is widely recognized as the largest international junior tennis tournament
in the world with competitions in 18 & Under, 16 & Under, 14 & Under, and 12
& Under divisions, all competing at the same time and same venue! It is
truly unique experience!
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